Vernon Yacht Club

Women Sailing & Okanagan Women’s Regatta

CONGRATULATIONS TO CATHY APPLEBY FOR WINNING THE 1ST ANNUAL DEBBIE GITTINS MEMORIAL AWARD AT THE WINDUP PARTY FOR THE VYC WOMEN’S SAILING FLEET.

CONGRATULATIONS TO PAM ST PIERRE FOR WINNING THE BREAKING BAD AWARD.

CONGRATULATIONS TO AYESHA FOR WINNING THE BOAT OF THE YEAR AWARD.

“Valley Girls” Vernon Yacht Club’s Weekly Women’s Sailboat Racing Series:

Women’s Overall 2017

Women’s Series B 2017

Women’s Series A 2017

Okanagan Women’s Regatta:

CONGRATULATIONS TO WY WURRIE ( MARSHA HALES – HELM, SHELLEY BAKKER, BEV LA CASSE, ALINE VANCE) FOR WINNING THE PHRF FLEET.

CONGRATULATIONS TO AYESHA (CATHY APPLEBY – HELM, EDIE DOERKSEN, JEN MARTZ, DEL WELSH) FOR WINNING THE COACHED FLEET.

CONGRATULATIONS TO SHELLEY BAKKER FOR WINNING THE HELICOPTER WINE TOUR WITH INNOVATIVE AEROSPACE SERVICES.

Coached Fleet Results

Non Coached Fleet Results

Pictures by Jim Dillabough

A BIG THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES FOR SUPPORTING THE 2017 OKANAGAN WOMEN’S REGATTA;

INNOVATIVE AEROSPACE SERVICES VERNON YACHT CLUB NORTH SAILS
SAMSON ROPE SUBWAY HAGEMANN JEWELLERS
HICH ENERGY CUSTOM MARINE DAVE ELLIS @ RBC SWAN LAKE NURSERY
OKAPED ORTHOTIC SERVICES BIG ROCK BREWERY SHOPPERS DRUG MART
BX CIDERY (VERNON) MUELLER LIFTS & SERVICES  Krakowski Vegan Soap
OKANAGAN QUALITY LIFE SOCIETY  BUTCHER BOYS  SHADES HAIR DESIGN
EDGE OF THE EARTH VINEYARD   OKANAGAN GROWN  ART SCHMIDT OPTICAL

 


SATURDAY NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT IS THE MCKINLEY BAND. THEY ARE SURE TO GET YOU UP ON THE DANCE FLOOR! Special Entertainment planned for Saturday night.

A BIG Thank You to Innovative Aerospace Services for offering a Grand Prize of a 1/2 Day Helicopter Wine Tour for the 2017 Okanagan Women’s Regatta!!

 

Okanagan Women’s Regatta Entertainment:

Previous Year’s winners

Year 525 Fleet PHRF Fleet Coached Fleet Host Club
2008 Shazam (G. Hayward) Spoiler (Liz Balderston) VYC
2009 Goldmember (G. Hayward) Le Papillon (j. Hildebrand) WKYC
2010 Contagious (G. Thomson) The Factor (T. Delorme) PYC
2011 Ion (L. Balderston) Ayesha (C. Craske) Woohoo (A. Kaczmarek) VYC
2012 Contagious (G. Thomson) Ghostrider (K. Hardisty) Fitzcaraldo (B. Hahn) SYC
2013 —–(no fleet) Contagious (G. Thomson) Rocket Therapy (S. Tombe) WKYC
2014 Captivator (C. Craske) Ghostrider (K. Hardisty) Rocket Therapy (S. Tombe) WKYC
2015 Captivator (C. Craske) Dauntless (S. Morris Probert) Mystique (C. Laplante) WKYC
2016 Shazam ( T. Lindsay) Corona Bob (S. Ruuska) The Factor (M. Sharpe) WKYC
2017 —–(no fleet) Wy Wurrie (M. Hales) Ayesha (C. Appleby) VYC

History:  In 2007 the Kelowna Yacht club hosted the Canadian National Keelboat Regatta. The support for the sport was so overwhelming that it was decided to hold a women’s only regatta annually in the Okanagan Valley and that was the start of the women’s sailboat racing in this area.  During May and June, women sailors race weekly at their receptive clubs to hone their skills and have FUN! Then we meet at the regatta to test our skills.  Vernon Yacht Club held the first Okanagan Women’s Regatta in 2008, hosted it again in 2011 and will host it this year on July 7,8,9, 2017.

Presently: The weekly race series starts on April 27th and then every Thursday thereafter until June 29th.  Because this is not a learn to sail program but a race program, we do recommend that you know how to sail.  We will be learning racing techniques such as tactics and strategies, sail trim, spinnaker handling, crew placement. Need to upgrade your sailing skills, the Vernon Yacht Club is in the process of setting up sailing lessons so contact (250 545-5518) the main office for more info.

We have two fleets – mentored/coached and non-mentored/non coached. In the non coached fleet, only women are on board. In the coached fleet, there is a coach aboard (male or female) BUT the coach cannot touch anything unless it is an emergency.  The coach gives advice, instruction and verbal help BUT does not trim, adjust, etc. Currently we have six boats – 4 coached and 2 non-coached – and we always are looking to increase our numbers.

Crew placement: Each boat has approximately 4 crew members on board plus in the case  of the coached fleet, a coach. Positions are generally, but not restricted to:

            Driver;  Mainsheet trimmer; Genoa trimmer; Bow 

If you are interested in joining us and have a boat, welcome – we will help you put a team together.  If you are interested and do not have a boat, we will put you on the list along with your qualifications.  This list is then circulated to the boats and if they have an opening, you may get a call.  We are always looking for spares, so don’t despair if you are not invited to join a team right away, we may give you a call to fill in for a night and that might lead to a permanent position.

For those that have a position for the full series, the cost is $50. which includes a windup party. For those who fill in occasionally, we will have tickets available for purchase for the windup party. Need more info? Contact Carol at 250 542-5644 or vycsailing@yahoo.ca

Okanagan Women’s Sailing Regatta Archives:

2016 Wrap

Vernon Women Shine at OWR2015

Okanagan Women Sailing Website and Regatta Info

Okanagan Women’s Racing History

In 2007, the Canadian Yachting Association held the Canadian Women Keelboat Championship at Kelowna Yacht Club. The women of VYC became involved and practiced intently until six boats were ready to compete in a field of 22 boats.  Although Vernon sailors didn’t make the top three positions, the event ignited a desire within the women of the Okanagan to continue to foster this competitive fever so it was decided that VYC would hold the first Annual Okanagan Women’s Regatta in the summer of 2008.

Participants of 1st OWR 2008

Participants of 1st Okanagan Women’s Racing 2008

After that the event moved to West Kelowna, Penticton and Summerland before finding a permanent home at the West Kelowna Yacht Club. Interest in racing dwindled in Vernon but this past year, we were able to rekindle the fever for the 2015 OWR.