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IN THE ARMS OF GIANTS

Staring at the massive banks of rocks and sediment deposited by a long-gone river of ice, I inhaled the freshwater breath of the 10,000-year-old lake and heard an errant seagull’s cry. In a way, this could be an inland lake in my native Midwest. But then I looked higher, and honestly, it couldn’t be anywhere but Colorado.

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MOUNTAIN TIME

It’s a study in contrasts, this sunburned landscape. Eroding sandstones, limestones and shales to the west, the pinnacled remnants of a long-ago volcanic eruption to the east, thunderheads rapidly retreating over the sagebrush-dotted high mountain desert to the south — and right here, sunset’s golden light suffusing our crescent beach with an otherworldly pink-and-peach glow.

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GRADE-A SPEED

The cockpit was tinier than I thought. As the team tightly buckled me into my safety harness, I took a deep breath and tried not to mind the squeeze of the capsule against my shoulders — or the fact that the water seemed startlingly close to eye level.

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Garrett Regner with his retrofitted classic Star at Lake Dillon, Colorado.
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RETROFITTING A STAR… IN THE ROCKIES

Few one-design boats boast the pedigree of the Star. Designed in 1911 by Francis Sweisguth, who later designed the Interlake dinghy, the sloop-rigged, two-person, 22-foot keelboat is one of the world’s oldest one-designs. It’s also the oldest Olympic-class vessel, participating in its first Olympic Games in 1932.

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