Steamboat Springs When last year's Steamboat Scowboy Regatta came to a close, the first thing most of the participants wanted to do was rent a cabin so that they could take part in this year's event.
"They all wanted to come back," organizer Harv Holtzman said. "I didn't have a choice. I had to organize it again."
This year's event will take place Saturday and Sunday at Steamboat Lake, and Holtzman expects to have a full field of 12 boats in the races.
Many of the sailors -- who come from places such as Steamboat, the Front Range, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri -- also competed in last year's event
"It's just a lot of fun," Steamboat sailor Jeff Simon said. "We all love to sail. It's a big social event with great food. The sailing is the thing that brings us all together, but it's just a part of the weekend."
The participants will compete in six races using 16-foot, flat-bottom boats designed for lake sailing. Holtzman said the races will begin at noon Saturday and there will be six races during the weekend.
Simon said Steamboat Lake is an attractive venue because of the beautiful vistas that surround it and the challenging wind conditions that are sure to test the sailors' skills in getting from one point to another and then back again.
"The thing about lake sailing is that the winds can shift a lot from place-to-place," Simon said.
Simon said it's common for a boat to be moving in one direction on Steamboat Lake and just a little ways away another boat might be moving a different direction.
The conditions, and the ease with which the small boats can change directions make for exciting racing conditions, Simon said.
Holtzman said the best place to watch the event is from a boat; however, there are other places to view the race from the shore. Holtzman said spectators should stop by the Steamboat Lake Marina to get a better feel for the best places to watch the event.
There will be plenty of Steamboat racers to watch, including Simon and Holtzman.
Other racers include Theo Dexter and Frank Smith. James and Rayne Ackerman and Kris and Becky Hammond will man race committee boats along the course to make sure the event is fair and safe.
The Dutch Creek Guest Ranch and Steamboat Lake Marina will provide dinners.
For more information, call Harv Holtzman at 879-5750.
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