Colorado Sailing Clubs
We are a private sailing club located on Ruedi Reservoir, 18.5 miles north of Basalt, Colorado on Frying Pan Road. We occupy Benedict Bay, a small scenic cove in the middle of the 3 mile long lake. The 15 acre property is located in the mountainous and beautiful Frying Pan Wilderness. It”s a wonderful facility that includes parking, a mast raising yard arm, a club house, lawn, volley ball court, fire pit, beach, 50 plus boat slips, concrete ramp, porta potties and a 14” rescue boat.
The mountain weather will challenge even the most experienced sailors. There are approximately 65 memberships, families and individuals belonging to the club. They sail a variety of crafts from dinghies to keel boats, 10 to 28 feet. There is a weekly race every Sunday, June to September. A festive annual Regatta in July draws 50 plus boats from as far away as Phoenix for two days of racing. A club race and party takes place mid August. We put on a banquet at the end of the season to relive the summer events.
Denver Sailing Association (DSA) is a sailing and racing organization based in Denver, Colorado. The club has an extensive racing program from April through October including annual regattas. DSA currently has active one-design boat and dinghy fleets including J24s, U20s, Santana 20s, Lightnings and Lasers. We also have active PHRF and OOAK classes on the lake. You can find us on the water every Wednesday night racing keelboats or on Thursday racing dinghies.
The Club has roughly 160 members and growing every year. Our season kicks off with our annual “Social Spring Party” held over the Memorial Day weekend. Our sailing season starts in the first of June with an active schedule of one design and PHRF racing with events nearly every weekend from June until late September. Our season ends with the year banquet party held at the end of October.
The Racing: Dillon has a very active and competitive racing program. The most popular fleet, the J-24, drew over 30 entries to last year”s Dillon Open which is Colorado”s premier sailing event. Other fleets active in Dillon include J-80’s, Ensign 22’s, Etchells 22, Santana 22’s, Stars, J-22 fleet, and an active PHRF fleet. Sailing on Dillon Reservoir: Located just west of the Continental Divide and surrounded by 13,000 ft peaks, you are guaranteed some very exciting sailing conditions. Because of this Dillon, Colorado sailors are known to be some of the best in the Rocky Mountain region.
At 8,366 feet, the Grand Lake Yacht Club deservedly has received official recognition as the world”s highest registered yacht club. Grand Lake also is widely known as Colorado”s largest natural lake – a mile and a half long and a half mile wide. With a fleet over 55 boats in total, Grand Lake Yacht Club members sail the following boats , the E-scow, M 20, M 17, M16 and the Laser.
The Salty Dog Sailing Club, Inc. of Denver is a Colorado nonprofit organization. The Club plans about a dozen sails each season. These trips could include day or weekend sails at Chatfield or Cherry Creek Reservoirs, Lake Dillon or Carter Lake.
Union Sailing Club is located on Union Reservoir, 2 miles west of I-25 on Hwy 119 near Longmont, which is only a half hour drive from Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, or Greeley. Our private, secure area on the east side of the reservoir has a hand launching ramp, docks, boat storage 50 feet from shore, beach and picnic area. Union Sailing Club hosts racing, training and family events for dinghy and multihull sailors all season long. Wednesday night and Sunday afternoon racing series begin in March and end in October.
We host several open regattas including the Firecracker/Sparkler over July 4th and the OctoberFest in Oct. The club supports on the water fun and education for non-sailors, beginners and old salts alike with events like Demo Day, Sunday BBQs, and private or group lessons through our sailing instructors.
There are 2 large racing fleets at Union. The LMS fleet, which is Lasers, Mutineers, and Snipes, all raced without handicap together, and the Portsmouth Handicap fleet, in which all other types of boats are raced based on a handicapping system. Boats regularly in the Portsmouth fleet are MC Scows, Melges 14, and Finns.