Sail Parry Sound Quarterly Newsletter Volume 2 - 2016
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SPS Announces New Partnerships with Local Businesses 

SPS welcomes Chris Shaw, the owner of The Country Gourmet Café, well known for fresh, delicious foods and beverages. This partnership will offer a new destination on the shore, for walkers, cyclists, SPS members and our sailing school families who have long wished for a meeting place with healthy food and drink. Doors open for the first time on the May long weekend, with comfortable tables and the only, elevated panoramic view of the Big Sound, with food service.


White Squall will be demonstrating kayaking and paddle boarding from their new Sail Parry Sound location this summer. Professional instruction, kayak and paddle board training will be available most Tuesday and Saturday afternoons in July and August.  SPS welcomes owners Tim and Kathy Dyer, who also operate their Paddling Centre at Cole Lake in Carling, and the town store on James Street.


 SPS also welcomes Parry Sound Bikes, owned by Aleesha Mullen and voted twice on the list of  Best Bike Shops in Canada, who will be scheduling a Tour the Town Bike Experience bringing their cycling tours right to Sail Parry Sound, to enjoy our beautiful place on the shore. 
2016 SPS Board of Directors
Back Row (L-R): Cecilia Parkes, Wade Perkins, Terry Johnson, Brad Laking, Bob Griffiths, Bob Bradey, Michelle Deaust
Front Row (L-R):  Carol Wilson, Larry Woolner, Marianne King-Wilson, Lis McWalter

AGM 2016 Highlights

We are pleased to introduce our newest board members this year, Carol Wilson, Membership Director and Lis McWalter, CFO.

Carol graduated from Western University and enjoyed a successful career in marketing and event management with firms like Radisson Hotels, Hockley Valley Resort, Woodbine Racetrack and Magna International. After meeting Richard Wilson, an avid sailor and member of the Kingston Yacht Club, she not only fell in love with him but the sport of sailing! Together with their son, Curtis, and family dog they enjoyed several years cruising Georgian Bay out of Midland before deciding that the Sound truly offered "the Finest Freshwater Sailing in the World".  In 2001 they built their future home in Carling Bay where they dock their C&C 37, "Stormy Gladiator".

Lis has a strong background with relevant experience in the corporate world as well as proven track record in community leadership.  She is on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce, member of REDAC, and Chairs WPS SMART seeking to improve broadband in our area.  Lis and her husband have been cottaging in the area for over 25 years.  In 2011 they moved to a home they built on Loon Bay. They are enthusiastic sailors having just returned from a month sailing in the Virgin Islands.   At home they enjoy Georgian Bay on their 43 ft Irwin MKIII centre cockpit sail boat.
Thank you to all of our volunteers and supporters!

New SPS Member Events for Summer 2016
We are delighted to announce that we have the following programs and events planned for our Members to enjoy this summer.
SPS3 Weekly Student Lunches – New for our sailing school students, The Country Gourmet will be offering freshly prepared sandwiches and lunch items weekdays throughout July and August.  Registered sailing school students will be sent an email with the option to pre-order the lunch and snack items in advance of their sailing weeks. The items will be prepared fresh for the students and delivered to SPS3.
Daily Afternoon Tea on the Upper Deck The Upper Deck will be a wonderful place to sit under shade awnings and capture the waterfront activities this summer. Enjoy “Afternoon Tea” each day with freshly baked items and a variety of refreshing cool or warm beverages available for purchase. We are hoping this will be an added value to our sailing school families while they wait to pick up their children in the afternoon following their lessons.
Social Tuesdays at SPS!!
Tuesday Coffee Mornings for Members – Each Tuesday morning we welcome our Members to join in a fun and casual networking opportunity to get to know other members and weekly happenings at Sail Parry Sound. Carol Wilson, our Membership Director, will be in attendance to update members on planned member activities, upcoming regattas, and other exciting events happening both at SPS and the area and answer any questions members may have regarding sailing school and other programs.
Tuesday Night Adult Sailing – Members Only – We are thrilled to offer our Members a Tuesday adult evening sailing night to the sounds of the Bands on the Bay outside at The Stockey Centre, followed by a BBQ on our shores from The Country Gourmet. All members welcome and those wishing to participate please email Carol Wilson at We are planning on offering this from Tuesday, July 6th – Tuesday, August 31st (9 weeks) so if you know of some sailing enthusiasts or adults wishing to learn to sail, let them know, as a membership for $85.00 is an inexpensive way to sail!
For more information on the various concerts and Bands playing this summer at the Stockey Centre, visit
Wednesday Race Night - Wednesday nights are Sail Parry Sound students, instructors and members (with their own boats) race night! This is a great opportunity for parents, friends and the community to enjoy snack and beverage on the Upper Deck while watching the evening race and sunset. The Country Gourmet will also be providing a BBQ during the evening.

