Brandermill Sailing Center opens Memorial Day weekend

Posted May 13, 2013 at 5:22 PM, Filed Under: Business, Village Mill

Sailing CenterBy Bob Monroe
Special Correspondent

Spring is that time of year when kids are looking forward to the end of school, families are getting their vacation plans in order, and sailors are getting ready to set sail again. Brandermill Sailing Center will open for the season on Friday, May 24. Rental boats will be ready for use by Brandermill residents, tenants and guests, 18 years of age or older.

Located at the dock in Sunday Park, Brandermill Sailing Center will be open from 1 to 7 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays, and all holidays through September 2. Appointments for rental boats will be available outside normal operating hours with advance registration for all-day boat rentals. Please stop by or telephone the sailing center at 744-7649 for more information. All rental units are the property of Brandermill Community Association and are due back at the sailing center by 6:30 p.m. daily. A rental agreement, provided at the sailing center, must be signed prior to use of any boats. Fees are payable at the time of signing and can be made with cash, check or credit card. (See boat rental fees below.)

Paddle boats, row boats, kayaks, canoes, and Sun Fish and Aqua Fin sail boats are for rent. The very popular paddle boards will also be available on weekends. The number of passengers for each of these boats is determined by weight, generally limited to 450 pounds. Paddle boats accommodate up to two people. Electric motors for row boats are also available.

American sailboats, the largest available rental boats, will accommodate a two- to four-person crew, up to 800 pounds total weight. Renters may be asked to provide evidence of sailing proficiency or demonstrate ability before signing the rental agreement.

All rental boats come with approved life jackets, paddles and necessary equipment.

BCA members, tenants and their guests may launch their own boats free of charge at Sunday Park or The Landing, but all boats must be properly registered with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Brandermill Community Association. Annual decals for registering boats with the BCA are available at the BCA office and must be displayed on the starboard bow of privately owned boats. These decals are also required on all boats stored at the marina and on storage racks throughout Brandermill. Residents and guests using launch facilities or rental options must display hang tags from the rearview mirror of their cars left in parking areas. Vehicles with trailers must be parked in the designated trailer parking lot at Sunday Park. Parking passes can be obtained at the BCA office and at the sailing center during normal operating hours. Vehicles without proper parking credentials are subject to towing at the owner’s expense.

The BCA also has a pontoon boat, the BranderBelle, which is available for rent through the BCA office. The BranderBelle accommodates up to 13 passengers and is available daily between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. with a captain to operate the boat and all safety equipment. Your cruise can depart from Sunday Park or Harbour Pointe. Reservations must be made at least one week in advance and require a signed contract prior to use. Food and beverages are welcome onboard, but for safety reasons, smoking is not permitted. Passengers are expected to help maintain order and cleanliness during and following cruises.

The BranderBelle makes Saturday morning cruises of one and one-half hours at 10 a.m. each week on a first-come, first-served basis without reservations, and is limited to 13 people. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted on this cruise.

As always, safety is top priority and requires sticking to established rules and regulations. The BCA has produced an excellent brochure covering all aspects of boating on Swift Creek Reservoir that everyone needs to read. It is available at the BCA office and the Brandermill Sailing Center. Three wishes for everyone—be safe, have lots of fun and enjoy all that the community has to offer.

Boat Rental Fees

BranderBelle Pontoon with Captain – $55 per 2-hour min., $41 per 1.5 hours
BranderBelle No-Reservation Saturday cruises – $5 per person for 1.5 hours
Paddle Boat – $11 per hour
American Sailboat – 16.50 per hour, 2-hour minimum, $50 all day
Row boats, Sun Fish & Aqua Sail sailboats, Canoe, Kayak, Jon Boat – $11 per 2-hour min., $11 per extra hour, $39 all day
Motor & Battery – $11 per 2-hour, $5.50 per extra hour, $16.50 all day
Security Deposit – $50