Fred Trautmann

Women compete in annual regatta

The Okanagan Women’s Sailing Association held the fifth annual Okanagan Women’s Regatta and A Taste of Sailing in Summerland.

The Okanagan Women’s Sailing Association held the fifth annual Okanagan Women’s Regatta and A Taste of Sailing in Summerland on the weekend of July 27 to 29.

Starting on the afternoon of July 27, volunteers from the Summerland Yacht Club had more than 60 women sign up for A Taste of Sailing. Volunteers took out women who had never tried sailing to give them a sample of the sport.

Throughout the evening the competitors for the fifth annual Okanagan Women’s Regatta were arriving from throughout the Okanagan Valley, giving the women in the Taste of Sailing an opportunity to meet them.

All day Saturday and Sunday the competitors in the regatta were on the water racing. Competitors come from throughout the Okanagan  as well as the Lower Mainland to test themselves against their peers.

The competition was close in all fleets, lots of fun with spinnakers flying everywhere.

There were three fleets in the event, the winners of each were:

A Fleet – Ghost Rider, helmed by Kerri Hardisty out of the Kelowna Yacht Club

B Fleet – Contagious, helmed by Gillian Thomson out of the Kelowna Yacht Club

D Fleet – Fitzcarraldo, helmed by Briar Hahn out of the Penticton Yacht Club


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