Outdoors

Adventure of the Week: It's a breeze to try a sailboat

What: The Lake Washington Sailing Club welcomes the public aboard for sailing opportunities at the Port of West Sacramento.

When: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday

How to get there: From Sacramento, take the Capital City Freeway west to Harbor Boulevard. Cross over the freeway and turn right onto Industrial Boulevard, then follow the signs to Lake Washington.

The organizers say: Do you ever get the urge to experience real wind power – the kind that only a small sailboat can harness?

The Lake Washington Sailing Club, which has been around for more than 75 years, wants to take you for a free boat ride Saturday during its annual open house.

Experienced sailors from the club will offer rides on a first-come, first-served basis.

"There's quite a few that come out who have never sailed before," said Bob Balkow, vice commodore of the club. "And they're quite exhilarated by the experience."

The club, based at the Port of West Sacramento, has about 120 active members, including a growing student squad from the University of California, Davis.

The "lake" – today, the term refers to the turning basin at the port – is known for picking up sailor-friendly south winds that come in from the Delta, Balkow said.

"It's the freshest and most consistent wind," he said, "a nice sailing breeze."

Admission: Free parking and admission. Bring warm, waterproof clothing and a life jacket if you have one.

Information: www.lwsailing.org or (916) 485-9249

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