Sail boats were out in full force on Okanagan Lake on the May long weekend as the Central Okanagan Sailing hosted the Springtime Regatta.

Strong showing by COSA at Springtime Regatta

Sailing competition brings 84 boats to Okanagan Lake on May long weekend

Local sailors performed to a high standard as the Central Okanagan Sailing Association (COSA) held its yearly Springtime Regatta over the May long weekend.

Eighty-four boats from across the Pacific Northwest competed in five races, making this regatta the largest sailing event in the B.C. Interior.  Moderate winds and weather made for lots of fun and fair sailing, under the watchful eye of experienced race officers Ron Rubadeau and Steve Brunsden.

COSA sailors dominated the local sailing scene, taking several top finishes in various sailing fleets.  Thish Rajapakshe, Devin Araujo, and Zoe Roberts form COSA finished first, second, and third in the 4.7 class.  The very large Radial fleet was won by Mexico’s Natalia Montemayor, while COSA sailors Elizabeth Hardy, Brishen Holmes-Slattery, and Ian Johnston finished in 14th, 18th and 19th respectively.  The equally robust Laser fleet was won by top Canadian sailor, Matthew Turner from Victoria , with COSA sailors Adam Sorensen, Thomas Hardy, Robbie Stevens, and Gage Flint taking 8th, 11th, 12th, and 13th.

There were several new sailors in the Optimist Green Fleet, including COSA racers Katherine, Alizon, Mackenzie, and Gabriella Littleton; and Ryan and Tyler Rubadeau, participating in their first major event.  Tyler was also the youngest sailor in the regatta at 6 years of age!

The Hobie 18 fleet was won by COSA sailors, with Paul Evenden, Alan Wright (with son Ian), and Frank Halperin, finishing first, 2nd, and 3rd.  Brent Kelly and Joanne Takahashi of COSA took the X-Class division on their Tasar, beating out eight other teams sailing multihulls, monohulls, and skiffs

Heather Halperin, coach of the local Optimist sailors, noted how much the young racers had improved over the course of one event, while Open Fleet coach Mark Williamson was impressed by the competiveness of the COSA sailors.  With strong finishes by the newest members of the team, and excellent results for the advanced sailors, it appears that COSA is once again poised to do well provincially.

 

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