May 01, 2012
When JoMag invited us to have a sailing session in Taal Yacht Club during our monthly mastermind meeting, we were all excited and immediately blocked off our schedule for it.
Honestly, I didn't know what to expect, what to bring, and what are the preparations needed for it.
It turned out to be an awesome bonding experience!
I would like to share with you my personal learnings during my first sailing experience with no less than Peter Capotosto as our guide...
It is used as a starting point to sail around Taal Lake and as parking area for the sailboats of members.
They don't have a restaurant, and there are no bed and breakfast facilities.
Tip: If you are going to Taal Volcano, you should hire the boat only from Taal Yacht Club or from Balai Isabel. Check out my earlier blog post about the Taal Crater Experience:
- Guide to Trekking Up to the Taal Volcano - world's smallest volcano!
- Conquering the Taal Volcano Crater!
- Taal Volcano Crater Experience!
(There's no motor, so you only move when there is wind.)
It can accommodate around 5 passengers, and kids are allowed to sail.
(There's also an art to how one can spot the wind based on the direction and white caps of the waves.)
(Note: It could take 8 hours to sail around Taal Lake.)
Also, he shared that the minimum age for kids who want to learn how to sail on their own is 12 yrs old.
Sailing lessons start at around P2000/student for a 5 hr. day session for a small group of 2 beginners using the Hobie 16.
(Note: It is best to learn sailing in Taal Lake, which is relatively cleaner than Manila Bay.)
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Full Disclosure: Our sailing trip was courtesy of our friend JoMag. :)
P.S. Tip: Have lunch at Balai Isabel and order the steamed fresh maliputo: