The dates are tentative and will depend on the weather. Depending on the conditions we may sail on Saturday and Sunday.
We can accommodate 2 Sailing Meetup members in the 16' Kboat. The Kboat (named after one of the worlds largest diamonds) is an excellent boat for learning how to sail or to enjoy the thrill of small boat sailing. It's big enough to keep you dry and small enough to really feel the wind. It is the yellow boat in the photos.
Getting to ride in a sailboat on beautiful Chautauqua Lake is not easy to do. This is a rare opportunity and we want Happy Sailors who will really appreciate it.
We sail to a destination; Chautauqua Institution or to Bemus Point for a walk and lunch and then sail back. Having a destination makes the sail more interesting. At Chautauqua we often get to listen to the orchestra and watch the dancers rehearse - for free.
Bemus Point has several restaurants, gift and clothing shops, and no shortage of tourist. Chautauqua Institution was just chosen just last month by the Smithsonian Institution as the number 1 cultural place to vacation at in the United States. World leaders, top educators, world class musicians and dancers and many others are at 'Chautauqua' all summer. The beauty of the grounds alone are life enriching. There are very few Chautauqua's in the world and far fewer opportunities to 'sail' to one.
We start with breakfast at the world famous Bemus Point Diner where the servers are always smiling, the food is excellent and the huge cinnamon buns are proudly promoted as 'The Best Buns In Town'. Then we rig and launch the boat. Late afternoon, after sailing, we stop at one of the better restaurants on the lake in Mayville for a light dinner and to enjoy the ambiance of a resort area where we also socialize with tourist from other planets like Pennsylvania and Ohio. It's a full day (or 2 days) of mini-vacation. Not to be rushed - but to be savored.
All members must get on the 'wait list' but PLEASE do not say yes unless you fully intend to go. Some people have said yes but had no real intention of going. Some had signed up for multiple events on the same day. That's not fair to the organizers (a huge waste of time) or to others who would have gone. Therefore, to separate the 'wheat from the chaff' if you want to go this summer you must send a check IN ADVANCE for $40 and you must keep in touch via phone or email.
This program will be repeated several times during the season but, the season is very short. We recommend choosing your priorities carefully. We will not be doing this sail the first 3 weeks of July. Pick a time before or after.
Preference will be given to members who show a sincere interest in casual sailing or learning to sail and who keep in-touch. We can not overstress the importance of timely communication.