Glenmore Sailing School is located in Southwest Calgary, at 8415 24 St SW, in South Glenmore Park.
Parking is available in the south lot by Variety Park. Please do not park in the boat parking spaces along the roadway leading to the school or around the circle in front of the school.
Our facilities include the main Sailing School building, a second portable building with additional classroom space, the boatyard and the boat ramp. The Sailing School building is available to rent. For information on renting, please contact us at (403) 221-3689.
Glenmore Sailing School has the largest sailing school fleet in Canada. The fleet is made up of over 100 dinghies (small one-person to three-person centreboard sailboats). We also have a 22-foot Catalina keelboat.
At just under eight feet long, Optimists are our smallest boats for our youngest sailors. Optimists are specifically designed to be sailed by children under 16. They can be sailed by one or two children. Our younger Opti sailors doubled up with two to a boat. This helps them gain confidence and experience on-water. Older and more seasoned Opti sailors sail and race alone in the boat, learning and developing new skills. Optimist programs run from ages seven and up. Children typically sail Opti until they are around 11 or 12, depending on their size.
The Laser is one of the most versatile and popular sailing dinghies in the world. We have several Lasers with a variety of sail configurations. Sailed by one person, all Laser hulls can be sailed with any one of three sails: the Laser Standard, the Laser Radial, and the Laser 4.7. The sailing school has all three sail sizes, allowing children and adults of a wide weight range to sail the boats. The Laser fleet is used primarily by advanced students in CANSail 3 and above, as well as with the Junior Sailing Club, and by instructors for coaching and training.
The 420 is a double handed boat, meant to be sailed by at least two people at once. The 420 is an official Sail Canada training boat for its big sister the 470. The 420 is also popular around the world as a school, club, and collegiate boat. Our beginner’s 420 fleet is the entry point for many students. We also have several 420s for advanced sailors. These are race-rigged, and help to develop skills in a double handed skills. The racing 420s are equipped for spinnaker and trapeze. They are typically sailed in CANSail 3 and above, and occasionally in CANSail 2 classes.
Club Flying Juniors: The Club Flying Junior (CJ), is also a double handed boat. The CJ is the de-facto boat for college racing in much of North America. CJs are similar to, but not identical to 420s. CJs are used at GSS by beginner and intermediate classes. A number of our CJs are outfitted for spinnaker and trapeze. These are normally referred to as FJs.
Catalina 22: Our day cruiser is a 22-foot sloop-rigged Catalina named the "Jane Mary". This boat can handle up to six adults. We offer skippered bookings of the Catalina. For more information, please see the Rentals page.
Glenmore Sailing School works closely with the Glenmore Reservoir Services (Boat Patrol). Boat Patrol is responsible for safety and rescue, environmental stewardship, and education. When Boat Patrol is on duty, green flags are displayed at the three boat launch sites at GSS, Heritage docks, and the Rowing and Canoe Clubs. Near each green flag is a call box. Use the call box to call Boat Patrol, or phone (403) 221-3612.
Boat Patrol staff are responsible for the facility (docks, ramps, rest rooms, sheds). As a courtesy, they provide transportation when needed. Their main concern is boater safety. This involves monitoring (visually and by radio contact with user groups) and assisting in rescues when required. They provide First Aid when required, and communicate with Emergency Medical Services. They also educate boaters and others (for example, on Calgary’s PFD bylaw). Boat Patrol staff are all City of Calgary lifeguards, trained in lifesaving and First Aid/CPR/AED.
Boat Patrol is on duty during all of our class times. In dinghy sailing, capsizes are not uncommon. Sailors learn what to do in the event of a capsize, and can usually recover the boat on their own. However, Boat Patrol is always there to monitor and assist with a capsize recovery when needed.