Last Stop… Dobson Yacht Club
One week from today Race the Cape participants will be competing for the Cibou Cup. After this final leg is completed, the sailors will be heading into the Dobson Yacht Club for yet another delicious meal. Dobson will also be the host of the daily award winners of that day and overall winners which will be given out during their closing ceremonies. To honour this, here is a little bit about the history of the Dobson Yacht Club.
Located on the western shore of the South Arm of Sydney, and directly opposite the downtown Sydney area, this yacht club began growing its roots in 1953. Many of the founding members of the Dobson Yacht Club originally belonged to the Royal Cape Breton Yacht club, which was the only one of its kind at the time. These members yearned for a club of their own, and began to turn their dream into a reality when they noticed a piece of land across the harbour that would be perfect. One of the future members’ family owned the land, and agreed to sell it to the club. After raising the necessary funds, they began construction on the clubhouse.
The club is run solely on volunteers, and it projects the ideals of simplicity and inexpensive boating.
Over the years of its well-known existence, the dedicated members of the club sought out funding for improvements to their building. Today, it possesses over 500 feet of dockage, as well as large breakwaters which form a well-protected basin to accommodate an additional 49 boats at floating piers. It is proudly the only dockside fuelling facility on Sydney Harbour.
Its lounge has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, allowing you to socialize and relax. A full service bar is available year round, seven days a week and is open to members and non-members. With a newly renovated interior, harbourside lawn, and stunning outlook onto the Sydney waterfront, it has been a great location for gatherings among the community.
Dobson Yacht Club is known for its annual sailing regatta, which is usually held the first weekend after Labour Day. It’s an end-of-season event; a celebration and party for all of the working fishing vessels and crews.
This club provides first-class boating facilities for visiting boats as well as its own members; it promotes the pastime of sailing and power boating in a friendly, family-oriented environment.
The final dinner of the Race will be a Cape Breton favorite: Surf and Turf, a feast of lobster and steak will be served. Special thanks to the Final Leg Sponsor, Louisbourg Seafoods for helping support this meal. A local Celtic and high energy band, Kintyre, will be entertaining the audience that evening.
Everyone is invited to enjoy this evening of live music, delicious food, and celebrating the story’s of the sailors who Raced the Cape!