Today I went to Dianshanhu, a lake about 50 km outside Shanghai, to watch a couple of sailing races. I had not been here before, and I was pleasantly surprised. The sailing club is located directly on the lake, close to a golf course and next to the start of the two rowing lanes.
A very nice location, where you feel very far away from Shanghai, even though it’s less than an hour drive from downtown (assuming no traffic jams). I think it’s a great place to spend a day or weekend (there are hotels and villa’s for rent) in summer next year.
Membership of the sailing club is not very expensive, prices start at RMB 2500/year, about USD 350 at current rates. You can rent boats per hour, or you can put your own boat there. Among others the club has 470’s and Lasers, but also kayaks and speed boats. Check out the club’s website: http://www.saimengclub.com/english.htm