Welcome to the website of the Champlain Sailing Club, which has a history that stretches back to the early days of Stephen Leacock in Orillia (early 1900's).
Like the founders of the Sailing Club, Stephen Leacock was an enthusiastic sailor and we do know that he had sailing friends who were members of the Club.
We are not sure if he was a member, but we feel that he would at least have appreciated his sailing friends in the same way that he appreciated the other Mariposa characters who populate Sunshine Sketches of a Small Town. Sunshine Sketches his most famous book was published in 1912, a 100 years ago this year.
A special annual club event is the Mariposa Belle Race, a uniquely Leacockian race, open to all sailors, and inspired by the Sunshine Sketches story, "The Marine Excursion of the Knights of Pythias"
The Club is nestled on the south shore of Lake Couchiching, off Cedar Island Road, a 15 minute walk to downtown Orillia. The clubhouse itself overlooks Pumpkin Bay and the beautiful clear waters of Lake Couchiching.
We are an active, volunteer operated club with about 50 member families. Larger boats are moored at floating docks and swing moorings, while dinghies and catamarans are accommodated on the Club beach.Activities include regular races, day sailing and a variety of social events. In cooperation with the City of Orillia Parks and Recreation Department, the Champlain Sailing Club also operates an annual sail training program for youth and adults.