Story last updated at 6/17/2009 - 11:01 am
JUNEAU - Twenty-five years ago, a group of Juneau sailors circumnavigated Admiralty Island in a sailboat race to commemorate the 25th year of statehood. The longest inland water race on the west coast is the crown jewel of sailboat racing in Juneau.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of statehood and the 25th anniversary of this epic race, the new sailing club in Juneau, SouthEast Alaska Sailing (SEAS), is sponsoring the Spirit of Admiralty race. On the 20th of June, a group of sailboats will gather at the starting line to begin another challenging and fulfilling race around Admiralty Island.
SEAS is also sponsoring several weekly events including the Weekend Series and the Auke-Ward Regatta.
Wednesday nights you'll see a number of sailboats off of Douglas. They are sailors are out for a mid-week escape from the burdens of shore life, for a few hours in the Get Out the Boat campaign. During these barrel-can races, sailors work out the kinks in their rigging and hone their racing skills.
The Auke-Ward Regatta sets out from Auke Bay on Fridays. These cruises are a good way for skippers and crew alike to trade sailing knowledge.
For more information about SEAS and how to get involved in sailing in Juneau, visit the SEAS web site at seasailing.us, call Ed Bennet at (907) 957-0824 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.