Cruising

Lake 26 is a beautiful location for sailing. If just messing about on the water is your “thing” then our club’s lake isn’t a bad place to do it. Cruising in a dinghy is a relaxed way of enjoying the watery environment and the philosophy of “going where the wind takes you” removes any stress from sailing your boat. Alternatively, use the breeze to explore the banks of the lake in a leisurely fashion; bringing up the centre board to float gently into the shallows. When the wind picks up take the opportunity to dance across the water taking the best possible tack to ensure you capitalise on the available energy in the air. With time to spare, why not practise those skills you talk about but rarely exercise; sailing backwards, man-overboard drill or sailing without a rudder? After a session going nowhere in particular, there is time to chat with other cruising sailors discussing the areas of the lake in which the herons fish or the grebes duck and dive. The social side of cruising can create friendships, a culture of informal learning and a sense of well-being. With all the benefits of cruising why not come down to Lake 26 and give it a try.

There is safety cover Wednesday (daytime and evening), Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and there is often safety cover on bank holidays although members are free to sail at any time.