News & Events

Prairie Wind Regatta is on!

posted Jun 22, 2020, 8:40 AM by Web Master

Excerpt from Canadian Seaspray Newsletter

The Newell Sailing Club will host a very non-typical regatta at our regular time frame July 11 and 12th 2020.  It will still be called the "Prairie Wind" Regatta however it will be a "bring your own food and beverages" event. There will be some (possibly 10 or more) on site tent camping spaces available.  Hotels and other camping are available in the area as well as there may be space left in Kinbrook Island Campground as well.  You should contact John by phone (number on the notice of race located in files on the Regattas page) to let him know you will be attending so that we can follow government regulations in regards to our current viral situation.  At the moment the club hall and other buildings on the club's grounds will be off limits (this may be subject to change).  The park bathrooms will be available for public use.   The club will follow the current health regulations and expect members, competitors and guests to follow all mandated requirements. 

Seaspray activities at the club and new gate photo

posted Jun 15, 2020, 1:58 PM by Web Master   [ updated Jun 15, 2020, 1:58 PM ]

Due to "The Virus" non-essential travel to the US was banned.  June 12, 13 and 14th would have been the Seaspray North Americans at the Eureka, Oregon Yacht Club.  To somewhat makeup for missing this event (it was cancelled anyways) a few club Seasprays made it on the water at Newell during the week of June 8 to 12th.  John Cormack was also working on some gates.  These gates look good and serve a useful security purpose.   The last photo is one of Lake Newell's famous sunsets.  Thanks to Francis/Hamish Ferguson for the lovely photos.   

Seaspray Sailing Week! June 8 to June 12th

posted Jun 8, 2020, 6:59 AM by Web Master

Newell sailing club members who own and sail a Seaspray should make plans to sail their boats this week.  Weather forecasts look promising and the sailing season is on.  Prep your boat and yourself and remember to sail safe and when possible sail with other seaspray sailors.  Some morning, most afternoons and some evenings should have at least a couple of Seasprays on the water.  Hope to see you out.  

Use at your own risk!

posted Jun 7, 2020, 10:27 AM by Web Master

If you as a member feel it is necessary to access Newell Sailing Club buildings or equipment for your own purposes please sanitize whatever you touch before and after use.  

Virus Covid 19

posted Jun 7, 2020, 10:22 AM by Web Master

While we reopen the Newell Sailing Club, we need everyone's cooperation to ensure the safety of our members and to stop the spread of COVID -19. As government restrictions ease, changes will be made at the club as well.

  • Until further notice, all buildings at the club are closed, including the members shed and washrooms. With the requirements for frequent and enhanced cleaning of any communal spaces or high touch areas, having these open is not feasible in a volunteer run club. Washrooms will be open in the park.

  • The grounds are open but physical distancing of 2 meters between non-family members must be maintained.

  • Please use only your own equipment at this time.

  • Come prepared with your own water/ drinks, snacks/food, dishes and lawn chairs.

  • Carry your own hand sanitizer and use it before and after touching any common surfaces.

  • Pack out what you bring in (garbage and recyclables).

  • Follow all provincial guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

New Years Day Social

posted Jan 12, 2020, 9:01 AM by Web Master

Twenty people were in attendance for a lovely weather day at the club.  The hall was a warm and cozy place to be this day.  I, unfortunately did not take any pictures.  The ice was not cleared for pond hockey due to the crusty snow cover that stuck to the ice surface making it too difficult to clear the snow off the ice.  Cross country track sets were in place and the mild weather, no wind sunny day made for very pleasant cross country skiing.  Lots of gaming, visiting and eating of xmas leftover treats took place over the afternoon.  Once again the new windows in the hall made a real difference in how warm the hall got with the door sometimes getting left open to keep it cool enough inside.  No frost see through windows are a real plus!  A short exec meeting was held after the excellent potluck dinner.  Things wound up sometime after 8 pm

Although it seems a long time till sailing season some planned activities may get the Byte sailboats in a more ready to sail state for the upcoming season.  Boat parking issues will continue to be worked on and a gate at the south end of the old roadway will facilitate getting boats into and out of the second row of stalls.  If you have a boat at the club over the winter or rent a locker your dues are due by March 31st.  There are changes to the membership form  so all members must fill out and email or send a copy along with payment.  

