Junior Sailing

Junior Sailing

For more than 90 years, the Chicago Yacht Club Sailing School has been a leader in teaching children how to sail. The school runs year-round, providing an extensive array of learn to sail classes and racing teams in the summer, hosting experienced Optimist racers and high school sailing teams in the Fall and Spring, and traveling with race teams to compete in the winter. Courses provide the opportunity for young sailors to develop the skills and confidence necessary to enjoy the activity of sailing. They are tailored for different ages and ability levels. For information on specific programs.

For information on specific programs, contact the Sailing School Office at sailingschool@chicagoyachtclub.org or call (312) 861-7777 Ext. 5563.


Not a member? No need to be a member to join the learn-to-sail classes or for the specialty classes. The racing teams do require membership. The Chicago Yacht Club offers a variety of options including Junior membership! Contact our Membership Director for additional information.

Membership Director

Sailing School Staff

High School Program

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 and its full and part-time coaches, the program has been able to grow to over 75 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, Hinsdale Central High School, Walter Payton College Prep, St. Ignatius College Prep, Latin School of Chicago, and Rickover Naval Academy.

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Summer Sailing School

Chicago Yacht Club Sailing School runs an extensive summer sailing program from mid-June to mid-August. Courses provide the opportunity for participants to develop the skills and confidence necessary to enjoy the sport of sailing. Courses are designed specifically for different ages and levels of experience and are offered throughout the summer to provide a variety of opportunities to get young sailors on the water.

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CYC Race Teams

During the spring and fall seasons, we offer an Optimist Racing Program for Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginner Sailors. Sailors are broken down into three fleets: RWB (Red, White, Blue) for advanced and intermediate sailors, Green Fleet for beginner racers, and Lime Fleet open to sailors fresh out of the summer program! Sailors must be approved by the Sailing School staff to participate in this racing program. See more details under Schedule & Calendar and Fleet Descriptions.

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