Vernon Yacht Club’s
annual sailing regatta June 2-4
2023 Okanagan Charity Regatta
Why a Charity Regatta?
Over the past three years, approximately one in seven BC households have had difficulty accessing adequate and nutritious food. BC’s United Ways and Community Foundations quickly increased their capacity to support access to food for our communities. In some communities the need arose due to the consequences of fires and floods and overall due to shutdowns and rising costs. People lost homes, livelihoods and are continuing to face increased costs to live.
For some of the beneficiery organizations, the demand for food has increased 400 percent in the past three years with no sign of slowing. Many organizations have had to adapt their services and programs to meet this demand. The need continues to grow and the stability of these programs is essential to build strong and healthy communities.
The Vernon Yacht Club ran the Okanagan Charity Regatta for ten years started by Dave Ellis. This regatta was the largest local fundraiser for United Way during that time. We’re back to sail for fuller plates and hearts and raise funds for our communities! Join us by sharing our campaign, through sponsorship or by donating. Every bit counts, thank you for making a difference!
“We are absolutely delighted that Vernon Yacht Club has chosen to split the proceeds from their event between Community Foundation North Okanagan and United Way as we work together to take on food security issues. Community Foundations are all about shared leadership, partnership for social good, and recognizing the challenges so many in our communities are up against. No one should have to choose between paying their rent and feeding their children!”
Community Foundation North Okanagan
“United Way BC is deeply grateful to the Vernon Yacht Club and the amazing North Okanagan community for this incredible support. We’re also honored to share the proceeds with our long-time partner, the Community Foundation North Okanagan. You’re helping us address challenges within the emergency food sector in the region through our food security initiatives. Together we can strengthen vital connections among local residents from Revelstoke and Salmon Arm to Central and South Okanagan – building stronger, healthier communities.”
United Way BC, Southern Interior
SPONSOR AND DONOR FUNDS RAISED BY THE OKANAGAN CHARITY REGATTA GO TO THESE 2 CHARITIES IN SUPPORT OF ALL THE LOCAL FOOD PROGRAMS THEY HELP FUND:
100% of regatta funds stay local to our region
From Revelstoke and Salmon Arm to Central and South Okanagan, the United Way BC (UWBC) and Community Foundation North Okanagan (CFNO) charities support and work with these organizations to feed our communities:
- UWBC Community Food Hubs
- CFNO Better Together Program
- The Good Food Box Society
- North Okanagan Land to Table Network
- Salvation Army Vernon – House of Hope Foodbank
- North Okanagan Family and Youth Services
- Okanagan Indian Band
- White Valley Community Resource Centre
- Canadian Mental Health Association
- 60+ Food Boxes
- UWBC Schools Out Programs
- Nexus BC
- Social Planning Council of the North Okanagan
- Food Action Society
- First Nations Friendship Centre
- Canadian Mental Health Association South Okanagan Similkameen
- Central Okanagan Food Bank
- Central Okanagan Region Nutrition Society (Meals on Wheels)
- Hope for the Nations – Food for Thought
- Karis Support Society
…and many more.
North Okanagan LAND TO TABLE network
Land to Table is building a more resilient food system in the Okanagan and is one of 18 United Way Food Hub’s in BC.
WHITE VALLEY community resource centre
White Valley runs a food production and learn to cook program with grade 7&8 students where they in turn teach their families to cook.
The Good Food Box Society
The Good Food Box Program works directly with farms to give fruits and vegetables to people and agencies working with people who are least able to access healthy food.
Okanagan Indian Band
Land to Table partners with Okanagan Indian Band to assess need, secure additional resources, launch new programs, and strengthen their volunteer networks.
Sponsor or Donate
Your sponsorship and donation dollars go to local food programs and organizations helping those who need it most. The Okanagan Charity Regatta Event is fundraising to bring awareness and support to the many organizations working hard to fill the increased shortages and need in our community. Your sponsorship dollars and donations will be divided equally between local United Way B.C. and Community Foundation N.O. in support of programs in your region working hard to provide adequate and nutritious food in your community.
Sponsor a sailboat racing in the
June 2-4 Okanagan Charity Regatta! Your sponsorship goes directly to the charities.
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Documents for Participants in the 2023 Okanagan Charity Regatta:
SKIPPER & BOAT Registration – 2023 Okanagan Charity Regatta
CREW Registration – FULL Meal Package – 2023 Okanagan Charity Regatta
CREW Registration – PARTIAL Meal Package – 2023 Okanagan Charity Regatta
CREW Registration – No Meals – 2023 Okanagan Charity Regatta
NOTICE OF RACE – VYC 2023 Okanagan Charity Regatta
SAILING INSTRUCTIONS – VYC 2023 Okanagan Charity Regatta
SI WHISKEY ISL. RACE – VYC 2023 Okanagan Charity Regatta
ADDENDUM – A – Sailing Instructions – VYC 2023 Okanagan Charity Regatta
ADDENDUM – B – Whiskey Island Sailing Instructions
NORTH SAILS – LIVE SAIL TRIM Event – JUNE 1st, 7pm >>>
Webinar with pro coaches Drew Mitchell and Alex Levkovskiy
One hour of their best techniques and tips for all weather conditions and all levels of sailing. Get your questions ready for the Q&A 8:00-8:30 and have access to Drew and Alex post webinar for future questions. Get a head start on the racing season all in one evening.
Thank you to our sponsors!
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