Vernon Yacht Club

VYC Annual Regatta

Charity Regatta

The VYC Regatta June 2-4
The Vernon Yacht Club is pleased to announce their annual VYC Regatta for 2023 is once again the Okanagan Charity Regatta (OCR)! Started by sailor Dave Ellis, the Okanagan Charity Regatta raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity for 10 years!

Waters and Land Acknowledgement:

While sailing and raising funds for local food security, it is important that we take time to reflect on the traditional peoples’ presence on these lands.  Whereas Europeans arrived a mere 200 years ago, Indigenous Peoples are understood to have inhabited the Okanagan Valley for 10,000 years.  The Sylix people have a deep kinship with the local waters.  While the lake foreshore and tributary creeks provide spawning grounds for fish, the water resources from uplands to the lake are critical to this valley being ‘home’ – providing for drinking water, habitat for food supply, transportation, spiritual and social activities.  As participants in the Okanagan Charity Regatta, we acknowledge that we are on the traditional lands of the Sylix, and pledge to respect and care for the land and water on which we live and play.

Sailwave results for 2023 Okanagan Charity Regatta at Vernon Yacht Club 2023

Sailwave results for 2023 VYC Charity Regatta at Vernon Yacht Club 2023


SKIPPER & BOAT Registration – 2023 Okanagan Charity Regatta
CREW Registration – FULL Meal Package – 2023 Okanagan Charity Regatta
CREW Registration – PARTIAL Meal Package – 2023 Okanagan Charity Regatta
CREW Registration – NO Meals – 2023 Okanagan Charity Regatta

Visit our Okanagan Charity Regatta site here:

The Charities and Fundraisers
In 2023 the Okanagan Charity Regatta fundraising committee is hard a work raising sponsor and donor funds for charity including a “Sponsor a Boat” option with dollars raised going to support and sustain United Way and Community Foundation’s many food security organizations and programs in our local regions. As in previous years, sailors purchase their registration for the races and this year our OCR fundraisers will rally for dollars which goes directly to the 2 charities. Sailors can support our charities by racing their best and getting word out about the fundraiser and regatta that is #sailingforfullerplatesandhearts!

For more information on sponsor or donor opportunities contact Sarah K. at and Pamela M. at

Okanagan Charity Regatta Racing Documents:

NOTICE OF RACE – VYC 2023 Okanagan Charity Regatta
SAILING INSTRUCTIONS – VYC 2023 Okanagan Charity Regatta
SI WHISKEY ISL. RACE – VYC 2023 Okanagan Charity Regatta
ADDENDUM – A – Sailing Instructions – VYC 2023 Okanagan Charity Regatta
ADDENDUM – B – Whiskey Island Sailing Instructions

Live SAIL TRIM Webinar for Sailing for Fuller Plates and Hearts Campaign:

North Sails – Live Sail Trim Webinar with Pro Coaches Drew M. and Alex L.
All Ticket Sales go to Charity. Tickets Here: Registration North Sails’ Live Sail Trim Webinar

The Two Charities 

Okanagan Sailing Regatta is #sailingforfullerplatesandhearts
Here. For Fuller Plates and Hearts is the United Way slogan for their Food Security Drive. Read their impact story here:

> Community Foundation North Okanagan News 
> CFNO-2022-Annual-Community-Report





> United Way BC Food Security
> UWBC-Annual-Report-21-22

2023 Okanagan Charity Regatta Activities 

Friday June 2, 2023
– Whiskey Island Race – starts 14:30 at a start line located near the Island. Race time limit is 4 hours. Sailing instructions will be available only on-line.
– Late registration for Saturday and Sunday races will be available in the VYC club house between 18:00 and 20:30
– Friday Barbecue your own Steak/Salmon Dinner Tickets available for purchase. Not included in registration. Please phone VYC: 250-545-5518 to book a table (seating is limited)

Saturday June 3, 2023
– 07:00 – 08:45 Continental breakfast
Available at the Saturday breakfast table is a “Make Your Own Bag Lunch Station” – by donation
– 09:00 Skippers’ Meeting
– 10:00 1St Fleet Flag
– 16:00 No race started after 16:00
– 18:00 Buffet Dinner & Dance

Sunday June 4, 2023
– 07:00 – 08:45 Continental breakfast available
– NO SKIPPERS’ MEETING – unless posted
– 09:30 1st Fleet Flag
– 13:00 No race started after 13:00
– BBQ Lunch on shore
– 14:30 Awards Ceremony

The 2023 Okanagan Charity Regatta is organized by
Sailing Fleet volunteers, VYC member volunteers and the North Okanagan Sailing Association volunteers in various committees who meet once a month. Leading up to the regatta, staff and volunteer board members are also key in running the club facilities and including this annual sailing regatta in club activities and schedules. As chair of the Okanagan Charity Regatta I am immensely grateful for all those who are giving their time, skills and efforts in making this event happen,
Pamela M. – OCR Chair
Sarah A. – Sponsorship/Donations for OCR Charities
Kate S.- Registration
Liam F. – Moorage and Keycards
John H. – Race Committee Chair

Thank you to our Okanagan Charity Regatta Sponsors:

Gold Level – Captain’s Package








Bronze Level – Navigator Package

Boat Sponsors:
Boat: Shadowfax

Media Sponsor

Committee Boat Sponsor


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