An Ontario Sailing Bursary
In Support of Children and Youth who reside in Ontario to experience the sport of Sailing
In March 2013, the Ontario Sailing Board of Directors added the “Rhoda’s KIDS” Bursary Fund.  The Fund will be managed by Ontario Sailing as directed through the Board of Directors and maintained in an internal restricted account.  This bursary encourages youth to grow their sailing skills.  All youth between the ages of 10 and 16 who reside full-time in Ontario are eligible to apply to the Fund on a one-time basis.  A selection committee will review all applications and choose at least two recipients per year.  Each recipient will receive a $300.00 bursary to be applied towards a Learn To Sail program.
To make a contribution to the Ontario Sailing Bursary – “Rhoda’s KIDS” Bursary Fund:
  • to donate online, please CLICK HERE.  Once on the Sail Canada website, please click on “DONATE NOW” and complete the online donation form.  Under the “FUNDING OPTIONS” section, please be sure to indicate that you would like the funds directed to ONTARIO SAILING PROGRAMS in the dropdown menu.  A tax receipt will be sent to you directly from Sail Canada.
  • to donate by cheque, please forward your donation to Ontario Sailing, 70 Unsworth Drive, Unit 17, Hamilton, ON  L8W 3K4.  Please make cheques payable to “Sail Canada.”  If you would like a tax receipt for your donation, please fill out a DONATION FORM which you can download here and send it to Ontario Sailing along with your donation.  A tax receipt will be sent to you directly from Sail Canada.
  • to donate by credit card, please fill out a DONATION FORM which you can download here and forward your completed form to Ontario Sailing, 70 Unsworth Drive, Unit 17, Hamilton, ON  L8W 3K4.  A tax receipt will be sent to you directly from Sail Canada.
About Rhoda Ironside:


Rhoda Ironside passed away in November of 2011. However, Rhoda’s spirit remains strong and vibrant at in the Thornbury/Meaford communities where she and her husband Derry started Sail Georgian Bay over a decade ago.

Rhoda was the volunteer founder and director of Sail Georgian Bay. Rhoda clearly touched many people’s lives – especially the hundreds of children and teens who attended and continue to attend Sail Georgian Bay every summer. Her deep passion for sailing and skiing was infectious; her commitment to making a difference was unstoppable and her ability to being a person of her word was unwavering. Many will miss Rhoda’s wit, tenacity and radiant smile.

In the years leading up to the creation of Sail Georgian Bay, Rhoda was involved in grassroots sailing programs for several decades helping with a Learn to Sail program at Ontario Place with the creation of the Outer Harbour Sailing Federation and of Sail Toronto.  Rhoda hosted the Ontario Sailing BOOM program and ultimately Ontario Sailing assisted Rhoda in securing a Trillium grant to purchase a fleet of boats allowing her and Derry to run their own program.  The Ontario Sailing Presidents’ Trophy was awarded to Rhoda in 1996, along with husband Derry Ironside and Jack Mansell for the Georgian Bay Sailing Association.  She was a long standing supporter of Ontario Sailing and served on the Board of Directors from 1995 – 2000.

“Rhoda’s KIDS” Bursary Fund has been established in memory and honour of this amazing woman. Rhoda knew how all sports could make a significant impact on “KIDS” of any age. This fund supports a minimum of two youths per year who reside in Ontario. Recipients who are awarded the bursary ($300 per student per year) are requested to use the funds to pay for the registration fees at any Ontario-based Learn to Sail program.
Rhoda will be remembered by many as a sailor extraordinaire and artist.  ”Rhoda was a tireless volunteer devoted to the promotion of the sport of sailing and especially to giving young people an opportunity to learn to sail.  I will miss her dearly.” Al Will, Former Ontario Sailing Executive Director.