JOHNSON LAKE, Neb. — Sailboating hit the big time at Johnson Lake this week with the 2013 Mutineer 15 National Sailing Championship.
Sailors from as far away as Florida, North Carolina and Massachusetts are competing at the lake southwest of Lexington.
The championship is open to all boats of the Mutineer 15 class, but sailors must be members of the Mutineer Class Association. Body Copy: The Mutineer 15 is a 15-foot, sloop-rigged sailboat weighing about 450 pounds that is raced by a two-person crew.
Races began at 9:30 a.m. Thursday and are scheduled through noon Saturday.
Johnson Lake residents Ernie and Carol French are the two-time defending national champions of the Mutineer 15 sailing competition.
“Johnson Lake is a great location that sailors really like. There is wind, the facilities are excellent and people enjoy coming here,” Ernie Frank said. “One of the elements that makes Johnson Lake such a good place is that the wind around here oscillates, changing direction and speed, and even a slight change can be a challenge.”