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.
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.
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.
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.
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
If taller than 5’, an accommodation will be made
If greater than 100lbs, an accommodation will be made
May have some prior knowledge, has successfully completed Little Puff if applicable, or discretion of instructor based on age
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 #||Week||Class: 9 am - 12 noon||Class: 1 pm - 4 pm||Event: 4:30 pm|
|Week 1||July 1 - July 5||Little Puffs|
Beginner - CLASS FULL
|Race: July 3
Picnic: July 5
|Week 2||July 8 - July 12||Little Puffs|
|Race: July 10
Picnic: July 12
|Week 3||July 15 - July 19||Little Puffs|
Advanced Double - CLASS FULL
|Race: July 17
Picnic: July 19
|Week 4||July 22 - July 26||Little Puffs|
|Race: July 24
Picnic: July 26
|Week 5||July 29 - Aug. 2||Little Puffs|
|Race: July 31
Picnic: Aug. 2