Keelboats set to sail

Canada’s best female sailors will compete in the national keelboat championships for the first time on the Prairies and at Sylvan Lake.

Canada’s best female sailors will compete in the national keelboat championships for the first time on the Prairies and at Sylvan Lake.

The 2012 CYA Women’s National Keelboat Championships will be held from Thursday to Sunday.

The championships is open to 14 national teams of sailors, coming from British Columbia to Ontario. They’ll be competing on the Martin 242, a 7.2-metre high (24-foot high) performance sailboat.

Sailing aficionados Mike Clements, national sailing champion, and Paul Ulibarri, multi-Olympic race officer will be on hand.

The Sylvan Lake Sailing Club has been around since 1984. The event will benefit from the club’s regatta history and achievements over the years, including the attendance of top-notch race management and a former Olympic race officer.

The event gets underway on Friday at 12:30 p.m., Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.