From muddy field to oasis

In the early 1970’s, few Toronto area sailors were enjoying their first multihulls at Toronto Island and dreams of Pivers, Newicks, and Browns were being realized in many backyards in the surrounding area. A tract of reclaimed land just east of Toronto Harbour was turning into an ideal spot for a boat club as landfill from downtown Toronto construction sites was being used to form the headland that is today Tommy Thompson Park or as it’s more commonly known, the Leslie Street Spit. Those are just some of the elements that helped to form and grow the strong multihull community that is now TMCC.

Alan Slater, one of TMCC’s founding members sent us a brief history that he first penned in the early ‘90s for the club’s 20th anniversary. The articles can be read by clicking on the links in the right sidebar of this page. (more to come shortly) - Thanks Alan.

Thanks to the hard work of those first few dedicated members and the efforts of the dozens who have followed, TMCC is going strong and the sailing and rowing communities that make up the Outer Harbour Sailing Federation are a permanent fixture on the Toronto waterfront.
We are very proud to have just celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2011, and as we move into our 41st year, we're looking forward to continuing to provide a reasonably priced location to accommodate the unique requirements of our great boats.

After years of cruising and racing with his family on his own designs, Alan Slater and his sons ventured out to form PDQ yachts. PC Mould out of Erin Ontario started turning out enough Dragonflys to fill over a dozen moorings at the club, and followed up that success with the Contour 30, 34 and 50. Tektron boats out of Hamilton started experimenting with Shuttleworth designs after years of campaigning a Crowther Tri, the end result being the Tektron 35 & 50. Other building ventures have included the Manta 38, Kelsall Suncat 40, Tomcat 21, among others.

The club has always had active racing every Wednesday night. There is also a core group of racers that participate in many of the Great Lakes events. We also host an annual Regatta that attracts multihullers from all over the Great Lakes, and on several occasions a Boat show/Open House featuring manufacturers and visitors from all across North America.

The club always welcomes visitors, and has developed a reputation as friendly and accommodating. Each summer sees a few visiting multis on our guest moorings, and we'd like to think no trip to Lake Ontario is complete without a visit to our club.

The TMCC is also a member of the Canadian Yachting Association as well as Ontario Sailing and The Outer Harbour Sailing Federation. Our members enjoy reciprocal privileges at all member clubs, and we extend visitors free mooring privileges for two days. Although the club does not have any permanent employees on site, there are almost always a few liveaboards around to lend a helpful hand to any newcomers.

We're excited about what the future holds for multihulls. We've espoused their virtues for more than 40 years. Drop in for a visit and see what sailing on the level is all about!

Toronto Multihull Cruising Club  •  16 Regatta Road, Toronto ON  •  416-461-0028  (note: no mail delivery to this address)

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