Leland Yacht Club

About the Sailing School

The Sailing School is in operation from the middle of June through the middle of August. Children (ages 8 to 16) are invited to participate; membership in the Leland Yacht Club is not a requirement. Private lessons are also available for both children and adults. Instruction takes place in Butterfly boats and Flying Juniors (FJs). All of these boats are self-rescuing, and water safety is a key element in the instruction. Our instructors have experience in working with children in addition to their sailing expertise. Many of them have been trained and certified by the US Sailing Association. Most of them are graduates of the Leland Yacht Club sailing program.

The Sailing School is designed to accommodate both students whose sailing interests are primarily recreational as well as those who are interested in racing. Some of our past students have gone on to successfully compete in major national regattas.

At the end-of-season Awards Ceremony, in August, a variety of awards are given to recognize the accomplishments of our young sailors.

When is Sailing School?

Level One Class: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:30am to 12pm
Level Two Class: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 1pm to 3:30pm

Payment Options:

Registration for Sailing School happens 15 minutes prior to class time.

Member Fee: $75 per week per child

Non-Member Fee: $105 per week per child

Can I just pay one day at a time? Yes! We allow parents to pay one day at a time. We know plans in Leland can change frequently with the weather and that vacation time is limited, so we work with you to allow for as many sailing days as possible.

1 day of Sailing School:
Member Fee: $25
Non-member fee: $35

What level is best for my kid?

Level One (Morning Class): We offer beginner sailing school in which kids learn the basics of sailing from a combination of on-shore activities and instruction out on the lake. Kids sail with a sailing instructor until they feel comfortable taking a boat out by themselves. The Head Sailing Instructor will let kids know when they seem ready to move up to our afternoon class. Both the pontoon boat and the Boston Whaler are out on the water to keep a close eye on all of our sailors.

Level Two (Afternoon Class): Stronger winds in the afternoon provide more experienced sailors with plenty of challenges to improve their skills. All level two sailors sail without an instructor; however, assistance is available from the instructors who are out on the chase boats. One focus of the afternoon sailing class is racing. Practice races are held once a week during class time to prepare sailors for the weekly series races. Each year several afternoon sailors get the opportunity to go to Butterfly Nationals, which are held at a nearby lake, and compete with other highly competitive sailors. We ask that you do not bring your kids to afternoon sailing without consulting an instructor first. If level one is too easy for someone, we can quickly move that child up to level two.

What To Bring

Students should bring the following items to class each day, regardless of weather conditions. In order to attain a safe and fun learning environment, these articles are necessary.

  • Lifejacket
  • Water Shoes or water sandlas (no flip flops)/li>
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunscreen

More Information

To contact the instructors during the regular season, use the Club phone, 231-256-2618. The best time to call is just before or after a scheduled sailing clinic, but you can leave a message anytime. Or you can send an email to Jeff Ragains ragains.jeff@gmail.com. You can also contact the Sailing Director from the Contact Us page.

Sign Up

To sign up for Sailing School or the Adult Sailing Clinics, read the items below. Then, stop by the Club to fill out the application or use the online printable forms to print your own application and mail it in.