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options for sailing in Zurich

Hey all,

I've been browsing the options for sailing around Zurich in earlier posts (I'm a new transplant), but have some more specific questions.

1) Are there any clubs that have dinghy storage space that you can get access to as a privilege of being a member? More specifically, I'm looking to get out on Lasers (or similar), ideally find a group that races regularly and competitively. This is as opposed to getting on the waitlist to rent a spot from the city/canton. I used to live in Vaud/Geneva, and there were plenty of clubs that had their own private area, just don't know equivalents in Zurich.

2) Any suggestions for getting on a keelboat as crew? As I'm new to the area, I don't know anyone in the sailing scene here, but hoping to get out, ideally on a competitive boat. If anyone has any suggestions, I have experience with being #1, #2, and with genoa and spi trim. Open to anything.

I did see the meetup where people sail regularly, but if I can be frank seems the guy has just found a way to get other people to pay for him to sail, which is not interesting to me...

Thanks!
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Re: options for sailing in Zurich

Hi there,

I was just about to post a related question but curious if you've had any luck with sailing clubs around Zurich lake?

I'm especially looking for club to join where I can rent Lasers, do courses and join racing events.

Thanks in advance,
Chris
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Re: options for sailing in Zurich

Even though I am not into sailing, the club in Thalwil would be a good one - https://www.svt.ch/index.php?tab=home. I know a couple of friends from past who were members and were extremely happy. The club has a self-restaurant, grill and fridge for beers where club members ocassionally have get togethers. My friends were often sailing in Zurich and taking part of all kind of competitions around Europe.


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Re: options for sailing in Zurich

We used to sail out of Richterswil Horn, where the Wassersportverein Richterswil has a handful of boats including Lasers, but AIUI they only accept new members once a year at their AGM. You might try Lago (I think it's called) near Zurich Casino. I think most of the villages around the lake have sailing clubs so you probably just need to Google them and contact them individually, but I have the impression they often focus on the youth side.

Bear in mind that winds on Lake Zurich are extremely flaky and storms can come up really quickly - as in dead calm to F8 in 15 minutes. We had to give up practical offerings on Lake Zurich because the unpredictability of the weather made it completely non-viable.
We now do all our practical work in the Ionian; which has almost perfect winds most of the time, so if you were interested in taking a week and maybe even mix'n'matching dinghies and island-hopping by yacht, drop me a line
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