Sailing Information For Rochester, NY and Lake Ontario
For Rochester, NY and the surrounding region
Your comments, suggestions, and additions are welcome.
- Canada Border
- Canadian Coast Guard.
"Given the importance of Canada’s oceans and interrelated inland
waterways, the federal government is mandated to play a lead role in
ensuring their sustainable use and development. In turn, Canadians
expect the federal government to protect the marine environment, to
facilitate economic growth, to ensure public safety on the water, and to
exert a strong federal presence to ensure the sovereignty and security
of Canadian waters.
It is within this context that the Canadian Coast Guard has become a key
national institution by which Canada exerts its influence over its water
and its coasts and delivers on public expectations of clean, safe,
secure, healthy and productive waters and coastlines. A vital symbol of
Canada’s sovereignty as a maritime nation, the Coast Guard delivers
services to Canada and Canadians on four equally important levels:
- delivering Coast Guard programs;
- supporting departmental programs;
- supporting other government departments; and
- serving the broader Canadian interest..."
- Marine Rescue Telephone Numbers
- 1-800-463-4393 or (418) 648-3599
- Canadian Hydrographic
Service. "Mission: To provide clients with up-to-date, timely, and
accurate Hydrographic publications necessary for safe and efficient
navigation for navigable waters of Canada in the most cost effective and
efficient manner and to represent Canadian hydrographic interests
nationally and internationally."
Transportation Agency. "Mission: The Canadian Transportation
Agency's mission is to administer transportation legislation and
Government of Canada policies to help achieve an efficient and
accessible transportation system by education, consultation and
- Environment Canada.
"We deliver national programs tailored to respond to regional and local
issues; implement Great Lakes 2000 and the Canada-Ontario Agreement
(COA) Respecting Great Lakes; and represent Environment Canada
corporately in binational, national, regional and local partnerships."
Government of Canada Marine Services Online. "Marine Services
On-line (MSO) is a citizen-driven single window to government marine
services and information. The MSO seeks to better serve marine clients
(Recreational Boaters, Commercial Fishers and those within the Marine
Infrastructure) by offering information products and services through a
single point of access. It is convenient, bilingual and accessible 24
hours, 7 days a week irrespective of geographic location."
- Great Lakes St. Lawrence
Pleasure Craft Guide. "This Guide provides information for the
operation of pleasure craft of up to 317.5 tonnes displacement in
Seaway locks between Montreal and Lake Ontario and in the Welland
Canal, across the Niagara peninsula. It is recommended that a copy
be kept on board." Available online in PDF format.
Vessel Transit Information. "Map of Current Vessel Positions
(active in last 30 days and not in port). Comment: This
information is valuable if you may be crossing shipping lanes."
- Ontario Ministry of
- Transport Canada.
"Transport Canada's mission is to develop and administer policies,
regulations and services for the best transportation system for Canada
and Canadians — one that is safe and secure, efficient, affordable,
integrated and environmentally friendly. Learn more about who we are by
looking at our organization and senior management structure. Or learn
more about what we do by browsing our departmental publications, list of
programs and services, or acts and regulations for which the Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities is responsible."
- Transports Québec.
"Mission: To ensure the mobility of people and goods throughout Québec
with an efficient and safe transportation system that contributes to the
economic, social, and sustainable development of Québec."
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
"The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is made up of
approximately 34,600 Civilian and 650 military members. Our military and
civilian engineers, scientists and other specialists work hand in hand
as leaders in engineering and environmental matters. Our diverse
workforce of biologists, engineers, geologists, hydrologists, natural
resource managers and other professionals meets the demands of changing
times and requirements as a vital part of America's Army. "
- U.S. Coast Guard. "The
United States Coast Guard is a military, multimission, maritime service
and one of the nation’s five Armed Services. Its mission is to protect
the public, the environment, and U.S. economic interests – in the
nation’s ports and waterways, along the coast, on international waters,
or in any maritime region as required to support national security."
- U.S. Maritime Administration.
"Mission: To improve and strengthen the U.S. marine transportation
system - including infrastructure, industry and labor - to meet the
economic and security needs of the Nation.
MARAD programs promote the development and maintenance of an adequate,
well-balanced United States merchant marine, sufficient to carry the
Nation’s domestic waterborne commerce and a substantial portion of its
waterborne foreign commerce, and capable of service as a naval and
military auxiliary in time of war or national emergency. MARAD also
seeks to ensure that the United States maintains adequate shipbuilding
and repair services, efficient ports, effective intermodal water and
land transportation systems, and reserve shipping capacity for use in
time of national emergency..."
- United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.
