The Pelican Yacht Club was founded in 1965 by a group of sailors, primarily from the Brandon area, who had cottages on Pelican Lake. Initially a "Fireball" club sailing off the beach, the members soon saw the need for a permanent facility and by the fall of 1968 had created a club house from a relocated one room school on land leased from the provincial parks department.
In 1997, the Pelican Yacht Club was chosen as the sailing venue for the Canada Summer Games. As a result, improvements were made to the clubhouse and grounds, a permanent breakwater was constructed, and a system of floating docks was installed. In subsequent years, the breakwater and dock system were extended, providing a sheltered harbor for a growing fleet of keelboats.
The facility underwent further changes, having been selected as host for the 2004 Mobility Cup, an international regatta for disabled sailors. The clubhouse and grounds including the docks and a paved parking area were made "accessible" and a large deck was constructed to provide a convenient viewing area for the event. As a lasting legacy, the Club fleet now includes two Martin 16s.
Today the Pelican Yacht Club provides a sheltered harbor for its members and offers sailing instruction throughout the summer for sailors of all ages and abilities. The clubhouse provides accessible washrooms and showers and boasts an excellent kitchen, the social center of the Club. Tomorrow, let’s go sailing!