Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: South Jersey
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Thanks SO much. Nice to find someone who knows firsthand exactly what I'm dealing with. I didn't know there is a sailing club on Union. I will check it out. Most of the state parks you don't need a ramp permit if you display a fishing license on your windshield but I think Union might have been one of the few where that isn't true.
The Delaware does not appeal to me, either.
Wouldn't it be nice if one of those beautiful, clear blue sand-mine lakes were available for sailing? You'd think with all the lakes and rivers in SJ there'd be ample options for sailing.
By the way, I am in Mantua. Are you in the real Sewell?
Originally Posted by Ward H:1039797
Hi Ei Leen,
I'm also in Gouc Co. the Sewell area.
I started last year sailing a 17' Newport and like you, looked for a close area to sail.
Probably the best sailing lake in South Jersey is Union Lake in Millville. Close to 1000 acre lake and no wakes to worry about. It's popular with the fishing crowd but it is a state lake and with limits on motor size. Very nice ramp but be sure to get a state usage permit.
About a 40 minute drive to the ramp.
The Union Lake Sailing Club is right on the lake. You might want to check with them about membership and lessons.
I didn't find anything closer other than the river which I did not find appealing at all. We ended going down to the Barnegat Bay and fell in love with that. I also got tired of trailering and ended up with a 25'r in a slip in Barnegat. If you stay away from weekends the BB offers great sailing but can be a bit of work in a boat that size if the wind picks up.
If you can find the time and money you might want to check out the Barnegat Bay Sailing Schoool in Bayville. I took the ASA101 class with them. Learned a lot and got a lot of time on the water. That gave me the confidence to take my Newport out by myself.
Afraid I don't have the time right now to offer to go sailing with you. Maybe after I get my boat in and work eases up a bit.
I do think your best bet is Union Lake and even if you don't join the club there, maybe someone will offer to go sailing with you a couple of times. In fact, if you want, I can probably get you the club president's phone number. One of my work buddies lives next to him.