Okanagan Sailing

Okanagan Lake has seven yacht clubs and three sailing associations and there are weekly races and regattas at most of them. Sailors will continue to update this site to keep Okanagan sailors and visiting sailors up on what’s happening in the valley.

Okanagan’s Sailing Associations

Okanagan Lake has 3 sailing associations: North Okanagan Sailing Association (NOSA), Central Okanagan Sailing Association (COSA) and South Okanagan Sailing Association (SOSA). All of them teach sailing to children, youth and adults and COSA is one of Canada’s largest sailing schools teaching around 3000 students a year. The sailing associations have been running races and regattas since the 1950’s and offer many other water activities such as boat rentals, windsurfing, kayaking and SUPs.

Adaptive Sailing Association of Kelowna

The Adaptive Sailing Association of Kelowna is a non-profit organization which introduces people with disabilities and age related issues to the joys of sailing on our beautiful Okanagan Lake. Their Okanagan branch has been running since 1993. KYC’s Commodore’s Cup Regatta raises funds for the Adaptive Sailing program run out of the Kelowna Yacht Club.

In the fall of 2017 the Mobility Cup Championship was held at the Kelowna Yacht Club for the first time. Mobility Cup is a “regatta of possibility” where personal, social, geographic, technological and organizational barriers are challenged in the spirit of friendly competition.  It is international in scope, inviting people from around the globe to participate, for the purpose of excellence, discovery and learning.

2024 Okanagan Regatta Schedule

May 17 – 19, 2024 Kelowna Blossom Time Regatta – KYC
May 31 – June 2, 2024 Vernon Regatta – VYC
June 8 – 9, 2024 Springtime Regatta – NOSA
July 7, 2024 Bruno Liepe Trophy Regatta – SOSA
July 12 – 14, 2024 Okanagan Women’s Regatta – WKYC
July 13 – 14, 2024 Naramata Mug – SOSA
August 9 – 11, 2024 Summerland Giants Head Regatta -SYC
August 16 – 17, 2024 Kelowna Commodores Cup – KYC
August 30 – Sept 1, 2024 Penticton Grand Prix Regatta – PYC
September 3 – 6, 2024 San Juan 21 Western Nationals – PYC
September 6 – 8, 2024 End-To-End Race – PYC/KYC/VYC

Okanagan Women’s Sailing

Okanagan women race sailboats at yearly Women’s Racing Series held at the Kelowna and Vernon yacht clubs between May and July. After the racing series is over, the annual Women’s Regatta is held mid- July. The 2023 Women’s Regatta will be at the West Kelowna Yacht Club July 12th – 14th! The women’s regatta has 2 fleets, coached and non coached. For info on women’s sailing and the Okanagan Women’s Regatta visit the Okanagan Women’s Sailing page or contact the West Kelowna Yacht Club.

Okanagan women began racing in 2007 when the Women’s National Championships came to Kelowna. Many local women raced in the 2007 National Championship Regatta and in 2015 the Women’s Nationals came back to Kelowna Yacht Club resulting in local boats winning first and second place! At the 72nd Commodore’s Cup Regatta in 2018 was the first year a women’s team won! More on the: Okanagan Sailing Blog