That’s it, you’ve decided, to learn to sail. After your theoretical course hours, your driver card in your pocket, let’s get down to business. It is time for you to know the exceptional lakes found in Europe. To be at the controls of a pleasure craft in complete safety, you must first know the basics such as the laws governing navigation, meteorology, buoyage, deciphering nautical charts, boat manoeuvres, etc.
For a weekend or a week, book nights in a hotel near a lake, and enjoy the comfort of the hotel and the joys of sailing!
Lake Como in Italy
Located in Lombardy in northern Italy, this magnificent lake is a must to learn the world of sailing and water sports. These seaside resorts offer sunbathing, boating, hiking and superb views.
Lake Ohrid, Macedonia
Overlapping the border between Albania and Macedonia, Ohrid is located on the lake of the same name, one of the deepest in Europe and the oldest. The church of Saint Jovan Kaneo is nestled on a cliff above a harbour full of brightly coloured fishing boats, and a few kilometres to the south is the Bay of Bones Museum, a prehistoric village built on stilts on the lake.
The name does not refer to human bones, but to the many remains of animals found in the water, some of which are exposed inside. Visitors can opt for scuba diving to see the underwater excavations, which is blue in some lights, mythical green in others.
Lake Sniardwy in Poland
The Sniardwy is a lake in the Mazurian lake region. There is much to explore: resort towns including Wegorzewo, Olecko and Gizycko buzz in summer. The beautiful city of red-roofed houses, with three decks and a marina, is particularly popular with sailors: visitors can rent a boat and follow the rivers to Gizycko, or cross the lake at Orzysz. The city hosts a sea festival all month of July.
Lake Mälar in Sweden
Water is everywhere in Sweden and Lake Mälar covers an area of 1,140 km² and has a volume of 14 km³ and is one of the three largest lakes in the country. Sweden’s oldest city was founded on the shores of Lake Mälaren, just west of Stockholm, and is an ideal place to discover the history of Sweden.
As well as a medieval centre and several ruined churches, it houses 40 of the famous runic stones of the region, carved by the Vikings. Boating around Stockholm is very attractive.
Lake Hallstättersee in Austria
The Hallstättersee is a lake in Upper Austria in the Salzkammergut region, crossed by the Traun River, a tributary of the Danube. The city of Hallstät is so perfectly formed on the shores of the lake and reminiscent of fairy tales in cartoons.
A large part of Hallstat’s action focuses on the market place, with its traditional buildings below the imposing trees. The square is the picturesque setting for processions, markets and live music throughout the summer. There are superb views from the lakefront promenade of calm underground water through the Dachstein Mountains.
Lake Titisee in Germany
Lake Titisee is the largest natural lake in the Black Forest of Baden-Württemberg. It is perfect for learning to sail. The medieval district of Titisee-Neustadt is a spa town with pretty streets and a huge water park. The long-distance trails start from Seestrasse Drive and there are spectacular views from a tower at the top of Hochfirst Mountain at 1,190 metres.
Lake of Sainte-Croix in France
Lake St. Croix is a man-made wonder by flooding the valley of the halls. It is the third largest artificial reservoir in France, with a length of 10 kilometres and a width of 2 kilometres. The flood swallowed up the villages of rooms on Verdon and Bauduen, and made Sainte-Croix-de-Verdon habitable. Enjoy swimming, boating, sailing and water sports.
Lake Baikal offers powerful sailing challenges against the inspiring backdrop of one of Russia’s most precious national parks. The world’s largest, oldest and most biologically diverse lake, Baikal is home to 45 islands and contains about one-fifth of all the fresh water on the Earth’s surface. Charter companies offer private yachts for charter, throwing into all kinds of diving and diving equipment for use during the summer months.
Half Swiss and half French, Lake Geneva is the largest of the alpine lakes in Europe. Sailing and Yacht clubs for canoeing enthusiasts abound, but there are also water activities for beginners and adventure lovers. Many sailing schools welcome children while the most confident can try their hands at the helm.
Those who want to experience the beauty of the lake at their own pace can sail the 46 km. Visitors from summer to mid-June can see the Mirabaud Golden Bowl, one of the most important regattas in the world.