1888 - On August 6th while sailing his yacht Alliance from Hamilton to Toronto, Charles F. Bunbury, one of the Club's original founders, was caught in a series of sudden heavy squalls some five miles offshore from Hamilton Beach. He and his daughter, both experienced sailors, ably managed the boat through the first two squalls but the third blast was overpowering. The yacht capsized; they were able to save themselves by jumping into the main sail as the boat went over. For a while they were able to stand on the mainsail as it lay horizontally, but as the boat went over further they clung to the overturned hull. In hope that removing some weight would help right the boat, Charles worked to lighten the yacht, repeatedly swimming underneath. He succeeded in jettisoning several hundred pounds of ballast but to no avail as exhaustion set in. An hour later the steamer Macassa was on her run home to Toronto from Hamilton when a passenger observed what they thought was a vessel in distress off in the distance. Captain Irving changed course after confirming through his spyglass it was overturned yacht further out in the lake. Shortly after Macassa was alongside the two crew still clinging to the overturned hull. After considerable trouble and much excitement among ship’s crew and passengers, including steamer’s crew diving off the steamer to assist. The two were rescued and comforted on board the steamer. Alliance was salvaged and later towed in by a steam launch.That Bunbury survived the 1888 ordeal was very much to NYC's future benefit. He:
- was an active racer in his skiff Star. He was founding member of the Lake Skiff Sailing Association (LSSA) in 1893 and represented the West End Boat Club/NYC as LSSA Vice President in 1893 and '94.
- secured the Club's 1st club house building from the City and RCYC in 1894 and worked with RCYC's Commodore Boswell and City Planning Dept to have the building donated to the Club.
- served as the Club's Captain in 1894 (modern day Rear Commodore/Vice Commodore Fleet)
- helped engineer the West End Boat Club's transition to become the more pre-eminent National Yacht and Skiff Club; he authored the Club's first Constitution in 1894.