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FUN MAGAZINE, May 2003. VOL.3 ISSUE 5
Where do you go to get away from Taipei's hectic pace of life
and crowded streets? There are a handful of good answers to
that question--and here's another worthwhile one.
Imagine this: Saline-laced wind whipping against your
skin, soaked from the mar's cool sprays as your fingers
tightly grip a rope connected to the sail of a 16-foot
Hobie Cat catamaran sailboat, adrenaline pumping. For
the sea-weary, maybe sunbathing by the shore, or nursing
a cold beer plus barbecue just off the grill sounds
Established a decade ago, the Paishawan Sailing Cooperative
(PSC) sees up to 20 members at a time coming down to
their clubhouse (which includes a shower, toilet, refrigerator,
outdoor pavilion and brick barbecue) to enjoy a day
of sailing, relaxing and socializing.
Willi Ramm, a German businessman based in Taiwan for twenty
years, and a founding member of the club, encapsulates the
joys of sailing: "When you're two miles out in the sea,
everything is so beautiful. Taiwan, with all its concrete
buildings and steel grates, becomes a beautiful country. You
forget the traffic, work, and problems of everyday life."
The club is equipped with three 16-foot Hobie Cat catamarans,
a Holder 14 centerboard sloop, two standard 14-foot
Laser, two Optimus dinghies for children, several windsurf
boards, and a 20-hp outboard motor for rescue and safety.
There are individual and family type memberships, and
applications are based on a recommendation basis. The
annual cost for the former is NT$15,000, and for the
latter, NT$10,000. There is a NT$2,000 monthly maintenance
fee as well.
Ramm says the club needs new members. So sailing enthusiasts,
don't let this chance slip away! Contact Willi Ramm at firstname.lastname@example.org