Record turnout for Whiskeytown Memorial Regatta

REDDING, Calif. - The 50th Annual Whiskeytown Memorial Regatta was a record breaker Saturday, with sailors coming from all the west coast to raise their sails and race around the lake.

Horns marking the first race blared around 11 a.m. and 12 different types of boats competed against each other throughout the day.

Saturday's weather was perfect to be in or on the water, although winds varied throughout the day, adding to the difficulty of keeping sails full.

A record 85 boats registered to take part this year, topping the previous high of 71 about a decade ago.

Regatta co-chairperson Jake Cartwright said the 50th anniversary of the race and drought conditions across much of the west were likely the reason for the huge turnout.

"This is a big one. Of course, it's the 50th so--" Cartwright said. "That might and I think a lot of the other lakes don't have any water in them either. So it's a draw to have Whiskeytown full like this."

The regatta will hold another day of races on Sunday, with a big crowd of racers expected yet again.

The Whiskeytown Sailing Club puts the regatta on each year.

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