Watch the first sail race of Cleveland Race Week

The sailboats rounded the neon marker, throwing up bright-patterned spinnakers and heading downwind. Eighteen Tartan 10s, competing in the Lake Erie Championship, the first race of Cleveland Race Week 2018.

Edgewater Yacht Club hosts the regatta every year, nine days of races, parties and camaraderie among a tight-knit sailing community.

Over the first three days of one design racing, the same boats face off over and over. They race two laps — upwind and down. Then take a 15-minute break and do it all again.

“Hey, I couldn’t spot you,” one sailor asks in the first break. “What color is your spinnaker again?”

The guy snarks back: “It’s the one out in front.”

In each race, the fastest boat gets 1 point, the second 2 points, etc. In sailing, like golf, the lowest point total wins.

Race week features a women’s race, a race for two-person crews (called double-handed) and junior day for kids 7 through 17.

“The lake will be filled with sails, a great view for anyone on shore watching,” said regatta chair Cathy Newpher.

Spectators can even show up at Edgewater Yacht Club and get a free boat ride out to watch the race up close.

See you on the water!

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