A Quick History of COSA
COSA was established on March 21, 1979. However, COSA did not appear at its Hobson Road home until much later. The first several years of COSA's existence was based out of the old sea plane base, on land that is now the Grand Resort. In April of 1984, COSA and the Kelowna Rowing Club joined forces to create the Central Okanagan Small Boat Association. A year later, COSA purchased eight flying juniors from the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. The same year, COSA played host to the Canadian Hobie National Championships. Since being built, COSBA has changed radically. A blue paint job, thousands of bricks, a much larger dock, motorboat lifts, dozens more LTS boats, new motor boats, an elevator lift, a giant flag pole, and hundreds of other changes that insured that our sailing club will remain one of the best dinghy clubs in North America.
Big Events at COSA
With the BC Youth Championships, the BC Disability Games, and our yearly May long weekend regatta all held in one summer, it is easy to see why COSA has become synonymous with great regatta hosting. But do you know how many major events have been hosted at COSA since we moved to our Hobson Road location? Here's a list of some of the more significant events hosted at COSA.
1985 Hobie North Americans
1996 Lightning Division Championships
1996 Canadian Women's Championships
1999 Martin 16 North Americans
2000 Trapseat 16 Canadians
2001 Martin 16 Western Canadian Championships
2001 Lightning Division Championships
2001 Trapseat 16 Canadians
2002 IFDS Trapseat World Championships
2002 BC Youth Championships
2003 BC Disability Games
In addition to hosting these events, COSA has also assisted in the administration of other major events including the 1998 Western Canadian 16 and under youth Championships.
Hosting events of such magnitude has led to COSA winning the Canadian Yachting Association "Chris Holm trophy" in 1998 thanks to the continued great work of principal race office Ron Rubadeau..