Sailing and rowing on Lake St. Moritz

The sky’s the limit

The legendary Maloja wind means that the Upper Engadin can host sailing regattas, even during the height of summer. And if there’s a lull early in the morning: go for a row! 

At an altitude of 1,800 metres above sea level, the Upper Engadin lakes tend to offer ideal wind conditions. Ranging between 3 and 6 on the Beaufort scale, the Maloja wind picks up during the morning and keeps on blowing until the sun sets. It fills sails on Lake St. Moritz too, which turns into a watersports arena in summer with an impressive panorama of the St. Moritz skyline and the surrounding mountains. But that’s not all: thanks to the valley’s southern light, you could be forgiven for thinking you were sailing on the open ocean.

Sailing school and clubhouse

If you’re keen to hone your sailing skills, head to the St. Moritz sailing school. The clubhouse at the St. Moritz Sailing Club is well equipped, with its own restaurant, sailing facilities and a boatyard. You can rent boats such as a Laser, Laser 16 and catamarans. Two ramps on the banks of the lake make it easy to launch your vessel and there are 60 spaces for small boats, as well as a jetty with a good 20 spaces. And should the wind decide to take a day off, you can rent a stand-up paddleboard, rowing boat or an electric bicycle.

Insider rowing tip

Once you’ve seen early morning rowers in action on Lake St. Moritz, you can’t help but instantly fall in love with this age-old watersport. The rhythmical movements and elegance of the boats are perfectly complimented by the stunning natural backdrop. Watch the first rays of sunshine dance on the water’s surface while most people are still having breakfast. It’s an experience every nature-loving sports enthusiast should have on their bucket list. Fun fact: elite rowers routinely train on Lake St. Moritz in preparation for important competitions and championship tournaments.

Sailing and rowing in St. Moritz.
The sailing centre at Lake St. Moritz has a sailing school, rental equipment and a club restaurant with a large outdoor terrace.