The annual end-of-summer sailing season classic in northern Michigan has been the Labor Day regatta on Lake Charlevoix called the Red Fox Regatta. Hosted by the Charlevoix Yacht Club, the regatta includes a Friday evening “beer can” race as a warm-up to the main event on Saturday and Sunday. The event essentially starts in Charlevoix on Saturday morning and a course is determined by wind conditions to go around a variety of marks before ending up at the far eastern end of the 17.0nm lake in Boyne City. That evening is great entertainment, a party and an outdoor cookout for the fleet. Then, on Sunday morning the fleet races back west across the lake to Charlevoix for the awards, more entertainment, food and a party. Doing battle in the half-dozen J/22 fleet were several rivals. In the end, it was Thomas Barnes’ RECKLESS assuming domination with two bullets to take the win. Second was Robert Camp’s SKADOOSH with double deuces, then Dan Tosch’s SAIL CHARLEVOIX crew took third place with a 3-4 for 7 points. For more Red Fox Regatta information, visit

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