A Carmichael sailor drew on years of sailing experience to take the Camellia Cup at Folsom Lake on Saturday.
George Koch, 86, won the 47th running of the regatta, sailing his J22 Poco A Poco in fluctuating breezes on the lake.
Koch, the oldest skipper in the race, last won in 2006. Koch, a retired dentist, won the cup with his crew, midman/tactician Robert Koch and bowman Scott Fredrickson.
A Camellia Cup press release said that Koch didn't think he would win because other boats in two smaller classes were winning all their races. However, the cup is awarded to the skipper who has done the best overall, against the greatest competition.
Koch took two firsts and two seconds in the eight-boat open keel class.
The race had 43 captains, including 7-year-old Katie Deutsch of El Dorado Hills who sailed Four Sirens, a Santana 20. Koch recalled sailing three decades ago when 300 boats competed in the Camellia Cup.
"Victory is very, very satisfying," Koch said.
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