Float your boat

The water level at Lake Tahoe may be low this year, but that won’t prevent the launch of the 32nd annual Concours d’Elegance. The event is part of Wooden Boat Week, which celebrates traditional and classic wooden watercraft and pays tribute to Lake Tahoe’s maritime history. Considered one of the country’s most esteemed boating events, the Concours d’Elegance is designed to encourage and teach new standards of wood craftsmanship, finish and detailing on classic watercraft. Teams of professional boat restorers judge the vintage boats based on their exterior construction, appearance, interior and other facets. This year’s marque, or feature, class is “Original Tahoe Boats,” watercraft which have significant history at Lake Tahoe or were delivered new to Lake Tahoe and sold at local marinas such as the Tahoe Boat Company. Close to 125 boats have been entered in this year’s Concours d’Elegance, which begins 9 a.m. Aug. 6-7 at Sierra Boat Company in Carnelian Bay. Tickets are $20-$25. Kids ages 12 and younger are free accompanied by an adult. Wooden Boat Week events begin Aug. 5 and run through Aug. 12 at various Tahoe locations. Call the Tahoe Yacht Club at (530) 581-4700 or visit www.tahoeyc.com.—Kelley Lang