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Get Ready for the Trans-Tahoe Regatta

Lake Tahoe’s biggest regatta hits the water this weekend for two days of alpine racing. The Trans-Tahoe regatta will feature several PHRF divisions "starting Friday, June 22 with afternoon buoy races followed by the long-distance race on Saturday, June 23 with a new competitive race course," the Tahoe Yacht Club said.

What can be better than competitive sailboat racing with snow-capped mountains in the background?

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First held in 1963, the Trans-Tahoe regatta is the lake’s biggest sailing event, taking a lap across the 21-mile-long, 11-mile-wide body of water that crosses state lines (it’s also the largest alpine lake in the United States, and second-largest in the world for those of you building your trivia knowledge.)

If you’re interested in registering, go to the Tahoe Yacht Club’s website. "The Tahoe City Marina is providing haul in/out and mooring packages to make it an easy one stop shop to launch your boat," TYC said. "To arrange a package, please contact Andrew Casci at the Tahoe Yacht Club, or call (530) 581-4700. There is also a very nice boat ramp next to the Coast Guard station in Lake Forest, you can find out more information at the TCPUD website."

Lake Tahoe — seen here at the end of March — is serene and completely void of boats in the winter. But in the summer, it’s a high-altitude sailing paradise.

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We’ll have more on the regatta — and Tahoe in general — in an upcoming feature in the July issue of Latitude.

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