It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing
that assures the prosperous voyage.
George William Curtis

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Now offering three different classes. Let's get out there and sail!

SloopCity 1 (Basic Sailing)

This “fundamentals” class is designed for new sailors or those with minimal experience. We teach you all of the essential skills necessary to safely take command of a keelboat in a variety of weather and lake conditions.

Topics covered:

  • safety procedures
  • sail trim
  • rigging/de-rigging
  • right of way rules
  • leaving/returning harbor
  • reading the wind
  • man overboard drills
  • heaving to
  • what to wear
  • medical emergencies
  • parts of boat
  • points of sail
  • tacking and jibing
  • basic knots/line handling
  • reefing the main
  • outboard basics
  • weather/wind evaluation
  • sail shape/de-powering
  • crew communication
  • and much more!

15 to 16 hours on-the-water instruction. 3 student max. $500 per person

Each student will receive a US SAILING Basic Keelboat book, class outline, information sheets and a knot tying line.

SloopCity Skipper (Intermediate Sailing)

This is the next step after SloopCity 1 or for those who have some previous sailing experience. Polish your boat handling skills while we introduce you to important new topics that will make you a more complete sailor.

New topics covered:

  • advanced sail trim
  • docking
  • boat speed
  • reading the water
  • knots/springlines
  • anchoring
  • harbor sailing
  • basic navigation
  • sailing etiquette
  • VHF radio operation

12 hours on-the-water instruction. 3 student max. $425 per person

Each student will receive a US SAILING Basic Keelboat book, class outline, information sheets and a knot tying line.

"Introduction to Sailing" Class

Our "Introduction to Sailing" Class is a 3-hour session where we will introduce you to the basics of sailing a modern keelboat on Lake Michigan.

Not sure if sailing is for you? This is the perfect opportunity to get out there and discover what sailing is all about. Join with a couple of your fellow "fence sitters" for an evening of instructional sailing along our beautiful shoreline. You'll love it!

3 hour class session. 4 student max. $90 per person

sloopcity in harbor