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Deepwater, Powerboat races overlap on Lake Erie

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JULY 27 - The Inter-Lake Yachting Association Bay-Week Regattas at Put-In-Bay, on Lake Erie in Ohio, this year will feature near simultaneous scheduling of the Deepwater Races for sailboats and the Powerboat Regatta, both kicking off later this week.

“The overlapping of the deepwater sailing and powerboat racing is a first for us, so we will be joining forces with activities and events that can be enjoyed by both,” says Heidi Backus-Riddle, 2005 commodore and former Rolex Yachtswoman of the year, in a statement.

The Powerboat Regatta is scheduled to begin Thursday, while Bay Week’s traditional Deepwater Races are scheduled to begin Friday. Both finish Sunday. The Junior Sailing Regatta was sailed July 17 through 22, and the Senior Sailing Regatta, to be held Aug.1 through 3, rounds out the annual event, now in its 112th year.

West Marine is sponsoring the regattas, and will host the Key-West Marine Aloha Party Saturday.

There also will be several new classes this year, according to the statement, including Shock 35, Beneteau 36.7, Precision 23 and Wavelength 24. The regatta also will include a class for cruising sailboats.

Founded in 1885, the I-LYA is said to be one of the oldest yacht club associations in the country. For more information, visit www.i-lya.com.

Jason Fell