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Old 07-05-2011
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Last Friday we experienced 6-8 foot very steep waves on our lake.
But I guess we are disqualified from the conversation because we are not
a. Land locked or
b. on a man made lake.

Instead we are Happily sailing on the Great Lakes, it's still a lake, but a heck of a big one.
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I am lucky enough to live on Flathead Lake, Montana. 120 miles of shoreline, loads of wildlife and cool anchorages. Great wind patterns too. Check out the u tube video called Sailing Flathead Lake. Not my boat but the video really captures sailing here.
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Sailing on Lake Simcoe, north of Toronto here.

Much bigger than than where I grew up on the Potomac - 25km or so (15 mi) across. Lots to explore, good beaches for the kids, and just about an hour from home. Plus a cheap and friendly marina (Jackson's Point municipal marina, managed by Sail Georgina Yacht Club).

After two years sailing with a friend on Lake Ontario and watching people get mal de mer from the chop, if it's a little smoother that's great. Though I had some green crew when we were out in 15-20 last Wed :-).

Everyone says the Great Lakes are a different category and I agree, but I remember once renting a Boston Whaler as a kid, I think it was out of Bar Harbor, ME. Once you got out of the protected area and past all the lobster pots, the Atlantic was pretty funky. Or maybe the waves have gotten a bit bigger through 15+ years of memory...
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"When I read about lake or river sailing I think Why bother? "
How arrogant and ignorant.....But, there are douchebags in every endeavor we embark on....Not targeting you Junkrig, but the person who said it.

Landlocked lake sailor here too....We have some really nice lakes around the Metroplex....and not far there are some very large ones, Like Texoma mentioned earlier. You can sail for days on Texoma and not see it all. Not far away is Toledo Bend, a massive lake with 1200 miles of shoreline...Sam Rayburn and Richland Chambers are also pretty close and very large.

I'm happily slipped at Eagle Mountain....we have a very active sailing community with the Fort Worth Boat Club (est. 1929) having a prominent spot on the lake, with sailboat buoys marking the race courses placed in the southern and western parts of the lake. It's nice to be only 37 minutes from my boat.
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I'm a lake sailor myself, from WAY back. I learned to sail on a Snark in the Goose Creek Resevior in South Carolina. Then I got back into sailing on Lake Loudon, here in Knoxville, TN. I've also trailored down to Lake Lanier in South Carolina, and over to Douglas Lake here in Tennessee.
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Lake Ouachita, outside of Hot Springs Arkansas. Almost 1000 miles of shoreline, clear water and a pretty active sailing community. Completely surrounded by National Forest Land so no houses or private docks. We even have freshwater jellyfish. All you have to do is squint your eyes and those pine tree's become palms. It may not be the Carib. but it's as close to the next best thing as you can get.

As for the idiot who posted "Why Bother"; stay where you're at. No good sailing down here.

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Kentucky Lake

Been sailing on Kentucky Lake for the better part of 30 years. It connects to Lake Barkley via a canal at the North end, Ohio River through the dam, and to the Gulf of Mexico via the Tennessee River/Tenntom Waterway to the south. It is not big water like the Great Lakes or the Gulf, but for an inland lake it offers a lot. Currently we are slipped in Grand Rivers at Green Turtle Bay. I like it here...................
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Tell them to head out on Superior. In November. In a big blow.

If they survive I'll buy them a beer. If they survive without crying for their mommy I'll buy them 2.

By no means am I comparing Superior (or any lake) to the "La Mer", but each provides it's own thrills and challenges, and to diss any of them is just being snooty.
I agree 100%, just look up the Edmund Fitzgerald.... I will buy them a few beers as well....

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Yeah, Superior is a lake.

And Everest is a hill.
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Blue Marsh Lake

I suppose my sail club has the best of both worlds. The trailer boats sail most (winds and water level dependent) Wednesday evenings on Blue Marsh Lake above Reading, PA as well as hold Saturday races. The lake is a USCoE-operated lake. During droughts the water level is lowered and the ramps pulled. That happened last summer towards the end of August so the boats could no longer use the lake. Those of us with larger boats that cannot be trailered crew or help out with the race committee.

On the other hand, Reading is 2.5 hours (give or take) from the Chesapeake Bay and they join up with the larger cruising boats for longer sails. When we plan club cruises on the Bay we factor in ramps for the trailer boats when choosing a destination.
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We've sailed our Phantom dinghy on Lake Wallenpaupack for 12 years. We take it up with us on vacation, keep it on the shore, and for 2 weeks go out any time we want, as long as there's a breeze. If there's no breeze and calm water, we do skiing and tubing on the Trophy. The lake is 14 miles long and almost 2 miles wide at its widest point, so sailboats up to 25' are popular there.

My thinking is it's all sailing, whether lake, river, bay, or ocean. If you're lucky enough to be near open water, or willing to drive to get to it, good for you. But there's lots of fun to be had in more protected waters as well. Just pick a design and size that is most appropriate for your sailing range.
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