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Date(s) - Monday, September 3, 2018
11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Bronte Harbour Yacht Club


Have you ever noticed that on Labour Day weekend there are more sailboats than usual out on the lake off Bronte?  Even on days when the wind and the waves are high?


For the past twenty years, Bronte Harbour Yacht Club has hosted Bronte Rocks, a regatta that attracts sailboats from all over Lake Ontario. Boats range in size from 21′ up to 40′, and each requires a crew of two or three at the very minimum, and up to nine or ten for the larger boats.  Racing is held over two days, and the boats follow a set course (marked by floating buoys) in a pattern decided by the direction of the wind and the whim of the race committee.  Rules are complex, rigorously upheld, and safety is paramount.  Competition is high, especially amongst the boats flying the colourful spinnaker that pulls them along at high speed with the wind behind them.  Others are content to take it easier, simply enjoying the camaraderie and slower speed of white, or “non-flying”, sails.


The regatta’s name, Bronte Rocks, is not only suggestive of the partying enjoyed by the sailors who relax at the BHYC clubhouse after the race, but it is also a nod to Bronte’s history as home to a considerable fleet of stonehookers, vessels that gathered stones from the lake that were used as building materials over a hundred years ago.


So if you’d like to see a little action out on the water this Labour Day weekend, come down to Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park and walk along the pier to the lighthouse between late morning and midafternoon.