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Steamboat Lake to host annual sailing regatta this weekend

Austin Colbert

The 14th annual Steamboat Scowboys MC Scow Sailing Regatta will take place Saturday and Sunday at Steamboat Lake.

— Sure, it's competitive, and racers want to win. But this weekend's 14th annual Steamboat Scowboys Regatta at Steamboat Lake is mostly about having fun.

"It's just a little annual gathering up here," event co-organizer and sailor Harv Holtzman said. "Usually we try and do it so we can get some old friends from Missouri out here. We go out and visit them, and they have the same type of boat … basically, we are just doing a social thing that involves sail boat racing."

The races take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and again from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, with the Steamboat Lake Marina serving as race host and sponsor. The times are wind and weather permitting, with up to four races expected for Saturday and two for Sunday.

The event is free, and spectators are welcome.

"Steamboat Lake is awesome," Holtzman said. "With families and stuff, we are usually between 25 and 50 people for get-togethers. It's a combination of camping out and cabins. So a lot of gathering around campfires."

The regatta usually attracts between five and 15 boats each year. The boat used by all racers is a 16-foot, one-design MC Scow. The small, flat-bottomed boats are built to be operated by one or two people and are among the most popular scows for sport sailors.

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"There are marks set up in the water," Holtzman said. "You kind of race between the marks and around the marks. Depending on different wind conditions, it determines your tactics."

While the majority of the participants come from Colorado, with a good number from Routt County, the regatta has seen people come from all over the country, including New York.

Holtzman said good views of the race can be had near the two fishing areas, located just past the marina entrance on Routt County Road 62. Another good spectator spot is located near Fetcher Barn on the lakeshore along R.C. 129.

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Scowboys Regatta

What: 14th annual Steamboat Scowboys sailing regatta

Where: Steamboat Lake Marina

When: Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All times are wind and weather permitting.

Cost: Free, although park fees may be required to use certain campsites.