Friday, July 21, 2006

Taplow Lake Sailing Club

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?

27 comments:

Ant said...

Actually I was using Microsoft's Live.Local.com

Zen said...

hmmmm since I had a map up before, I guess that make me leader of the pack?

Smashing!

joe "what do you do with a drunken sailor" rouse said...

Is there a cocktail involved with that question? I think it's time for a cuba libre.

Anonymous said...

"I've no idea why all those cars are parked on the right side."
The local Farmer has found it more profitable to use his field for car boot sales rather than grow things - it clogs up the A4 (The main road you can see in the picture) every Saturday during the summer (just about anyway)!
Thank you for the history - TSC is one of the clubs we are looking at to join as a family

Anonymous said...

to the that idiot who says he gets stuck in the car boot sale traffic every saturday i would just like to let him the sale is on a sunday!!

Anonymous said...

what a plonker if he does not know his saturdays from his sundays can you imagin what it would be like to sail with him!

Anonymous said...

here here

Anonymous said...

i know him he does not even know the date his son was born prat

Anonymous said...

i bet he supports millwall

Anonymous said...

if he knew what day they play

Anonymous said...

in that prats back garden

Anonymous said...

where is his garden i would like to dig it up what amoron

Anonymous said...

are you sure he is not related to the captain of the titanic

Anonymous said...

he probably would say it never sank

Anonymous said...

why are so many people having a go at this man he only said the car boot sale was on a saturday by error he did not know it is on a sunday poor man

Anonymous said...

poor man my arse you would not like to go out on a boat with him

Anonymous said...

i have to tell you this man is a real nutter, he thinks his wife is still on the titanic and its in the middle of taplow lake.

Anonymous said...

would this man please put a stop to this and stand up for himself

Anonymous said...

he cant his stuck on the lake

Anonymous said...

i would like to defend myself but i cant as i am rowing the atlantic tn a canoe ancant get to a computer

Anonymous said...

go sling your hook

Anonymous said...

i have just come back from rowing around the world and i am in shock horror at the malicious campaign that has been conducted against me. far from critising me i think i should get a medal for my trip in a one seater rowing boat which i took round the world without any food i am a good fisherman and lived on shark meat! so there

Anonymous said...

its a shame the bloody sharks dident eat yer

Anonymous said...

yea have been to the car boot sale its great and its on sunday. Dont know what that daft twat was talking about it being on a saturday, he must have been all at sea berk

Anonymous said...

you can piss off too

Anonymous said...

bollocks

Anonymous said...

Its ashame the shark never bit your bollocks off

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