CLUB

CLUB... Inland NW Sailors are a group of "trailer sailors" and kite flyers who like to go to different lakes, primarily located in Eastern WA, N. ID., & NW MT.

Our club includes the following fleets: The Formula Wave, Hobie 16, Hobie Island, SportBoat (A sportboat is basically a trailer-able keelboat and/or ballasted daysailer), and Radio-Control (RC) Sailboat. A fleet constitutes 5 or more boats. Plus, we also fly kites (Inland NW Kite Flyers).

We have fleet specific activities and combined fleet activities. Sailors not part of a fleet are welcome to attend unless a regatta is designated for a specific boat. Some activities are specific to a fleet/type of boat due to accessing a specific marine environment such as navigating a river, shallow water, etc. Sometimes we will have kite only activities or fly after a day of sailing/regatta.

We have the right to disassociate ourselves from anyone or group that is unsafe. No alcohol or drugs are allowed during our activities. We are not a formal club but a group of sailors who regularly get together. There are no membership fees, etc.

If you want to officially join our club and/or join an activity, please make a comment below with your first name and boat you sail or would like to sail, or would like to crew, etc. and anything else you would like to say. Most activities are open to any sailor and boat. If you prefer to not comment here, feel free to Email us at accesstooutdoors@gmail.com

Sailors with or without disAbilities must be able to sail and rig ones' boat independently, or with their own supplied assistance. If one is new to sailing or has a disAbility that impacts one's ability to sail, please contact Miles at accesstooutdoors@gmail.com and visit accesstooutdoors.com

You can find notice of events on our Calender, including short notice events, in the comment section at the bottom of this page.

PLEASE SLIDE DOWN THE PAGE TO READ ABOUT EACH FLEET

The Hobie 16 is by far the most sailed sailboat within the Inland NW. One can typically spot a Hobie 16 on any of the lakes within the Inland NW and the world for that matter. Lake Coeur d'Alene, Lake Pend Oreille, Priest Lake ID, Flathead Lake MT, Potholes Reservoir, and Moses Lake WA have the biggest congregation of boats moored there, so we regularly sail on these. Fleet activities typically consist of get-together-sails and a few official races.



Our Formula Wave Fleet encompasses sailors of all skill levels and abilities. In 2023 we will be hosting a regional regatta exclusively for Formula Wave sailors. So, in 2022 we will be racing together to prepare for that event.

The difference between the "Formula Wave" versus a "stock Wave" as it comes from Hobie Cat company, is that the stock Wave is considered International Hobie Class Association legal while the Formula Wave (which has stock hulls, cross bars, rudder system) allows nonstock mainsail, trampoline, addition of backrests and tiller extension among other things (see attached class rules).

As we approach and enter 2023 we will post information about the Regional Inland NW Formula Wave Regatta. We are currently considering locations for the regatta on Lake Coeur d'Alene Idaho (Higgins Point or North Idaho College beach), Potholes Reservoir WA, or other lakes. Much is still in the planning phase.




Our Hobie Island Fleet also includes other kayakers and manual or sail assisted watercrafts. Sometimes we sail with our other Inland NW fleets, but at times we do trips that only a Hobie Island or kayak can do, such as navigation down rivers and areas where sailing is not ideal. The Inland NW Island fleet is by far the fastest growing fleet. Hope you can join us.





The Inland SportBoat Fleet includes a variety of boats from the Malbec 18 to Catalina 22's, to West-Wright Potters, McGregor's, etc. Boats average in size of 15-19 ft. Some of our extended trips of 2-3 days we will anchor and sleep aboard where no shore camping/accommodations are available. Trips include Upper and Lower Priest Lakes and Lake Pend Oreille Idaho, Flathead Lake Montana, Bear Lake Idaho/Utah, etc. Some of our fleet activities are not ideal for boats without cabins or a way to get out of the weather.




The Small Boat Fleet is a combination of small daysailers (small boats only sailed during daylight hours with no cabin but may include a cubby), sailboats of 8-18 feet or bigger, such boats like the Opti or Sabot, Snark, Laser, Sunfish, mono cat like Hobie Bravo, and Hobie's like the Hobie 14, etc. The focus is to promote and grow small boat sailing within the Inland NW and have fun togethers, with an occasional race.



Our Radio-Controlled Sailboat Fleet includes a mix of boats, such as Victor, Nirvana, RC Laser, etc. We sail at River Stone Pond or City Park in Coeur d'Alene; In Spokane county we will either sail on Bear Lake or Medical Lake (no powerboats allowed), Arthur Pond, or, if the current is mild at River Front Park near the bell tower we may sail there. In Moses Lake either Activity Trial Park or McCosh Park. We mostly sail during Fall or Spring, and sometimes in the winter.

Will post our own video shortly
 



The Inland NW has great open spaces and beautiful parks to fly a kite from. Our kite flyers enjoy flying kites during our sailing club activities or during our kite only events, such as during the Hayden Idaho Kite Festival in the spring. Our 3 primary kite flying areas are Broadmoore Park, Hayden Idaho, Sky Prairie Park in Spokane WA., and in Moses Lake WA. either near Sand Dunes Boat Launch or Yonezawa Park. Watch the comments below or our calendar for kite events. During our Potholes Sail we typically fly kites as well.

Great instructional Stunt Kite video


Feel free to make a comment at the bottom of this page to introduce yourself to our fleet.




Feel free to make a comment at the bottom of this page to introduce yourself to our fleet.

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