As a brisk autumn wind funneled over the trees and spread out across the cascade mountain lake just yards from shore, I couldn’t help but think about how much fun it would be to trailer a sailboat up to a place like this. A small boat, maybe in the 20 to 25 foot range would be perfect, you could sleep on it both on the trailer in a campground or tucked into a cove as peaks and stars hovered above. And chances are probably good that you would be the only sailboat out there.
Of all the unique and interesting places cruisers go by saltwater, sometimes we forget about all the freshwater. I do at least. The mountains of the Pacific Northwest, and many other places, have lakes that are just waiting to be tapped by adventurous sailors looking for something different. Fortunately, there are people out there who already do this, but not many. A few weeks ago while at the Wooden Boat Fest we moored near a group of sailors aboard West Wight Potter 19s. Later, I looked up their group online and it seems they do all sorts of freshwater trailer sailing on nearby mountain lakes as well on the salty Salish Sea. It’s good to know there are sailors out there keeping the small boat dream alive.
Enjoy this week’s edition.
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