Adult Education


A program that works for you

Learn to Sail at Chicago Yacht Club

Interested in learning how to sail? Our On the Water team has opportunities for all experience levels. We teach students the different parts of a boat and sailing terminology, as well as offer the opportunity to try out the different crew positions on one of our easy to sail Sonars, so that you feel comfortable in any spot on the boat. Whether you are interested in just learning the basics or you want to try your hand at racing, our team of highly skilled staff and coaches will help you achieve your goals this season! 

You do not need to be a member in order to participate in these programs, however, members are offered discounted pricing and the ability to rent and reserve Club boats after the completion of classes.


Sonar KEELBOATS

The Chicago Yacht Club has a fleet of Sonar keelboats ready to be sailed. The fleet is used for a variety of purposes, from instruction to member-rentals to racing. No matter what your sailing skill level, the Sonar fleet is here to get you on the water.

The Sonar is 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.

To learn more about our fleet and the programs we offer please contact our Keelboat Manager, Ivan Sagel, at Keelboats@chicagoyachtclub.org.


tom 28

The Chicago Yacht Club has a fleet of TOM 28 performance boats ready to be sailed. The fleet is used for a variety of purposes, from instruction to racing.  This is an exciting platform to learn and race on!

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

To learn more about our fleet and the programs we offer please contact our Keelboat Manager, Ivan Sagel, at Keelboats@chicagoyachtclub.org.

Crew U

Crew U is a seven-week program that begins in May and ends in June. This class is led by members of the Chicago Yacht Club who offer their boats and wisdom to help you get the skills you need to crew on a boat. The course includes some classroom instruction, but the vast majority is taught on the water. The classes are held on Tuesday nights, and many students get additional practical experience racing on offshore boats during Wednesday night racing. If you are interested in being part of yacht racing on Lake Michigan, this is a great way to up your experience and build relationships that may yield a position all summer long on one of the boats. 

The goal of the Crew U course is to prepare students to crew on offshore racing boats. For the past 13 years, Crew U has taught adults with limited or moderate sailing experience everything that they need to know to start crewing on most racing boats. The majority of the class takes place on-the-water and has a hands-on focus. Rigging, sail trim and teamwork are among the skills covered.

Crew U classes meet once a week for seven weeks at Monroe Station. Students have additional opportunities to sail on Wednesday nights starting in June. Students should expect to be on the water.

To learn more please contact our Adult Education Director Ivan Sagel by emailing Keelboats@chicagoyachtclub.org

Women On The Water

The Women’s Committee hosts educational programs, networking events and monthly happy hours that encourage the women of the Club to get onto the water. The series features winter lectures and a summer sailing series that teaches attendees the ins and outs of sailing, racing tactics and new developments in the sport. It's professional instruction for women, by women.

Download the 2019 WOW Schedule of Events

For more information please contact our Keelboat Manager, Ivan Sagel, at Keelboats@chicagoyachtclub.org.

WOW Sonar Sailing Series

Welcome to 2019 WOW Sonar Sailing Series! It's time to dust off your gear and head back to the water! Come join Chicago Yacht Club's Women on the Water group for a series focused on enjoyment, and bettering the skills of Women Sailors. This series will be taught on Chicago Yacht Club's fleet of Sonars. The Sonar is a perfect keelboat for pros and beginners alike! An evening on the water, class will be followed by time in the classroom and dinner!

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*Please Make sure you read all details in regards to registration in order to properly classify your skill level

 



Sonar Fleet Membership Form


Review the Sonar Fleet Membership Rules and complete the form below to apply. Memberships are valid for one season (March to November) and expire at the end of the season when they are purchased. Membership is required for participation in Sonar Frostbiting.


       

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. Rent by the hour or save with an annual pass!

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