Our Grand Opening and Get out on the Water Event – July 9th – Everyone Welcome!
This will be THE event of the summer! Come out and bring your friends to enjoy our Grand Opening festivities in conjunction with our annual Get out on the Water Event. Tour our newly completed facility and introduce your friends to the beauty of silent wind power!
Board a keelboat or a dinghy, wearing your PFD, (we have spares!) and sail away with an experienced sailor who will show you the ropes, sitting or sailing–your choice. Our friends from White Squall, the Paddling Centre of Georgian Bay, are partnering with us, for you to try other motor-free on-water experiences. Try paddle boarding, the newest way to enjoy the Bay! You’ll love the quiet, with the waves lapping, the feel of the cool spray on your face, the warmth of the sun, and the distinctive deep blue of the Big Sound. The Country Gourmet will be offering a special menu on the Upper Deck for our Grand Opening event as well. Enjoy the entertainment and waterfront activities…looking forward to seeing you all there!
Sailing School Early Bird Registration Discount Ends April 30th!
Click Here to Register Online Now
New for Sailing School This Year

Teen Fast Start - July 18-29
A beginner sailor program for youth aged 12-17 years.  Teens will sail with others their same age and have a chance to achieve CANSail 1 and 2 by the end of the two week period.

Bring A Buddy New Sailor Referral Discount
If you are a returning sailor and you bring a friend who has never sailed with SPS before, in the same week, both of you are eligible for a 30% discount.
2015 Sail Parry Sound Sailing School Instructors and Volunteers
Not A Member Yet? Click Here to Download a Membership Form and Join for just $85!
SPS is a Not-for-Profit Organization Click Here to Donate
2016 SPS Board Members & Manager Contact Info
2016 Event Calendar

May 21 - 23
Country Gourmet Opens on the Upper Deck

July 4
Sailing School Begins

July 5
Tuesday Member Coffee Morning begin on the Upper Deck and Tuesday Night Member Adult Sailing begins

July 6
Wednesday Night Racing for Sailing School Students & Instructors begins

July 9
Grand Opening and Get Out on the Water Event

August 6-7
Big Sound Challenge Regatta for Wayfarers & Lasers

August 22 - Last week of Sailing School
Our 2015 Get Out on the Water Skippers
Wonderful food catered at our AGM by Chris Shaw of the Country Gourmet
Our SPS events are great successes because of our volunteers!  Some of the volunteering opportunities are:
- helping with the Get Out on the Water/Grand Opening Event
- many hands are needed for the Big Sound Challenge Regatta in August
- dock launching in the spring and fall
- general grounds maintenance throughout the year
- adult sailing on Tuesday evenings in the summer

Email us to join the volunteer team and tell us what area you would most like to help with!
Want to Become a Sail Parry Sound Club Judge for Regattas?

Ontario Sailing for the first time is offering an Online Club Judge training course for Sail Parry Sound and other Northern Clubs for free on May 4th and May 10th from 7-10am. It will use a Go to Meeting format so you will need a computer with internet access and a microphone. The only requirement for materials is that you will need to have a current Racing Rules of Sailing handbook available from Ontario Sailing.

Contact for a link to the registration.

Big Sound Challenge 2015 Racing Wayfarers
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