“There is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” - Kenneth Grahame.
It turns out, the Otsego Sailing Club offers ample opportunity for both adults and children to do just that. In addition to “messing around” the club also offers sailing enthusiasts the chance to challenge themselves in races, develop their sailing skills, cruise and socialize with like-minded sportsmen. The expert sailor as well as the complete novice is equally welcomed at the 52-year-old club located off of state Route 80 in Cooperstown.
Longtime member Jamie Walker said: “They do a terrific job of keeping up the property to get wonderful access to the lake. I don’t think there’s any place like it.”
Five families started the club in 1961 and it now boasts membership of 90 households. According to the club’s website, years ago, the moorings were filled with smaller boats and fewer cruisers, but now there are 19 mooring docks and 14 dock slips for cruisers. There is also a fleet of Thistle Class sailboats, (high performance racing sailboats all sharing the same overall design), and smaller Laser Class sailboats.
All of the crafts are used for competition. This weekend, the club will host some of the most avid sailors in the Northeast at the 2013 Glimmerglass Regatta giving competitors the chance to match their skills in one of the most demanding sailing venues around.
According to several members, the seemingly calm lake can provide some challenging sailing.
“It’s a tricky lake to sail on. It’s narrow, and surrounded by high hills so the winds change very quickly,” Walker said.
The Glimmerglass Regatta is held every year in mid-September drawing sailors from all over this part of the country, as well as the Mid-Atlantic region. The weekend event brings spectators as well, eager to watch boats with sails unfurled racing across the water.