Yes, there’s a gay sailing club. Why? Because gays love sailing.
This year, the Toronto Gay Sailing Club (TGSC) is spearheading something called the Pride Flag Challenge, a campaign to have simultaneous Pride Flag Raising ceremonies across the various yacht clubs in Ontario, on June 24 at 6pm.
According to their press release, “inclusion and respect are strong values for all sailors.” (Sodomy, too, I hope, but I digress.) The group is urging all its affiliates and members to fly the gay colours until July 3.
Now, have I piqued your interest in gay sailing? The club’s mission is simple, to provide access, education and encouragement for any LGBT person wishing to learn how to sail. If you don’t have your own boat, you can volunteer to crew on someone else’s boat. Anyone can join, regardless of past experience or not. The group sails out of Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club, Harbourfront Centre Sailing and Powerboating, the National Yacht Club at the foot of Bathurst, the Outer Harbour Marina, the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, and the Scarborough Bluffs Sailing Club, so you have no excuses.