Sailors at Wildwood Sailing Club will be hoisting a specially made anniversary flag at the marina this summer and sporting matching flags on their boats to celebrate five decades of sailing at Wildwood Lake just east of St. Marys.
The highlight of the club’s 50th anniversary sailing season will be a July 30 sailing rally (1p.m.) and presentation (4p.m.) at the club’s leased premises at Wildwood Conservation Area where the club’s founders, headed by St. Marys boat builder Jack Payton, established a marina in the spring of 1967.
As active as ever, the club is the summertime play area for about 45 member sailors, their partners and crews. Open to canoeists and sailboarders as well, the club is under the leadership of Commodore Rob Johnson and a board of directors primarily drawn from Stratford, St. Marys and London.
A number of former commodores, several founding members and invited visitors from the sailing clubs at Fanshawe and Pittock conservation areas are expected for the anniversary event..
The upcoming race dates are: June 10 – Vanexan Cup; July 15 – Rum Runner; Aug. 12 – Wildwood Cup.
The Saturday races all start at 1p.m. If rained out, the race is next day.
Please note the July 30 event is ticketed and not open to the general public but sailing can be viewed from the Wildwood Conservation Area grounds across from the Wildwood Sailing Club marina.
A comprehensive history of WSC is available on the club’s website by Googling Wildwood Sailing Club. A recent addition to that history is the building, in the fall of 2016, of a new steel-clad storage shed to replace a wooden shed that had fallen into disrepair.
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