Wednesday Night Beer Can Racing

The Wednesday night commute traffic is still slow, drivers sliding past on 202 with the windows tightly shut and the AC on full-tilt. But at 5:30 they’ll spot a small clutch of sails milling about the start line at Tempe Town Lake, ready for some seriously low-key sailboat racing.

It couldn’t be any simpler: one-minute starts by whistle, one-turn penalties, no race committee, no prizes, and no scoring. An opportunity to chew it over later at Pho Cao, the nearby Vietnamese restaurant with lots of beer on tap. There’s also no entry, no entry fee, no… well, you get the idea. Just show up and join in.

This is all the brainchild of Laser fleet captain George Sheller and if you have any questions, he’s the guy to ask.

Lasers at twinkle time on TTL. Photo: Mike Ferring