Westlake Yacht Club hosts Blue Gavel Regatta

Participants must arrive early for mussel inspections in preparation for fun on the lake.

WESTLAKE VILLAGE — The Blue Gavel Regatta will be hosted by Westlake Yacht Club on Sunday, Sept. 23.

First start is slated for 1 p.m. and three or four races will run with the intention of completing the course by 4 p.m. Following the race, trophies will be handed out to the victors and lunch and beverages will be served at the yacht club.

The course is mapped in the “main channel” area of the lake, which can be accessed on the yacht club’s website. A map of the race course will also be available at the registration desk.

Registration and check in will be from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Junior yacht club members will meet from 11-11:30 a.m. followed by the Skipper’s Meeting at 12:30 p.m.

To enter, potential racers must be members of a yacht club or sailing association affiliated with the Southern California Yachting Association, or a member in good standing with the U.S. Sailing Association.

Racing classes include Opti, Sabot, RS Tera, Laser, Capri 14.2 and Catalina 18. If two entries are established, dinghy fleets may also be qualified.

Because of a recent quagga and zebra mussel intrusion in California lakes, Westlake YC asks that anyone bringing their own boat to the race indicates some on the registration form and notifies the Rear Commodore at least 24 hours in advance. In addition, the boat must be at the boat launch ramp by 10 a.m. for a Quagga Mussel Inspection. Any boats that do not arrive in time for the inspection will risk not being allowed to race.

For parties interested in registering for the race, contact Rear Commodore Gary Hughes via email at or call 805-295-0051.

Visit to learn more about the Blue Gavel Regatta, schedule and rules of the race.

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