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Scuttlebutt – August 2019 – RMYC Toronto News


Mariners Bar Area

You may have noticed some changes occurring in the Mariners Bar Area and what you see – levelling and paving of the grassed area in front of the Mariners Bar will be just the start. The Board and Management have for some time, been discussing and planning how we can make the Mariners Bar area appealing to a wider audience – not just our existing membership but younger age groups and families, and have now approved capital works that will result in the Mariners Bar deck area being glassed in and weather proofed. The works should be completed by end September. You can view the council approved plan by clicking Mariners Bar Plans  CLICK HERE FOR Photo Gallery

Lions Exchange Students

At the end of July, the RMYC Sailing Community collaborated with the Toronto Lions to provide a group of 31 International Exchange Students with the experience of yacht racing with our Winter Wednesday Sailors. This event occurs every year in the July timeframe and is one that the RMYC has supported for the past 10 years. The students in this year’s event came from Mexico, USA, Indonesia, Mongolia, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Germany, Slovakia, Turkey, Norfolk Island, Australia and France.  Exchange students that participate in the Lions program take away a wealth of knowledge and understanding about not only the culture of Australia and its peoples, but also the countries from which the other students come from.   

Toronto Foreshore / Bath Street

Council has now invited feedback from the community on design principles and ideas for improvements to Toronto’s foreshore as part of its master planning process. You can provide feedback by visiting the ‘Creating a Place for People in Toronto’ website ( and completing the online survey by August 11th, registering to attend one of two community workshops (August 6th or 10th) or dropping by one of the pop-ups near the rotunda on the foreshore (Aug 6th – 11 am – 1 pm, 2 pm – 4 pm; Aug 11th – 1 pm – 3 pm; 3 pm- 4 pm). Six consultants have been engaged.

However, Council still refuses to include the Bath Street site at the northern end of the foreshore in its master planning process. This continues to be disappointing and perplexing, especially in the face of immense community opposition to its plans for a 6 storey commercial building on this site. The Bath Street site is a separate project from the Toronto Foreshore Masterplan. By doing so, Council is putting an artificial constraint on planning for foreshore improvements.

Everyone is encouraged to provide comment on the design principles and ideas. Although there is no provision to comment on the Bath Street site per se (only on the ‘interface’), please also take the opportunity to let Council know what you think of its proposal and how you think this site could be better used as part of your feedback and other communications. It is very important that Council continues to hear concerns from residents. 

Winter Sailing

Winter Racing continues with the Winter Wednesday Series. The Autumns Wednesday Series has finished and won by Hows Trix (Graham Parr), as has the Winter Saturday Point Score won by Austral (Peter Mayo). The Winter Wednesday Series will continue on until Daylight Savings starts.  

Heaven Can Wait and Lakefest 2020

The dates for The 2020 Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta (HCW) have been announced (February 22-23) with the Charity Dinner to be held on Friday February 21.

HCW will again be a part of Lakefest – a celebration of all things aquatic on Lake Macquarie. The number of events in Lakefest is growing with some class yacht racing regattas expected to be included in the 2020 program along with a Fishing Competition and a Charity Ball. Lakefest will run from February 15 through to March 7.  For more information, go to and

Coal Trophy

The Coal Trophy will be held on Sunday August 11. This is an Observation Trail on the water and is open to any boat owner wishing to participate.

The program is:

Breakfast at 8:30 am ($5 bacon and egg roll)

Briefing at 9:30am

Race starts at 10am

Contact Olivia Byrne at for more details.