Join us at Sylvan Lake, Alberta for the CYA Women's National Keelboat Championship, Aug 30 - Sept 2, 2012 With teams racing on the one design Martin 242, this is an event that you won’t want to miss. The M242 is a 24-foot, high performance, racer. Over 250 have been built since 1981, with large fleets on the Western Regions of Canada and the U.S. Like other popular one design classes, the M242 Class maintains very rigid class rules to control expense and ensure even competition. The total sail inventory consists of a main, jib and spinnaker. The roller-furling jib dramatically simplifies boat handling and encourages family crews. With a PHRF handicap of 150-156 seconds per mile, it seems that the PHRF handicappers certainly respect the performance ability of the M242. It all starts with a meet & greet on Thursday night when teams will draw for their boat in a lottery. Friday morning begins with a boardroom clinic. Our guest coach, Michael Clements (current M242 Canadian National Champion and Fleet Captain of the Royal Vancouver YC), with his vast knowledge of the M242 and his proven instructional abilities, the training clinic will be highly informative and beneficial to all crews. Then it’s down to the docks and onto the water for more coaching, and practice. The clinic will conclude with a practise race or two under the direction of our Multi-Olympic Race Officer, Paul Ulibarri (aka PU) and his equally talented race management team. Paul is no stranger to the waters of Sylvan Lake, as over the past four years he has actively supported our race management program as well as participating in our infamous year end regatta "The End of Summer Hummer". In the words of PU - fun happens naturally because race management is Priority Number 1. Saturday morning...it’s time to get serious! That said, this event is not just about racing, with four socials scheduled, Thursday thru Sunday evenings, there will be lots of time to meet new sailors, and visit old friends. The Sylvan Lake Sailing Club (SLSC) is located 15 km west of Red Deer, and is 11⁄2 hrs from both Edmonton & Calgary International Airports. Our preferred hotels and social venues are all within a three block walk from our marina. Chateau Suites is located on the shore, facing what will be the race course and the Best Western is across the street. Full details at http://www.sylvan.ws/ .