About The Little Current Yacht Club
Little Current Yacht Club
Little Current ON P0P 1K0
Commodore: Jim Corless
Vice Commodore: Lianne Masson
Past Commodore: Greg Wright
Treasurer: Tracy Nutt
Secretary: Lianne Masson
Rear Commodore - Technical Consultant: Rod MacLeod
Rear Commodore - Cruisers' Net: Roy Eaton
Rear Commodore - Club Races: Mike Coomes
Rear Commodore - CANSail: Tracy Chapman
The Little Current Yacht Club was founded in 2003 by Manitoulin Island boaters in Little Current, Ontario. The original impetus was to sponsor an International Yacht Race, the "Macman Challenge", with Little Current as its destination and to start a "Youth Sailing Program to educate youngsters in the ways of the lakes, the lifeblood of Little Current since the town was established. Those humble beginnings started one of the most dynamic clubs on the Great Lakes. Today, we have our own freshly minted clubhouse. In addition, we sponsor a number of programs that are boater-friendly and very popular.
Our "CANSail Program" started as an extension of the “Canadian Yachting Association” program with their instructors coming to town to teach a one week program for Level One, Two, and Three. In 2009, we took a big step towards expanding our program by hiring our own instructor, who tailored the program to our needs and expanded the number of weeks. Our program was developed to provide more sailing time and introduce the Bronze Level. In 2010, we introduced a Racing program, and combined with increased weeks, our registrations grew. In 2011, we are adding a 3 day program, Introduction to Sailing, for 7-10 years olds. The Laser Pico boats have served us well and will do so for many years.
The "MacMan Challenge" now has a ten race history behind it and has become one of the premier events to take place in the North Channel. It starts on Mackinac Island with a registration and cocktail party at the Mackinac Island Yacht Club and ends with the Awards Party in Little Current. In between is a race that takes the participants through the beautiful North Channel islands with an intermediate stop in Gore Bay, another Manitoulin port. The MacMan boasts a number of sailors who have been in the race since the start either on their own boat or a friend’s yacht.
The "Cruisers’ Net", hosted by local personality Roy Eaton, is enjoying it's tenth year of broadcasting on VHF radio to the cruising community throughout the North Channel. The daily broadcast includes extensive weather information, headline news, sports, and human interest stories. The broadcast also tries to help boaters in distress and locates boats that are being sought by family or friends for a variety of reasons. The broadcast has become so effective that it is recognized and used by both the Canadian and US Coast Guard to locate boats in emergency situations. The broadcast ends by asking boaters to call in and give their locations. This has become so popular there were 6,684 calls from 862 individual boats in 2011.
"WD 40 for the Mind" grew out of the "Cruisers’ Net" broadcast and offers boaters in the area a variety of entertaining and informative lectures on subjects from favorite harbors to astronomy. It is held in July and August at the LCYC clubhouse, the dates and times are announced on the Cruisers' Net. Attendance has helped get the cruisers together while passing along a little knowledge.
Our "Club Racing Program" boasts five races that take the boats around the Islands (North Channel buoys). The series boasts a goodly number of participants who vie for a race flag and bragging rights at the dinner party that follows each race. The boat that has the best performance in 4 out of 5 races wins the coveted Manitoulin Island "Boat of the Year Trophy”.
2009 was our first "Dingy Poker Run" . This event provided its participates with a wet and wild time. This fun activity promotes friendship amongst our visitors and local boaters alike.