Dan Irvine and Lance Alexander hang a Yacht Club banner on the railing of the Rose Bay

Dan Irvine and Lance Alexander hang a Yacht Club banner on the railing of the Rose Bay

Boat show sails into season

The launch of boating season is here.

The Vernon Yacht Club’s 22nd annual Boat and Leisure Show hits the lakeshore Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 7919 Okanagan Landing Road. Free shuttle rides to and from Marshall Field’s parking area will also be provided.

“It’s just a great way to spend the day,” said Craig Williams, VYC’s director of publicity and marketing.

“You can wander the docks and look at different boats.”

In celebration of Mother’s Day, a portion of proceeds from all meal sales on Sunday will be donated to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation.

The free admission event features free sailboat rides, draw prizes, a supervised bounce and play for the kids, the club’s famous Yacht Dogs and Boat Burgers and 35 exhibitors both on and off the water.

“Exhibit types range from paddle boards to houseboats and include a wide variety of motorized, sail and human powered watercraft,” said Dan Irvine, chair of the event.

“Everything is represented from hand-built wooden boats to the latest in wake board boats. All aspects of boat-related fun will be available from swimwear and organic sunscreen to boat insurance.”

The show, which attracted 2,000 people last year to launch boating season in Vernon, also represents local non-profits such as the Power and Sail Squadron (which will be testing for the now mandatory Power Craft Operators Card), Vernon Paddling Club, RCMP water safety and enforcement boat, Sea Cadets, Search and Rescue and more.