“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.
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.
Bras d’Or Yacht Club Racing Program
The Bras d’Or Yacht Club’s racing program is second to none on Cape Breton Island. We are most famous for our annual week long regatta that starts on the first Sunday of August with a sail past through the harbour.
Racing continues every day through to the following Saturday. There are classes for Junior Sailors in prams, optimists, lasers, and 420s. The yachts race in the afternoon putting on a sensational show for the spectators, with brilliantly coloured spinnakers flying. Boats travel from all around the province to race in Baddeck during regatta week.
Prizes and trophies are awarded at the closing ceremonies on Saturday evening. We have many beautiful trophies each with their own unique history that are presented. This is where the Junior Sailors really shine and beginners get their first ever ranking as sailors.
The final race of the week is the highly contested Gardiner Hubbard Bell race. This very old and precious trophy is housed at the Bell Museum. So it’s quite a treat when it comes out of storage for a few hours each year.
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HELD – 2016 Racing Schedule
- Race the Cape July 18 – July 24McCurdy Cup July 30Regatta Week August 7 – August 13, 2016
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)