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Kitsilano Yacht Club
Vancouver's Neighbourhood Yacht Club since 1934
Frederick John Dill
October 4, 1938 - September 19, 2015
Fred was born in Vancouver to Phylis Grant and Arnott Dill. He received his BSc from UBC in 1961, his MSc from UBC in 1964 and his PhD from UC Berkeley in 1969. Fred returned to Vancouver and was a faculty member in the Department of Medical Genetics at UBC for 31 years. He also worked as a clinical cytogeneticist at BC Children's Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital and Royal Columbian Hospital. He began sailing boats as a young boy on Bowen Island and later raced Star boats very successfully until very recently. He also participated in many off shore races. Fred was an honorary life member of the Kitsilano Yacht Club. In retirement he turned his interest and skills to woodworking and bird photography. He was predeceased by his son Noel and is survived by his wife Barbara, daughter Marian (Brian) ,grandson George, brother Peter (Gail) and many cousins, nieces and nephews. No service by his request. A memorial is planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Prostrate Cancer Research-BC Cancer Foundation.

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Sept. 26, 2015

Kitsilano Yacht Club

Kitsilano Yacht Club was founded in the summer of 1934 to foster amateur yachting on English Bay in Vancouver and encourage competition at the highest level. The club is home to many active one-design sailing fleets, including the Star, 505, Martin 242, Melges 24, Lightning and Cal 20 and outrigger canoe and SUP racing teams. 

We run a Thursday night and a Sunday afternoon race series and host several regattas.  In 2013, we hosted  the International 505 Pacific Coast Championships.

On Thursday Nights our caterers serve excellent hot meals in the clubhouse.  All members and guests are welcome by reservation.  Please e-mail

Upcoming Events

Fall Racing Series / Janet Stamper Series
September 20th, October 4th, 18th, and November 8th. First Race 11am.
This is a great way to get some casual racing in through the Winter. More info can be found HERE.
Lawrance Cup
October 4th. 1pm Start.
This is a "no rules" race around the Point Grey bell buoy and back. Paddle, sail, or both!! Details HERE
Annual General Meeting
October 15th, 8pm (dinner @7pm)
Please see the email sent out for details of the meeting
Awards Dinner
November 21st
Menu will be announced shortly

Limited time membership offer

KYC is excited to offer first-time members their initial season for 50% off the regular membership rate.  Enjoy the clubhouse, our races, and all the privileges that come with being a member at the best waterfront location in Vancouver.  Contact us now by phone (604)-730-1646 or e-mail

Sailing Lessons at Kitsilano Yacht Club


Sailing Lessons


Kitsilano Yacht Club operates a safe, fun sail and paddle training program for children and adults at our location right beside the Kits pool.  We have an exciting new series of programs for the summer of 2014.
CLICK HERE to sign up now!  

UBC SailBot


Every year more than 60 students from the University of British Columbia come together to design and build a fully autonomous sailboat, a Sailbot.

Their motivation is neither class credit nor financial gain; they are simply passionate about complex programming, advanced electronics and sailing.


Home of Pacific Reach Paddling


Home of Pacific Reach Paddling

Outrigger canoeing is a sport in which an outrigger canoe (va'a, wa'a, waka ama in Tahitian, Hawaiian, similarly in Polynesian language) is propelled by means of paddles. Outrigger canoeing has grown from its roots in Polynesia to become a very popular paddling sport, with numerous sporting and social canoe clubs established around the world.

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