Learn to sail on Northport Bay!

Our US Sailing-approved educational program offers students ages 8-18 the opportunity to fall in love with the sport of sailing on Lake Michigan! We offer classes at the public Northport Harbor marina during five weeks from July to August each year, with both morning and afternoon sessions for your convenience.

After class, our community of sailors comes together twice a week in the summer to showcase what they’ve learned. On Wednesday evenings, we host races for all current and former Pico & Laser students (registration and/or consent required). On Friday nights, we welcome the entire NYSS community – parents and siblings included! – to join in a potluck picnic at the marina. Bring a dish to pass and get a recap on the week’s events, including impromptu sailing and races.

Class Levels

Little Puffs – Double-Handed Opti

8 and 9 year olds, join this class to be introduced to the fun of sailing! Parents, they’ll also learn comfort and safety in and around the water. Enrollment is limited to 6 sailors per session.

Beginner

If you’re a beginning sailor aged 10-18 or you have completed the Little Puffs class, sign up for Beginner for an emphasis on the basics of sailing. Enrollment is limited to 6 students per session.

Intermediate – Single-Handed Opti

Sailors aged 10-18 who have successfully completed the beginner class, take Intermediate to strengthen your basic skills by becoming proficient at all points of sail and even learn to sail single-handed! Enrollment is limited to 6 students per session.

Advanced Double-Hand

After completing the Intermediate class, register for Advanced Double-Hand to strengthen your skills and learn to be a great sailing teammate. Enrollment is limited to 8 sailors per session.

Advanced Single-Hand

Interested in furthering your solo sailing skills? After completing the Double-Hand class, register for Advanced Single-Hand to focus on boat handling and racing. Enrollment is limited to 6 sailors per session.

NYSS Class Comparisons

Little Puff

Boat

Double-handed Opti

Age

8-9

Height

NA

Weight

70+

Experience

Has no prior knowledge of sailing or unsuccessful completion of Little Puff

Racing Eligibility

Friday night free sail

Beginner

Boat

Double-handed Opti

Age

9+

Height

If taller than 5’, an accommodation will be made

Weight

If greater than 100lbs, an accommodation will be made

Experience

May have some prior knowledge, has successfully completed Little Puff if applicable, or discretion of instructor based on age

Racing Eligibility

Friday night regatta

Intermediate

Boat

Single-handed Opti

Age

10+

Height

If taller than 5’, an accommodation will be made

Weight

If greater than 100lbs, an accommodation will be made

Experience

Successful completion of Beginner class or has prior sailing experience

Racing Eligibility

Friday night regatta

Advanced

Boat

Double-handed Laser Pico

Age

11+

Height

NA

Weight

70+

Experience

Successful completion of Intermediate class

Racing Eligibility

Wednesday night races, Friday night regatta

Advanced

Boat

Single-handed Laser 4.7

Age

11+

Height

NA

Weight

100+

Experience

Successful completion of Advanced Double-hand class

Racing Eligibility

Wednesday night races, Friday night regatta

Why the weight restrictions? A person bigger than 120 pounds has difficulty moving around in the small boats used for beginner and intermediate classes. For the advanced sailors, it’s a matter of having enough weight to keep the boat upright and to right it if it capsizes. All classes beyond Little Puffs & Beginner require the recommendation of the instructor for enrollment.

2019 NYSS Sailing Season

Registration Opens: May 11, 2019
Tuition: $175 per student, per session except for week one, July 1-5; ($140, no class on July 4)
Scholarships available for Leelanau Township residents. Details on the registration page.
Sessions: AM, 9 am – 12 noon // PM, 1 pm – 4 pm
Meeting Location: NYSS Boathouse, 105 Bay Street, Northport
Schedule: Includes Class Sessions, Wednesday Night Races, Friday Night Picnics

Week #WeekClass: 9 am - 12 noonClass: 1 pm - 4 pmEvent: 4:30 pm
Week 1July 1 - July 5Little Puffs
Beginner - CLASS FULL
Intermediate
Beginner
Advanced Double
Advanced Single
Race: July 3
Picnic: July 5
Week 2July 8 - July 12Little Puffs
Beginner
Intermediate
Beginner
Advanced Double
Advanced Single
Race: July 10
Picnic: July 12
Week 3July 15 - July 19Little Puffs
Beginner
Intermediate-CLASS FULL
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced Double - CLASS FULL
Advanced Single
Race: July 17
Picnic: July 19
Week 4July 22 - July 26Little Puffs
Beginner
Intermediate
Beginner
Advanced Double
Advanced Single
Race: July 24
Picnic: July 26
Week 5July 29 - Aug. 2Little Puffs
Beginner
Intermediate
Beginner
Advanced Double
Advanced Single
Race: July 31
Picnic: Aug. 2