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Shellback Club Luncheon

  • Royal Canadian Yacht Club 141 St George St Toronto, ON, M5R 2L8 Canada (map)
Photo from Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

Photo from Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

What is a Shellback?

The Shellback Club is an organization of sailors that has, for over 60 years met for mutual refreshment once a week, when the regular sailing season is over. The club has no constitution, no rules, and no debts. There are no dues, membership lists, or records. Membership is open to all gentlemen sailors who can afford the price of the meal, which is minimal. It has been an institution since its keel was officially laid in 1934. Its motto: "Being in All Respects Ready for Sea."
At each meeting, guests and their introducers lead in the singing of an old sea shanty: one of the traditions of the club designed to keep the old tunes alive, and to recapture the spirit in which the old Shellbacks sang on sailing ships. This is followed by another tradition, that of a yarnspinner telling a tale of the seas, of the vessels that sailed them.
-- Excerpt from Robert B. Townsend's Tales from the Great Lakes: Based on C.H.J. Snider's "Schooner days"

It is with great pleasure to have our Vice-President and co-founder, Krystyn Tully, as their guest speaker on February 1st at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. A Q&A period will follow Krystyn's presentation so sailors, come prepared with questions!

The Shellback Club is a member of the Ontario Sailing Navigator’s Club.

Earlier Event: January 20
2017 Toronto International Boat Show
Later Event: February 22
Port Credit Yacht Club - Speaker Night