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Sailing School

We are very proud to foster and develop sailing as a sport and pastime within our community. For the past 7 years, we have run a full-time sailing school with Sail Canada certified staff instructors and club owned equipment. Our programs - from introductory to advanced - are offered to kids aged 5 and up and adults.

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We host regular Wednesday evening and weekend race events for all sailboats. If you don't own a boat, try your hand at being a crew member on one of our member boats. This team sport is a great way to meet people and develop your sailing skills.

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Cruising Rendezvous

Each year, we organise several rendezvous at anchorages that are within a few hours of Yellowknife Bay. Cruising the vast waters of Great Slave can be very solitary, and rendezvous are a great way to share an anchorage, experiences, food and good times. New sailors also benefit from the watchful eyes of a flotilla.


The Great Slave Sailing Club is located in the City of Yellowknife on the shores of Great Slave Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories. (62' 29' N 114' 22' W).

Great Slave Lake is the 5th largest lake in North America and the 10th largest in the world, with a surface area of 28,570 square kilometres. Sailing season is early June to late September for the prudent, and into October for others.

We exist to promote the development of sailing, seamanship and navigational skills through the participation in sailing and club activities; to cultivate an appreciation of Great Slave Lake as cruising waters; and to facilitate and provide youth the ability to become involved in the sport of sailing and all related activities for their own personal growth and community benefit.

Edited by Ben on June 5, 2020.

News & Updates

Club open house, afternoon of Saturday June 24th

Jun 20, 2023

Your 2023 Board of Directors cordially invites you to attend the club open house on the afternoon of Saturday June 24th.

Order of events:

12:30 – 1:30 members in good standing pick up new keys and 2023 member handbooks (NOTE: the gate lock will be changed to the 2023 key)
12:30 – 2:00 BBQ hamburgers and hotdogs served
1:30 – 2:30 Giant Mine Remediation Q&A open to all.  Come with your questions about proposed impacts on the club and the Giant boat launch.
2:30 Splice the Mainbrace – Members only (serving of limeade and optional rum)
1:00 – 3:00 sailboats on display for the public and members

TBA vessels of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary will visit the club.  Come meet some of the crews and bring your questions about marine VHF radios, sail plans, and other safe boating topics.

See you on Saturday.

Director of Communications 2023

Lift-in 2023 update

Jun 5, 2023
Preparations are underway for the June 10th 2023 lift in.
In the case of inclement weather or issues with the crane, back up dates will be the 11th or 17th of June.
As it gets closer to the date, additional information will be provided with respect to times, lift order and call for volunteers (some suitable trucks and skilled trailer drivers to shuttle boats).
As in years past please refrain from driving and parking in the club yard after the crane has shown up to reduce congestion while shuttling boats around.

Lift-In 2021 Update

May 17, 2021

The Club's lift-in is now scheduled for Saturday, June 12, subject to weather and other conditions.  Members can expect further details from the Yardmaster by email closer to the date.