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About Glenmore Sailing School


Our Fleet

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.

Optimist boatds

Optimists: 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.


Lasers: 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.

420 boats

420s: 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.

Boat Patrol

Owned and operated by The City of Calgary since 1964, the Glenmore Boat Patrol patrols the waters of the Glenmore Reservoir during daylight hours between May 1 and October 31. The Glenmore Boat Patrol provides first response to all boating and shoreline incidents or emergencies on the reservoir.

In addition to patrol and rescue duties, the patrol is responsible for environmental stewardship and maintenance of the reservoir throughout the boating season. The overall goal of the Glenmore Boat Patrol is to ensure the highest level of safety for all recreational user groups on the water.

Boat patrol operators undergo extensive rescue craft and first responder training. Operators utilize several fully-equipped rescue boats to respond to distress calls.

Glenmore Boat Patrol is a member of the Water Safety Partnership – a task force whose goal is to reduce the number of water-related deaths and injuries in Canada.

In the event of an emergency, use the call box to call Boat Patrol, or phone 403-221-3612. The duty phone is 403-371-8674.

Learn more about water rescue and water safety.