Why be limited to a small playing field when you can have the run of an entire lake? Sailing offers the largest playground you could ask for, not to mention it’s relaxing, adventurous and competitive, if you wish. The options are almost endless for this fun sport for all ages. Sailing is a great mental and physical workout and can provide an interesting alternative for vacation. If you don’t have time to travel far, you can sail right here in Alabama!
Sailing opportunities abound in Alabama, including lake clubs at:
Logan Martin — The Birmingham Sailing Club
The Birmingham Sailing Club was founded in June 1963 with Sam Caldwell as the first commodore. The club has about 150 members and is based just outside of Pell City. Sunday afternoon races are held throughout the year, with occasional regattas in the spring and summer. There are different memberships available, ranging from a regular membership, which is recommended, to an intermediate membership or a student membership. BSC is a private club that requires sponsorship by two current members. The club is at 147 Merrill Road, Vincent, AL 35178, or visit their website www.birminghamsailingclub.org.
Martin — The Dixie Sailing Club
The Dixie Sailing Club has races almost every weekend from March to November. They host the annual Punchbowl Regatta and the Last Splash Regatta in the fall. There are multiple levels of membership based on age and sailing experience. Educational classes are offered for those interested in learning to sail. The club is at 767 New Hope Church Road, Alexander City, AL 35010. More information can be found on their website http://www.dixiesailingclub.com.
Weiss – The Rome Sailing Club
The Rome Sailing Club began in 1955 in Rome, Ga. It has since expanded to over 75 memberships on Weiss Lake in Leesburg. There are multiple races throughout the year,for a variety of ages and levels of difficulty. Events include a fish fry, Commodore’s Ball and many others. They are located at 235 County Road 564, Leesburg, AL 35983. For more information, visit www.theromesailingclub.com or email [email protected].
There are many opportunities in Alabama to get involved involved in sailing! Get out, get active, and get on a lake!
– Sydne Waldrop