Doug Rutherford will go solo in the End to End race to raise money for disabled sailing.

Sailing for charity in End to End race

Doug Rutherford will single-hand from Kelowna Yacht Club to Summerland over two days to generate funds for Disabled Sailing Association

Doug Rutherford doesn’t mind challenges.

That’s just one reason the Kelowna man is going solo (single handing) this weekend in the End to End sailing race.

The other is to raise money for the Disabled Sailing Association based out of the Kelowna Yacht Club.

Rutherford will be single handing his 25-foot sailboat, Freedom, along Okanagan Lake from Vernon to Kelowna on Saturday. Then on Sunday, competing boats will head south from Kelowna and finish up in Summerland.

“One of the goals was to do the race by myself, so I’ll be the only solo racer,” Rutherford said. “I’m not going to be able to compete against the fully-manned crews, but it will be a good challenge.”

Rutherford has spent a good portion of his life sailing and sees the fund raising effort for the DSA as a way of giving back.

“It’s my passion and I want more people to be able to experience the thrill of sailing,” he said. “The Disabled Sailing Association allows handicapped people to get out an enjoy it.

It tickles my heart to see handicapped people get out on the lake and sail their own boat.”

Donations can be sent to DSA ℅ Kelowna Yacht Club, 1370 Water St., Kelowna, V1Y1J1.

Donations can also be made on Facebook at End to End Race 2015.