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South Okanagan Sailing Association Summerland, BC

SOSA COVID-19 Update

Hello Sailors,

While the SOSA sailing season is still a little ways off with the current situation it is necessary for us to be proactive and do our part in the fight against COVID19. It is obvious now that extreme measures are required in order to slow the spread. Therefore the club facilities, clubhouse, compound and sheds, will be closed as of March 31st until further notice. We request that if you wish to remove personal belongings from any of these facilities please do so before that date. After that date there will be no access to the clubhouse, compound and sheds without approval and supervision by either the Commodore, Vice Commodore or Buildings and Grounds Director.

As the situation evolves we will reassess these measures and do whatever we can to enable members to enjoy their boats and the lake but the health and safety of our members and the community is our priority.

Even without operations the club requires your support to maintain its existence, we need to pay our fixed expenses such as taxes, insurance, phone, electricity etc. Therefore we ask that you register and pay your membership and boat storage fees as usual. Depending on the length of the disruption we will consider applying discounts to next year's registration up to 100% of your membership not including boat storage fees. We will only keep what we need to keep the club in the black. If you are not prepared to support the club in this manner we request that you remove your boat from the premises before the end of April. If you are not able to pay due to the impact of the current crisis please inform an executive member. We will consider case by case and all communication will be kept confidential.

Normally about this time of year we would be holding our AGM, at this time it will be postponed until further notice and no events will be scheduled until it is appropriate to do so.

The following is information directly from the District of Summerland regarding public green space;

District of Summerland Statement on Compliance with COVID-19 Measures
Applicable to SOSA Grounds which are designated as Park Land

"District staff will be monitoring these parks to ensure compliance," stated Chief Administrative Officer, Anthony Haddad. "Access to public trails, greenspaces and beaches is still possible but to ensure they remain open, our residents will need to make sure they do not gather in groups, keep 2 metres (6 feet) apart and take every precaution possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19."

Commodore: Dean Chalmers     250-328-5614

Vice Commodore: Peter Hatcher     778-516-7248

Buildings and Grounds: Andre O'Brien     250-775-0265

Last Updated March 31, 2020

If you are looking for lakeshore to sail your dinghy boat from; a place to meet other sailors and have fun racing; a place to put yourself or children in sailing lessons, then we have the place for you: South Okanagan Sailing Association. A jewel of a sailing club in the Okanagan for over 50 years. Membership is open to anyone and all non-motorized small crafts are welcome.

S.O.S.A. is a dinghy / catamaran facility exclusively. No power boats, keelboats or personal watercraft are allowed to be docked, launched or moored off the club facilities. Powerboats and Keelboats cannot be accessed through SOSA facilities

Lake Okanagan Sailing & Boating

Who we are

We are a small sailing club in the heart of the sunny Okanagan Valley situated on the shores of Okanagan Lake. SOSA is a non-profit society that is member driven, relying on volunteer participation from its membership to operate.


SOSA was first incorporated in 1960 sailing out of Naramata before moving to its present location in Summerland in the mid-1960's.

Join Us

Membership is open to anyone as you do not need to own a sailboat to become a member. We are a dinghy club but also welcome kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and wind surfers.

SOSA Member Information (pdf)

S.O.S.A. Objectives

As stated in our constitution our objectives are:
  • To encourage and promote sailing, boating and yachting and the handling of small craft generally
  • To instruct its members in sailing and seamanship
  • To stimulate and promote sailing competition
  • To promote sportsmanship, leadership, mental and physical development in our youth by encouraging their athletic endeavors particularly sailing

SOSA Member Information (pdf)

What We Have to Offer

We have storage space on the grounds and in the compound for dinghy sailboats and non-powered small watercraft such as kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and sailboards. Only boats that are actively used can be stored on the grounds.

In the summer we run sailing lessons offering the new CYA CANSail program (formerly Learn to Sail), for sailors from 6 years old to adults. CANSail refers to Canada's updated sailor training standards. CANSail is a leading sail training initiative to foster performance in sailing and life long participation in the sport. CANSail is designed to be a set of progressive learn to sail standards focused on providing sailors with a solid foundation of core skills. It allows sailors to learn and progress in any type of boat and consolidates key skills and solid experiences before adding complex skills.

SOSA Member Information (pdf)

We have regular fun races for novices and experts alike with an emphasis on fun and pride and participation. SOSA also has a complete clubhouse for our members and their guests to enjoy as well as a lovely swimming beach for the kids. In the summer there is an active social program with regular BBQs.

We are a true volunteer organization and rely on our members to help with running our club.

S.O.S.A. Membership Information

SOSA membership year starts May 1st.. Membership renewals to be paid by this date. Clubhouse and compound lock changed each sailing season and new key received once membership is paid. Please notify us if you are not renewing your membership and remove your boat by May 1st. Timely payment of your membership is appreciated. Membership stickers MUST be put on boats when received.

New members please fill out application forms found on website or at clubhouse and mail in with payments. Any questions don't hesitate to contact us.

SOSA Member Information (pdf)

Here's what people are saying...
  • "SOSA is great! I benefit so much from my membership, both in sailing and socially."
  • "I learned to sail, made friends, and enjoyed the fellowship."
  • "SOSA is a great club."
  • "A great Summerland Recreational resource."
  • "The grounds are an awesome place to hang out and get cool in the summer. "
Various SOSA Members