Wouldn’t it be fun to cruise in a sailboat along shores of Lake Forest shores off beutifully recreated Forest Park and its neighboring mansions? With your whole family? With a highly-experienced captain in very safe and comfortable boat? For free?
You can do that on May 30, courtesy of the Lake Forest Yacht Club. Just get down to the boat basin in the boat launch area of Forest Park Beach between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and the yacht club will be anxious to have you as their guest.
You will be invited aboard the Colgate 26 boat of Dave Samyn, Past Commodore of LFYC and a veteran sailor on fresh and salt water. He will take up to six people per trip, asking only that children under age ten be accompanied by a parent. And he will keep taking guests out until everyone who wants to sail has been out on the lake.
Everyone who goes for a ride will get to steer the boat and Dave says he will make sure each sailor has so much fun that they won’t want to quit steering the boat. The boat is a 26-foot keelboat of a design originally created for Florida’s Colgate Offshore Sailing School and widely recognized as very comfortable and safe while having enough sail-power to excite an experienced sailor. Five Colgates sail from Lake Forest, making it the most popular larger boat locally; Lake Forest being limited to boats that can be lifted into the lake from trailers using power hoists.
If you can accept this invitation to sail, you can drive down and park in the boat launching area at the south end of Forest Park. Permits are normally required on cars here but through the cooperation of the Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department and the Lake Forest Police Department, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on May 30 you can park without a permit in the single car spaces in the northwest corner of parking lot. Those are spaces convenient to the boat pavilion and the boat basin where Dave’s boat will be waiting for you.
Submitted by Paul Foght from Lake Forest