Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Easter egg colored sails filled Lake Murray Friday afternoon.

Columbia Sailing Club's 50th Annual Easter Regatta is underway with sailors from North Carolina, Maryland, Florida, California and even Canada.

Club rear commodore Jan Jernigan said there are more than 150 participants and hundreds more are expected to come and watch.

“There’s nothing better than watching the downwind run, when all the colorful spinnakers are up, it’s a beautiful site,” Jernigan beamed. “It really does bring a lot of people in the community. We got people staying in local hotels and motels. We’ve got people going to different restaurants, it’s a good thing for our economy.”

The event includes three full days of racing and the crew who wins the most races takes home a trophy and has bragging rights for a full year.

“The Easter Regatta has been a wonderful tradition here at the Columbia Sailing Club for 50 years, one of our club members, Arthur Simmons started from inviting sailors in the northeast down so we would have some competition,” event chairman Charles Bumgardener said. “Now we have some of the best sailors in the world, and this is actually an international event.”

The races continue Saturday and Sunday at Lake Murray.

The Columbia Sailing Club is also hosting an open house tomorrow from 11am-2pm.

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