About Our Camps
Our Learn To Sail classes are designed for both first-time sailors and experienced sailors. Instruction is tailored to individual student needs. Younger students sail 8-foot long Optimist Pram sailboats alone or with a partner depending on skill level. Older students sail alone or with a partner on 12-foot long Butterfly sailboats. Students may request to be paired with a friend.
Sailing camps are offered in a one-week long segment, Monday through Thursday from 12:30 pm until 3:00 pm beginning June 21.
More time on the water makes for better sailors. See below for details on our punch card options.
First Time Sailors
Beginner students will learn water safety, sailing terminology, names and functions of boat parts, and points of sail. Students will learn to rig the boat themselves. Students will experience steering the boat, adjusting sails, and learning to sail both upwind and downwind.
There is nothing like sailing for learning life lessons. To learn to sail teaches both teamwork and independence, engineering and physics, history, and the power of the wind. Students will experience the amazing adventure that sailing can give.
Experienced students will continue to build their sailing skills including sail trim, boat handling, and how to read wind and weather conditions. Younger students may be paired with older students to experience the fun of sailing on two-person JY15 sailboats on the final day of class each week.
Students in this class may receive a brief introduction to racing as a positive and exciting way to enjoy sailing. Students who are interested in improving their racing skills may also receive unique instruction.
Junior sailors who are interested in racing typically take this class 2 or more sessions before joining the Muskegon Junior Race Team.