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Charli McKenzie


HOMETOWN - Winnipeg, Manitoba

CLASS - Laser Radial

CLUB - Black Sturgeon Sailing Club

team - High Performance Provincial Sailing Team – Sail Manitoba

Charli was born in Winnipeg and raised in St. Adolphe, Manitoba.  She was introduced to the lake with one set of Grandparents on Lake Winnipeg at Belair, MB and her other Grandparents on Lake of the Woods near Kenora.  While just a baby she could often be found boating with her parents to various destinations on Lake of the Woods. Tagging along with her parents business ventures, she spent many of her early summers in Gimli, Manitoba where at the Age of eight she began taking Can-Sail lessons at the Gimli Yacht Club.

While visiting her grandparents in Belair she decided to sign up for her first regatta at the Victoria Beach Yacht club at the end of the 2019 season.   Her introduction to racing was quite a splash.  The winds were howling and many sailors elected to stay on shore.  Charli was determined though and set off in a borrowed Opti.  She capsized (her favorite part of early lessons) and after a few attempts to get out of the bay to the course, the winds were just too strong that day.  Following this event, Charli was invited to joint the Manitoba Race team.

Charli attended fitness training around her ringette schedule during the winter of 2019/2020 before everything shut down due to Covid. She was excited to get on the water in the spring of 2020 and with the modified sailing season, and all events cancelled for the 2020 season honed her skills with the guidance of her Coach.  Charli was the recipient of the 2020 Rising Star Award.

Charli is now playing competitive Ringette with the “AA” Eastman Flames as their first year Goalie.  Although the Ice season has been but cut short, her team has maintained a rigorous Dry Land training regime to stay in shape.  

Charli is looking forward to spending her summer on Lake of the Woods and maximizing her time on the water for 2021. She already has her sights set on moving up from the single handed Opti to the Double Handed 29’er.