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The level of competition is another factor that drives this class, he said. “We find ourselves racing against many others that have traveled all over and competed on the same levels,” which is rare for this part of the world, he said.
During the regatta on Lake Minnetonka, sailors will go for a couple of laps around the course for each race. They contend with different wind conditions. Two races happen each of the three days. It’s the sailors with the lowest point total at the end who win. There are no cash prizes, just trophies and bragging rights.
As a result of high water, a “no-wake zone” will be in effect lakewide for this weekend’s championship: The speed limit for powerboats is about 5 mph. That’s a bummer for water skiers and tubers, but it will produce optimum conditions for sailing. “The flatter the water, the faster the boats can go,” Crawford said.
An economic boost
The regatta draws more than 2,000 people to Lake Minnetonka during the weekend, according to Tim Browne, a spokesman for the event. This includes sailors and their families, judges, volunteers, spectators, yacht club members and others, he said.
Laura Hotvet, executive director of the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce, said the event is a boon for the community. “We’re thrilled to welcome sailors, families and visitors to the area to explore the parks, beaches and trails,” she said.
Anna Pratt is a Minneapolis freelance writer. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.