Westport Challenge Regatta continues to grow each year

WESTPORT While the Mayor's Cup has 20 years on the Westport Challenge Regatta, each season the sail race in Lake Champlain's Northwest Bay grows and has doubled since it began 10 years ago. The race, open to all interested sailors, features a triangular course beginning in front of the Westport Marina, sailing south toward Barber's Point Light, then over to near Scotch Bonnet in Vermont, and back to Westport.

This summer's regatta, sponsored for the second season by the Brooks Group of Merrill Lynch, Albany, is scheduled for Saturday, July 28. Captains will be briefed at a 9:30 a.m. continental breakfast of the deck of The Galley Restaurant at Westport Marina. Using the PHRF rating system, class A boats will start at 10:45 a.m., class B at 11 a.m. and J-24's at 11:15 a.m. Additional starts can be arranged should there be sufficient interest and participants.

Additionally, a sail race for camper's takes place with place-ribbons for individuals and certificates for the campers. Combined points determine the Camp team standing. Traditionally Camps Dudley and Pok-O-Mac Cready challenge each other.

Winners and awards are announced in The Galley at 4 p.m. with complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Trophies are awarded for the first place in each class and for the first boat to finish the course. Prizes will be given to second and third place captains also. First place boat names and the captain's will be engraved on perpetual gold trophy cups on display in The Galley.

The race-day concludes with a rib-eye steak and mahi mahi barbecue, cooked to order over charcoal by Chef Larry. Chef Bob stir-fries veggies in a giant wok. The regular Galley menu is also available. At 9 p.m., the Blind Pig Blues Band, back by popular demand plays for dancing.

The race registration form can be downloaded from www.westportmarina.com/. For more information, call 962-4899.

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