Sail Manitoba’s goal is to develop the sport of sailing in our province, especially in the remote areas. The key objective is to introduce racing in a fun way and improve racing skills. The acquired skills will be the cornerstone in their sailing development.

The selected age groups at the Games are a perfect fit with the Learn to Sail Fast, Learn to Train and Learn to Compete stages of the Long Term Sailor Development Model.

Support for the Games is delivered by clubs, which offer learn to race programs and by the mobile sailing school, which travels the whole summer to small clubs and community centres. The Games are a high priority event for our youth development program and an event each sailor will strive for.

It is –like no other event- invaluable to develop coaches and officials, especially in remote areas.

The 2016 Power Smart Manitoba Summer Games will be held August 7-13, 2016 in Steinbach. The Power Smart Manitoba Games are the province’s largest ongoing multi-sport program bringing together participants from across the province. The Games are held every two years and alternate between summer and winter sports events. Each set of Games involve upwards of 10,000 athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers.

The Games are divided in two phases and the sailing event will take place in phase I from August 7-9. Host for sailing will be the West Hawk Lake Yacht Club and the event will be taking place at the main beach in West Hawk. The athletes and coaches will be transported by bus from the athlete’s village in Steinbach each day to West Hawk Lake.

Laser Radial male 13 – 17 years of age
Laser Radial female 13 – 17 years of age
Optimist male 10 – 14 years of age
Optimist female 10 – 14 years of age
Windsurfing open 10 – 17 years of age
The athlete must be over 10 years of age and under 18 years of age for the date of the Manitoba Games in 2016.

The actual sailing event is three days long. The fee for the qualifiers is $30 and the qualified athletes will pay a registration fee of $150 for the Games, which includes accommodation, transportation, coaching, food and the provincial championships.

Participation in the Power Smart Manitoba Games begins with regional qualifying events. Regional teams of approximately 200 athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff go on to participate in the Provincial Finals.

Sailing has been organizing qualifying regattas for each of the regions. They last set of qualifiers will be held on June 1 at the Winnipeg Sailing Centre, June 5, 2016 at the Falcon YC and June 17 in Dauphin. The qualifiers will be held in the same format as the actual Summer Games competition. The top girls and top boys in each event from each region will be selected for the team. To register contact us here.

After the athletes have been selected, we offer lots of training opportunities in each region leading up to the Games. Once you are qualified for a region you can participate at the weekly training at the Winnipeg Sailing Centre at Fort Whyte Alive in Winnipeg in June or at training camps at Pelican Yacht Club and Gimli Yacht Club in July 2016.

Click on the link for your region to find out more about the qualifiers, events in your region, athlete, coaches and officials development opportunities and the info for the regional contact.


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