We signed up to crew for Kurt & Kevin in the 2019 Turnback Canyon Regatta this weekend on Lake Travis. It is an annual 2-day up-the-river-and-back-the-next-day race, approximately 25 miles each day. The evening in between is a fun affair with lots of boats at anchor, and a festival ashore.
Unfortunately, this week’s rains have flooded the Day 1 overnight venue, so the Austin Yacht Club changed the format to be two round-trip races starting and ending at the yacht club, one race on Saturday and one on Sunday.
This morning we showed up and got off the start line with rain threatening in the distance. The race committee eventually abandoned the race due to lightning and pounding rain. Temperatures were in the high 50’s and low 60’s, so we were cold and wet when we pulled back up to the dock. But we were doing so well!
We had a great weekend on the lake! We are now back home and I am wiped out. I think it’s the heat, the sun, the fun that takes it out of me. This was the first raft-up of the year. I clearly need to get my party muscles in shape.
There was little to no wind today. We motored over to Cow Creek to give Michael and Amber a glimpse at one of our favorite spots on the lake.
Then we turned back downriver towards our marina. We passed the racers. It was going to be a very long day for them with these light winds.
The annual Turnback Canyon Regatta is this weekend; a two day race up to around mile marker 30 and back. We’re not racing. In fact we motor sailed a couple of the legs yesterday since the wind was on our nose. But it’s a fun way to spend a weekend on the lake.
We got anchored in time to watch the bigger sloops finish day 1.
Amber and Michael brought tasty nibblies.
We grilled dinner on the boat and listened to Asleep at the Wheel play on-shore as we watched the sun set.
It’s Memorial Day weekend, and you know what that means! Yep, the annual Turnback Canyon Regatta; a two day sailboat race up the river from the Austin Yacht Club to Lago Vista and back. We didn’t race, but our friends Kurt, Kevin and Gordon did, so we cruised up and anchored overnight with them. There is a festival on-shore with live music and food, and it’s just a fun weekend overall. Marty & Sue and Lori & Mike joined us, which made it all the more fun. Memorial Day weekend is when we all say it is time to get in the water. Lake temps were about 74 degrees, so we all jumped in. It only gets warmer from here on out. Good times await.
It was a tad humid and hazy, but any day on the water is a good day.
The view anchored off of Bar K Park for the night. We tried to count all the masts, but never we ended up with the same number twice. Consensus was anywhere from 40-45 sailboats.
From the Sunday sail home. I count 32-ish sails in this one shot.
Every Memorial Day weekend the Austin Yacht Club holds the 2 day Turnback Canyon Regatta – sailing about 25 miles upriver on Saturday to the K-bar Ranch and returning to AYC on Sunday.
We sailed up one year as a cruiser, but the last 2 years or so there has been little wind, and some rain, so we have decided to stay close to home and watch from our anchorage in one of the Arkansas Bend coves.
This year, however, the wind was strong – gusting in the high 20’s.
Today we hung out at the opening of Hurst Harbor to watch the boats sail by. This is a shot of Kurt and Wally on Dancer as they zipped by. I believe they took first in their class yesterday. I think they were the first Catalina 30 that went by today, as well. Nice job guys!