"The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was established by Congress in
1939 to assist the Coast Guard in promoting boating safety. It includes
more than 30,000 members.... from all walks of life who receive special
training so that they may be a functional part of Coast Guard Forces.
Auxiliarists assist the Coast Guard in non-law enforcement programs such
as public education, vessel safety checks, safety patrols, search and
rescue, maritime security and environmental protection and Coast Guard
Academy introduction programs for youth. Auxiliarists volunteer more
than 2 million hours annually to benefit other boaters and their
New York State
- New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation. "The New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation exists to: 'conserve, improve, and
protect New York State's natural resources and environment, and
control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the
health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their
overall economic and social well being.'"
- New York State
Environmental Facilities Corporation. "Mission: The
Environmental Facilities Corporation's mission is to promote
environmental quality by providing low-cost capital and expert
technical assistance to municipalities, businesses and State
agencies for environmental projects in New York State. Its purpose
is to help public and private entities comply with federal and State
Boating Course. Offered by The United
States Coast Guard Auxiliary. "America's Boating Course is a unique
study program covering the fundamentals of boating. The course is designed
for skippers and crew of all types of watercraft. The course material covers
seven chapters, which touch on:
- general information about boats and maintenance
- information to make your boating experience
- safer and more comfortable
- tips on being a more courteous boat operator
- laws and regulations to which you must adhere
The course materials include both an 80 page full color manual and
interactive "courseware". The manual is your textbook, and the "courseware"
is your virtual instructor. Both cover the same topics but each in its own
way. The manual includes extensive diagrams, graphics and boating tips. The
courseware is narrated and interactive, making use of animation, video, and
sound. Both manual and courseware provide review questions so that you can
verify that you truly understand the material. In addition to the lessons,
the courseware includes resources, which will come in handy long after you
have completed the course; printable forms (checklists, accident reports,
float plans, etc.) and links to reference documents such as the Navigation
- Silver Waters of Lake Ontario.
"Our goal is to raise awareness of, and appreciation for, our great lake
through writing, sailing instruction, nature study, and other means."
- Sailing merchandise
including books, electronics, hardware, hats, knives, magazines, shoes,
- Bayside Boat & Tackle.
1200 Empire Blvd. Rochester, NY 14609. 585-224-8289. Bayside advertises
Sunfish and catamarans for rent.
- 43.264167,-77.5976. This is a approximate location in the center of the
Genesee River at the entrance to the jetty channel. Google
- Freedom 21. An
online discussion for owners of Freedom 21 sailboats.
- Ideal18 · We sail on
Ideal 18 sailboats. "For persons interested in the Ideal 18
sailboat. It is a 2 person keel boat
with large fleets on Lake Ontario and on Long Island Sound." Sponsored by
- Lake Ontario
Sailing. "The topic of this discussion is Lake Ontario sailing.
Share your experiences from sailing the lake and visiting the ports on
its shore. Tell us about your favorite boat mechanic, fiberglass repair
wizard, marina, yacht club, and more. Advertise sailboats for sale,
equipment, sails, or anything related. Post requests for crew or offers
to crew. Share your best and worst experiences on Lake Ontario."
Lotus_SeaScouts303 · Sea Scouts - Ship 303. "Sea Scouting is a
coeducational program that specializes in maritime training for young
adults from the ages of 14-20 years old. Our unit, Sea Scout Ship 303,
(Based out of Webster, NY) focuses on sail-training aboard the tall-ship
Lotus. This training includes weekly meetings and sailing trip in the
summer months around the Lake Ontario Region.
Lotus, our sail training vessel, is a 48-foot gaft rigged antique wooden
schooner designed by the famous naval architect William Hand Jr., which
was launched in 1918.
During our weekly meetings and summer training, our members learn the
skills necessary to run and maintain our sailing vessel as well as other
aspects of maritime knowledge."
- Brockport Yacht Club.
"The Brockport Yacht Club is primarily a sailing club, located on the South
Shore of Lake Ontario, near the mouth of Sandy Creek. It is and has been
always a "Do-It-Yourself" club, in which the members take an active role in
the activities and upkeep of the Club and the property."
- Canandaigua Yacht Club.
"Canandaigua Yacht Club is a membership sailing club located on Canandaigua
Lake in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State. The Club is
dedicated to encouragement and facilitation of sailing and sailboat racing,
as well as social activities for it's members. The location puts the club in
easy reach of the suburbs of Rochester."
- Genesee Yacht Club, Inc. "The
Genesee Yacht Club (GYC) was established to encourage yachting and sailing,
to further the arts and sciences pertaining to seamanship, piloting, and
navigation, and to provide and maintain suitable clubhouse and dockage
facilities for use of the members by cooperative effort at minimum expense.
