What To Expect - Summer 2020

Sail Charlevoix is committed to the health and safety of our staff, students, and the community. 

Sail Charlevoix has developed the policies and procedures listed below to meet the safety guidelines issued by the State of Michigan, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, the CDC, and cities of Boyne City and Charlevoix. Our sessions and programming will not look the same as years past. Still, our new policies will allow us to operate while maintaining social distancing and ensure everyone's safety as our top priority. For this to work, all sailors/students, volunteers, parents, and staff will be expected to follow these policies. Please note, any of these policies are subject to change as the official guidance and rules are updated.

Registrations are open for our summer 2020 sessions. If you have any questions about our policies below, please ask


  • Youth Learn to Sail, Boyne City: Monday, June 22
  • Adult Sailing & Boat Rentals, Boyne City: Monday, June 22
  • Evening Family Sailing, Boyne City: Thursday, June 25
  • Youth Learn to Sail, Charlevoix: Monday, June 29
  • Adult Sailing & Boat Rentals, Charlevoix: Monday, June 29
  • Evening Family Sailing, Charlevoix: Thursday, July 9


  1. People who are sick, are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have a fever of 100.0℉ or higher, or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 in the past 14 days are asked to stay home.
  2. Full ‘daily’ refund credit to any student that stays home ill.  Students who become ill will not be able to attend class, and they must be approved before returning to class or rescheduled to a later date.  For example, a student attending Monday and Tuesday but falling ill on Wednesday will be given refund credit for the remaining 3 days in the week, if they are unable to attend classes due to illness.
  3. Adult program participants (Adult Lessons, Boat Rentals, Family Sailing), youth parents, and volunteers are required to sign waivers, which outlines the risk of being exposed to COVID-19, affirming that they do not have symptoms or have not been in contact with a person infected with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, and agree to abide by our policies.  We recommend, if possible, a self-quarantine period of 14 days for persons traveling to the area before attending classes or programs.
  4. Limiting class size to ten (10) students - exceptions will be considered if sibling/cousin registration puts the session slightly above.
  5. Students will be assigned (or same-household groups) to one boat per session, with accompanying equipment to be used for the duration of the session. To be clear, this means a student not in a group will be in a boat by himself/herself. Instructors will always be on hand in nearby safety boats when on the water.
  6. We are requesting brand new students not to register for youth classes this season without having an experienced sibling, cousin, or household member to sail with (a friend is okay, but we are asking them to be from the same household).
  7. Increased the starting age to 10 (from 8); students already registered by May 23, 2020 and under the age of 10 will still be allowed.
  8. Launching/docking will be staggered to give adequate space for social distancing. 
  9. Students and staff must maintain six-foot social distancing at all times when onshore or on the water - unless from the same household.  
  10. The situation will deem the use of personal protective equipment by attendees and instructors. Staff will have their PPE, and students are to bring their own each day. Masks or buffs are required to be worn onshore. 
  11. Hand washing/sanitizing stations will be on hand at both Boyne City and Charlevoix, Depot Beach locations.
  12. Sailboats will be disinfected after each use, and frequent touchpoints at the facilities will be disinfected frequently.
  13. Students are not allowed inside the program trailer.
  14. The program will maintain a protocol for daily recording and monitoring of the health status of all students and staff. If the person's temperature is 100.0℉ or higher, or if it has been determined they have been in close contact in the last 14 days with someone with a diagnosis of COVID-19, they will be asked to leave.  
  15. Students must bring their clothing, closed-toed shoes, lifejackets, sunscreen, water bottles, and any other equipment needed to sail. Sail Charlevoix will not have these items available for sharing. 
  16. Restrooms and drinking fountains are public and managed by the cities of Boyne and Charlevoix. Use them at your own risk. 
  17. Students must bring their snacks and beverages and may not share with others. 
  18. Parents will maintain physical distancing recommendations during drop off and pick up.
  19. Visitors without reservations to sail are to not come to the sailing school area during hours of operation. You may watch from a safe distance.
  20. Lead instructors will decide at the beginning of each session who will sail and who will stay onshore for land-based instruction. The decision will be made based on current weather conditions and the amount of "tiller time" the sailor has had previously. If the sailor does not get much on-the-water time, you will have the option to withdraw from the class and receive a refund for the remaining days of your week.

The above list is only an overview of changes to our program that are necessary to keep people safe. We will also be evaluating the program weekly and will adjust or cancel the season if needed. 

We will send additional emails to attendees with more information and details of the above before their scheduled session date. 

As always, please reach out if you have questions or want to make a change to your summer plans. We wholeheartedly agree this is a different time, and we thank you for your understanding and support!

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