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.

Have you sailed with us in 2018 or 2019? Check the Placement List to find out what class you should sign up for. If you’ve sailed somewhere else, email the details (lessons/family sail, what boats you sailed, have you ever sailed alone?) to NorthportSailing@gmail.com along with your contact info & we’ll figure out the best placement.

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 – Double-Handed Opti

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 – Pico

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 – Laser

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.

2020 NYSS Sailing Season

Registration Opens: March 14, 2020
Tuition: TBD per student, per session except for week one
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

REMEMBER: We can add a 4th class to any session so put yourself on the waiting list if a class is closed. We won’t know that you want a spot if you don’t tell us.

Week #WeekClass: 9 am - 12 noonClass: 1 pm - 4 pmEvent: 4:30 pm
Week 1July 6 - July 10Little Puffs
Beginner
Intermediate
Beginner
Advanced Double
Advanced Single
Race: July 8
Picnic: July 10
Week 2July 13 - July 17Little Puffs
Beginner
Intermediate
Beginner
Advanced Double
Advanced Single
Race: July 15
Picnic: July 17
Week 3July 20 - July 24Little Puffs
Beginner
Intermediate
Beginner
Advanced Double
Advanced Single
Race: July 22
Picnic: July 24
Week 4July 27 - July 31Little Puffs
Beginner
Intermediate
Beginner
Advanced Double
Advanced Single
Race: July 29
Picnic: July 31
Week 5Aug. 3 - Aug. 7Little Puffs
Beginner
Intermediate
Beginner
Advanced Double
Advanced Single
Race: Aug. 5
Picnic: Aug. 7