Vernon Yacht Club

Women Sailing & Okanagan Women’s Regatta

Okanagan Women’s Regatta:

OWR contact: Carol Craske –

IN 2017 THE OKANAGAN WOMEN’S REGATTA WILL BE HELD ON THE WEEKEND OF JULY 7/8/9.  VERNON YACHT CLUB WILL BE THE HOST OF THIS EVENT!! PLANS ARE UNDERWAY TO MAKE THIS A MEMORABLE AFFAIR. “Let’s make it a night, you won’t remember and a race, you can’t forget!!” ( Apologies to Pitbull and Kesha)


** Notice change to start time on Sunday from 1000 to 0930**

2017 Okanagan Women’s Regatta NOTICE OF RACE -pdf >

2017 Okanagan Women’s Regatta REGISTRATION – pdf >

2017 Okanagan Women’s Regatta SCHEDULE OF EVENTS -pdf >


Looking for a place on a boat, sign up for our: CREW LIST

FOOD – A weekend food package will be available for purchase, look at the Menu

Extra Saturday dinner tickets $25. ea.

Tshirts for sale at $15. ea.

MOORAGE – Requests for moorage should be sent to

Need more info?  Contact Carol at

List of Competitors – pdf >

BOAT SKIPPER FLEET (preliminary)
Ayesha C. Appleby coached PHRF
Chaos P. Miller non coached PHRF
Little Miss Magic P. St Pierre non coached PHRF
Gypsy Soul D. Reid coached PHRF
Tangerine C. Edwards non coached PHRF
Mystique K. Stefanuk coached PHRF
Phoenix N. Murphy coached PHRF
Always Something K. Hardisty Santana 525
Freedom S. Parsons coached PHRF
Dauntless S. Morris Probert noncoached PHRF
Wy Wurrie M. Hales Santana 525


Okanagan Women’s Regatta Entertainment:


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

2017 Vernon Yacht Club Women’s Sailboat Racing Series A

Women’s Series B 2017



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

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.