Sail for Hope















Sail For Hope ~ Sunday August 28, 2016

 The Sail for Hope is now a bi-ennial event of the Thornbury Yacht Club located at Thornbury Harbour. This fundraiser brings together both volunteer host skippers with their sail and power boats and guests for a wonderful summer afternoon.

The Thornbury Yacht Club skippers volunteer their boats and crew to take guests on an enjoyable and relaxing cruise through the scenic waters of Southern Georgian Bay. Both our guests and volunteers enjoy the sail and many new friendships are formed during the day’s events. The proceeds from Sail for Hope are donated to the Canadian Cancer Society – Town of the Blue Mountains Branch. Over the last 8 years, the event has raised over $100,000 for the region.

Click here for the poster for the 2016 event!

Click here for the brochure/registration form.



To register by telephone, of if you have any questions, please call Carla Nicolson at 519 599 1158. In person, please take the form with a cheque, cash or visa card to Gyles Sails & Marine in Thornbury. If you wish to mail the form with your payment, please mail to Sail for Hope, P.O. Box 864, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0.


The Sunday event on August 28th starts  at 1 pm, the fleet leaves to cruise Southern Georgian Bay. Guests will enjoy views of the many sail and power boats that dot these waters each weekend; enjoy seeing Thornbury, the beautiful shoreline and the natural magnificence of the Niagara Escarpment from a different perspective.

Returning to the Harbour around 4 o’clock, guests, skippers and their crews are invited to enjoy a silent auction, music and take part in other fun fundraising activities. This is followed by our signature food experience ...Taste of Thornbury where several local restaurants that partner with the Thornbury Yacht Club will have booths and offer a tasting of their signature dishes. Taste Thornbury's best food experiences provided by these restaurants and purveyors of fresh local food that have partnered with the TYC for this event:




  Thonburi Thai Food



Dessert Station by the Volunteers of the Canadian Cancer Society 


...and live entertainment by Jon Zaslow


Jon Zaslow (aka "The Fabulous Johnny Zee”) is a singer/songwriter who now resides in Thornbury, on beautiful Georgian Bay, originally from London and Toronto.  

Jon's early musical career focused on his guitar playing, where he played on others’ albums, jingles and the like. It turns out he has the knack for tunesmithery, and has spent the last 20 years developing this skill. To date he has 3 CDs to his credit, with a 4th n the works. They have been well received and his reputation is now established. Jon’s drive to write a great song came from the desire to re-create a mood and energy he felt from his early listening to the Beatles, Steely Dan and the like. 






Special thanks to the Corporate  & Media Sponsors for this year's Sail for Hope. Thank you very much for your generosity - we couldn't do it without you!


JAZ Single Handed Race & the Reid Family






  Can't make it to this year's event but still like to make a donation? The Canadian Cancer has set up a site for on-line donations and you will be issued an immediate tax receipt for the full amount. Follow this link to make your donation today: this is a donation site only and should not be used to register for the event to buy tickets.


Last but certainly not least, special thanks must go out Gyles Sails and Marine for assisting with the registration for this event and acting as our Sail for Hope post office. Visit



If you would like to provide a silent auction item or be a sponsor...please contact Carla Nicolson, Chair of Sail for Hope and Past Commodore of the ThornburyYacht Club; she will have the appropriate committee member get in touch with you.

E. [email protected] or P. 519 599 1158.