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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2019 9:00 am

As the summertime sailing season winds down, the sailors at the Lake Arrowhead Yacht Club finished the annual Champion Series on Sunday, Aug. 18.

The Champion Series consisted of nine races completed over a three-weekend span. Due to the length of time, sailors usually encounter the gamut of winds and sailing conditions. The winds on Saturday, Aug. 17 were not only strong, but swirly as well. Several seasoned sailors found themselves swimming alongside their boats, and not intentionally. The variety of conditions found at Lake Arrowhead make it one of the best places for veteran sailors to test their skills.

In addition to great conditions, there is also a sense of comradery that exists between the participants. Some call it the Corinthian spirit, which means an especially high level of sportsmanship. Even though many of the sailors give the competition their all, they still treat each other with respect and look out for one another. This is one of the attributes that makes sailing so fun, especially at the yacht club.

There is only one series left, the Mile High Series, while the yacht club is officially open for the season. The Mile High is an invitational series taking place next weekend. After that, the club closes and, except for a Hobiecat Regatta the week after Labor Day, the boats will be put away until next year.

I want to finish by acknowledging Ralph Wagner. He was an incredible asset to our community and a true champion for Lake Arrowhead and all that it encompasses. He will truly be missed!

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