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Shark Program

The Club makes available six identically rigged Sharks (24-ft keelboats) at no charge to registered and qualified members on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Club Sharks can be sailed for pleasure as well as in club races. Skippers must be certified to use the Sharks, sign up one day in advance on-line to reserve a boat and have sufficient crew for the weather of the day.

Certification is a 2-stage process:

  • First, the Shark User Agreement must be signed and returned to the Club office (each year) in order for your name to be entered into the Roster of potential users. You can access this new form here (copy and paste in your browser, if necessary): link
  • Next, if you are not already an approved (qualified) user, you need to be vetted in order to be
    eligible to use the Sharks. Please contact Peter Bjorn (514-636-6367) or, in his absence,
    Liam Dixon (514-867-2322) to arrange for your skipper certification.

Once you are duly registered in the roster and approved as a qualified skipper, the Sharks can then be used. To do so, you must reserve on-line, one day in advance at (copy and paste in your browser,
if necessary):

Upon completion of your reservation, you will immediately receive two emails:

  1. The first confirms the time and date of your reservation;
  2. The second contains an e-form to be completed and submitted immediately upon your return from using the Shark. You will use this form to document the condition of the boat at the time you arrive and, again, when you come back from sailing, reporting any missing or damaged equipment, the cleanliness of the boat, etc.

Because there are no motors or navigation lights on the Club Sharks, they can only be sailed from dawn to dusk, and in appropriate weather conditions.

Sharks can be rigged at the dock only when there is a west wind. When the wind is out of the east, south or north, the boat must be paddled over to the fuel dock and rigged. If you have any questions, please call Peter Bjorn at 514-636-6367.

You must bring a cell phone on board in case you run into a problem. The Coast Guard numbers are listed onboard.

Tie the boat up and leave it as you found it: i.e. sails dried and rolled up, water sponged out of the bilge, etc., then submit the e-form confirming the boat’s condition when you left it.

Be aware that there is an adult Learn-to-Sail program that uses the Sharks. It runs on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 starting June 4 and ending August 8. All Sharks must be returned to dock, cleaned up and sails stowed by 5 pm.  Any not needed will remain available to be booked.