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#1 TheAustin

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 05:53 PM

What are your favorite lakes to sail in the US? And which lakes do you feel have the best sailing communities (I don't mean living communities, but the body of sailing enthusiasts that live/visit/sail there?). We spend part of our summer in Lake George and it's wonderful, but I'd love to hear about everyone else's favorites...

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 05:55 PM

Huntington Lake - Sierra Mt Range East of Fresno - the old man at the end of the lake hits the wind switch every morning at 11am and pending his mood 4 or 6pm he flips it off for a very nice sunset mellow evening.

I enjoy it more than Dillon as the wind pattern is far far more predictable.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 06:27 PM

Lake Michigan is pretty cool

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:28 PM

Lake Minnetonka of course!

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:32 PM

Depends what you sail, how long you have to sail it, who you sail it with....why you sail.

Grand Traverse Bay to Mackinac is awfully fine in July and August on almost any level .....

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:32 PM

What are your favorite lakes to sail in the US?
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The Atlantic and the Pacific

Now post some pics of your wife/GF's breast(s) and fuck off, newbie

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:34 PM

Fern Ridge lake outside of Eugene Oregon.....nice wind in the late afternoon and a olympic circle .

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:35 PM

Fern Ridge lake outside of Eugene Oregon.....nice wind in the late afternoon and a olympic circle .

Oh yes! The YC kicks ass too some of the best YC meals I've had served at regatta's and the view from the tent in the evening pitched right at the lakes edge is a major win! For sure one of the top favorite places for me

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:15 PM

Chautauqua Lake, NY

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:00 PM

Lake Lanier north of Atlanta has a lot of sailing on it.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:41 PM


What are your favorite lakes to sail in the US?
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The Atlantic and the Pacific

Now post some pics of your wife/GF's breast(s) and fuck off, newbie

FB- Doug

He said lake not pond... : :ph34r:

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:47 PM

Another sailing publication asked this question a while back. The trend was that many of the best communities were in colder latitudes where the sailors sailed their nuts off and really appreciated their shorter season.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 12:10 AM

Lake of the woods, mn

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 01:30 AM

Pontchartrain.

May not be the 'best'.

But it's the closest.



And technically not a lake--

never mind...

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 01:38 AM

if the water above a lock and dam can be called a lake - cascade locks, Columbia river gorge

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 02:05 AM

It doesn't get better than lake union on a Tuesday night during the summer.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 02:27 AM

The Mystic Lakes in Medford, Mass where Tufts sails are very pretty and interesting to sail - I grew up there

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 03:25 AM

Minnetonka. by far. Wayzata Yacht Club represents everything that is good and pure in the universe.

I grew up sailing on Saratoga Lake. Loved it then. But it basically sucks.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 03:38 AM

Well Guv would claim Lake Travis outside of Austin is H2O heaven on Earth...if it weren't so damn high & dry @ the moment. These non-global-warming summers in Texas of 100 days of 100 degrees are beginning to take a toll:

http://travis.uslakes.info/Level.asp

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 04:01 AM

Well Guv would claim Lake Travis outside of Austin is H2O heaven on Earth...if it weren't so damn high & dry @ the moment. These non-global-warming summers in Texas of 100 days of 100 degrees are beginning to take a toll:

http://travis.uslakes.info/Level.asp


Would not. Austin Yacht Club may have the best laser shore facilities anywhere but teh lake is a puddle even when it is full.

For Lasers and Snipes and similar tiny boats, Chautauqua lake yacht Club is pretty draned special but to name one lake as best is like naming the best ever baseball or football player.

The great Lakes are just that. Clean salt free water and nearly all the conditions of an ocean

Pretty much any lake where a three mile triangle can be set up withoiut shore interference is fine for most trailerable toys and if you cut that need to a mile weather leg, there are great ponds all over the country whose quality as a venue is determined by the currently active group of people willing to run events.

Lake Ray Hubbard in Dallas has to rank high simply because it can be safely used as a sailing site ten months a year

This month??
I would choose Lake Erie or Ontario. The water is still warm enough for comfortable sailing and there are numerous clubs all along the shores where great courses can be set on the open lake or in protected bays.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 11:16 AM

Can't believe nobody has mentioned Clear Lake CA.

I'll get my coat.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 01:53 PM

I have mixed feelings posting this, kinda want to keep it a secret but for sailors, well ok.....

Lake Champlain in NY, VT, QC.

Some lakes might suck but this one blows ;-)

Mountains on both sides, runs N/S, so the seas build up, big enough to hide in.

Great history, a few fun towns to get crazy in.

French Canadian chicks.

The clubs tend to be sailing clubs not yacht clubs.

No Breton Reds.

Some damn good sails-both here and elsewhere.

Your boat can come or leave on its own bottom. South via the Hudson and Champlain Canal, North by the Richelieu and St. Lawrence Rivers.

Did I say French Canadian Chicks and no Breton Reds.......


Rob

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 02:21 PM

Canyon Lake in Texas has the best clearest cleanest fresh water of anything I've sailed on.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 05:28 PM

Can't believe nobody has mentioned Clear Lake CA.

I'll get my coat.


That's good...

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 06:53 PM

Anything west of the mountains works well Lake union-yes

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 06:59 PM

Anything west of the mountains works well Lake union-yes


EVERYTHING is west of the mountains if you pick the correct mountains and/or keep going west far enough

;)

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 01:18 AM

Skaneateles Lake in New York. Birthplace of the Lightning.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 01:38 AM

Pontchartrain.

