Community support makes national championships possible

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The Land Rover Kelowna Melges 24 Nationals Championship committee is very thankful for the generous sponsors in support of this 2016 sailing event hosted at the Kelowna Yacht Club June 24 to 26, 2016.

Land Rover Kelowna offered their title sponsorship for the event as part of Land Rover’s global engagement in the “Extreme Sailing Series.” The Extreme Sailing Series shares the same spirit of adventure as our Melges 24 Nationals Series title sponsor, Land Rover. Speed, strength and capability in the face of powerful natural forces, together with skill, teamwork and composure are a winning combination both on and off the water.

The Kelowna Yacht Club continues to be a huge support to the championship event by providing the facilities, the moorage space, logistical expertise, membership engagement and media coverage to name a few. The event’s committee is very grateful to have this quality clubhouse, grounds and highly skilled staff to work with.

Quails’ Gate Estate Winery and Tree Brewing are the beverage sponsors for the event. Quails’ Gate makes some of the best wines in our region and their Old Vines Restaurant was recently named one of the Top 100 Restaurants in Canada from Open Table. This list consists of restaurants offering unique cuisine, consistency and hospitality and is based on an analysis of more than 275,000 reviews of approximately 1,600 restaurants across the country.

The Tree Brewing Beer Institute features a small batch craft brewery, a large sit-down tasting room which includes two spacious patios, a beer shop and a beer classroom. It’s a truly unique space. One of the popular items for boaters is the Tree Brewing stainless steel growlers with insulated covers. These non-breakable beer growlers also help with the Melges 24 National’s mission of hosting a low environmental impact event.

North Sails has been a long-time supporter of many sailboat racing events both locally and globally. We are very thankful for their continued support, and for being a Land Rover Kelowna Melges 24 Canadian National Championship sponsor. Their top quality sails, boating equipment and all weather gear has helped many racers participating in grass-roots to top level events. In addition to making high performance gear for racers, their North U department’s touring seminars and clinics, teach top level racing to some of our best teams.

Marc Noel is the Land Rover Kelowna Melges 24 National Championship committee co-chair with Toni Clark, he’s also the president of the Canadian Melges 24 Class Association (CM24CA) and will be racing Eclipse in the June event. In his spare time, Marc runs the OK Sailing website and is doing many of the videos for the nationals. We are grateful to have the support offered by the CM24CA and are looking forward to hosting all our US and Canadian Melges 24 racers in June.

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