About NYSS

The Northport Youth Sailing School’s goal is to provide young people the opportunity to experience the lifetime sport of sailing, in a safe and fun environment. As well as learning to sail, young sailors learn teamwork, self reliance, quick thinking, and a love of the environment. We are located in Northport, Michigan at the tip of the little finger.

Our History

The inaugural youth summer sailing classes were held in the refurbished visitors’ center close to the waterfront. The boats were borrowed from the Traverse Area Community Sailing program, purchased and even built from a kit donated to the school. Hundreds of hours of volunteer labor allowed us to open our doors for the first 60 students. Over the years, we have been able to add to our physical resources by building or procuring additional buildings to hold classes, boats, life jackets, etc. Through careful financial stewardship, generous donations, local grants and sponsorship, we were able to break ground on our current Boat House in 2015. Learn about our facilities

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Come Sail With Us

10 Years of NYSS


Our Leadership Team

2021 Board of Directors


Donna Chapman

Vice President

Andrew Neal


Cindy Black


Mike Cann


Fleet and Facilities

Jim Chapman, Chair
Don Webb
Bill Salter

Marketing and Apparel

Dana Connell


Mike Cann


Mike Cann
Mackenzie Goodling


Beth Hoogland, Chair
Cindy Black
Gloria Thomas

Fundraising and Sponsorship

Andrew Neal

Our Staff

Mackenzie Goodling

Mack has been sailing at NYSS since the first season when she was an Opti sailor. She started working for NYSS as a junior counselor in 2013 and then had the opportunity to earn her Level 1 and Level 2 Instructor Certifications.  Mack is working towards her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree with a minor in Biology at Grand Valley State University.  She is excited to spend her fifth summer as an instructor sharing her love for sailing!

Elsie Connell

Elsie Connell has been sailing since the school started in 2009. She began working at NYSS in 2013, and has earned both her US Sailing Level 1 and 2 Certifications. She completed her first summer as a full instructor in 2018. Elsie is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with minors in Leadership and History at John Carroll University. When she isn’t studying she is competing on the varsity swim team and club sailing team. Elsie is very excited for another great season at NYSS sharing her love of sailing with others.

Andrew Goodling

Andrew has been sailing at NYSS since the first season when he was an Opti sailor. He started working for NYSS as a Harbor mouse in 2014, to a Junior counselor in 2016 and then had the opportunity to earn his Level 1 Instructor Certification in the summer of 2019.  Andrew is working towards his Bachelors of Computing Sciences degree with a minor in Data Science at Grand Valley State University.  He is thrilled to spend his first summer as an instructor on the great waters of Northport Bay!

What to do in Northport

While you’re waiting for your sailors or you’re looking for something for the family to do in Northport, there are lots of shops, restaurants, and other activities to amuse and entertain. Just click on the photos below.

Northport Visitor Center

Northport Omena Calendar