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    What ski towns have the best sailboat racing scene in the summer? I miss racing boats.

    I heard SLC has a growing Melges 24 fleet and a decent Laser fleet. Columbia River Gorge is always windy so their have to have people racing? What about Reno and Lake Tahoe?

    Iím making looking for one design racing in 3-4 person boats, Lightnings, Melges 20/24, Viper, J70, in that size range, but Iím open to anything thatís one design.


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    Lake Dillon in Summit County has a pretty full schedule. https://dillonyachtclub.com/fleets

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    Hood River has some sort of weekly evening race event April to Oct. As a non sailor, I couldn't tell you what type of boat.
    You could probably figure it out from the Hood River yacht club page.

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    Sandpoint Idaho


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    Quote Originally Posted by MagnificentUnicorn View Post
    Sandpoint Idaho


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    Curious what makes you think that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skibrd View Post
    What ski towns have the best sailboat racing scene in the summer? I miss racing boats.

    I heard SLC has a growing Melges 24 fleet and a decent Laser fleet. Columbia River Gorge is always windy so their have to have people racing? What about Reno and Lake Tahoe?

    Iím making looking for one design racing in 3-4 person boats, Lightnings, Melges 20/24, Viper, J70, in that size range, but Iím open to anything thatís one design.


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    idk much about sailboats, but there is stuff like that here in Tahoe, and we got a big olí lake for ya

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2FUNKY View Post
    Curious what makes you think that?
    Idk, big lake. Just throwing it out there.

    Edit: turns out there is sailboat racing on Lake Pend Oreille. A lot

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    Lake Delta Yacht Club is the best spot fer yer lightning races in the upstates…..


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    http://ldyc.com/



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    Quote Originally Posted by MagnificentUnicorn View Post
    Idk, big lake. Just throwing it out there.

    Edit: turns out there is sailboat racing on Lake Pend Oreille. A lot

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    Itís on the south end and not as much as one would think. Summers here have very few wind events. Couple friends of friends are members of LPOYC and most of the races/cruise schedules are under motor assistance. There are times when the lake can be epic sailing tho. Just depends on how much a person would expect to be sailing vs motoring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skibrd View Post
    What ski towns have the best sailboat racing scene in the summer? I miss racing boats.
    Lake Champlain seems to have a fair amount of racing.

    Mallets Bay Boat Club has Lasers, Lightnings, and J/24s (and maybe PHRF): https://mbbc-vt.org
    Lake Champlain Yacht Club has PHRF, singlehanded dinghies (Laser and RS Aero), and Sportboats (J/70, Melges 20, Melges 24, Rocket 22, Seascape 24, Viper 640, VX One): https://lcyc.info
    Shelburne Yacht Club has PHRF: https://www.shyc.ca/
    Community Sailing has had Friday night 420 racing in the past, hoping they do it again this summer: https://communitysailingcenter.org/

    There are some longer distance day and overnight regattas too, spread across the above clubs.

    I may have missed an Etchells fleet in there somewhere.

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    Thanks guys! This is all great. I should of said my preference is for out west. If Iím moving back east to sail, Iíll move back to Buffalo, NY and race PHRF with my dad and Lightningís at the Buffalo Canoe Club.

    I need to check out Lake Dillon more, as well as the Columbia River areas. Those seem like the best options.


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    Quote Originally Posted by skibrd View Post
    Thanks guys! This is all great. I should of said my preference is for out west. If Iím moving back east to sail, Iíll move back to Buffalo, NY and race PHRF with my dad and Lightningís at the Buffalo Canoe Club.

    I need to check out Lake Dillon more, as well as the Columbia River areas. Those seem like the best options.


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    AEV, itís weird, sailors and skiing usually go hand in hand, yet Lake Tahoe doesnít seem to have much racing. I think itís a water depth for the marinas issues. My sister and bro in law are in south lake and all the marinas seem to have draft issues. Canít really have anything deeper then 5ish feet. Any more and on a low year you wonít be able to get into/out of your slip.


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    You might also check out Flathead Lake South of Kalispell. Seems like I've seen boats in racing formations, but I have no experience to know what class they are. Just north of Lakeside is a club/marina that I see when driving. Elmo Bay (of Flathead) also seems to have lots of sailboats. I learned to windsurf in that area and it is known for decent winds.

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    If you're on the Front Range, Chatfield has some racing going on, including my favorite the J/22: https://csyc.org/

    Oh, and it looks like Grand Lake has a few fleets too: https://www.grandlakeyachtclub.com/Fleet

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    There's Sail PC in Park City. https://sailpc.org/ I can't speak much to the quality of sailing, but they have a decently sized junior program from what I heard a few years ago. Adult racing looks minimal

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    Quote Originally Posted by skibrd View Post
    I need to check out Lake Dillon more, as well as the Columbia River areas. Those seem like the best options.


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    The wind on the Columbia River absolutely rips and it has world class sailing. But itís really narrow and more of a windsurf/ kite type of place.

    My son and his girl will be there all of July on foils.
    You donít really see a lot of bigger boats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shredhead View Post
    The wind on the Columbia River absolutely rips and it has world class sailing. But itís really narrow and more of a windsurf/ kite type of place.

    My son and his girl will be there all of July on foils.
    You donít really see a lot of bigger boats.
    I think I might just get a foiling Moth or Waszp and forget about big boats for a while, or at least until I can afford my own, or the J70 (a boat) gets their shit together with the cheating.

    Maybe Iíll run into them some day on the Columbia River


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    Quote Originally Posted by alev View Post
    There's Sail PC in Park City. https://sailpc.org/ I can't speak much to the quality of sailing, but they have a decently sized junior program from what I heard a few years ago. Adult racing looks minimal
    There is or was a weeknight grown up racing series there. I think it was lasers or something else small?

    The wind is pretty good on the Jordanelle.

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    Richmond Yacht Club and every other club from the delta to the bay in SF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by splat View Post
    Richmond Yacht Club and every other club from the delta to the bay in SF.
    This is the answer.

    The Morrison's have an express on Tahoe but have brought it down to Richmond for the summer season to race. Not a bad drive and SF sailing is unparalleled if you like getting the shit kicked out of you on the water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westcoaster View Post
    This is the answer.

    The Morrison's have an express on Tahoe but have brought it down to Richmond for the summer season to race. Not a bad drive and SF sailing is unparalleled if you like getting the shit kicked out of you on the water.
    The whole living in the Bay Area thing doesnít sound great though, unless the housing prices have dropped drastically.

    Iíll rephrase ďshit kicked out of youĒ to ďhave a blast cause itís actually windy.Ē

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