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Sunfish Regatta Celebrates 50 Years

Everyone loves a Sunfish. Many of us who grew up sailing have fond memories of our first adventures on these small, single-handed sailboats, and may have even started competing on them.

Everyone loves a Sunfish. Many of us who grew up sailing have fond memories of our first adventures on these small, single-handed sailboats, and may have even started competing on them. This month, Lake Bluff Yacht Club in Illinois is hosting the 50th Annual North American Sunfish Championship Regatta.

Sunfish is the most popular model of sailboat of all time. Founded in the 1950s, tens of thousands of Sunfish have made their way into the hands of families, camps and school teams. Many members of the US Sailing Sperry Top-Sider Olympic team competing in London this year got their start on these iconic single-sail models.

The regatta, running from July 31 to August 4, consists of two days of youth competition for sailors under 19, followed by three days of competition open to sailors of all ages, male and female. There are prizes for various age categories as well as overall prizes.

Lake Bluff Yacht Club is a family-friendly club in Lake Bluff, Illinois If you’re in the area, this is one exciting regatta you won’t want to miss. For more information on the regatta, visit sunfishclass.org. To learn more about the hosting club, visit lakebluffyachtclub.org.

Photo courtesy of Lake Bluff Yacht Club

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