YANKTON, S.D. — Catamaran sailors from the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Cuba and the U.S. Virgin Islands are in South Dakota this week competing for a championship.

The Hobie Class Association is holding its North American Championships at Lewis and Clark Lake this week, the Press & Dakotan (http://bit.ly/2sGPioh ) reported.

Catamarans feature two parallel hulls connected by a single deck. The boats are classified by how many feet long they are.

Up to 75 boats will take to the lake for a series of races Monday through Friday. The top team in each division will be named the North American champion.

The association is broken into 16 divisions, with Division 7 hosting this week’s event. That division includes North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri.

“We sail in Iowa and Minnesota, but when we come to Yankton, many of the sailors in our division will comment that it’s one of their favorite places to sail,” said Ben Wells, association spokesman.

Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carmen Schramm said the goal is to not only find ways to attract teams into town, but also to draw the public to Hobie Cat Beach near the marina along the lake.

“It is unique, and it’s one of those things that we have that you wouldn’t probably have on the rest of the river,” she said. “This one just really works well for what they do.”

Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, http://www.yankton.net/

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