The Tahoe Cup’s First Stop: Donner Lake

The first stop of the O’Neill Tahoe Cup Race Series at Donner Lake this weekend was burly. As in burr–ly.

The day started out with sunshine lighting up the snow-capped backdrop, but by the time the starting horn blasted snow began to actually fall from the sky. The 5-mile race started at the West End Beach Park where competitors paddled 2.5 miles along the south shore of Donner before making the crossing near China Cove. Once the buoy on the north shore was reached, there was an upwind 2.5-mile paddle back to the West End Beach Park and the finish line.

The Men’s race was a tight two-man show between Jay Wild and Robert Pelkey. They set the pace from the start and eventually distanced themselves from the pack at the China Cove crossing. Heading into the wind for the final 2.5 miles, Jay managed to keep a slight edge on Robert and found another gear to pull away in the final .5 mile to take the Donner Lake Overall and 14’ titles. “The conditions were typical for a Tahoe Memorial Day weekend,” said Wild, “This is a great event in it’s third year running and I am happy to take the win “

The second stop of the O’Neill Tahoe Cup SUP Race Series is set for July 9, 2011. The Jam from the Dam is a 6-mile point to point race that starts at Commons Beach and finishes at Kings Beach. For more event information visit

O’Neill Donner Lake Memorial Results

Men’s Overall:
1. Jay Wild
2. Robert Pelkey
3. Mitchell Kahn

Male 14’ Class:
1. Jay Wild
2. Robert Pelkey
3. Mitchell Kahn

Male Unlimited Class:
1. Rand Carter
2. Seth Springer
3. David Defoe

Male Stock Class:
1. Ben Sarrazin
2. Ronnie Ayres
3. Austin Young

Male Overall Masters:
1. Michael Bond
2. Ken Altman
3. Phil Segal

Women’s Overall:
1. Sky Robbins
2. Jen Fuller
3. Shana Kaplan

Women’s 14’ Class:
1. Connie Altman
2. Whitney Wall
3. Erin Roberts

Women’s Stock Class:
1. Sky Robbins
2. Jen Fuller
3. Shana Kaplan

Women’s Overall Masters:
1. Connie Altman
2. Brenda McGirr
3. Judy Turner

Youth Overall:
1. Elijah Delaunay
2. Julianne Brackett
3. Coleton Hollingsworth

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