Dennis Richard | Jun 29, 2016
The second annual Sail Mazinaw will be held on Saturday July 9. The intention of the event is to get a great number of sails on Mazinaw Lake all at the same time. It is not a race. It is a flotilla, a cruise, a raid, an invitation to go sailing. Dozens of cottagers have sailboats, windsurfers and even kite boards. Sail Mazinaw is an opportunity for them to rig and go sailing in company. It is an excuse to get the boat ready, recruit crew, or to introduce someone new to the sport. Bon Echo Provincial Park is on the lake, and campers are reminded to bring their dinghies or sailboards along for the weekend. Transient boaters are always welcome.
Mazinaw Lake is a beautiful sailing venue. The lake is surrounded by citadels of bare rock that generate thermals and local shore breezes. The windiest time of the day is typically at 2pm. But the orientation and the shape of the lake mean that it seldom generates a large swell or white caps. It is a fun sailing venue.
Sailors are invited to meet at Mazinaw Lake Resort for breakfast at 8am on July 9. Docking is limited, so sailors are encouraged to drive to MLR.
Friends of Bon Echo will have the barbecue fired up in the Lagoon at Bon Echo Provincial Park from 12 noon until after 2pm. Sailors on the north lake may opt to pull up on the beach near the Visitor Centre and walk overland to the Lagoon. Sailors on the south lake will probably pull up on Main Beach and walk to the Lagoon. Go for a sail, share a burger with other sailors, then get back on the lake in time for the afternoon breeze. It will be a perfect day.