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Sailing School

We are very proud to foster and develop sailing as a sport and pastime within our community. For the past 7 years, we have run a full-time sailing school with Sail Canada certified staff instructors and club owned equipment. Our programs - from introductory to advanced - are offered to kids aged 5 and up and adults.

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We host regular Wednesday evening and weekend race events for all sailboats. If you don't own a boat, try your hand at being a crew member on one of our member boats. This team sport is a great way to meet people and develop your sailing skills.

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Cruising Rendezvous

Each year, we organise several rendezvous at anchorages that are within a few hours of Yellowknife Bay. Cruising the vast waters of Great Slave can be very solitary, and rendezvous are a great way to share an anchorage, experiences, food and good times. New sailors also benefit from the watchful eyes of a flotilla.


The Great Slave Sailing Club is located in the City of Yellowknife on the shores of Great Slave Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories. (62' 29' N 114' 22' W).

Great Slave Lake is the 5th largest lake in North America and the 10th largest in the world, with a surface area of 28,570 square kilometres. Sailing season is early June to late September for the prudent, and into October for others.

We exist to promote the development of sailing, seamanship and navigational skills through the participation in sailing and club activities; to cultivate an appreciation of Great Slave Lake as cruising waters; and to facilitate and provide youth the ability to become involved in the sport of sailing and all related activities for their own personal growth and community benefit.

Edited by Ben on June 5, 2020.

News & Updates

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Oct 26, 2020

GSSC's Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, November 21 at 2:00pm.  Location to be confirmed.  Members have been sent more information via the membership mailing list.

Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve

Jul 13, 2020

Parks Canada has provided sailing & boating information about the new Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve, which begins approximately 22 miles (41 kms) WSW of Łutselk'e, immediately north of Etthen Island.

Sailors are advised that registraion is required to visit the park, and additional permits and licenses may be required. 

The Parks Canada website will be updated frequently.  Sailors are also invited to share photos for publication on Park Canada's site or other materials.

Lift-In 2020 Update

Jun 14, 2020

Due to strong winds on Saturday and Sunday, lift-in has been posponed to Wednesday, June 17.  The crane is currently stationed at the Club and should be ready-to-go at 1:00pm.  All lift-in participants should watch their inboxes for updates.