Escort Boats


Basic Escort Requirements:

1. Power boats and powered sailboats are suitable. Recommended hull length 18 feet or greater. Boat and captain should be able to handle, and be self sufficient in, open-water conditions up to 20 knots.
2. Escort boats must be licensed, insured for liability and be equipped with all safety equipment required by Canadian/Ontario law.
3. Escort boats must be equipped with a VHF radio in working condition and carry an appropriate navigation device (GPS).
4. Captains must have a valid pleasure craft operator card and have experience on Lake Ontario.
5. Escort boats must have one spotter in addition to the captain.
6. Boat must be able to accommodate driver, spotter and paddler (up to three paddlers for a relay team), as well as the paddleboard.

Logistics and Best Practices:

Boat captains should attend the check-in/social in Port Dalhousie the evening before the race. Boats are required to be in the start-line waiting area by 6:30 AM on race day. Please plan accordingly. Captains must be confirmed in the waiting area before paddler can move to the start line.
Mooring is available in Port Dalhousie (reservations are recommended).
Boats should maintain position behind/beside paddler, and not approach closer than 50 feet.
Engines should be off or in neutral during relay/nutrition exchanges – be extremely mindful of potential propeller injury, especially in rough water.
Boat captains should take responsibility for charting an appropriate line across the lake.



Each paddler and relay team is responsible for finding and retaining an escort boat that meets safety standards. Cost will vary based on each paddler’s arrangement with their driver.
If you know of other boats/drivers that would like to participate in this event, please contact us.
If you are having trouble finding an escort boat, we are maintaining a (limited) list of potential boat captains that will be made available to registered paddlers, with first priority to those coming in from out of town. Alternatively, you can connect with the community through Facebook.
Connect with us and other paddlers on Facebook

List of local yacht clubs and fishing charters

FIfty-Point Yacht Club: more info
Dalhousie Yacht Club: more info
Newport Yacht Club: more info
Bronte Harbour Yacht Club: more info
Oakville Power Boat Club: more info
Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club: more info
Fishing Charters (Lake Ontario West): more info
Fishing Charters (NY side): more info
Fishing Charters (NY side #2): more info

Photo: Warren Won