|By Jan Anderson
"In the desert?!" Wherever we travel
throughout the United States, I muse at this reaction when I tell
people that we are from Arizona where we belong to a sailing club.
For the out-of stater, visitor, or newly arrived, the desert
doesn’t seem a likely place to find avid sailors, but sailing here
is a popular boating activity, as anyone who frequents our Arizona
lakes can observe.
What a picture! Those beautiful sails against a backdrop of
blue, sparkling water and lovely purple-shaded mountains make for
a dramatic, unforgettable image.
Lake Pleasant Sailing Club has been around since 1977, long
before Lake Pleasant assumed its present size. At that time, the
founders felt a need for a cruising, educational, and social club
The club’s first sailing event was a cruise to Santa Catalina
Island. Just four boats participated. In recent years, up to 40
boats or more have participated in sailing events in and out of
Currently, there are about 90 memberships, representing over
175 individuals, whose boats range in size from 15 feet to 43
feet. Families, singles, youngsters, and oldsters alike enjoy each
other’s company through their shared love of sailing.
The club’s focus on safety and seamanship promotes responsible
boating practices, and many of our younger sailors have developed
excellent sailing skills as they, while growing up, have
participated in sailing events with their parents and other club
As you might guess, the majority of LPSC sailing activities are
enjoyed on beautiful Lake Pleasant. Throughout the year, weekend
events such as the Sweethearts’ Cruise, Presidents’ Day Cruise,
Cinco de Mayo Raft-up, Pirates’ Cruise, and New Year’s Eve Cruise
are held on our namesake.
However, the club also sponsors opportunities to sail in other
locations including California, Mexico, and the BVI, and many a
club member will be happy to share their adventures with you.
Sailing certainly inspires the imagination, and for a few of
our current and former club members, the dream of cruising has
become reality. They have been able to set out to live their
dreams by sailing to far-off ports like the Bahamas, Tobago, and
Trinidad on their own boats.
In addition to our sailing events, off-water activities provide
opportunities for members and their families to learn and
socialize. General membership meetings are held
every other month.
At these meetings, members or guest speakers frequently present
informational talks or demonstrations that highlight topics of
interest to our members. Other social activities include an annual
wine-tasting party, pancake breakfast, ice cream social, and
If you have a sailboat and would like to share your interest in
sailing with other sailors, check us out on the Web at
find lots of information about the club, photos of events, and a
list of contact numbers for the LPSC Board Members who will be
happy to talk with you and answer any questions you might have.