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We happened to be in Duluth, Minnesota on Wednesday night so we walked down to Canal Park to watch the sailboat races.

 

We have been lucky enough to be in Duluth, Minnesota on Wednesday nights several times this summer. We always go down to the harbor to watch the sailboats come out for the races. The first boat out is usually the buoy boat. It goes out to mark the course about a half hour before the racers come out of the harbor.

Between 5 and 5:30 the sailboats gather in the harbor waiting for the Aerial Lift Bridge to go up. I usually goes up on the half hour during the summer months.

Wednesday-Night-Sailboat-Races-Duluth-Minnesota--16-7-_4268At 5:30 they all head out into the lake in a group. this is what is really fund to watch.

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Sailing on Lake Superior is Sailing on a real lake!

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Several weeks ago my wife and I were in Duluth on a Wednesday night and were able to take in the sailboat races. On that occasion I lamented the fact that I had not been down to Canal Park to watch the sailboats gather in the harbor and leave the harbor in mass.

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This past week we were in Duluth again so this time I made the trip down to the harbor to watch the sailboats gather in the harbor. They seem to come from all directions as they gathered in the harbor waiting for the lift bridge to go up.

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When the lift bridge went up they all made a dash for the lake through the ship canal.

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We watched as they gathered just outside the harbor and then made their way over to the lakefront in front of Fitiger’s Historic Lakefront Hotel.

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Just about every Wednesday night in the summer there are sailboat races in front of Fitiger’s Historic Lakefront Hotel. This past week was the first time we have been in Duluth on a Wednesday so we took advantage of our visit and walked down to watch the races. In all honesty I have to say watching a sailboat race is like watching paint dry.

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On the positive side all of the sailboats in the water are a great sight. When we first arrived the Walter J. McCarthy was steaming toward the harbor entrance and it looked like the start of the race was delayed as the big ship passed by the race course.

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After watching the races for a while we walked back down to the harbor entrance and photographed the sailboat as they entered the harbor.

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More Sailboat Race photos can be found on my website.