Sail into Summer is a new opportunity for you to try out Sail Chicago's Basic Sailing class without the full cost of Sail Chicago Membership.
Basic Sailing is designed to provide an enjoyable introduction to the sport of sailing, designed for people new to sailing as well as those who have ridden on a sailboat but have not had much time steering the boat. You can enjoy Chicago’s beautiful lakefront from the water and embark on a lifetime adventure!
This is a hands-on class—you will be sailing the boat in your first lesson! Over the course of four, 4-hour lessons, you will learn to read the wind, rig the boat, get underway, set your sails, maneuver the boat upwind and downwind, tack and jibe, and return to the mooring. You will learn the fundamentals of sailing theory, safety on the water, boating “rules of the road”, sailing knots, and weather.
Basic Sailing classes are held on our Colgate 26 at Monroe Harbor in downtown Chicago, with a maximum class size of four students. Classes meet once per week for four weeks or twice per week for two weeks. Class times are 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM or 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM weekdays, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM or 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM weekends.
Before you get out on the water, you’ll need to attend a Pre-Sail Orientation class. You will learn basic sailing concepts, find out more about Sail Chicago, and receive your course materials. Once you register for a sailing class, you’ll receive an invitation to register for orientation.
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