Offering spectacular scenery, sky blue water, and wind, Lake Tahoe is a sailboat destination for both those new to sailing and experienced sailors. A variety of Sailboat Rental Packages can be found at one of Tahoe’s marinas. Lessons for those interested in learning how to sail or those wishing to hone their skills are also available. Learn more about sailing on Lake Tahoe below!
What to Know Before You Go
There are a number of marinas located all along the shores of Lake Tahoe. If you find yourself in the North Tahoe area, try Tahoe City Marina or North Tahoe Marina. If you’re on the southern shore, Tahoe Keys Marina & Yacht Club and Ski Run Marina are all close by. Along the west coast of the lake, Homewood High & Dry Marina and Meeks Bay Resort and Marina will have you covered.
Unless you have your own sailboat, it’s likely that you’ll need to employ a Charter Service Company in order to get your sailing fix.
Tahoe Sailing Charters is based out of Tahoe City Marina and offers sailing cruises daily throughout the summer on their fifty-foot Santa Cruz dubbed the “Tahoe Cruz.” The company offers morning, afternoon, and sunset sailing cruises with a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. See their website for ticket prices.
For sailing lessons, Sailing Venture based out of Tahoe Keys Marina & Yacht Club will be the way to go. As the only sailing instructors certified by the ASA (American Sailing Association) on Lake Tahoe, Sailing Ventures is the best place for those new to sailing to learn the ropes, or for a refresher after not having sailed in a long time. Lake Tahoe has challenging winds and waves that require a lot of technical prowess; it’s extremely helpful to have expert sailors to assist you.