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August 18, 2014 Geography, Sailing

Sailing in the Rockies

DSC00352High atop the Rocky Mounties lies Grand Lake, one of three connecting lakes where sailboats are scarce. Fluky winds, bitter cold water, violent weather changes, and the isolated geography of 8300 feet elevation limit fleets to day boats of 16-28 feet. Despite that, the chic Grand Lake Yacht Club dates to 1902 as the “world’s highest yacht club,” long before “highest” had a double meaning in Colorado. A regatta is held every summer for the Lipton Cup, named for the tea tycoon who never set sail on a boat until he turned 50. For years afterward, he pursued the America’s Cup trophy as sailing’s ultimate prize.

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