High School Program

High School Sailing

Chicago Yacht Club is proud to host one of the largest high school sailing programs in the Midwest district. Between the Sailing School's facilities located at Belmont Station and it's full and part-time coaches, the program has been able to grow to over 80 sailors. The Fall Season begins in Late August and continues through mid-November; the Spring Season starts in the beginning of March and runs through May. The program consists of 6 established high school teams: New Trier High School, Walter Payton College Prep, St. Ignatius College Prep, Latin School of Chicago, Lycee Francais de Chicago, and Rickover Naval Academy.

REsults FALL 2019

This fantastic season capped off with four final events in November.  All 5 of the teams coached at the Chicago Yacht Club Sailing School qualified to advance to play at the fall season's final regattas.  The accomplishments of our scholastic athletes, the hard work and dedication to their sport is evidenced by their ability to compete at these National and Regional events.

On November 2 & 3, Coach Youssef Akrout traveled to Santa Barbara, CA to coach an unprecedented two competitors from St. Ignatius College Prep at the Inter-Scholastic Sailing Association (ISSA) Cressy National Championship.   

On November 9 & 10, Matt Peter, Head Coach, traveled to New Jersey with teams St. Ignatius and New Trier to compete in the Atlantic Coast Championships. 

Also on November 9 & 10, the Chicago Yacht Club teams in collaboration with Columbia Yacht Club teams respectively hosted The MISSA Great Lakes Championship and The MISSA Shepherd Championship on a shared trapezoid race course with a combined Race Committee.  What an unbelievable, must see event!  An amazing 37 schools from all over the mid-west joined to compete on the empty mooring field at Monroe Harbor.  Athletes from Latin, St. Ignatius, and New Trier earned berths at the Great Lakes Champs and Rickover Naval Academy and Walter Payton qualified to race at The Shepherd Champs.    

Congratulations to all our scholastic athletes for putting up an amazing Fall Season!!  See you in the Spring!

2020 spring High School Sailing Information

Detailed Explanation of High School sailing
Registration for Spring High School Sailing

Important Dates for Spring Sailing

  • March 16, 2020 -  Junior Varsity first day of practice* for Ignatius, Payton, New Trier, Rickover Naval Academy, Lycee Francais from 4p - 7p
  • March 17, 2020 -  Varsity first day of practice* for Latin, Ignatius, Payton, New Trier 
  • March 13th  -  Registration Deadline; $50 fee automatically applied to any late registration
  • May 21, 2020 - High School Spring Sailing Banquet 6p - 8:30
  • May 21, 2020 - Spring Sailing Practice Ends
  • May 27 & 28, 2020 - Varsity required to report to Belmont from 4p - 7p to move the fleet
  *On the water practice dependent upon ice melted from Belmont Harbor.

Participant Responsibilities

For more information on recommended Sailor, Coach, and Chaperone responsibilities for the high school sailing program.
For more information on detailed Chaperone Guidelines.
For more information on Midwest High School Sailing, including regatta information and results, visit the Midwest Interscholastic Sailing Association (MISSA) website
For more information on national high school sailing, visit the Interscholastic Sailing Association website


Practice Schedule

Practice Schedule
JV Practice: Monday, Wednesday 4-7 p.m. 
Varsity Practice: Tuesday, Thursday 4-7 p.m.  
Friday Race Day 4-7 p.m.  (No practice if a regatta weekend)

Missing Practice
In addition to notifying your coach via email (headcoach@chicagoyachtclub.org), please also notify your team captains.
If you miss 3 unexcused practices you will be removed from the Varsity roster.  If you are JV and miss 3 unexcused practices, you will be excluded from regattas.



View the Regatta Master Document, where you can find logistics and rosters for each regatta. 


Registration Form

Registration for High School sailing is now available: Register Here

High school Spring sailing fees

While most of our high schools consider Sailing a Varsity sport, the cost of coaching and utilization of a sailboat are part of the fee structure to join sailing.  Individual teams may assess additional costs determined through the high school athletic department and separate from Chicago Yacht Club fees.  Those athletes who were on roster for Fall Sailing can continue to sail with her or his respective team in the Spring requiring registration no later than March 13th.  Late registration fee is $50 for any registrations after March 13th.. 
Please note all costs are subject to change.

2020 Spring Season  
Non-Members:                   $850.00
Members:             $722.50 
Junior Members:      $765.00

Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds for High School Sailing Fees. 

Regatta fees

If rostered by the Coach for a regatta, the student athlete must accept and in doing so understands there are fees associated with attending regattas.  These fees are outside the charges established above.  Regatta fees include coach travel such as airline and hotel, mileage for towing to the regatta, a daily meal per diem, etc.  The fees are based on the overall expense and divided equally among all the players.

All Varsity players must join Chicago Yacht Club to participate at regattas. 
Any non-members on Junior Varsity participating at regattas, must contact Sarah Sullivan at 312-861-7777 x5563.

Any scholastic sailor interested in membership with the Chicago Yacht Club can contact:
Membership Director
312-861-7777 ext.3761


If you have any remaining questions, please contact the Sailing Director, at gerber@chicagoyachtclub.org or the Head Coach at headcoach@chicagoyachtclub.org.


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Registration for High School sailing is now available

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