Okanagan Sailing

This site was created as a central resource for the Okanagan racing sailor. It is a continuation of Marc Noel’s OKSailing website that kept Okanagan’s racing sailors up to date on racing results, best practices, regattas, weather and videos about everything to do with sailing in the Okanagan. Marc’s videos will be posted on this site on the video-media page and can also be seen on the Okanagan Sailing YouTube page. 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.

Sailing in the Okanagan

What a long wait and finally we’re open for racing again! Yacht clubs started their weekly racing, KYC has Monday night women’s racing and we have a schedule of regattas for Okanagan Lake: Okanagan Sailing Regattas

For useful and fun updates by sailors ‘like’ our Okanagan Sailing Facebook page or if you are involved in sailing ask to join our Okanagan Sailing Facebook group.

See you on the water!

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.

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 15th – 16th! The women’s regatta has 3 fleets, coached, non coached and newbie. 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 here

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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.

2023 Okanagan Regatta Schedule

May 19 – 21, 2023 Kelowna Blossom Time Regatta – KYC
June 2 – 4, 2023 Okanagan Charity Regatta – VYC

June 2023 Penticton Grass Roots Regatta – PYC (tbc)

July 14 – 16, 2023 Women’s Regatta – WKYC
July 21 – 23, 2023 525 Santana – Nationals Regatta – KYC

July 22 – 23, 2023 Naramata Mug – SOSA (Summerland)
July 30, 2023 Bruno Lieppe – SOSA (Summerland)

August 11 – 13, 2023 Summerland Giants Head Regatta -SYC
August 2023 Rattlesnake Island Race – SYC (tbc)

August 12 – 14, 2023 Kelowna Commodores Cup – KYC

September 2 – 3, 2023 Penticton Grand Prix Regatta – PYC
September 8 – 10, 2023 End-To-End Race – PYC/KYC/VYC