Highland Lakes hosts boat show

Vernon. Event celebrates Highland Lake's long boating history.

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  • PHOTOS BY JANET REDYKE Kids had an opportunity to sail their personally named craft at the Boat Show on June 29.

  • Different boats were on display for inspection.

  • Future sailors set sail on a smaller scale.

The sailing fleets of Highland Lakes hosted a one-day land display of the sailing fleet boats including Sunfish, Force 5, FJs, Windsurfers and Ice Boats.

Sailing and racing in Highland Lakes has a long history dating back to the 1940s. Residents and guests were able to hands-on learn about the various types of boats and fleets available. They could ask questions, have a “dry try” of different hulls and meet the fleet captains.

According to Sue Buruchian, Ladies Sunfish fleet captain, the two most important pieces of equipment to have when sailing are a life jacket and a wet whistle which can be used in a water emergency.

"Years ago, we had a boat regatta on Labor Day and we had a tornado come through,” Buruchian said.

Understandably, the regatta was canceled, boats were removed from the lake and sailors took cover.

“It was a wild scene,” she stated. “One canoe actually went airborne. “You have to respect the wind.”

A basic sailing clinic is planned for July 9 for Highland Lakes members, all ages are welcome.

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