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Lake Chelan Regatta 2016   Total Page Hits: 654

Post Type: Destination/Story

State: Washington

Date Modified: 09/15/2016 3:53 PM

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A great event put on by the Lake Chelan Sailing Association. The setting was simply beautiful with crystal clear deep blue water and surrounding mountains dotted with vineyards and pine trees. Everyone was very kind and helpful. I was unable to attend the Saturday night dinner, but my compliments to the group for their organization and excellent work for the actual regatta!

Day 0 - Trailered the boat from Richland Washington to Chelan Washington. Rigged the boat and launched. She stayed in a slip at the marina for the night.

Day 1 - Skippers meeting was at 10:00am and races started about an hour later. Winds were variable picking up to 10 knots at times and dying of to almost nothing at other times. Had three excellent races and then the winds picked up to 20 knots with gusts even higher on the fourth race. Chaos ensued while everyone on the water either tried to finish the race or fought to get back to the dock. I saw one boat collide with the marina break water and several crash into the dock. I got cut off as I was about to turn into my slip by a desperate boat heading for a dock further down. The winds created rough water and all of the boats in the marina were testing the strength of their dock lines. The marina wasn't overly protected. I stayed near the entrance to the marina which I would recommend NOT doing and getting further in for more stability....Winds continued this way through midnight and finally died off.

Day 2 - Low winds in the morning as everyone headed out to the races and then the winds picked up to 15-20 knots right away for approximately 2 races. As the day went on winds calmed to a nice 10 knot average. Following the races I sailed my Montgomery 8 miles up lake to Wapata Point Resort where my family and I would be staying for the remainder of the week. This was the most quiet and beautiful sail I have had for sometime with almost no power boats and pleasant winds.

Hope to see more Montgomery boats in the future!

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