Sonar Program

Sonar Program

The Chicago Yacht Club has a fleet of Sonars that are used for a variety of purposes from instruction to member-rentals to racing.

Come captain one of the Chicago Yacht Club's Sonars, a 23-foot keelboat that provides a stable yet nimble platform for learning how to sail and perfecting your on the water skills. The Chicago Yacht Club is a US Sailing Accredited Keelboat School and offers Basic Keelboat Certification courses as well as Intermediate and Private lessons. Our instructors are all certified professionals teaching on the best equipment in the city. Don't miss your opportunity to start your sailing experience among the best! 

After you learn how to sail in the Sonars, there are even more ways to get out on the water. Click here for more information.

Interested in becoming a member? To learn more, please contact our Membership Director, Emily Giaimo at

Basic Keelboat Certification

As a U.S. Sailing Accredited Keelboat Sailing School, we host a multi-day course that gives students the skills needed to confidently skipper and crew a day sailing keelboat. Students who pass the course are issued a U.S. Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification. All classes are taught by U.S. Sailing Certified Keelboat Instructors and the maximum class size is 4 students per boat. No prior sailing experience is necessary to enroll. Each course covers sailing theory, boat handling skills, safety and emergency techniques, anchoring and docking, heavy weather sailing, and navigation. The U.S. Sailing Keelboat Certification Course is held seven times between May and September at our Belmont Avenue Station.

    • Cost

      Member $600
      Non-Member $690


      Session Date Time
      Basic Keelboat Session A
      May 25, 26, June 1, 2 9am - 1pm
      Basic Keelboat Session B June 22, 23, 29, 30 9am - 1pm
      Basic Keelboat Session C  July 20, 21, 27, 28 9am - 1pm 

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      Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be issued up to 30 days prior to the start date of the sailor's class less an administrative fee of 5% for Chicago Yacht Club members, and 10% for non-members. 


Private Lessons

For those of you who can't find a class that fits your schedule or who are interested in a more private approach, we offer private lessons that can be scheduled at your convenience! Whatever your needs are, our staff will work with you to tailor a perfect sailing experience. Whether you want to start from scratch and work towards a Basic Keelboat Certification, or if you would like to brush up on your skills, this is an ideal option.

Call or email our Keelboat Director to set up your lessons today! 312.861.7777

# of Students Hourly Cost Per Person
1 student $65 - Member / $80 - Non - Member
2 students $55 - Member / $70 - Non - Member
3 students $45 - Member / $60 - Non - Member
4 students $35 - Member / $50 - Non - Member

To set up your lessons today, contact the Keelboat Director
312.861.7777 ext.5559

Member Rentals

Sonar Rentals

In addition to lessons, the Sonars are available for rental by CYC Members at $80/hr or $450 Annual Pass whenever the boats are not being used for teaching or racing. All skippers must complete a Sonar Orientation prior to their first rental. The Orientation fee is $80 and members receive a 2 hour rental credit upon successful completion.

To schedule a rental, contact the Keelboat Director
312.861.7777 ext.5559

Come captain one of Chicago Yacht Club's sonars, a 23-foot keelboat that provides a stable yet nimble platform for learning how to sail and perfecting on the water skills. 

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