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Sailing on the Waters of Kentucky Lake & Lake Barkley

Sailboats at Lighthouse LandingIt’s been said that sailing is good for the soul. The peace and tranquility that one experiences while rocking the waters of Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley can be very rewarding to one seeking a respite from work and the various stresses of life. While sailing can be challenging, those who take an accredited ASA course through a Kentucky Lake marina, such as Lighthouse Landing, often find that they are ready to hit the waters on their own within a few days of training.

In these sailing courses, sailors will develop skills, such as how to determine the direction of the wind, how to steer accurately, and how to tell if a sail is trimmed properly. These core skills are at the heart of sailing and will serve beginners well.

In addition to proper sailboat education and vessel handling, there are a few other things to consider when cruising the lakes of Western Kentucky on a sailboat.   

Best Weather for Sailing

The answer to this question all depends on the sailor’s objective. Are you looking for relaxation? Are you seeking to master your sailing skills?

Truthfully, you can sail in almost any kind of weather. Generally speaking, sails should be relatively flat when the winds are light or very strong. Moderate winds will cause the sail to become full.  

However, if you’re looking to relax, then light to medium wind conditions are best. Light winds are also recommended for beginning sailors. If you’re seeking to master your skills, then variable winds will help you to hone your craft.

Best Water Conditions for Sailing

Calm waters are ideal for most sailors. These conditions work well for those seeking to relax on the boat and for those new to sailing. If you are new to the sport, then waters with low traffic can also make for a better experience.

Safety Gear to Have On-Board

It’s always wise to inform someone that you’ll be out on the waters. In addition to this, be sure to have a first-aid kit, floatation devices and proper clothing on board. It’s always good to be prepared for an unforeseen change in weather conditions.

Sailing Lessons

If you’re new to boating or sailing and want to sign up for a sailing course, you might consider the courses available through Lighthouse Landing. This is the mid-South’s premier destination for recreational sailing and their instructors will set you on the right course.

Hit the Waters

Let’s face it. The old adage that “practice makes perfect” is simply true. Whether you’re a beginning sailor or a more experienced sailor seeking to improve your sailing skills, you’ll only get better as you spend more time out on the lakes. So, if you’ve been putting off taking that beginning sailing course, then sign up now. Or if it’s been awhile since you’ve taken your sailboat out on the waters of Kentucky Lake, get the ol’ girl shined up and ready to cruise. Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley have some of the region’s finest waters for sailing! 


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