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Area sailors compete in lake classic

Gonzalez wins 2011 Ladies Cup Race

A mostly all-female flotilla took part in last week’s 110-year-old Ladies Cup Race on Lake Champlain. The 2011 winner was a male sailor, Luis Gonzalez, of Grand Isle, Vt.

A mostly all-female flotilla took part in last week’s 110-year-old Ladies Cup Race on Lake Champlain. The 2011 winner was a male sailor, Luis Gonzalez, of Grand Isle, Vt. Nancy Boldt

— A mostly all-female flotilla of the Lake Champlain Yacht Club—with a few male teams competing—took part in the annual Ladies Cup Race on the lake last weekend.

This year’s 110-year-old race included 50 boats and sailors from Burlington, Middlebury, Vergennes, Mallets Bay, Bomoseen, Plattsburgh, and Montreal.

The race started at the end of Shelburne Bay, went to Quaker Smith point in Charlotte, to the Four Brothers Islands in New York, to Apple Tree Point in north Burlington, and finished at the mouth of Shelburne Bay.

The winner of this year’s race was Luis Gonzalez of Vermont.

LCYC was founded in 1887 on the shore of Shelburne Bay. The club is a member-run club with a mission to promote and encourage boating on Lake Champlain while emphasizing racing, cruising, and education. Several LCYC members were founders of the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center.

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