The club burgee is a white bordered emerald green triangular pennant. You
might also see some of our yachts with a yellow and green triangular pennant
(this is our 50 year anniversary burgee)."
- Hobie Cat Fleet 295. "Hobie Fleet
295 is the local chapter of the North American Hobie Cat Association
(NAHCA). Fleet 295 is part of Division 16 of the NAHCA which covers upstate
and western New York as well as northwestern Pennsylvania and Ontario
Canada. The goal of Fleet 295 is to promote the sailing and racing of beach
launched catamarans, Hobie Cats in particular. Fleet 295 hosts an annual
regatta, The Ontario Open, which draws competitors from Massachusetts to
Michigan and Virginia to Canada. Since 1978, the Ontario Open Regatta has
also served as an NAHCA regional an national championship events."
- Iroquois Sail and Power
Squadron. "Our primary mission is to provide boating related education
and foster social and fraternal relationships among our members in and
around Rochester NY, to ensure all boaters can enjoy their respective water
related activities, and do so in a safe and educated way."
- Lake Ontario Sailing.
"Lake Ontario Sailing was a only a gleam in my eye about eighteen months
ago. It was during Christmas break that I decided to do something with my
spare time. The sailing season is short on Lake Ontario, so what better way
to enjoy the off-season then to write about sailing."
- The Newport Yacht Club. "Newport
Yacht Club was organized in 1936 through the efforts of the late Oscar Kuolt
and several others. Its charter as a membership corporation under New York
State law clearly stated its purpose: 'To promote the sport of small boat
sailing and small boat racing.'"
- Olcott Yacht Club. "The
objective of the Olcott Yacht Cub: "To encourage the sport of Yachting,
promote the science of Seamanship and Navigation; and to provide a suitable
Club House and Anchorage
for the recreation and use of its members."
- The Oswego Yacht Club. "The
Oswego Yacht Club is one of the oldest yacht clubs on Lake Ontario.
Founded in 1881 by local banker John T. Mott, the Oswego Yacht Club was a
vibrant force in Lake Ontario yachting. One of the founding clubs in the
Lake Yacht Racing Association, Oswego was the host of many yachting events.
Early in the depression, the Club disbanded and remained dormant for some 50
years. In 1980 a group of local boaters reformed the Club and quickly
celebrated its Centennial Anniversary. Once again, the Oswego Yacht Club has
become an active participant in Lake Ontario Yachting. Located in Oswego,
New York, the club hosts a variety activities for all boaters."
"Located in the picturesque village of Pultneyville, the Pultneyville
Mariners Club boasts a park-like setting on the finest inlet between
Rochester and Sodus. Tree and grass covered acres with a sandy beach provide
the most relaxed setting for weekend or even week long camping get-aways.
Just a half hour east of Rochester, you feel a world away from your hectic
Pultneyville Yacht Club.
"The Club is located in the hamlet of Pultneyville, on the shores of Lake
Ontario. Situated between the City of Rochester and Sodus Bay, Pultneyville
Yacht Club was organized in the fall of 1943 and founded as Pultneyville
Yacht Club in 1944. The purpose was then the same as today: " A club
dedicated to good fellowship on land and good fun and sportsmanship at sea".
Charter member and Past Commodore Fredrick W. Cornwall, Jr. says that is
what has made the club what it is today. Pultneyville Yacht Club started as
a fleet of Lightnings, there were 12 and "The Scud" by 1950. Most of the
boats were homebuilt "kit" Lightnings. Today Pultneyville Yacht Club is home
to about 110 boats, both sail and power from 18 to 36 feet in length."
- Rochester Canoe Club. "The
Rochester Canoe Club (RCC) in Rochester, NY, is an informal family sailing
club interested in promoting one design sailboat sailing and racing. The
Club is very family oriented with members of all ages."
- Rochester Yacht Club. "Our
purpose is to promote and encourage interest and instruction in areas of
seamanship, racing, and the finest traditions of yachting. We sponsor
sailboat racing at the Club level, in addition to hosting Regattas at both
the National and International levels. RYC coordinates Club Cruises,
rendezvous, and numerous other recreational boating activities. There are
swimming, safety, and sailing instruction programs for members and their
- Sodus Bay Yacht
Club. "The Sodus Bay Yacht Club located on the best natural
harbor on the South shore of Lake Ontario, is a member supported
organization dedicated to promote and encourage interests in boats and
boating. With a full social and racing calendar SBYC continues a rich
- Willows Yacht Club. Located
at Braddock Bay. "At Willows Yacht Club you will find all the comforts of
Home; Stereo, Big Screen TV, VCR, Stove, Refrigerator, Outdoor Gas Grills.
Come join us, we sometimes travel in a groups around Lake Ontario."
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