Texoma Lakefest Regatta 2008 kicks off

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

LAKE TEXOMA, TX - Texoma Lakefest Regatta 2008 kicked off Thursday, all to raise money for charity. Despite rainy conditions, Mystic Matthews and company were able to set sail and gives us a preview.

Sailors say a bad day on the lake is better than a good day at work. And on Lake Texoma, despite the rain, it was the corporate sailboat race that kicked off Texoma Lakefest Regatta 2008.

“The Leukemia Society has been doing regattas for the past 15 years. They do 45 across the country and it’s just a good organization. It really touches a lot of people and we are proud to be associated with them,” says event director Tim Wylie.

KXII got to take part in the corporate race and came in dead last! Tom Burke was our captain of the Southern Cross. “It’s actually about the most fun you can have going about five miles an hour. You can walk faster than we race. But it’s exciting, we’re in close quarters and everyone is yelling and screaming, but it’s all good fun,” says Burke.

The real races start Friday at 10 a.m. and run through Sunday. Tim Wylie, who is also the Commodore at the Texoma Sailing Club, says the public is more than welcome to come out and watch. “We've got 50 boats that will be out on the water sailing. We’ll have a bunch of parties and more important we will be raising money for charity, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.”

And in order to raise money, the Texoma Sailing Club, who is hosting the weekend festivities along with Grandpappy Point, is throwing a big party Saturday night.

"We have two award-winning Elvis tribute artists coming out to play. It’s $15 a person and doors open at 7:30.”

And all the money made from Saturday night goes to charity.

Burke says, “We've supported charities for years with this race and I think it’s a wonderful organization and a charity I personally support so I'm glad that we're doing it. And it’s not so much the winning, the competing and being out there it the fun.”


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  • by sailor Location: texoma on Jun 2, 2008 at 08:46 PM
    Because the Denison Chamber of Commerce will not support the ones that do all the work!!
  • by Why the Switch ? on Apr 22, 2008 at 12:17 PM
    Can someone involved with this event explain to me why they have switched the money from LOCAL charities to a NATIONAL CHARITY ? As yes, I know there is a second event..Is this a Dallas based event or a Texoma based event ????
  • by TX Location: Texas on Apr 21, 2008 at 08:29 AM
    Not one....but TWO Elvis'...WOW.Would that be Elvie?
  • by Erick Gent Location: Denison on Apr 21, 2008 at 07:21 AM
    Bama...Why would the Chamber knock their own event (you do relaize the Chamber helps host this evey year)? Your sense of humor is strange/dumb. Just go spend your money and keep your comments to yourself. Its all for the kids baby!
  • by Deb Location: Durant on Apr 21, 2008 at 06:20 AM
    Dear Rich, I dont believe I called anyone an idiot. Pay attention.
  • by Cleta Location: VV on Apr 21, 2008 at 06:18 AM
    I was jokin...ya'll is hatin.
  • by Rich and Wasteful Location: Dallas on Apr 19, 2008 at 10:08 AM
    Deb, if you think that everyone who attends Texoma Lakefest is a rich idiot with money to blow, then why don't your go out there and find you a rich man? You can be a gold digger.
  • by Bama Location: Texoma on Apr 19, 2008 at 02:46 AM
    Be sure to wear your blue blazer with the yacht symbol for free beer and Elvis. Geez with your cheeze whiz...just come out and have fun, they are trying to raise money for a good cause. Why you hatin??? Cleta must be with the Denison Chamber Of Commerce. Am I right???
  • by FAN Location: SHERMAN on Apr 18, 2008 at 09:31 PM
    MY HUSBAND AND I GO OUT EVERY YEAR WITH OUR KIDS WE ENJOY THIS SO MUCH. I HOPE THIS YEAR EARNS ALOT OF MONEY. GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE..
  • by HERE on Apr 18, 2008 at 09:28 PM
    CLETA WHEN YOU LIVE IN VV YOU CAN NOT MAKE FUN OF OTHER PEOPLE.I'M PRETTY SURE THATS A LAW OR SOMETHING.DON'T KNOCK OTHER PEOPLE FOR HAVING CLASS,THIS MAY BE A SHOCKER BUT CLASS IS A GOOD THING.ALONG WITH HAVING ALL YOUR TEETH.(THEN YOU WOULDN'T NEED TO EAT WINEEEEEES AND CHEESE WHIZ YOU COULD HAVE STEAK )PUT ALL THEM YOUNGENS TO BED AND TELL THE OLE MAN TO TAKE YOU OUT AND NOT TO HIS BUDDIES GARAGE TO DRINK BEER,SOUNDS LIKE YOU NEED IT.DO YOU HAVE A GOAT IN YOUR YARD OR CHICKENS?
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