Learn to Sail on Lake Erie


There’s a stiff breeze coming in from the west. The glassy surface of the lake has picked up a slight chop. The sun is shining down to illuminate the scene with intensity. This is summertime on Lake Erie: a sailor’s paradise.

Whether you’re an expert sailor or you’ve never tried the sport before, sailing on Lake Erie can be a rewarding experience. Western Lake Erie’s amazing islands make great destinations, as do the urban harbors and vast expanses of unspoiled coastline further east along the state’s shoreline.

In Huron, Harbor North, Inc., offers sailing lessons, sailboat charters and rentals. Lessons include basic keelboating, cruising, bare boat cruising and a special course for women only, not to mention a primer on all those cool sailing words like jib, tacking and reefing.

Or if you would rather relax on deck than tie knots, there are numerous sailboat charters, through which you can rent a boat and services of a captain for anywhere from a few hours to a week. Port Clinton Yacht Charters makes a great base for exploring the islands.

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