Big turnout for annual Scotts Flat regatta |

Big turnout for annual Scotts Flat regatta

About 100 sailors participated in the Gold Country Yacht Club’s annual regatta on Scotts Flat Lake this weekend.

As 60 boats with sunlit sails hit the aquamarine blue waters, the scene resembled Monet’s paintings of regattas.

Sailors competed in eight classes depending on the kind of boat they were using. The winner of the “Go for the gold regatta” got a hand-crafted 3-inches-by-5-inches wooden chest with a vial of gold flakes in it, according to Tish Buti, secretary of the Gold Country Yacht Club. The second and third position holders received gold pans, she said.

“We liked it; it was great out there,” said Ryan Schofield, 36, a resident of Alameda who sailed a Coronado 15. “For the first race, the wind was a little gusty. But we were able to get the boat going real fast.”

Susan Hollingsworth, 45, and her husband, Randy Hollingsworth, 61, of Citrus Heights are avid sailors who’ve attended the regatta since 1993.

“It’s beautiful up here,” she said. “I’ve been involved in running regattas. I know how difficult it can be when you have to provide a good venue and a good event, and they do a great job here. It makes you want to come back.”

Randy Hollingsworth sailed a Catalina 22 – a 22-feet long boat with two sails and a cabin, according to Susan Hollingsworth.

“I liked the wind, the sun and the waters,” Randy Hollingsworth said. “I had great competition and it’s a gorgeous venue, too.”

Debbie Behling, 50, another regular visitor at the regatta from Sacramento, said “the wind is very shifty.”

Sitting under pine trees with a group of friends, Behling intently watched her spouse through binoculars as he sailed an O’Day Daysailer Soumitro Sen 6/8/08 They do spell sailer with an “e” as I found online- a 17-foot boat with a storage space and three sails, according to her.

“This is a fun event,” she said. “Even when my husband once hurt his back (and couldn’t participate), we came here to watch.”

The boats that entered the race included Lazers, multi-hulls, Catalinas and Sunfishes.

“A lot of these boats come from the Bay Area, Santa Cruz, Reno, Lake Tahoe and Sacramento,” Buti said. “We had a lot better turnout than we expected, with the gas prices.”

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail or call 477-4229.

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