Club Fall Cleanup and Winter preparation

posted Oct 9, 2019, 8:43 AM by Web Master   [ updated Oct 9, 2019, 12:22 PM ]

A number of routine jobs including removing and storing the veranda screens, draining water lines, draining tanks and bathroom wash basins, cutting and trimming the grass, checking the outboard motors, placing wire fencing around shore line willows (to stop beavers removing trees), placing tree and leaf mulch on muddy areas, additional seeding of grass on the berm as well as holding the club's AGM.  Many members also prepped their boats for the off season or removed them from the club grounds.  After all this there was a superb potluck supper in a very warm and cozy hall.  
Our club is continuing to draw out our active members and it is a chance to get some visiting in and continue to improve our facility.  We are fortunate that so many of our members are willing to help out and be part of a vibrant active organization.  We have seen a general increase in on the water activities and our membership numbers are growing.  We provide a place to have your sailing equipment in a semi ready state and serve those members who take advantage of this facility and what it has to offer.  At the AGM it was the general feeling that our club is not a storage facility for those members who do not use their equipment or take part in the necessary volunteerism that this club depends on.    

Club SeaSpray sailors attended North American event in Osoyoos, BC

posted Sep 20, 2019, 9:59 AM by Web Master

Six club members and their wives attended the Sea Spray North Americans over the weekend of Sept 13, 14 and 15th.  John Cormack acted as race officer with an on the water committee boat and effective mark placement ensuring fair racing.  Although the winds were light on Friday, the next two days were windy enough to complete 9 more races after the one race on Friday.  Newell members place well in this regatta taking first, second, fifth, sixth and seventh in the 11 boat fleet.  The picture below shows our members waiting for wind on Friday.  The Osoyoos Sailing Club treated us well and the food was great.  Saturday's sailing had enough wind to fly a hull on occasion.  

Sept 1 Sunday Brunch Well Attended

posted Sep 2, 2019, 5:59 AM by Web Master

Once again about 25+ people participated in the last special potluck brunch.  Although the weather looked iffy in the morning the sun came out and made this late summer event a lot of fun for those of you who attended.  A lot of tasty breakfast/lunch items were available to try and there were lots of heaped up plates to prove that people were hungry.  
It was a good day to go on the water with breezy east winds blowing.  A fleet of kayaks and about eight SeaSprays were out.  The SeaSprays were able to sail four practice races to help get the fleet ready for some competition in Osoyoos later this month.  There were a number of other club sailboats out as well.  This may have been the largest club fleet out this year.  A lot of people just hung out on the beach as the weather was near perfect.  
For the balance of the season no more "special" potlucks are planned.  Look forward to next year.

Corn Cob Regatta Highlights

posted Aug 25, 2019, 7:58 PM by Web Master   [ updated Aug 30, 2019, 1:37 PM ]


Thanks to Amy Mills for organizing the Corn Cob t-shirts with the various models showing a few of the colours.  Other colours include, orange, red and a few others.  These are not year designated so you may see them again next year.

Morning race session had six participants for a couple of hours of practice starting and a short course race course.  May repeat this in the future.

The afternoon event open to all sailing club member non-powered boat craft happened on an almost windless sunny warm afternoon.  Five markers were placed in various places on the water north of the club.  Each marker had a letter written on it and competitors had to read the five letters to know the word to progress to the on shore crossword puzzle.  Winner of the race back to shore for the kayak fleet was Cindy Meers and Betty Van Pypen was the first of the kayak fleet to solve the crossword puzzle.  Richard Braul was the first of the sailors back to shore and also the first of the sailors to solve the crossword puzzle.  For their accomplishments a jar of Kieren's honey was a much appreciated prize.  In all there were 17 competitors which was easily the largest fleet we have had for this event.  As part of the sailing fleet, the fact the wind was not present for most of the two hours I spent on the water, getting back and then having to solve the crossword puzzle was a formidable challenge.  Even though some of the sailors were helped with a tow for part of the way, it was easily apparent that the craft to be in for this event was a kayak.  Remember, next year sailors, pray for wind.
After the challenge was over there was a lot of socializing and of course the potluck supper along with the corn, beef and refreshments provided by the sailing club.  All in all about 25 people were in attendance.  It was a lot of fun.     

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