PINEDALE – Sails unfurled beneath the mighty Wind River Range as vessels of all shapes and sizes jostled for position at the starting line for the first race of the 54th Annual Sailing Regatta on Fremont Lake at noon on Saturday.
The air horn honked twice, signaling the beginning of the race. Crews directed their masts into the headwind, angling each vessel to take advantage of the breeze as they rounded the first turn in the course.
The two-day event, hosted by the Pinedale Lions Club and Lakeside Lodge, consisted of four races – three on Saturday and one on Sunday. Organizers typically run two races on Sunday, but due to a light and variable wind on Sunday afternoon, the contestants were unable to complete the fifth race, said event organizer Jason Essington.
Essington gave a big shoutout to the race committee and Cheryl Essington, the principal race officer. He also expressed gratitude to the safety boat crews that accompanied the sailboats out on Fremont Lake to assist if anything went wrong. This year’s safety boats were piloted by Jeff Goltz, Jamie Burgess and Rita Donham.
Essington also thanked Lakeside Lodge and the boat owners who generously vacated their slips at the marina to create space for Regatta participants, including Galen West, Lance Biffle, David Kappenman and the Miller family.
The cumulative results from each race determined the final standings in three different divisions.