About Fanshawe Yacht Club

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About FYC:   Fanshawe Yacht Club is a not-for-profit sailing club on Fanshawe Lake, a man-made reservoir on the historic Thames River in London, Ontario.  

FYC is chiefly run by Volunteers and our Goals are:

  1.  to provide facilities in which Members and the community may receive instruction in
    sailing skills
  2. to encourage sailing on Fanshawe Lake and elsewhere
  3. to promote a high standard of skill and seamanship in the handling of sail-craft
  4. to secure honourable conduct in all activity and competition
  5. to foster a friendly and cooperative spirit among its Membership and those who
    frequent Fanshawe Yacht Club
  6. to cultivate fraternal relationships with other yachting organizations
  7. to perpetuate the tradition and fine spirit of the sport of yachting
  8. to arrange, develop and maintain proper facilities for the recreation of its Members and those who frequent Fanshawe Yacht Club

Fun Stuff:   Each sailing season, we host several regattas, organize fun social events and run a Sailing School for kids and adults. FYC also provides a wonderful atmosphere for families and all those who want to get out and have fun on the water.

Boats in the club range in size from small dinghies to 26 feet. The club offers recreational sailing, as well as weekly informal race nights for club members (rookie racers are always welcome!), club regattas and regattas open to non-club members. Our most active racing fleets include Laser, Laser Radial, Wayfarer, CS-22, open cruising classes, etc.

The FYC Sailing School has programs for both youth and adults to learn sailing. Summer camps are available during the day, as well as evening courses for adults.

Licensees:  We encourage Community Organizations to lease space on our grounds and make use of our wonderful facilities so everyone can have fun on the water.  Follow the links below to learn more about our Licensees such as Rowbust Dragon Boat Team, London Dragon Boat Club, Abilities in Motion (Adaptive Paddling) and Community Living London (Able Sail).

Fanshawe Yacht Club is a private club located on the grounds of Fanshawe Conservation Area – part of the Upper Thames Conservation Authority.

Drop us a line if you’d like more info about FYC or click the buttons to learn more about Membership and our Sailing School.

History of FYC


In December 1952, the Fanshawe Dam was completed to control the flooding of the Thames River, thus creating Fanshawe Lake - the home of our club. Learn more about the origins of FYC in the articles below.

Article by FYC Founder Jack McClatchie

By the end of April 1953, following the completion of the Fanshawe Dam in December 1952, Fanshawe Lake was a reality, and ready to use. On part of the west shore, there was a strip of sandy beach with a dock and a picnic park. This is where it all began.

The first boat to sail on the new lake was an 18′ sailing canoe, sailed right off the beach in April 1953 by Jack McClatchie (Pictured above left).  A few days later, Eric Skelton, a city engineer, put down the first permanent mooring for his dinghy “Polly Wog”. By the end of June, many more boats had joined the fleet on moorings.

During the summer, rather informal races were held on most weekends. By August, the fleet had grown to 18 boats with a friendly gang of skippers wondering how they could keep in touch through winter and make plans for the next summer’s sailing. At this point, Jack invited the group to meet at his home, and talk about forming a club to represent them before the Conservation Authority.

A committee was appointed to explore all the shores of the lake. With the approval of the Upper Thames Conservation Authority, the committee chose the location which the Club now occupies.

Everyone enjoyed a summer of good sailing in 1953, but the club was so loosely organized that it existed in a hand-to-mouth fashion. No firm plan was in place to ensure the succession, or the relief, of the elected members burdened with the management of the club. The club was growing, but so was the reluctance of many members to accept a nomination for office.

On Wednesday August 19, 1953, a well-attended business meeting was held. At this meeting, a more structured organization was formed, with the name of “Fanshawe Yacht Club” (FYC), and a formal staff of Flag Officers to be elected each year for a one-year term of office. A secretary, treasurer and a social convener were also elected that year and each year that followed.

And the rest, as they say, is history…

By Jack McClatchie
FYC Co-Founder
FYC Commodore 1956 & 1957

Where is Fanshawe Yacht Club?

