SPECIAL FLOOD 2019 NOTICE (Updated 8/14/2019)

If you are considering cruising on Lake Ontario this summer, you are undoubtedly faced with the daunting task of trying to figure out what services are available in each port. Here is some relevant information about visiting GYC in August, 2019:
- We are open and accepting visitors! However....
- Due to high waters some of our services are impacted. The clubhouse is open, but the bathrooms and showers are locked. The kitchen is available, but with no water. These limitations are related to disabled water drains in the house. Note that within the next week water may be restored to the club-house.
- There are women's and men's porto-potties available.
- There is a basin style sink on the docks for light washing needs.
- Our docks are now above water.
- electric service to the docks has been restored effective 8/14. A few circuits have problems and remain off.
- We have sandbags deployed and we will begin removing these 2nd half of August. At the height of the flood we had 12 electric pumps running protecting our property. This is reduced to 6 pumps and will reduce further soon.
- Our porch is available, and often populated with our members socializing.
- Gas grills are also available.

We really hope you come to visit us, but also we know you would appreciate knowing what to expect. The lake is trending down and so services will be restored soon. This notice will be updated as conditions change. You can also see daily updates on our "GYC Flood Blog" accessed from the home page.

The journey is the reward.

GYC has a small but growing cruising fleet. Since 2007 we have had three yearly cruising events. June and August with one long weekend cruise and July with a two week cruise.

Cruising is fun most of the time. Sailing as a group, visiting new ports, making new friends, and of course, informal racing always takes place. The times that we don't have fun is during bad weather and the dreaded breakdown. One year one of our cruisers actually replaced his engine during the cruise. A second member had a major engine problem AFTER returning from a month long cruise. How's that for timing?

GYC welcomes all members to participate. It doesn't matter if you are a novice sailor or a first place racer.

Reciprocal Information

Genesee Yacht Club, on the east side, north of the O'Rorke Bridge, can accommodate boats from reciprocating clubs in vacant members' slips. (There is no charge, but the stay is limited to 2 days). The fixed docks have a minimum depth of 6 feet. The club monitors VHF Channels 16 and 71. Visitors are welcome to use the club's den with fireplace, television, DVD player and fully equipped kitchen. Wireless Internet access is available at no charge to guests.

You may contact Marianne Pecoraro, the Officer of the Day Chairperson at

Club facilities are: 15-amp power and water at docks; washrooms, showers, free local telephone, picnic area, ice, and gas barbecues. The price of ice remains at $1.00 cubes and $2.00 block.

Photos of Marinas & Yacht Clubs

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Drinking & Boating in Canada

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Cruising Updates

A new Google Broadcast email account has been set up for the GYC Cruising Fleet. Now you can keep in touch with the whole cruising fleet by sending one message. The e-mail address is
or you can go to the website at

Officer of the Day

Chairperson: Marianne Pecoraro