Seems like all my sailing blogging buddies are catching Google Earth Fever. Soulsailor, Litoralis and a ton of folk on the LiveSailDie forum are posting satellite image screen shots of where they sail now, or where they learned to sail, or their back yard swimming pool where their Dad threw them in the pool when they were three.
So to continue the trend here's a shot of Taplow Lake near Maidenhead which is west of London in the UK.
It's currently the home of Taplow Lake Sailing Club but when I sailed there back in the dark ages it was known as ICI Slough Sailing Club. It was really a company sailing club (ICI had a paint factory in Slough) but they accepted some non-employees like me. This is where I first started racing my Laser. I wrote about it here. You can see the club docks on the left side of the lake; I've no idea why all those cars are parked on the right side. The diagonal line across the top left-hand corner is actually a railway embankment for the main railway line running west out of London; it caused some interesting effects in a north-westerly wind.
It's good to read that they still have a Laser fleet -- here they are in action.
So, with the exception of the couple of years I sailed at Rutland Sailing Club, my summer "home" club has always been a puddle like Taplow Lake or the inaccurately named Mountain Lake in New Jersey where I live now. There is a theory that puddles breed the best racing sailors (along with mosquitoes and frogs of course). What do you think?