Our Commodores

Recognizing Their Leadership and Volunteering

*Original FYC Burgee above designed by our 1st Commodore, Jack McClatchie

2021 · 2020
Bonita Magill
 
2019
Bonita Magill
 
2018
Jeff Eames
 
2017
Chris Fogelman
 
2016 · 2015
Jeff Eames
 
2014
Brian Hurst
 
2013 · 2012
Roy Elworthy
 
2011
Paul Chesman
 
2010
Brian Hurst
 
2009
Mark Anderson
 
2008 · 2007
Paul Chesman
 
2006 · 2005
John Bryant
 
2004
Steve Currie
 
2003
Carl Holland
 
2002
Marc Lacoursiere
 
2001
Anne McEwen
 
2000
Gord Stewart
 
1999
Les Pomeroy
 
1998
Dave Thompson
 
1997
Harry James
 
1996
John Hall
 
1995
Doug MacKenzie
 
1994
Barry Sarazin
 
1993
Jens Biskaborn
 
1992
Scott Town
 
1991
John Ballast
 
1990
John Burgess
 
1989
Brian Perry
 
1988
Rex Paget
 
1987
Alex Crowley
 
1986
John de Boer
 
1985
Steve Dietrich
 
1984
Don Husson
 
1983
Ed Van Puymbroeck
 
1982
Len MacDougall
 
1981
Larry Minshall
 
1980
Floyd James
 
1979
John Rae
 
1978
Hans Schaffner
 
1977
Keith Watson
 
1976
Andrew Kertesz
 
1975
Ken Stuart
 
 1974
George Dietrich
 
1973
Philip Luno
 
1972
Don Dool
 
1971
Hasso Grasmuck
 
1970
Graham Laing
 
1969
Matt Goddard
 
1968
Jack Wicks
 
1967
Don Dynes
 
1966
Bill Smith
 
1965
George Foster
 
1964
John Houston
 
1963
Emerson Bright
 
1962
John McGugan
 
1961
Phil Harding
 
1960
George Layton
 
1959
Cliff Wingrove
 
1958
Dave Schurman
 
1957 · 1956
Jack McClatchie
Past Commodores 1995

Member of the Year Award

Fanshawe Yacht Club’s Member of the Year Award honors the outstanding volunteer contributions made by its members in developing the club and the sailing school, and promoting the sport of sailing.

This prestigious annual award recognizes the overwhelming time and effort given by the recipients over multiple seasons, not solely in a single year.

Nominees are submitted and voted on at the end of each sailing season. The recipient is presented with the award at the Commodore’s Reception in the following year.

2019
Bill Scott & Mark Cole
 
2018
Denise Kinting & Nicholas Callender
 
2017
Carleen Hone & Jim MacKenzie
 
2016
Mary Watson
 
2015
Rob Perquin & Marc Lacoursiere
 
2014
Bob Magill
 
2013
Vera Eames
 
2012
Jack Blocker
 
2011
Nina Myers
 
2010
Sue Goldt
 
2009
Paul Chesman
 
2008
John Bryant
 
2007
Mike Wareing
 
2006
Kevin Biskaborn
 
2005
Ross Green
 
2004
Bert Renes & Josie Renes
 
2003
Hans Schaffner
 
2002
Mike Morris
 
2001
Art Seager
 
2000
Ralph Smith
 
1999
Otto Biskaborn
 
1998
Doug Hairsine & Chris Hairsine
 
1997
Doug MacKenzie
 
1996
Gus Andersen
 
1995
John Ballast & Lynda Ballast
 
1994
John Burgess
 
1993
Brian Perry
 
1992
Philip Luno
 
1991
Harry James
 
1990
Rex Paget & Linda Paget
 
1989
Alex Crowley
 
1988
Jack McClatchie & Cliff Wingrove
 
1987
John de Boer
 
1986
Don Husson
 
1985
Elmer Searle
 
1984
Phil Harding & Gertude Harding
 
1983
Len MacDougall
 
1982
Derek Innes
 
1981
Josephine Scarlett
 
1980
Peter Wilkins