May not be the 'best'.

But it's the closest.



And technically not a lake--

never mind...


i second

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:02 AM

Lake Champlain. No question.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:25 AM

Just about any lake you can sail on is the best lake in the US. Some are a better best than others but if you can sail on it and race on it then you have a winner. I sail on Lake Michigan. (think ocean with short, steep chop and no salt). But places like Wayzata, Geneva Lake,
Mendota, NY's finger lakes, Champlain, etc. are not too shabby.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:48 AM

Anywhere but here!

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:57 AM

It doesn't get better than lake union on a Tuesday night during the summer.



:)

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 06:24 AM

We have some passable lakes in the Four Corners states of the southwest, but it would be a way too big stretch to call them best in class.

However, Lake Pleasant in January has a fun Leukemia cup regatta that gets around seventy boats, Texoma on the TX-OK border is big enough to get nice courses, and Dillon in CO gives the weirdness of sailing at 9017' altitude.

But why hasn't anyone mentioned Tahoe? Also, how good is Flathead in MT?

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 07:43 AM

Skaneateles Lake in New York. Birthplace of the Lightning.

seriously clean lake and cold, haven't been on it in many years though.
Prefer Onieda though i generally am on Onondaga since it is simply the most conveinant.
As best sailing lake Onieda offers plenty of room for the leadmines on the choppy east end and the west end is great for dinghies. Also warms up early to take advantage of the spring and fall when the wind blows more consistancy.

If it weren't for the polution problem Onondaga is actually a nice lake for dinghies, shifty enough to keep it interesting but not to the point of turning races into a crapshoot.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 08:27 AM

erie. its big enough to keep me interested, and the fresh water is warm during the summers.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:31 PM

Lake Ray Hubbard in Dallas has to rank high simply because it can be safely used as a sailing site ten months a year


...and the only reason it's ten months out of the year is because July and August are just too damn hot!

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 04:03 PM

The one I live on, of course. Nothing like rigging a Moth in the backyard ten feet from the dock.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 04:17 PM

I will second lake erie. You get a little bit of everything.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 06:06 PM

But why hasn't anyone mentioned Tahoe?


beautiful lake - but only marginal for sailing - wind can be ok at the NW side near Tahoe City, but spotty at best elsewhere. limited & expensive launching and marinas - mostly rocky shoreline, no harbors or shelter - anywhere can be a lee shore in a storm.

Plus it's hard to set marks in a thousand feet of water

but I love sailing on the crystal clear water of Tahoe - some of my earliest sailing memories as a small kid was sailing on a mercury on the lake and looking down in 50 feet of water at the white sandy bottom going by, then an abrupt drop off to nothing and the deep blue depths - felt like flying

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 04:21 AM

Baxter Lake, Sherburne County. Just don't sail during duck season...........

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 04:40 AM

I have mixed feelings posting this, kinda want to keep it a secret but for sailors, well ok.....

Lake Champlain in NY, VT, QC.

Some lakes might suck but this one blows ;-)

Mountains on both sides, runs N/S, so the seas build up, big enough to hide in.

Great history, a few fun towns to get crazy in.

French Canadian chicks.

The clubs tend to be sailing clubs not yacht clubs.

No Breton Reds.

Some damn good sails-both here and elsewhere.

Your boat can come or leave on its own bottom. South via the Hudson and Champlain Canal, North by the Richelieu and St. Lawrence Rivers.

Did I say French Canadian Chicks and no Breton Reds.......


Rob


Shhhhhhhhhhhh.......

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 04:41 AM

Huntington Lake, CA and Cascade Locks Columbia Gorge the rest are wanabees...........

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 04:43 AM

Minnetonka. by far. Wayzata Yacht Club represents everything that is good and pure in the universe.


True.

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 06:14 AM

the only way to settle this is to go sail on each one and then sail of the suspected favorites a few more times and then some more times and then some more and maybe almost figure it out but ..you know it is never a good idea to make an uneducated decision so we each need to sail on each ake a few more times...and maybe go back and make sure we didn't eliminate any candidates when we should have given those lakes more chances.

this could take a while

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 11:58 AM

Lake Norman has a lot of boats. The people I know that live there sold their sailboats because they said the wind was crap and it was too crowded with redneck powerboaters, but a lot of people seem to sail there. I swear I saw a 40 foot sailboat go by on a lake that is maybe 12 miles long.

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 02:31 PM

I put in another vote for Chautauqua Lake, in Chautauqua County, NY. C-scows in the north end, E-scows in the south end, just had E Nationals this past weekend hosted by CLYC yet again, C-scow Nationals every couple years hosted by CYC on the north end. Lightnings, Flying Scots race as well and many other classes of boats enjoy cruising. This doesn't even inclue sailing education programs on the lake, one of which is the highest volume in the nation and boasts a fleet of about 80 boats. At night you can grab a power boat and go to dinner and then to bars, lots of lake side nightlife, lots of things to do.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 03:31 AM

the only way to settle this is to go sail on each one and then sail of the suspected favorites a few more times and then some more times and then some more and maybe almost figure it out but ..you know it is never a good idea to make an uneducated decision so we each need to sail on each ake a few more times...and maybe go back and make sure we didn't eliminate any candidates when we should have given those lakes more chances.

this could take a while


And a bigger boat





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