By the Laker & Pioneer
Community & People
Last held on Lake Minnetonka 10 years ago, the E-Scow National championship will return to Lake Minnetonka in 2016 bringing top yacht racing skippers and crew.
Racing will be Friday though Sunday, Sept. 9-11. Practice, registration and a welcome reception will be Thursday, Sept. 8 and the award ceremony will be Sunday, Sept. 11.
“Lake Minnetonka is such a great showcase location for the E-Scow National Championships,” said Lon Schoor, Commodore of the National Class E-Scow Association (NCESA).
“Our largest attendance ever was at a National Championship regatta at Lake Minnetonka,” he added. The four-day regatta will likely attract over 300 skippers and men and women crew from over 30 U.S. Midwest and east coast yacht clubs.
As the country’s premier one-design yacht racing event of 2016, 75 top E-Scow skippers will compete on 28-foot yachts with a crew of four.
“Having the opportunity to host a prestigious event like the E Scow Nationals is a very exciting opportunity for the Minnetonka Yacht Club and the Lake Minnetonka area,” said Excelsior’s Sam Rogers, regatta chairman.
“Spectators will be able to watch sailors from around the country competing, many of which are world class sailors and competitors. We are very much looking forward to showing them an awesome Lake Minnetonka experience.”