Inland waterway venue serves as rare host of a SoCal sailing event.
WESTLAKE VILLAGE — Optis, Sabots, RS Teras, Lasers, Capri 14.2s and Catalina 18s are invited to compete in the upcoming Frank Butler Regatta, which will be held at Westlake Lake in Westlake Village; Westlake Yacht Club hosts the Sept. 3 regatta.
The registration fee is $15 per boat for singlehanded and $20 per boat for double-handed; registration includes lunch for skipper and crew.
All racing will be in the lake’s main channel, according to the Sailing Instructions. A low point scoring system will be used to determine final scoring and top finishers.
Registration and check-in will be at 10 a.m.; the skipper’s meeting is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. First start is at 1 p.m.; the trophy presentation will follow racing.
Last year’s top finishers were Richard Rychlik, Jr. (Sabots) and Aidan Suski (Lasers). Cindy and Gary Hughes, meanwhile, finished atop the C18s leader board last year. The regatta also held a C14 Reunion Round Robin Tournament last year.
Sailors can bring their own boats, but only if such intention is marked on the registration form and the yacht club’s rear commodore is notified by email 24 hours prior to racing. Sailors with their own boats must be at the boat launch ramp at 10 a.m. on racing day and allow the vessel to be inspected for quagga mussels.
“Because of quagga/zebra mussel intrusion in freshwater lakes in California, Westlake Lake Management … has established a mandatory protective process that must be followed prior to placing a visiting boat on the lake,” the regatta’s Sailing Instructions document stated. “The process does not take long, but it applies to all boats and equipment (sails, life vests, anchors and line fenders, trailers, etc.).”
The regatta is named after Frank Butler, who founded Catalina Yachts.
Contact Rear Commodore Gary Hughes at 805-295-0051 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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