"Zawisza Czarny"

In 1996 a group of Polish sailors from Hamilton, Ontario decided to create the first Polish sailing club in Canada. We were already sailing in Canadian clubs, but we dreamed of sailing based on Polish teachings and traditions, and with our Polish friends.

We chose the name "Zawisza Czarny", referring to the rich Polish historical traditions associated with this knight, as well as the great Polish tall ship.

Soon, there were blue banners with the arms of Zawisza on many Polish yachts, first on Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay, then on further waters.

As a relatively small club we quickly achieved many successes, of which the bigger Canadian clubs envy us. We can boast of many regatta achievements as well as interesting tourist cruises. In addition, we organize famous shanty festivals with the best performers from Poland and Canada, as well as training.


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The Polish-Canadian Yacht Club "Zawisza Czarny" was created to serve the needs of Ontario sailors of Polish origin.

We welcome ALL enthusiasts of sailing. Our boats take regular part in most of the regattas on Lake Ontario and beyond. Our sailors compete sucessfully at the World Championship level. Beyond sailing, we are very keen on preserving traditions and culture of the sea and our own Polish heritage.