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Valentine’s Chute Out Regatta

Another great day at Elephant Butte Lake this year. Sunny, warm and wind 10 to 12 knots with gusts a little higher but ideal for sailing. Our Skippers meeting was well attended and we had enough burritos, from El Faros for everyone to enjoy. We discussed Club activities including a new State Park program for Kayak trails, yes trails on the water, some taking 3 hours and another from the Dam Site Marina North, taking 6 hours to complete. The maps handed out are free and we hope to have one posted on our web site, later this week. Also, Skipper Terry Brower discussed some sailboats listed for sale, a Balboa 20 and Vagabond 17. For additional information about the boats please let us know via our web


Our event this month, the Valentine’s Chute Out Regatta was an open event and this month we attracted 6 boats including Skipper Alex Sorbello, with crew member Jason who was the only boat to fly a spinnaker (also referred to as a Chute) but was a beautiful sight to behold going up the lake on such a clear day. The event was successful enough to have 2 races, starting and ending at Marina Del Sur with race #1 to the green buoy just north of just north of Rattlesnake Island and back and the 2 nd race to Pirate’s Cove, south of the Marina and back. Both races were won by Skipper Alex Sorbello and Jason in a S2 6.7m. Using the Portsmouth scoring based on a handicap points system with the lowest number of points winning the race, Alex and Jason scored 3 pts, 2 nd was Skipper Rick Keffer on a Sunfish 14’ at 3.1 pts, 3 rd place was Skipper Terry Brower and Bob in a Balboa 20’, 6 pts, 4 th place went to Ken Tighe and Dallas in a S2 7.9m, 8 pts, 5 th place to Skipper Michael Rose and Quinn in a J24’, 10 pts and 6 th place to Skipper Kyle Thomas with Patty and Mark as crew on the Mariner 19’, with 12 pts. For any information about participation in events, as a Skipper or Crew, no experience necessary, please let me know via our web site as we would love to encourage you to come out for the day to experience sailing at Elephant Butte Lake, NM.

Ken Tighe

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