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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  I'd like to learn how to sail. Are there any sailing schools in the Boise area?


No, unfortunately, there aren't any formal sailing schools nearby, the closest ones are on the west coast.  Many people learn to sail here in the Treasure Valley, though it's more of a do-it-yourself process.  However, rather than buying a book and a boat and thrashing around on your own, we recommend that you get to know some local sailors and learn a few basics first.  There are many types of sailboats out there and before you invest in one, you need to decide what type of sailing you're interested in.  The best way to get started is to ride on a few boats, get some hands-on experience, and surround yourself with experienced sailors who can answer your questions and help you avoid beginner mistakes.  At SISA, we love sailing, we like to show off our boats, and are always happy to take guests on board at club regattas and other events.  Check our schedule, contact us for details, and come out and meet a bunch of friendly sailor folks.          


Q.  Since Southern Idaho is landlocked, where do you sail?


Lucky Peak      

Close to Boise and heavily used by power boats. Great sailing can still be had early on summer mornings between Spring Shores and the dam. We normally hold one event here in early June, this year it's a boat-camping, fun-sailing rendezvous.


Lake Lowell      

Located southwest of Nampa. Lake Lowell offers excellent sailing from the middle of April to July. The best sailing is at the west end of the lake. We hold several of our spring events here when the lake is available. (MAP)


Lake Cascade  

Just north of Cascade. One of Idaho's premier sailing lakes. Cascade is a beautiful place to sail from June to September. We generally hold all of our summer events here, most on the south end of the lake.


CJ Strike Reservoir          

Located south of Mountain Home. CJ Strike is an early and late season favorite. The winds can be exciting and the water is warm when the lakes at the higher elevations are unusable.




 Q. What is a regular regatta day like?




All participants must register with the committee boat at or before the skippers' meeting.


Skippers' meeting


  • Welcome
  • Introductions of new members and participants
  • Course discussion and racing instructions for the weekend
  • Awards presented from previous regattas


Racing starts



No race will start after this time, unless agreed to by all participating skippers.



Potluck!  We gather to enjoy a hearty meal and recap the day's events.
Bring grill meat for you and your crew, and a side dish large enough to serve 6 to 8 people.




Racing Starts



No race will start after this time, unless agreed to by all participating skippers.

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