Victoria Day Weekend 2015

Date Friday May 16 to Monday May 18, 2015
Location Belwood Lake Sailing Club
Located on Belwood Lake, just east of Fergus.
Map Map to BLSC
Regatta Notice of Race Notice of Race PDF File
Friday Campers generally arrive sometime late Friday afternoon and early evening. There is invariably a campfire if weather permits.
Saturday Tune up the boat and get ready for the first races.
11:00 am Competitors meeting and registration
 1:00 pm First warning
Sunday The day starts with the President's pancake breakfast at 9:00 am.
Optional Racing Day if weather unsuitable on Saturday
11:00 am First warning
Otherwise, social sailing
Monday Nothing official is planned for Monday.

Camp or Day Trip

Typically, about half the participants will camp for the weekend, while the rest will stay for the day and return home to sleep, especially if they live close by. There is a guest fee of $15.00/day to be paid to BLSC for OMDA members who are sailing and/or camping. Please see one of the OMDA executive members to pay this (we'll make sure it gets passed on to BLSC). If your are just visiting for the day and are not sailing or camping, there is no fee.

When camping, please remember we are guests at Belwood. The south side of the main field (on the right when entering the field from the launch ramp) has been cleared of boats and dedicated as space for camping. Please try to use this space for camping if at all possible. If it is necessary to overflow into other parts of the field, please make sure you leave enough room around your camping equipment (tent, tent-trailer or RV) to allow BLSC members easy access to their boats. Most boats in the main field are now in active use (inactive boats have been completely removed or relegated to the back fields). If in doubt about where to set up, please consult Paul Lingen, who is the BLSC member hosting our visit.

Note that Belwood will be running their regular racing starting at 2 pm Sunday, so there will likely be BLSC members wanting to get at their boats.


The BLSC clubhouse has electricity, flush toilets, and simple kitchen facilities. The water supply is from an on-site well which is NOT treated to remove bacteria. So, although the well water has usually tested OK in the past, it is best to bring your own supply of water suitable for drinking and cooking.

The camping facilities are basic: a patch of grass for your tent or trailer, and a communal firepit.

Sailing Conditions

Be prepared for plenty of wind shifts! A triangular course with three upwind legs is not unheard of at Belwood. Remember the water will still be pretty cold, so dress appropriately.

After launching your boat, please move you lauching dolly off to one side so it doesn't block the lauching ramp.