Sailing on Lake Taal
Trip Start Jun 22, 2008
269Trip End Jul 04, 2013
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Lake Taal is a crater lake in a volcano
When you first go to Lake Taal Yacht Club you first have to erase from your mind all western notions of what a yacht club should be. There's no docks full of expensive sailing vessels, no fancy members-only restaurant or facilities, no snooty rich people looking down their noses. Basically, the yachts consist of Hobie style catamarans of various sizes and levels of maintenance lined up on the shore. The restaurant is food ordered and brought from somewhere else in styrofoam and eaten in outdoor pavillions. The clientele and workers are all very laid back and informal. There are no martinis available from a cocktail bar but there are some pretty cold San Miguel beers available for sale. I guess they could call it a boat club but the word yacht has so much more panache. It was actually quite pleasant and quiet.
One other thing that was unexpected was the total lack of other boaters on the lake on a Saturday. This area is known as a vacation spot with hotels and resorts and crowds of people escaping the city. If this was the states there would boat traffic zig zagging back and forth, water skiiers, jet skis, people swimming. There'd be accidents from too many drunken boat owners trying to navigate in the space allowed. But here it was quiet except for an occaisional small motor boat in the distance. Except for a handful of people, most folks in the Philippines don't have the disposable income to buy a fancy boat, and if you do, you're probably keeping it at one of the yacht clubs with access to the open sea
A catamaran isn't the same as the boat we'll be learning on but the principles are the same. We got some tips regarding wind and sails. We got moving pretty quickly at one point when it looked like a patch of rough weather was approaching. There were no sailing incidents. The boat stayed upright and there was no sea-sickness to deal with. And there was no look of intense discomfort on Jane's face like there was with the horse fiasco. Let the lessons begin!