Wabamun Sailing Club, in Alberta, to host Sail Canada 2023 Sail West Championships

The competition will be held July 27-30

Kingston, July 27, 2023 – More than 60 sailors will be in action this weekend, July 27-30, at the Wabamun Sailing Club in Parkland County, Alberta, as they will take part in the Sail Canada 2023 Sail West Championships.

Sailors from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba will compete at the Sail Canada 2023 Sail West Championships in the 420, ILCA 4, ILCA 6, ILCA 7 and Opti classes. Sailors from other provinces will also take part in the competition.

Races will be held according to the following schedule including a training clinic that will take place on Thursday, July 27, and Friday, July 28:
-Saturday, July 29: races start at 11 am
-Sunday, July 30: races start at 11 am

Sail Canada Sail West is part of three regional championships which are to be attended by:
-U15 sailors in the Optimist class;
-U17 sailors in the ILCA 6, ILCA 4, 420 and 29er classes;
-Open class sailors in ILCA 6, ILCA 7, ILCA 4, 420, 29er and Optimist classes.

These competitions provide a chance for sailors to train and compete with high-level sailors in their region, in addition to serving as talent identification opportunities for regional and provincial sailing teams. Along with training, development and mentoring opportunities for coaches, officials and volunteers.

The Sail Canada Sail West event is also part of a series of seven Sail Canada National and Regional Championships to be held this summer. Below is the full schedule for the Sail Canada 2023 National and Regional Championships:

-Sail Canada 2023 Senior Kiteboarding Championships: July 7-9 – Kingston, ON
-2023 Sail East Regional Championships: July 14-16 – Glen Haven, N.S. (St. Margaret Sailing Club)
-2023 Sail Central Regional Championships: July 20-23 – Hudson, QC (Hudson Yacht Club)
-2023 Sail West Regional Championships: July 27-30 – Parkland County, AB (Wabamun Sailing Club)
-Sail Canada 2023 Youth Championships: August 8-12 – Kingston, ON (CORK)
-Sail Canada 2023 ILCA 6 and ILCA 7 Senior Championships: August 8-12 – Kingston, ON (CORK)
-Sail Canada 2023 49er and 49erFX Senior Championships: September 23-24 – Kingston, ON (CORK)

Helly Hansen is the proud prize sponsor for the 2023 Sail Canada Championships. All participants registered for Sail Canada’s events can look forward to receiving a perk from Helly Hansen at the season’s end.

Sail Canada Championships are funded – in part- by the Government of Canada.

About Sail Canada
Established in 1931, Sail Canada is the national governing body for the sport of sailing in the country. Sail Canada is a leading international sailing nation, proud of its world class athletes, lifelong participants and inclusive culture. The organization and its members are committed to excellence by developing and training its leaders, athletes, sailors, instructors, coaches and officials. With the valued support from our partners, the Provincial Sailing Associations and our member clubs, schools, organizations and stakeholders, sailing is promoted in all its forms. By setting standards and delivering programs from home pond to podium for Canadians of all ages and abilities, from dinghies to keelboats, cruising to navigation, windsurfing to powerboating and accessible sailing, Sail Canada sets sail for all, sail to win and sail for life.

A sport in the Olympic program since the first Games in 1896, except in 1904, the pursuit of success in these Games is what fuels the focus of Sail Canada as Canadian athletes have so far achieved nine Olympic and five Paralympic medals.