CORK – Sail Kingston

Your Premier Destination at the Freshwater Sailing Capital of the World!

Welcome to Sail Kingston, your ultimate destination for hosting regattas. Situated in the heart of Kingston, Ontario, CORK offers unparalleled facilities at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour (POH) – sailing site of the 1976 Olympic Games – a setting that will elevate your regatta experience to new heights. Here are just a few reasons why CORK is the perfect venue for your next event:


Nestled on the shores of Lake Ontario, CORK offers breathtaking views and ideal sailing conditions. With its expansive waters and famously steady 10-20 knot breezes, our venue is perfect for competitive racing. Air temperature averages between 18 and 24 degrees Celsius in summer months. Experience the natural beauty of Kingston while enjoying your regatta experience at CORK.

World-Class Facilities

CORK boasts state-of-the-art facilities designed specifically for regatta hosting. Our venue includes:

  • Adjacent to Kingston Harbour, with race areas within 5-20 minutes sail.
  • Dinghy park facilities with ample space for boats of all sizes, and storage for keelboat or coachboat trailers.
  • Numerous safe and accessible launch ramps for dinghies or trailered boats, and crane for small keelboats. Mobile cranes also available.
  • Spacious outdoor areas for registration, awards ceremonies, and social gatherings.
  • Large harbour with capacity for dozens of keelboats or coach boats.
  • Building with huge multi-purpose indoor hall for awards/meetings/measuring, meeting rooms, banquet facility, and offices.

Experienced People for World Class Events

At CORK, we understand the importance of a well-organized and smoothly run regatta. Our experienced teams are dedicated to ensuring that every aspect of your event exceeds expectations. From race management to jury to safety, we have the expertise to make your regatta a resounding success. CORK has a huge volunteer base to draw upon to run any level of event, including dozens of Sail Canada and World Sailing officials.

For more than 55 years, CORK has hosted regattas: the 1976 Olympics and test events, dozens of World Championships, North American Championships, Canadian Championships and hundreds of regional events for dinghy and keelboat classes, alike.

Equipped for Your Event

  • Marks for 3+ full race courses
  • 3 signal/finish boats
  • 2 pin/marksetting boats with station-keeping equipment
  • 3 dedicated marksetting boats
  • 8 RIBs for Jury, Safety, or marksetting
  • Additional vessels in area available for charter or loan

Vibrant Community

Join a vibrant community of sailors and enthusiasts at Sail Kingston. Whether you’re a seasoned competitor or a novice sailor, you’ll find camaraderie and support among fellow enthusiasts. Connect with like-minded individuals, share experiences, and forge lasting friendships at CORK.

Kingston is an old city with a young heart, driven by three post-secondary institutions. The downtown dining scene is established and offers attendees hundreds of choices reflecting Canada’s diversity, from fast food to high-end, all in a safe, pedestrian friendly environment.

Convenient Location

Located just a short distance from downtown Kingston, CORK offers convenience and accessibility for participants and spectators alike. Our venue is midway between Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa and is easily accessible by car, train or public transportation, making it the perfect choice for local and international regattas alike. There are direct train connections from Toronto’s international airport to Kingston, as well as train service from Ottawa and Montreal, both with international airports.

There is a wide range of accommodations in Kingston, including the Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College residences which offer economically priced rooms a few minutes walk from the harbour, ranging up to 4+ star hotels and apartments downtown and across the city.

Kingston also has good public transit for those without a car.

Customizable to Meet Your Needs

At CORK, we understand that every regatta is unique. That’s why we offer customizable packages tailored to your sailors’ needs and preferences. Whether you’re hosting a small regional event or a large international competition, we’ll work with you to create a package that suits your requirements and budget.


Ready to host your next regatta at CORK Kingston? Contact Tommy Wharton, General Manager, today to learn more about what we can offer, availability for specific dates, and options.

Experience the thrill of competitive sailing at CORK Kingston. Book your regatta today and discover why we’re a premier destination for sailors worldwide!