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Watauga Lake Sailing Club Holds Annual Frostbite Sailing Race for Members Jan. 1, Spectators Encouraged

While sailers have participated in the race during blizzard conditions in the past, this year”s weather for the race should be relatively pleasant.


Dec. 23, 2014. The Watauga Lake Sailing Club is holding its annual Frostbite Sailing Race for members on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, at 2 p.m. This event usually draws about 12 boats. The first Frostbite Race was sailed in a blizzard, but the club is hoping for more gentle conditions this New Year”s Day. Extended forecast predicts a mix of sun and clouds and 51 degrees fahrenheit.

cr=0.2703412,0.0,0Sailing out of Watauga Lakeshore Marina, the skipper”s meeting will be held on the dock at 1 p.m. Race crews range from two people on up and usually the most experienced captains race. The race usually lasts two hours.

While inexperienced sailors aren”t encouraged to participate,  the race is visible from several places along U.S. 321, the Watauga Point Picnic area and the observation deck at the dam.

The Watauga Lake Sailing Club is the only regional sailing club in the area, with 87 members from Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina. Nestled in the Cherokee National Forest, Watauga Lake offers scenic views and plenty of water to sail all day. During the warmer months, the club is active with races, picnics, learning opportunities and sailing fellowship. You don”t have to own a sailboat to become a member of the Watauga Lake Sailing Club.

For more information about the race or the WLSC, check out their website at http://wlscjibsheet.wordpress.com or contact Dennis Anthony, Commodore, 423-647-4700, ncbtprofessor@gmail.com.