Algoma Sailing Club sees spike in membership through pandemic.
Christian D'Avino, Videojournalist,
CTV News Northern Ontario
Published Friday, August 7, 2020 3:35pm
With membership increasing, Algoma Sailing Club says the pandemic hasnít
taken the wind from its sails, despite a late start to the season.
|SAULT STE. MARIE -- The COVID-19 pandemic hasn't taken
the wind out of the sails of the Algoma Sailing Club.
Despite having to cancel all races and events this year, the club says
membership has actually risen throughout the summer.
"About 15 more people have joined the club," said Alan McLean,
Commodore. "It's especially surprising. We expected numbers to go down,
but nobody has left."
McLean says most of the newer members are also coming to the club with
boats of their own already.
"That's a bit of an anomaly as well," he added. "But it shows people are
wanting to pick this hobby up, for sure."
Normally, the biggest draw of the club are its sailing races on
Wednesday nights, which have been cancelled this year.
"That's not great, obviously, but our members aren't too discouraged,"
McLean said. "In fact, they're holding their own races themselves,
because the definition of a sailing race is just two boats on a body of
McLean said the club is at 50 members, but is hoping to capitalize on
the interest and garner more in the future.
Despite having to cancel all races and events this year, the Algoma
Sailing Club says membership has actually risen throughout the summer.