Lafayette Sailing Club holds open house

MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) – It was a long winter for David Klenosky and his fellow Lafayette Sailing Club members.

“During the winter we pout, and wish we had our boats in the water,” Klenosky said. “We will read a lot about sailing on the internet, or read books, or see Robert Redford movies about sailing.”

Now that the warm weather is here, members are back out on the water, and want others to join them. The Lafayette Sailing Club hosted an open house Saturday on Lake Freeman for interested sailors.

Klenosky said the event was successful. People came, and asked questions.

“Well, they want to know what our facility is like, and if we have boats available for use, and if we offer instruction,” Klenosky said. “We do all those things.”

When you think of the Midwest, you may not think about sailing. Klenosky said anywhere you go you will find sailing enthusiasts because the sport can reach a wide range of people.

“It’s a varied sport,” Klenosky said. “We have folks that go out for pleasure sailing just to unwind during the day, or at the end of the day. There are folks who are interested in sailboat racing. It’s an opportunity to get competitive even as you age, and experience the sport that way. Then we have folks interested in cruising”

For Klenosky, what keeps him coming back is the relaxation sailing gives him.

“It’s just a release,” Klenosky said. “It’s a good way to get on the water without a big motor behind you. I would say it is a good challenge to be able to use the wind, to read the wind to propel your boat.

To learn more, visit the Lafayette Sailing Club’s website.

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