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Sailing in the middle of the Colorado Rockies, at 7,800 feet above sea level? Yep!

As unlikely as it may seem, for over a half-century now, the nonprofit Aspen Yacht Club has been gathering like-minded adventurers to enjoy the sun, wind and water by sailboat each summer at high altitude Ruedi Reservoir, just 14 miles east of Basalt up the Fryingpan River.

Although the Aspen Yacht Club is a private sailing club, there are several events each year that are open to the public, like the annual regatta. It takes place near the end of July and brings together nearly 50 sailboats from around Colorado to compete in dinghy and keelboat racing. Kids ages 10 to 16 can learn about sailing with a special course offered in collaboration with the Aspen Recreation Center each summer.

Ready to learn more? Check out all the offerings with the Aspen Yacht Club.