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 opens May 1, 2021.
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 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.
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
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.
2021 NYSS Sailing Season
Registration Opens: Registration date TBD.
Scholarships available for Leelanau Township residents. 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, 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 #||Week||Class: 9 am - 12 noon||Class: 1 pm - 4 pm||Event: 4:30 pm|
|Week 1||July 5 - July 9||Little Puffs|
|Race: July 7|
|Week 2||July 12 - July 16||Little Puffs|
|Race: July 14|
|Week 3||July 19 - July 23||Little Puffs|
|Race: July 21|
|Week 4||July 26 - July 30||Little Puffs|
|Race: July 28|
|Week 5||Aug. 2 - Aug. 6||Little Puffs|
|Race: Aug. 4|