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Canada's Best Sailors to Meet in Kelowna for National Championships

Kelowna sailors are gearing up for the annual Canada-wide Keelboat Women’s Championships, as some of the best female sailors across the country are expected to hit Okanagan Lake from October 1st until the 4th.

“We have 19 teams from as far away as Halifax as well as the Caroline Grant team from Nantucket, Massachusetts,” said committee chair and skipper Gillian Thomson. “The races take place over three days out on the water by the yacht club and spectators can get a good view from Waterfront Park.”

<who> Photo Credit: Kelowna Yacht Club contributed. </who> Shot from 2007 Keelboat championships on Okanagan Lake.

British Columbian competitors include teams from Kelowna, West Kelowna, Summerland, Vernon, Penticton, and Victoria. In addition, teams from Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Nova Scotia will also be in Kelowna this coming week to set sail on Okanagan Lake.

The sailors will all race in Santana 525 boats, which are specifically suited for the shifty and often light wind conditions of Okanagan Lake.

This year’s event is expected to build on the success of the 2007 championships held here in Kelowna, as more and more local women are now taking to the water and kicking some sailing butt.

If you're interested in reading more about Okanagan women in sailing, click here. For more information on the Women's Keelboat Championships, click here.

Here’s a list of the sailors competing at this year’s event:

Skipper

Boat Name

Bow/Sail

Class

Hometown

Yacht Club

Tracy Delorme Diana Barker Sarah Morris-Probert Jennifer Thompson

Schock Wave

87181

Santana 525

Kelowna, BC

Kelowna Yacht Club

Susan Ruuska Antonie Clark Beverley Harding Trish Tomlin

ION

59367

Santana 525

Penticton, BC

South Okanagan Sailing Association

Kerri Hardisty Holli Hudson Karen Fleming Leah Smith Sandra Watts

Split Decision

59034

Santana 525

Kelowna, BC

Kelowna Yacht Club

Gillian Thomson Kathryn Albright Birte Decloux Loree Felt

Contagious

172

Santana 525

Kelowna, BC

Kelowna Yacht Club

Karen Fowler
Jo-Ann Haley Judith Jarrett Christina Mullen

00

Santana 525

Bedford, Nova Scotia

BBYC

Michele Cimon Chantelle Boudreau Marg Hurley Karen Brown

TBD

TBD

Santana 525

Ottawa, ON

Nepean Sailing Club

Cindy Blicq Michele Evans Lori Hiscock Rose Hull

unknown

Santana 525

Gimli, Manitoba

Gimli Yacht Club

Melodie Gummer [Pending]

10

Santana 525

RR3Bath, ON

Kingston Yacht club

Gillian Hayward Selena Sced Teresa Lindsay Tanis Coletti

Shazam

198

Santana 525

Kelowna, BC

Kelowna Yacht Club

Asia Dorward Paula Schneider Colleen McEachern Marie Sperling

Razzle Dazzle

139

Santana 525

West Kelowna, BC

Kelowna Yacht Club

Debbie Kirkby Lauren Avery Rowena Robinson Kate MacLennan Donna Dempsey

Santana 525

Calgary, AB

Glenmore Sailing Club

Marsha Hales Bev Lacasse Shelley Bakker Aline Vance

Wy Wurrie

8059

Santana 525

Kelowna, BC

KYC

Carolyn Grant Linda Johnson Marie Palandjian Susan Wayne

0000

Santana 525

Nantucket, MA

Great Harbor Yacht Club

Ruth Branscombe
Elizabeth Balderston Norma Turner Joyce Ulsifer

Nogoslogo

21

Santana 525

West Kelowna, BC

Kelowna Yacht Club

Lori Hallam Pamela Miller Heather Willison Michelle De Sousa Wendy Miller

HOLY DOODLE

203

Santana 525

Kelowna, BC

Kelowna Yacht Club

Sue Cmolik Monroe Land Brenda Bradford Deb Johnson

Texas Tea

145/113

Santana 525

Kelowna, BC

Kelowna Yacht Club

Debbie Erickson Marilea Sharpe Robin Willow Castle Joanne Redies

tbc

Santana 525

Victoria, BC

Summerland Yacht Club

Sandy Thayer Jocelyn Young Michelle Magnan Claire Sears

Santana 525

Collingwood, Ontario

Collingwood Yacht Club

Pamela St.Pierre Linda Williamson Barb Rotteveel Deb Van Beek Patti Skidmore

Righteous Indignation

67225

Santana 525

Vernon, BC

Vernon Yacht Club



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