- Lake Eufaula Messabout Oct. 8-9-10-11
What happens when you make a lot of friends sailing
and building boats and you live on a large lake?
In our case we have also made a lot of friends through Duckworks
and the internet, so what started out to be a few people camping
out in our back yard by the Boat Palace and going sailing for
a day or so morphed into a four day event over the Columbus Day
weekend, Oct. 8-11. It is still just a group of friends, only
we haven’t actually met them all yet.
||Our back yard (part of it) and the Boat Palace,
where we will camp.
Luckily, Lake Eufaula, known as the “Gentle Giant”
is indeed a giant lake, with over 600 miles of shoreline and thousands
and thousands of acres of water/ With large expanses of water
and low surrounding hills, she gets a lot of wind for sailboats
but also has deep water so shallow draft is not necessary. All
shorelines belong to the Corps of Engineers, who built her, so
public access is easy. The Corps also owns thousands of campsites
in their many well maintained sites.
||Views of lake from launch area.
So, we ended up with Sail Oklahoma, Lake Eufaula Messabout “Nationals”
or SOLEMN sailors, thanks to a contributed idea from one of those
friends coming. Sail Oklahoma is definitely a not for profit group,
it is just that, a group of our friends made in the boat building
and sailing fraternity fostered by Duckworks. If you’d like
to join us, primary camping is in our backyard (a large backyard)
out around the Boat Palace.
||Launch at Hwy 9 North Corps Campground
We plan on a four day food festival of mainly potluck meals
out under the trees, on the decks or porches, with at least one
foray into historic downtown Eufaula for a private party barbeque
||Campsites at the same campground, showing sites
are on lake.
One day long sailing excursion is planned to include a picnic,
with several days of independent sailing available or shorter
half day cruises. For those who like to participate in sailing
“games” we are offering some fun activities that mix
sailing agility with downright nonsense. For those who like to
race, we plan some of that involving “throw down”
challenges and other unofficial racing activity.
This is planned to be a permanent event for the future. We ,
Mike and Jackie Monies, are fortunate to live in the almost exact
middle of the U.S. on one of the largest manmade lakes in the
country. A lake almost devoid of any sailboats or other boats
than bass boats and pontoon boats. We feel it our patriotic duty
to remedy that situation and also have a lot of fun with people
who share our enthusiasm.
||From the Eufaula Dam campgounds, showing lake
views from area we will sail to on Saturday and picnic at.
We hope you’ll join us for a weekend at the lake at our
Thanks to another boating friend we now have a group site: http:/groups.yahoo.com/group/SailOklahoma/
Full information is on the group site, along with photos, maps
and other interesting data as we add.
Mike and Jackie Monies
Please visit the Sail Oklahoma forum at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SailOklahoma/