A popular form of summer vacation in Poland is sailing on the post-glacial lakes of the northern part of the country.
The Great Masurian Lakes region is undisputedly the most popular – the 2,600 lakes nestled in forests in northeastern Poland attract crowds of sailing enthusiasts and are one of the country’s symbols. Suffice it to say that the plot of Roman Polański’s first film, “Knife in the Water” is set… on a boat in Masuria!
A lesser-known, but thus perhaps even more interesting address for lovers of sails is Kashubia.
The local “Kashubian sea” – Lake Wdzydze, along with three neighboring bodies of water, forms a natural sailing complex deeply hidden in the pine forests of the Tuchola Forest. The lake has numerous secluded bays where you can spend the night under the stars surrounded by nature. Put aside worries about the temperature of the water -it does not fall below 20 degrees Celsius in summer and is much higher than in the sea, and the lakes are clean and straightforwardly made for swimming.
Another Kashubian lake simply created for sailing is Lake Charzykowskie, located a little further south.
You will need a sailing patent to rent a standard 6-person boat. However, the authorization will not be necessary if you rent a smaller Omega or Pegasus type boat. You can get the basic training necessary for navigating the lake on site at the rental companies.
Kashubian lakes are not technically demanding bodies of water – strong winds are rare, and the extensive shoreline provides plenty of shelter in case of bad weather.
Ask about sailboat rentals in the towns of Wdzydze Kiszewskie and Charzykowy. It is also best to simply ask the hosts with whom you are staying before you go sailing.