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Yacht Club Salutes Boat’s Purest Form

Ike Bailey sails on Monday, June 16, 2014, off Arrow Point on Lake Coeur d'Alene. (SR photo: Tyler Tjomsland)

The wind gust can be seen on Lake Coeur d’Alene before it ever reaches the sails. The wind whips up the channel south of Arrow Point and Ike Bailey cranks the ropes on a winch to position his boat to receive the charge of air. The wind fills the sails and the boat lists 20 degrees to the right. “It’s just my passion to do this,” Bailey says as the boat heels into the waves. “If you are going 8 to 10 knots, it feels like you are hauling ass.” Bailey and several others at the Panhandle Yacht Club ply the ever-changing winds on Lake Coeur d’Alene to feed their passion for boating in its purest form. All their boats have small motors, but it’s the wind that gives them their thrills/Thomas Clouse, SR. More here.

Question: Have you ever gone sailboating?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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