May 9, 2016
Here in the Maritimes we are home to the oldest yacht club in Canada, the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, and we also host one of the newest. The Indian Point Yacht Club (IPYC) has only been in existence since 2013, but is having a positive and growing impact on the Mahone Bay yachting scene. The club got its start when a group local marine business owners started running the Mahone Bay Regatta, an event which goes back a number of years to the days of the Mahone Bay Classic Boat Festival. In order to get proper liability insurance for the race they formed a yacht club that could operate as a member of Sail Nova Scotia and Sail Canada.
In 2015 the regatta was renamed the Indian Point Regatta (see the Notice of Race in the link) and moved to nearby to Indian Point, just a few miles from the town of Mahone Bay.
The regatta has a great mix of participants from cat boats and folkboats to the hotly contested International One Design (IOD) class.
IPYC is a virtual Yacht Club with no clubhouse, although Bill Lutwick’s boat shop in Indian Point is an unofficial home. The club president is Mike Kelley of Mailman & Kelley Marine. Other principles are Zack Green of Mahone Marine, Pat Nelder of Big Pond Boat Shop, Dave Watson and Dayna Nelder. With an unofficial motto of “If it’s not fun we’re not doing it” the club seems to me to be on the right track for success.