—Angus Phillips, Cruising World, February 2008 …read more…
'A wild gale swept across Nova Scotia on our scheduled departure day, bringing 50-knot winds behind a cold front. Vesey wisely delayed casting off, which gave us time to sample the pleasures of the Dobson Yacht Club in Sydney, where the beers, according to our chatty bartender, Cheryl, “are the cheapest anywhere in town.”
'Sydney is the nearest major harbor for sailors to use as a departure point for a voyage to southern Newfoundland—if you're really stuck, you can just follow the the ferry over to Channel-Port aux Basques—and Dobson's is the place to tie up while waiting for a weather window. It's an all-volunteer club, simple and inexpensive, and if things go sideways, the burly guys at the bar pile out cheerfully to lend a hand. When Vesey's vessel began pounding the pier in the howling, daylong blow that preceded our departure, an eight-man gang led by Dobson's stalwart Robert Etheridge raced to the rescue and handed it around to a more sheltered spot.'
Dobson Yacht Club stands on the western shore of South Arm, directly opposite the Sydney downtown area. Our location on the chart (4266) is shown as Dobsons Point, formerly known as Shingle Point. The Club is justly proud of its facilities, which are the finest and most extensive in Sydney Harbour. With its harbourside lawn and beautiful vista of the Sydney waterfront, our club is a popular venue for weddings and is a major social centre on the Westmount shore of the harbour.
Our Club's mission is to provide first-class boating facilities for members and visiting cruisers, and to promote the pastime of sailing and power boating in a friendly, family-oriented atmosphere. We welcome nonmembers to be our guests and to enjoy our facilities and to participate in the various activities that take place at the Club.
If you're an off-island sailor wishing to spend more than one season cruising Cape Breton and Atlantic Canada, Dobson Yacht Club is your home-from-home.
Check out our reasonable rates!