THE HEART OF BOAT­ING IN THE NORTH OKANA­GAN

Boat­ing at The Ver­non Yacht Club

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Founded in 1953, the Ver­non Yacht Club has been a long-stand­ing main­stay for the boat­ing com­mu­nity and its mem­bers in the North Okana­gan as it pro­vides se­cure moor­age, a so­cial at­mos­phere, series of events, and the op­por­tu­nity to share ex­pe­ri­ences of the boat­ing life­style. Not-for-profit and mem­ber­ship-based, the Ver­non Yacht Club is op­er­ated by a team of in­cred­i­ble staff, a vol­un­teer board and many mem­ber vol­un­teers who main­tain the club­house, grounds, docks, as well as the break­wa­ter to of­fer an en­joy­able place for mem­bers, their guests and visi­tors.

Pop­u­lar Ver­non Yacht Club Events

When mem­bers are not en­joy­ing Okana­gan Lake, they are ac­tive with the series of club events. Pam St. Pierre, the yacht club’s Staff Cap­tain, works with Ken Hodg­son to or­ga­nize a va­ri­ety of live mu­sic to each dance event. Yacht club dances are com­monly held once a month, in ad­di­tion to 15-plus an­nual events through­out the year. In fact, in 2017, St. Pierre put to­gether a suc­cess­ful, sold-out, Canada Day cel­e­bra­tion.

Ad­di­tion­ally, vol­un­teer mem­ber, Deb­bra But­ler, or­ga­nizes a pop­u­lar monthly Ladies Night through­out most of the sea­son, while Pub­lic­ity Direc­tor, Pamela Miller, added two com­mu­nity events that in­cluded the Greater Ver­non Cham­ber of Com­merce’s Busi­ness Af­ter 4 Trade Fair on April 17 and a Wa­ter Stew­ard­ship Open House with the City of Ver­non June 9.

The club’s largest event of the year, the Boat & Wa­ter­sports Show, held May 5 and 6, is chaired by Fred Haight and run by a six-mem­ber com­mit­tee. Up to 90 vol­un­teers make this event a suc­cess and we would like to thank our spon­sors; KAL Tire, Okana­gan Spring Brew­ery, Van­tage One CU, King­Fisher Boats, The RCMP, The Sand­man Inn and part­ners; 105.7 SunFm, 1075 Beach Ra­dio, OASISS, Sal­va­tion Army and Un­Plug & Play. Show at­ten­dees can also view the boat show ven­dors’ list at ver­nony­acht­club.com/boat­ing/ver­non-yacht-club-boat-show or visit Un­Plug & Play’s web­site at www.un­plu­gand­playver­non.com or their Morn­ing Star Di­rec­tory to view the list of the Ver­non Yacht Club’s fam­ily events.

VYC Sail­ing News

Keith Danielson is the 2018 VYC Sail­ing Fleet Chair and the club’s weekly sail­ing races kicked-off April 18, while The VYC Women’s Weekly Race Series has been changed this year to Tues­day nights – from April 24 to July 3. This year’s Okana­gan Women’s Re­gatta takes place at the Kelowna Yacht Club July 6 to 8.

Pam St. Pierre is also chair­ing the an­nual Ver­non Sail­ing Re­gatta July 1 to 3 and the Ver­non leg of the End to End Re­gatta will be held Septem­ber 14 to 16. The “End to End Re­gatta” be­gins in Ver­non with overnight stops at the Kelowna Yacht Club and ends with a din­ner/awards cer­e­mony at the Sum­mer­land Yacht Club.

To learn to sail or gain in­sight in the sport, sim­ply in­quire about vol­un­teer­ing as a crew mem­ber in the VYC Sail­ing Fleet at the weekly Wed­nes­day night’s races or the women’s Tues­day night races. You can also take lessons at the Kelowna Yacht Club, learn to sail on dinghies at the North Okana­gan Sail­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, or take cour­ses through BC Sail­ing.

For mem­ber­ship in­quiries or more in­for­ma­tion about the Ver­non Yacht Club visit www.ver­nony­acht­club.com For more de­tails about the 2018 events visit www.ver­nony­acht­club.com/events.

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