The Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club was founded in 1888 by a group of Montreal business men who wanted to pursue an interest in sailing. In 1894, the club was granted a “Royal” designation by Queen Victoria and our current patron is Prince Philip. The Royal designation allows members the privilege of visting other Royal yacht clubs around the world and enjoying their facilities.
Our sailors have participated in various Olympics beginning in 1952 and carries on today with Tyler Bjorn competing for Canada in the 2012 Olympic Games in England. On a local level, our club racers compete every Wednesday night for PHRF Class Championships, One Design Laser 28’s and Whitesail and the overall Club Championship at the end of the year. There is also a Friday Night Fun Race series for those who are not so serious and just want a fun evening. This series is very popular.
While the Royal St. Lawrence is, and has always been, a sailing club, we also have a large fleet of power boats in the club. The sailing and power boats range from dinghies to 50+ foot yachts. The members have unlimited access to our sixty foot swimming pool and our 3 well maintained tennis courts allowing non sailors to enjoy the club as well.
We have an excellent Junior Squadron teaching young sailors from the age of 3 through their teenage years. Training begins in single handed Opti boats and continues up to 420 boats requiring a crew of 2. These programs are sold out by early spring each year.
The club has purchased 5 twenty-four foot Shark keelboats for instruction as well as use by the members who do not own a boat. All that is required is to show proof of competency and the members can sail them at their leisure.
The Entertainment Committee ensures that there are social events held on a regular basis through the spring, summer and fall with a special theme for each. The main clubhouse is air conditioned for the comfort of the members and guests.
Whether you have a boat or not, the Royal St. Lawrence offers a country club atmosphere fifteen minutes from the city.