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Sessions for 2020
  • Session #1: June 9,11,16,18
  • Session #2: June 23,25,30, July 2
  • Session #3: July 14,16,21,23

Classes run from 6:30 to 9:00pm

Link to registration form

What are people saying about our program?

  • The instructors were superb, patient and understanding
  • Great hands-on experience
  • Instructors are extremely knowledgeable and effective teachers
  • Class was well-tailored to varied experience levels
  • Instructors are passionate and friendly about sailing
  • Great experience switching between different types of sailboats
  • Everything met my expectations
  • Very well put together
  • Fabulous experience
  • Instructors are so enthusiastic and knowledgeable
  • Loved it!


Q: What does it cost to participate?
The price is $240.00 (non-member) or $150.00 (member) and includes an instruction manual and t-shirt. Please bring a life jacket and wear light-soled or non-marking shoes. Classes run from 6:30 to 9:00pm on 4 separate dates. Please direct questions to ncyc.adultlearntosail@gmail.com or phone (734)430-0930. Checks payable to: North Cape Yacht Club. Please mail to: NCYC – Adult Learn to Sail Program at 11850 Toledo Beach Rd., LaSalle, Michigan 48145.

Q: What size boat and are they stable?
A: Sailboats range in size from 24-28 feet and have a keel, which make them quite stable.

Q: How many students per boat?
A: Generally three students are on each boat with two instructors, for a total of five persons per sailboat.

Q: What do I need to bring to class?
A: Recreational clothing suitable to the conditions. Remember, it's almost always cooler on the water, particularly during evenings, so a sweatshirt, fleece jacket or windbreakers are recommended. Closed toed shoes are also recommended. We may sail in the rain, so a rain suit or rain jacket is also a good idea depending on the weather. Also bring sun protection: a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses etc. We provide bottled water while on-the-water. If you forget something, the sailing school usually has extra gear you can borrow, just ask the admiminstrator.

Q: Are life vests provided?
A: No, however we may have one you can borrow.

Q: Can I eat at the club before or after class?
A: Absolutely. Bar food is available; hamburger, pizza, sub sandwiches, etc.

Q: The forecast for my class time does not look favorable, how do I check to see if we will be having class?
A: Classes will be held unless prolonged severe weather is unavoidable. "Severe" meaning heavy winds, thunderstorms, etc. Light rain is wet but not "severe!" Since you've blocked class out on your busy schedule, we usually wait as long as possible before cancelling. Sometimes, instructors might restructure class or activities to work around the weather. Your best bet is to call the administrator a few hours before class to see if there are any changes likely. The administrator may also communicate to the group via test message or email.

Q: What if I am late for a class?
A: The obvious answer is, try not to be late, as the class may be on the water by the time you arrive. But if you are late, call NCYC and let the administrator know your approximate arrival time.

Q: I would like to take a course, but I may have to miss a class or two due to my busy schedule is it worth taking the class?
A: Missed classes can possibly be made up in a later session, pending availability

Q: What if we have to cancel?
A: Students who cancel 48 hours prior to the program start date will receive a full refund. There will be no refund past this deadline.

What is Adult Learn to Sail all about?

Our program is open to adults 18 years or older wishing to learn to sail. It is geared toward beginning and beginner-intermediate sailors. North Cape Yacht Club offers several sessions throughout the summer months.

North Cape Yacht Club in LaSalle, Michigan is home to one of the finest sailing programs in the country for adults and youth with world and national champions.

Our Adult Sailing program gives you an in-depth understanding of sailing, and will instill in you a life-long passion for the water and sport. Students will experience all the thrills, exhilaration, enjoyment, and satisfaction that comes from skippering and crewing a boat.

When you join us at North Cape Yacht Club, you'll discover that our sailing program is a unique combination of classroom instruction and on-the-water practice. Class participants learn sailing theory, nomenclature, boat handling, basic safety procedures, vessel rigging and more. Because nothing teaches like experience, the majority of time is spent on the water, under the supervision of North Cape Sailing School staff. We use the US Sailing Keelboat educational curriculum. All of our classes are taught in sailboats ranging in size from 24-28 feet and are owned by North Cape Yacht Club.

The Adult Learn to Sail Program offers three evening sessions with four-classes per session. Session I- June, Session II-July and Session III-August; all sessions offer the similar curriculum. Lessons take place at North Cape Yacht Club situated on the shore of Lake Erie, only 9 miles north of Toledo.

Be the envy of your shore side friends as you enjoy summer nights sailing on Lake Erie.

Where do I go once I learn to sail?

I finished my class but I'm looking for more time on the water?

North Cape Yacht Club offers its members and their families an appealing clubhouse and facilities, augmented by a deep water harbor. NCYC is a "working club", with an active membership composed primarily of sailors. There are races most Wednesday nights during the summer and skippers are often looking for additional crew members. Also, there is a large group of sailors who cruise their boats to various ports throughout the summer. These sailors often choose to leave the dock for a short sail on a summer evening or afternoon. The Adult Learn to Sail administrator and instructors could hook you up with one of the skippers in order to give you additional sailing experience.
Also you can introduce yourself at the bar and we'll get you out on a boat! North Cape Yacht Club members are very friendly people and enjoy sharing their passion with prospective sailors.
As an added benefit for our Adult Students, introductory memberships are available. This membership entitles you to enjoy bar, social activities, racing/cruising and privileges at North Cape Yacht Club during your chosen 90 day period. It's a great opportunity for you and your fellow students to get together, meet other members of the Club and discover ways you can become more involved in the North Cape Yacht Club sailing community.
Still can't figure it out? Don't fret. We have something for you, or can customize something if needed. Just call (734)430-0930 or email ncyc.adultlearntosail@gmail.com

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