The Central Okanagan Sailing Association hosted its annual regatta on the May long weekend.

The Central Okanagan Sailing Association hosted its annual regatta on the May long weekend.

COSA sailors in fine form at spring regatta

Kelowna-based sailing club hosts annual event on May long weekend

Local sailors turned in strong performances as the Central Okanagan Sailing Association hosted its annual spring regatta over the May long weekend.

Race officers, Ron Rubadeau and Steve Brunsden, were able to run nine excellent races on two courses thanks to strong winds.

COSA sailors dominated the Hobie 18 fleet, with Frank Halperin and Darrell Skinner taking first, Gillian Thomson and Brishen Holmes-Slattery in second, and Allan, Ian, Kyle, and Logan Wright finishing in third place.

COSA Race Team member, Tyler Rubadeau, was once again the youngest sailor in the regatta at seven years of age.  He and his brother Ryan, as well as Gabriela, Katherine, Mackenzie, and Alizon Littleton, Zane Halperin, and Cole Appleton, each took turns winning races in the ultra-competitive Opti-Green fleet.

The COSA Race Team also captured strong finishes in the Radial class, with Ian Johnston racing to a 10th place finish in the regatta’s largest fleet. Thish Rajapakshe, Zoe Roberts, and Sam Carson came in 11th, 12th and 13th respectively, while Adam Sorensen and Gage Flint took fourth and 10th place in the Laser fleet.

COSA Race Team coach, Bryana van Leeuwen, was particularly impressed with the perseverance of Rajapakshe and Carson.

“The winds were extremely strong, which resulted in multiple capsizes by both Thish and Sam throughout the first day of racing,” said van Leeuwen. “Despite the cold water and the exhaustive nature of righting a capsized Laser over and over, both sailors finished every race. It was really inspiring to see the kids do so well, and to continue improving despite the challenging conditions. I expect we’ll be hearing lots about these sailors in the near future.”

COSA will play host to two North American Championships this June, while the COSA Race Team will be participating in a number of provincial events throughout the sailing season.  Sailors interested in learning more about the COSA Race Team, or to register for sailing or windsurfing lessons should visit


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