This article was originally published in the 2020 Spring issue of Invest In Style Magazine.


The story of one of Muskoka’s best-known boating clubs begins in 1966 with four young women aboard a sinking wooden boat on Lake Joseph.



Those four young women – Laurie and Jennifer Goad, and Heather and Mary Dickie – were on their way to the Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club to take part in sailing lessons when their boat capsized leaving them drenched and disappointed but non the worse for wear. Shortly after that, Larry Goad (Laurie and Jennifer’s father) called his friend and neighbour, Richard Boxer Sr., an avid sailor, and hatched a plan to start a satellite sailing club on Lake Joseph with the support of the Golf and Country Club and fellow cottagers on Lake Joe.


From those humble beginnings, the Lake Joseph Yacht Club has grown to include more than 100 family memberships.



“Our main function is to provide a safe, fun, inclusive community environment on the lake, where anyone can have fun learning the lifelong skill of sailing while making new friends,” says Shelley O’Connor, who has run the sailing school for the past 10 years. “I personally became involved with the club 15 years ago when we started coming to Lake Joe. I was looking for somewhere that our girls could make friends on the lake, but not go away to overnight camp for the entire summer.”



The club now offers full-day and half-day programs, private sailing lessons, and they have their own race team.


It’s come a long way from the summer of 1967 when the founders negotiated with the Lake Joseph Church to use shoreline and the Lake Joseph Yacht Club was founded. The Club eventually outgrew the church location and moved to Laurie Island, which was also the Goad Family Island, and the club was incorporated in 1978.



The club ceased operations for a period in 1987 but a group of cottagers gathered to breathe life back into the operation in 1991. An agreement was reached with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind to operate partially on their property and adjacent railway access land, starting a long-term relationship that exists to this day.


The fleet now consists of a full line of Opti Prams, Picos, Lasers and Club 420s to allow for progression from age 5 to adult.




Registration for the LJYC is now open for 2020!


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