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‘Race for the Lake’ event to be held next week

News from the Skaneateles Lake Association

— At the end of May, the SLA column in this paper spoke to our Lake serving as our home court for recreation, sport, arts, music, great food and just plain relaxation. This Sunday, July 22, from 1 to 4 p.m., our lake is going to be home court for a very special fun and educational event.

The Skaneateles Country Club Sail School, the Skaneateles Lake Association, Mid-Lakes Navigation and 11th Hour Racing are joining together to hold a “Race for the Lake.” It will be an afternoon of fun/competitive racing and education on the health of Skaneateles Lake.

The event is free and open to all. Those wishing to participate in the racing should contact Janice Wiles at 240-626-5209. Mid-Lakes Navigation will be offering trips to watch the racing from the lake itself — the price is a $100 membership in the Skaneateles Lake Association. Those interested in watching the racing from the lake can call Fran Fish at 315-685-9106 or 315-558-3142 to register for membership and tickets for a ride on the Barbara Ann to view the racing.

The Skaneateles Country Club has hosted the Sail School since 1961 and the program is open to the entire community not just club members. The program enrolls an average of 110 children throughout its six-week course, and about 50 percent of the children are not club members. Participants learn sailing skills at progressive levels and participate in two interclub races each week and several class regattas.

Powered by wind, sailing by its very nature is a “green” sport and traditionally sailors cherish clean water and pristine habitats. Sailing coaches nurture a love of the water and the children who participate in the Skaneateles Country Club Sailing School are learning about practices that minimize demand on non-renewable resources and minimize contamination of the pristine water in which they love to sail.

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