Bras d’Or Yacht Club


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“It is the mission of the Bras d’Or Yacht Club to provide members and guests a safe and enjoyable social and recreational experience, to foster the delivery of safe boating education and to enhance the experience of our youth.”

Welcome to the Bras d’Or Yacht Club in Baddeck, Cape Breton, NS

Welcome to the Bras d’Or Yacht Club, located in historic Baddeck, on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, on the shores of the the Bras d’Or Lakes.

Surrounded by indigo hills and open to the ocean at either end of Cape Breton, lakes within islands, the Bras d’Ors are often referred to as Canada’s Inland Sea and offer the most beautiful sailing venue in all of Nova Scotia, probably in all of Canada, quite possibly the world.

With warm waters and steady breezes, the Bras d’Or Lakes are the perfect location to enjoy the tranquil sport, the exciting sport of sailing.

Subscribing to an open door policy, the Bras d’Or Yacht Club provides the perfect setting to experience the magic known as the Bras d’Or Lakes. Come and see for yourself.




Winter Hours

Monday to Thursday – 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Friday – 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Saturday – 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Sunday – 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Food Service available Tuesday – Saturday via Stand and Stuff Your Face

Summer Hours (beginning July 1, 2017)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Friday, Saturday – 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Sunday – 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Bras d’Or Yacht Club Learn to Sail Program

At BYC, we put on first class Learn to Sail programs all summer long. The Junior Sailing program is given in 3 segments of 2 weeks each. Classes run from Monday to Friday, and the kids get a chance to play in the harbour learning the basics, honing their skills, and opportunities to race during regatta week, if they choose, and a lifetime of memories. Junior Sailors learn in prams, 420s, and Seabirds.

Our instructors are always top notch, and accomplished sailors in their own right.

We also run the popular Adult Learn to Sail and Women Learn to Sail programs which are also taught in prams, 420s and Seabirds. If you don’t know how to sail, or if you would like to be able to sail your own boat, these programs are definitely for you.

Learn to Sail Registration

We are presently finalizing the 2017 Learn to Sail Program. If you would like to pre-register a junior sailor, please email Manager Sharon McIntyre at Please include the following information for each interested junior sailor: name, age, date of birth, and dates available to attend lessons. Full registration will commence once programming is finalized. Please stay tuned!

HELD – 2016 Racing Schedule

  • Race the Cape July 18 – July 24McCurdy Cup July 30Regatta Week August 7 – August 13, 2016
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Regatta Week 2016 presented by MacIntyre Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC and 101.9 The GIANT! Check out the jam-packed week we have planned and be sure to share with your friends. Looking forward to seeing everyone on the water and in the Club!

Many, many thanks to our generous sponsors – Municipality of the County of Victoria, Cape Breton Beverages Ltd, The Outdoor Store, Macleod Lorway Insurance Group, Inverary Resort – Cape Breton Resorts, HiTech Communications, Auberge Gisele’s Inn, Naturally Active For Life Victoria County Est. 2011, and Lakeside Photography by Shawn Dunlop; as well as all those who have offered to provide Regatta Week support. It’s going to be a fantastic week!

  • IWK Pursuit Race (Bermuda Start) September 24Follow us on Facebook for the most up-to- date information on races & events!

Annual Regatta Week 2015 HELD – (1st Week in August)

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