Sail Canada Women’s Keelboat Championship
Published on October 1st, 2015
Kelowna, BC (October 1, 2015) – Some of the best women sailors in Canada are arriving at the Kelowna Yacht Club as Kelowna prepares to host the 2015 RE/MAX Sail Canada Women’s Keelboat Championship on October 2-4.
“We have 19 teams from as far away as Halifax as well as the Caroline Grant team from Nantucket, Massachusetts,” says committee chair and skipper Gillian Thomson. “The races take place over three days out on the water by the yacht club and spectators can get a good view from Waterfront Park.”
Canadian competitors include teams from Kelowna, West Kelowna, Summerland, Vernon, Penticton, Victoria, Calgary as well as Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia.
The women sailors will all race in Santana 525 boats. Designed by Shad Turner in the 1970s for Schock Boats to meet the international offshore rule standards, the light high-performance boats are especially suited for the shifty and often light wind conditions of Okanagan Lake. Kelowna Yacht Club boasts the largest Santana 525 one-design fleet in the world.
Event website: womenskeelboatchampionships.ca.
Report by Yvonne Turgeon