Jun 10, 2015
In the middle of the debate over the Denbigh wind turbine project, is an event that utilizes wind power for recreation. The intention of Sail Mazinaw 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. The event is to be held on Saturday, July 18.
Dozens of cottagers have sailboats. Sail Mazinaw will be an opportunity for locals to rig and go sailing in company. Bon Echo Provincial Park is on the lake, and campers will be reminded to bring their dinghies or sailboards along for the weekend. Transient boaters are always welcome. Sailors are encouraged to bring crew, or to introduce someone new to the sport of sailing.
Mazinaw Lake is a beautiful sailing venue. Bon Echo Rock, with its pictographs and alpine climbers, is an escarpment that rises more than 100 meters above lake level. The rest of 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 means that it seldom generates a large swell or white caps. It is a fun sailing venue. There are a number of decent boat launches on the lake.
Sailors are invited to meet at Mazinaw Lake Resort for breakfast 8 – 10 on Saturday morning. The Friends Of Bon Echo will have the barbecue fired up in The Lagoon at Bon Echo Provincial Park from 10 until after 2. Go for a sail, share a burger with other sailors, then get back on the lake in time for the afternoon breeze. It’s a perfect day.
Demonstrate that the wind is free to share and is owned by everybody.