Posted by Colin Heggie on Jun 15, 2021
Dave Weatherill hosted an onsite meeting, our first since Nov 17th, at his North Okanagan Sailing Association (NOSA), where Commodore Marc Reinarz & sailing instructor Jacob (shown above with Dave) explained their organization.  NOSA is a non-profit combination of a sailing club, school & social group, with a modest waterfront facility, east of Paddlewheel Park, including boat storage, small clubhouse, kitchen & showers.  A full membership costs only $400/yr, plus another $100 to add use of club boats.  Youths & adults are offered Sail Canada’s CANSail 1 through 4 programs, using the club’s Flying Juniors & a new RS Quest dinghy.  Week-long sets of summer lessons are great for kids – incorporating theory, practice sailing, swimming & games.  Sailors are now encouraged (required ?) to wear floating helmets.  Our Rotary club has donated funds in the past, along with other service clubs, to subsidize youngsters unable to pay the $150 cost of lessons.  Lottery funding also helps with purchase & repair of club boats.  Youth sailing lessons provide healthy outdoor activities, plus build life-long skills & confidence.  For adults, Marc says NOSA offers a bit of fun sailing, to go with their social times!