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Sponsorship Opportunities

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Your support of RHYC sailing builds character, self-esteem, responsibility,
confidence, teamwork, respect for the environment, perseverance, integrity, self-discipline, trustworthiness, following rules and water safety. It is truly a lifelong skill and can be a lot of fun for everyone.

Why Support RHYC?

RHYC is nationally recognized for its superb sailing conditions, top calibre boating education and character-developing programs for youth, adults and those with a disability. RHYC embraces inclusively, participation, hands-on learning, family values, respect for the environment, and community engagement. RHYC is a waterfront centre of excellence in the Hamilton/Halton region.

Our Rich History

For over 150 years, sailing and boating have been important activities on Hamilton Harbour. The Hamilton Yacht Club was founded in1888 – and in 1891, Queen Victoria consented to the use of the word “Royal”, making The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club (RHYC) one of only 12 clubs in Canada granted this special designation.

      Since 1888, RHYC has offered some of the top sailing programs in Canada. Canada’s first Olympic sailor, John Robertson Sr., was a member of RHYC. Past Commodore, Don Green, won the Canada’s Cup in 1978 with his yacht Evergreen, and later spearheaded an America’s Cup campaign. Over the years, RHYC members have been involved in all levels of racing and competitive sailing, winning many titles and accolades. RHYC has also attracted racers from all across North America and beyond to our regattas, and hosted World, North American, Canadian and Provincial championships.

Our Facility

Located at the foot of MacNab Street North, RHYC has an ideal sailing location on the Southwestern shore of Hamilton Harbour, at the western tip of Lake Ontario. The unique geography of the harbour provides shelter for beginners and interesting winds for the more seasoned sailor, and also allows for an extended sailing season from early spring to late fall. Recent remedial environmental activities in and around the Harbour have ensured a revitalized bay and excellent water quality.


Our club provides a year-round waterfront facility--private meeting rooms are available, and catering packages can be provided as required. We are close to downtown Hamilton, have easy access to major highways, the Hamilton Waterfront Trail and the Bayfront and Pier 4 Parks. RHYC is Hamilton’s only yacht club providing youth, adult and able sail sailing lessons.

Our Demographic

The 300 members of RHYC and their families encompass an enthusiastic group of people who enjoy the outdoors and water activities ranging from sailing, motor boating, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding. RHYC has a history of strong volunteerism and community involvement, sharing the joys of sailing and water sports while supporting youth participation and development.

You Can Sponsor the Whole Season or Sponsor a Race!

(Sample Season of Regatta Options)

2020 Regattas


Regatta Name

Boats Racing

Event Costs

May 23-24
  • 70 participants
  • 30 volunteers
Youth Lilac Festival Olympic &
Developmental Classes
Laser, Laser Radial, 49er,
29er, 420, Optimist
July 4-5
  • 100 participants
  • 30 volunteers
Youth Fogh Boorman Albacore, Optimist, Laser, Laser Radial, 29er, 420, Feva and Access 2.3 $1,000
Sept. 12-13
  • 100 participants
  • 30 volunteers
Youth Cornish Hen Regatta Laser, Laser Radial, 29er, 420,
Albacore and Optimist
August 8-9
  • 25 participants
  • 30 volunteers
Martin 16 Provincial

Martin 16 $1,000
July 1
  • 100+ participants
  • 15 volunteers
Adult RHYC Open Regatta
Various boats $1000
June 27-28
  • 100+ participants
  • 15 volunteers
Adult Star District 12 Championship (LOC) One-Design competitions: Star Class $1,000
July 24-26
  • 50+ participants
  • 10 volunteers
Adult WAR Regatta
Women's Annual Regatta
One-Design competition: Shark $1000
July TBA
  • 50-75 participants
  • 10 volunteers
Adult Shark Golden Horseshoe Regatta One-Design competition: Shark $1,000
Sept. TBA
  • 40 participants
  • 10 volunteers
Intermediate McMaster Sailing Team Regatta
Various Boats $500
Oct. 10
  • 50 participants
  • 7 volunteers
Adult The Bill Cheek Memorial Turkey Regatta Pursuit Race Format.
PHRF handicap rating applied to all boats.
RHYC Racing Team Support Youth Covers travel to regattas
and related expenses
They represent the Hamilton
$500 per regatta
Community Scholarships Youth Sends inner city kids to
sail training camp
Includes training and
lunches every day
$640 each for
2 weeks of class
Whole Sailing Season All Regattas All Regattas All Regattas $9,000

Our Community

Since 1888, the RHYC has been running excellent regattas and training sailors. Learning to sail is a gift kids have for life! The benefits include increasing skills in; self confidence, spatial awareness (avoiding collisions etc.), water safety, coordination, sense of direction, weather knowledge and tidiness! The RHYC Sail Training program also supports the local Sea Scouts and the McMaster Sailing Team with equipment and instruction, and has scholarships annually for youth in the City Kidz program. 
You can play an important role in nurturing a new generation of local, international and Olympic sailors by sponsoring our regattas. This ensures that racers, young and old, have an opportunity to try out their sailing skills in a safe and controlled way on Hamilton Harbour. Regattas allow sailors at all levels and abilities to participate, while providing structured opportunities for talented individuals to transition into higher levels of racing.
Regatta costs include: motor boats to run the race (plus fuel/upkeep/repair), judging expenses, awards/plaques, coaching staff, and volunteer and youth participant lunches among other things.

Your RHYC Sponsor Benefits:

Sponsor Benefits

Season Sponsor

Event Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor






Season Banner Front of RHYC Yes      
VIP Invitations to All Regattas Yes      
Logo on All Regatta Materials Yes      
Spectator Boat Arrangements Yes      
Present an Award Yes Yes    
Special Promotions Yes Yes    
Small Banner at Back Yes (all season) Yes (for a week)    
Logo/Name on RHYC Website Yes (Largest) Yes (Large) Yes, (Small)  
RHYC E-Blast Promotions Yes Yes Yes  
Mention on RHYC Social Media Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mention at Event Yes Yes Yes Yes
Logo on Signage at Event Yes Yes Yes Yes
We welcome all levels of support – ask us about amounts that are not on the chart, or sponsorship options that are not strictly centred around sail training!
Thank you for considering sponsoring RHYC’s Sail Training Programs!

Contact: 905-528-8464 ext 221