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. Registration is open. IF THE CLASS YOU WANT IS FULL, PLEASE PUT YOURSELF ON THE WAITLIST. We have the ability to open additional classes depending on where there is a demand. Register for your second choice time slot if it’s available AND put yourself on the waitlist. Don’t be deterred!
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 NYSS community – parents and siblings included! – to watch our sailors demonstrate what they’ve learned. Please adhere to COVID-19 social distancing protocols.
Have you sailed with us in 2018 or 2019? Check the 2021 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.
In order to make registration a bit easier we’re linking to some documents you should read before registering. They’re part of the registration process and that’s where you’ll sign off on Consent to Participate, NYSS Information Regarding Covid-19 Policies and Procedures and acknowledging that you’ve read and understood the CDC’s Heads-Up Concussion Information Form. The Consent document links to the other two.
You can email us at any time. For general questions, click Contact, for registration questions, email NorthportSailing@gmail.com. If you have a covid exposure in your household during sailing class, call Donna at (269) 207-0986 or Mackenzie at (269) 330-2176.
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. Enrollment is limited to 6 sailors per session. In 2021, we’ll be sailing one to a boat.
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
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 free sail
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.
2021 NYSS Sailing Season
Registration Opens: Registration opens on May 1, 2021.
Scholarships available for Leelanau Township residents and non-residents with a financial need. Details on the registration site.
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 for advanced sailors. On Friday evenings, families are welcomed to watch their sailors show off their skills.
REMEMBER: Put yourself on the waiting list if the session you want is closed. We often add extra classes.
|Week #||Week||Class: 9 am - 12 noon||Class: 1 pm - 4 pm|
|Week 1||July 5 - July 9||Little Puffs|
|Friday, July 9 sailing demo for families, 4:15 pm|
|Week 2||July 12 - July 16||Little Puffs|
|Friday, July 16 sailing demo for families, 4:15 pm|
|Week 3||July 19 - July 23||Little Puffs|
|Friday, July 23 sailing demo for families, 4:15 pm|
|Week 4||July 26 - July 30||Little Puffs|
|Friday, July 30 sailing demo for families, 4:15 pm|
|Week 5||Aug. 2 - Aug. 6||Little Puffs|
|Friday, August 6 sailing demo for families, 4:15 pm|