This morning, as I was wandering from clock to clock “springing” the time ahead one hour, the thought hit me that Spring in Colorado will begin heading our way soon. A long glance out the window filled my eyes with a big blue sky and a moderate breeze – a perfect morning to head to Chatfield reservoir to catch the wind and glide across the water in a sailboat. Then reality set in and I remembered the thick layer of ice still on the lake. No sailing just yet…however it is time to begin planning and preparing for the 2019 Sailing season around Denver’s front range.
Those “salty dogs” that have sailed for years know the Spring drill of getting your boats. For those of us who are new to the sport or would like to discover what sailing is about, this is the time of the year to begin planning for a season of sailing in Colorado! Are you someone who has a small sailboat tucked into the garage, barn or storage shed? Or are you someone who has sat on the shore of a lake and watched as sailboats glided gracefully though the water and wondered what it would be like to be on a sailboat? Are you a couple who have sailed before kids and now want to introduce your children to the sport? This is the time of year for all of us; young, old, families and couples to put sailing into your Spring and Summer plans.
What to do? Where to go? What’s required? Join a sailing dinghy program!
The Colorado Sail and Yacht Club (CSYC) along with Colorado Watersports (CWS) will be hosting a sailing dinghy kickoff meeting at Chatfield reservoir – Roxborough Cove, on Saturday May 18, 2019 at 8:30AM. The intent is to provide information, introduce what a sailing dinghy is and encourage those with dinghies to get them out of their storage locations and into the water!
More details will follow but in the meantime on these bright sunny breezy mornings start thinking about your plans for sailing in Colorado this season. Soon we will be on the water feeling the joy of having the wind pull us effortlessly across the water!
Kevin Vinski, First Day of Spring 2019