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Yacht racing in Denver - at model regattas in Garland Park.

Every Sunday afternoon from April to November in one Denver park, you can watch a regatta between magnificent sailboats of the kind that compete in the America's Cup series. One key difference: these are model sailboats, running 3 to 6 feet bow to stern, with masts soaring to a height of only 6 feet.

Still, the boats must conform to rigorous specifications, and regattas are conducted according to the strict dictates of international yacht racing.

Held at Lollipop Lake in Garland Park, the races begin at 1, weather permitting (rain or winds winds above 20 miles per hour cancel). You can usually find 10 to 20 boats competing in a series of 10 or more events that can last well into the afternoon. The onshore skippers use two-channel radio transmitters to turn rudders and winch sails up or down; it's fascinating to watch. Skippers occasionally must wade in to retrieve a swamped boat, but most models are self-righting.

Most races here have built their crafts from kits costing $200 to $600; the radio runs an additional $70 to $130. Once the competition is over, many are happy to talk about the sport.

The park is at Holly Street and Cherry Creek North Drive.
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