Our Philosophy

Grassroots Sailing, www.grassrootssailing.ca is a Canadian owned organization offering a variety of services to individuals who have common boating interests.

Our People

Our instructors are experienced sailors. They have been trained and certified by Sail Canada (formerly the Canadian Yachting Association, CYA). 

Our Fleet

Check out our Fleet.

Upcoming Sail Training Courses



Basic Cruising Standard

Basic Cruising Lake Simcoe (Day Sailing format)

Location: Cooks Bay, Lake Simcoe

24hrs on water+theory+PCOC 

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ROC Maritime VHF Radio with DSC course

Marine VHF Radio certification including Digital Selective Calling

Location: Barrie Yacht Club

Friday, April 12th - 14th 2019


Basic Coastal Navigation

Basic Knowledge of Navigation Theory

Location: Barrie Yacht Club

7 Wednesday Nights Starting March 20th 2019


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Grassroots’ last European excursion took us to the beautiful Ionian coast of Greece. We experienced fascinating local customs, superb food, friendly people and of course the adventure of sailing in an exotic sailing environment. Sailing the azure blue waters of Greece island hopping the numerous islands of the Ionian sea was a dream come true for many of our crew and club members.

These cruises are a great way enjoy time with old friends and meet new ones. Often friendships made on these cruises last a lifetime.

Many of us go a few days before or stay a few days after to see the history and archeology of some of the oldest European civilizations.

Grassroots Sailing Club members generally get a discount which is an extra bonus.

Check out the video to get a small insight into the experiences we enjoyed.





"Would recommend Grassroots Sailing to anybody who wants to take up sailing. Very professional and knowledgeable staff. A great school and fantastic club."

Alain Aube 

Student and Club Member since 2007

"Grassroots Sailing Centre (GRSC)is the ideal sailing organisation for anyone thinking about sailing. The Centre’s School and membership are committed to learning and the sharing of sailing knowledge, and there are plenty opportunities to be on the water for the committed learner. All this at an affordable price at a facility about 45 minutes from most GTA locations. My involvement with this organization over the past two and a half years has been enjoyable but incredibly fulfilling." 

Donald Butler

Student and Club Member since 2015

"Choosing Grassroots for sailing lessons and then joining the club was the best decision! As a female new to sailing, the instructors and mentors were very patient and supportive. Always plenty of opportunity to sail with mentors and gain experience. Very nice location on Cook's Bay."


Student and Club Member since 2014

"Grassroots is an amazing place to learn how to sail. Not only do you get top notch instruction, the club makes sailing easy and accessible in a friendly environment without having to buy a boat. I've learned so much from my fellow club members - and have grown from a novice to a racer!"

Grant Bykowy

Student and Club Member since 2012 

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