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Old 06-21-2007, 10:29 PM
 
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Strong sailing fleets along the Front Range at Chatfield, Cherry Creek, Carter, Pueblo, and other res's. Sailing in the mountains at Grandby, Grand Lake (private club there)

The big deal racing sailing is at Dillon Res. Come on up, check out the race notice postings at the clubhouse by the marina office. Generally, you'll be able to find somebody who needs a crew ... even a "novice" crewmember who will be willing to share the experience of sailing Colorado ... ask around the docks, marina, or the postings. The conditions at Dillon can vary greatly and are on par with the extremes found in much of the world.

Essentially, if you can sail Dillon well, you can sail anywhere in the world. We have some very good national caliber sailors here, so don't be "fooled" into thinking just because we're an inland sailing community with a short season that we don't have some top notch folks ....
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:21 PM
 
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we are looking for a place that's within 30min of sailing and 30min of a populated area like Pueblo, Denver, etc... hopefully a lake that's at least 3 miles long.

any ideas??

THANKS!
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:44 PM
 
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Wink A few places

Lots of small lakes in the vicinity of Denver, CO along the Front Range. Many may be too small, and not sure about the specific sailing opportunities.

Would like to mention Navajo Lake. The better part of it resides in New Mexico; the marina in Colorado is at Arboles, CO. Probably mostly fishermen in power boats, and not sure how the sailing might be. Also quite a long drive from Denver. But it is certainly scenic enough, in a southwestern kind of way.

There are a lot of sailboats present at Dillon Lake. And it enjoys beautiful mountain scenery. Also relatively close to Denver and other points along the Front Range. Did see a recent report on television news about zebra mussels; on a weekend there was a long line of boats lined up at Dillon Lake for inspection of this invasive pest before they could launch into the water. I believe they mentioned Pueblo reservoir as one body of water heavily invested with Zebra mussels.

Lake Powell is obviously a long way from anywhere, and at times it has become too popular. Global temperature change also hasn't been kind to it. Most boats there are probably power or house boats; the water skiing can be great. But sailing might be very interesting, and maybe all the more in one of the many narrow arms with indifferent winds. Still in many respects a magical place.
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:30 PM
 
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Default If someone living in Colorado Springs liked to go sailing...

where would the closest good-sized lake be? CS sounds great, but my husband may rule it out if he doesn't have access to a sailable lake. Help!
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:38 PM
 
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Check out Lake Pueblo, about an hour south of COLO SPGS.
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:44 PM
 
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A big thanks, Mike!!
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:47 PM
 
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I was in Breckenridge, CO this past weekend.....it's famous for skiing, but I was suprised to see the number of sail boats there.

I thought.....sailing? in Colorado? I'd only really seen small fishing boats in the lakes here in Colorado. I was wrong! People have sail boats here too!

I believe it's called Frisco marina and is techincally in Frisco vs. Breckenridge.

Blue Mesa resevoir is also great for boating. Breckenridge is I dunno.....maybe 2 hrs away from COS (could be wrong). Blue Mesa Res. is in Gunnison....about 4 hrs, but well worth the trip.

http://www.townoffrisco.com/activiti...co-bay-marina/
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:48 PM
 
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Pueblo Res ... fairly sizable for a plains area lake in Colorado, with a long sailing season.

Also, it's worth the trip up to Dillon Res during the summer months.

It helps to have a boat suitable for the mountain area lakes. Dinghy's ... self-righting/self-rescuing are preferred. Beach or ramp launchable is the way to go, there are very few hoists in Colorado or the adjacent close-by sailing lakes.
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I laughed out loud when I saw the title of this thread.

Don't forget Blue Mesa!

Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado

Edit: oops, didn't see Terytee's mention of it.
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Old 09-22-2009, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Canon City, Colorado
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I guess the only others that are close are....Chatfield Reservoir and Cherry Creek Reservoir....both north of COS. Chatfield is west of I25 and Cherry Creek is just east of I25. I'd say about an hours drive.
Dillon is my fave then, Blue Mesa.
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