Carlyle Sailing Association
Carlyle Sailing Association is a not-for profit sailing organization located just an hour east of St. Louis, with some of the finest sailing facilities in the Midwest. We are a friendly, family oriented, wholly volunteer association dedicated to the sport of sailing. CSA offers an exceptional and inexpensive recreational value for all members.
Developed by the US Army Corps of Engineers for the purpose of flood control and recreation, Carlyle Lake encompasses 26,000 acres of water, approximately 8 miles long and 3 miles wide.
Carlyle Lake enjoys a well-deserved reputation as one of the best sailing lakes in the Midwest.
The CSA property at Carlyle Lake adjoins the scenic Eldon Hazlet State Park with its modern campground, wildlife refuges, and nature trails to provide additional recreational opportunities. The nearby communities of Carlyle and Keyesport offer convenient shopping, golf, motels and restaurants.
CSA membership includes many sailing and non-sailing activities for the entire family throughout the year.
Our tiniest toddlers enjoy our playground while adults are often found engaged in spirited racing, cruising on a day-sailing vessel, enjoying a moonlight sail or a picnic with friends or family at the pavilion, or relaxing in our air-conditioned clubhouse.
Teenagers are seen racing the "Lasers" or in our training classroom honing their skills and having great fun with friends.
Tent camping by members is now allowed on CSA grounds. Pets on leash are also welcome.
For more information on membership and how to join, please see the Join page.
Since the association's founding in 1971, at least one national racing class has requested CSA to host its district, national or international regatta each year. In 1993 CSA hosted the USSA Championship of Champions Regatta for the second time. CSA was the site of the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival, the primary development vehicle for the U. S. Olympic sailing teams, which drew over 4,000 spectators to Carlyle Lake. The Whale of a Sail held in September is one of the Midwest's best multi-class regattas.
CSA promotes an active racing program consisting of:
Each summer the club hosts an affordable Junior Sailing Camp for youth ages 10 yr and up. Our girls and boys spend a week camping and learning basic sailing skills, boating safety and receive an introduction to sailboat racing.
Junior Sailors also participate in a weekly racing series as well as local, regional and national regattas.
Our younger "Opti" sailors receive additional training regularly each Sunday.