Junior racing program

ages 8-18

Whether at Boyne City or Charlevoix, we have local sailors who compete at national and international levels.  Our racing program starts by honing dinghy skills and can transition the student as far as they want to go.  If your student is motivated to advance to performance sailing, we lay the foundation through our regular Racing Program and then partner with the Charlevoix Yacht Club to provide opportunities in one design and even offshore keelboat racing.

Classes will focus on specific racing skills and techniques with classroom instructions and short practice races. Sessions will run from 9:30 am-12:15 pm and be offered most weeks this summer. Must have completed Seaman 2nd Class or have instructor approval. Sailors should be familiar with basic sailing skills including points of sail, sail controls and parts of the boat, rigging and derigging, body position and posture of the skipper and crew.

Program Scholarships

Sail Charlevoix program scholarships assure every child may have an opportunity to sailing and access to Lake Charlevoix.  These programs are based on financial need and are a limited in availability. Please contact our director for eligibility and details.

What to Bring

  • Type III Life jacket, Coast Guard Approved (loaners available on site)
  • Gear bag with contact info
  • Swimsuit, change of dry clothes, towel
  • Applied sunscreen and insect repellent 
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks, Power or Clif type Bars

Skills and Knowledge Emphasized

  • Racing rules
  • Advanced sail trim
  • Teamwork
  • Racing terminology
  • Weather and sea state
  • Racing strategy
  • Self confidence

All program participants must be able to swim with a life jacket.

2018 Boyne City Sessions

Morning Sessions: 9:30am - 12:15pm | Afternoon Sessions: 1:15 - 4pm

Special Dates:
June 28 - Picnic at Boyne City Marina, 6pm
June 29 - Boyne City Regatta (no classes)

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2019 Charlevoix Sessions

No Boyne City Racing Sessions for 2019

Morning Sessions Only: 9:30am - 12:15pm

Special Dates:
July 4 - No classes
July 23 - Jr. Venetian Regatta (no classes)
July 27 - Venetian Parade
August 6 - Picnic at Charlevoix Depot Beach, 6pm

Racing 1
No class July 4
Racing 2
Racing 4
No class July 23
Racing 5
Racing 6

Our Programs

Junior Sailing

Our learn-to-sail program gives many students their first opportunity at command of a boat.  Students earn self confidence and responsibility as they gain boat handling skills.  Lessons include  sailing terminology, knot-tying skills, safe sailing lessons, racing skills and much more.

Junior Racing

Our racing program starts by honing dinghy skills and can help transition the student as far as they want to go.  Sessions focus on specific racing skills and techniques with classroom instruction to review strategy, tactics and rules. Short practice races allow for ample coaching opportunities.

Adult Sailing

Our adult program has successfully provided newer sailors the opportunity to comfortably handle their own boat.  We tailor these sessions to the individual.  Whether getting on a dinghy for the first time or refreshing good sailing habits, our instructors are there to provide the experience desired.