3 Places To See a Sailboat Race

Colorado's sailing regattas prove once and for all that you don't need a coastline to ride the waves of summer adventure.

1Western Shootout Regatta

Grand Lake Yacht Club
Photo courtesy of Grand Lake Yacht Club.

Since 1902, Grand Lake Yacht Club has been the nexus for sailing enthusiasts nationwide, who convene on Colorado’s largest natural lake for activities and events all summer long, with the 2023 regatta taking place June 24–25. To elevate your experience, grab a ticket to the 100- Year E-Scow Celebration dinner on Saturday so you can mingle on the lawn and enjoy the live entertainment at the pavilions.

2Aspen Open Regatta

Aspen Yacht Club
Photo courtesy of Aspen Yacht Club.

Against the striking backdrop of the snowcapped Rocky Mountains, this high-elevation regatta sets colorful sail on a lake known for its wild and unpredictable conditions on July 15–16. While the action unfolds on the water, the party thrives on the shore. Head to Ruedi Reservoir to pitch your tent or park your RV, and soak up good times at the marina. Warm winds, sensational sailing, and a bevy of beverages await.

3Dillon Open Regatta

Dillon Yacht Club
Photo courtesy of Dillon Yacht Club.

On Aug. 25–27, reach new heights at the 52nd annual edition of what’s billed as the world’s highest regatta, some 9,017 feet above sea level. Sailing this lake can pose a challenge to even the most experienced navigators, as the elevation, mountain peaks, and capricious winds can lead to unpredictable conditions—which makes for some spectacular spectating, particularly when done from one of the pontoon spectator boats.

Get Involved

+ Immerse yourself in the watersport with Community Sailing of Colorado‘s clinics at Cherry Creek Reservoir or Boulder Reservoir to hone your sailing skills.

+ Explore the social side of sailing by joining the Denver Sailing Association and attending its crew mixers and awards banquets.

+ Ready to float your own boat—or perhaps a trimaran? Richard Allen at the Denver-based 180 Marine is your guy.