LAKEWOOD - The Chautauqua Lake Yacht Club will be hosting the 54th National Class E-Scow Association National Championships Regatta, with races beginning on Friday and continuing through Sunday.
The CLYC last hosted the E-Scow National Championships in 2008.
Some 70 boats and more than 300 competitors - from places like Connecticut, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, New Jersey and Wisconsin, just to name a few - are set to take part and race on Chautauqua Lake's southern basin.
Registration begins today at noon and will remain open until 8 p.m. There will be another registration period, from 7:30-8:30 a.m., on Friday morning.
The regatta will begin on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
The E-Scow is a flat-bottomed sailboat measuring 28 feet in length that is perfectly suited for sailing shallow inland lakes. Due to its size, the E-Scow requires a crew of just three or four people.
Several local crews will be competing in the National Championships Regatta.
They are the crew of Marc Turner (CLYC Regatta chairman), Hanna and Mike Evan and Charlie Anderson in the E-Scow Class; John and Kristofor Sellstrom, Greg Stenta and Gretchen Evan will be sailing their boat, "Speed Racer," in the E-Scow Rookie Class; and David Bargar, Kirk Kelly, Madeline Evans and Doug Bargar will be sailing "Lake Effect" in the E-Scow Master Class.
Also among the competitors is Vincent Porter of Fontana, Wis., who is the top-ranked E-Scow sailor in the nation. He will be sailing his boat, "Grace," in the E-Scow Class along with Coye Harrett and Clifford Porter.
Prizes will be awarded daily for each race winner, and on Sunday awards will go to the top 10 finishers, the top rookie, the top woman skipper, the top youth and top master.