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Oklahoma City commodore to weigh anchor

By Helen Ford Wallace Published: September 28, 2009
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e boat club has 19 beginner boats for use by kids and also female sailors who are beginners.

When she is not on the water, she is at the clubhouse, a one-story brick building near the docks.

The floating dock has 155 wet slips for members’ boats with two launch ramps and two hoists.

There are five docks. Dry storage is available for 250 boats.

"We were included in plans to host the U.S. Sailing Team if Oklahoma sailing became an option for Olympic training,” she said. "We’ve had the North American J22 Championship races in 2005; the Adams Cup Women’s Championship in 2008, plus numerous races through the years. We have many championship sailors,” she said.

Kilpatrick has been the racing and entertainment committees for the club. She developed the donor base for the charities.

She has sailed in many waters including the Virgin Islands and Australia. "Sailing is really a "green” sport, she said. "I think that is another reason that sailing has had an increase in popularity. We use the wind for our fuel.”

When she is not making waves at the clubhouse, she’s focused at her church, at the Junior League of Oklahoma City or as a Casady School alumna. She was an economics major in college and then went to law school.

After the commodore’s banquet in October where past commodores, current board members and general members of the club meet for one last "Aye Aye” to their outgoing captain, she probably won’t just sail away.

This dedicated sailor certainly wouldn’t want to miss the Wednesday night sailboat races at Lake Hefner.