The sailboats are coming!
Friday kicks off Cleveland Race Week, the biggest sailing regatta on Lake Erie, hosted by Edgewater Yacht Club. The 38th annual competition runs through June 24, which means you’ll see lots of stark white sails and colorful spinnakers across the Cleveland skyline.
Nearly 400 boats competed last year, with sailors from Florida, Texas and Michigan, said regatta chair Cathy Newpher.
Friday-Sunday, June 15-17: One-design weekend, where boats of the same make go head to head, and the fastest boat across the finish line wins. More than 80 boats are expected. Friday kicks off with the Lake Erie Championship of Tartan 10s.
Wednesday, June 20: Junior Day, with sailors age 7 to 17 race dinghies: Lasers, 420s and Optis. About 125 boats are expected.
Thursday-Friday, June 21-22: Offshore racing, where the bigger boats race in evening events. More than 75 boats are expected.
There are also plenty of parties, roundtable discussions, a radio control sailboat race, drink tastings and lots of parties at the yacht club.
Newpher’s favorite event is the junior races. “I love that day because we have so many kids out there on the water,” she said.
I’ll be filming some One Design races Friday afternoon, June 15. And I might be joining a crew for the women’s race Wednesday night. Maybe I’ll see you on the water!