Junior sailing program

ages 8-18

2021 registration is OPEN! Please review our outlined polices and procedures and FAQ's for Summer 2021.

2020 Sail Charlevoix Gear

Summer 2020 gear is in stock! Visit our registration storefront for gear details and to order. Price does not include shipping. Merchandise will be available for pickup the week of your sailing lesson.




Our learn-to-sail program gives many students their first opportunity at command of a boat.  Students earn self confidence and responsibility as they learn small boat handling skills.  Sail Charlevoix students who continue in the program gain experience in a structured environment where young adults exhibit leadership that inspires the next generation of program leaders and beyond. It is an every year occurrence that students transition from learning (Seaman, Mate, Skipper) to leading (Junior Leaders) to teaching (instructors).

Program Scholarships

Scholarship dollars are made available from generous individual donations from Sail Charlevoix supporters, parents and alumni.  While it is our goal to ensure every sailor has an equal opportunity to enjoy our programs, scholarship funding is not unlimited.  Scholarships will be awarded based on the funds available at any given time, a demonstration of financial need, and the child’s desire to learn to sail.

Due to the limited number of scholarships available, applications are requested as soon as possible. Full scholarship details and guidelines can be found on our application, but please contact us with any questions.

2020 Scholarship application & Guidelines

What to Bring

  • Type III Life jacket, Coast Guard Approved (loaners may be available)
  • Gear bag with contact info
  • Face mask for social distancing
  • A change of dry clothes and towel
  • Applied sunscreen and insect repellent 
  • UV Sunglasses and or hat
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Curiosity to learn!

Skills and Knowledge Emphasized

  • Sail Trim
  • Rigging
  • Boat Safety
  • Docking & Departing
  • Teamwork
  • Basic Racing
  • Right of Way Rules
  • Small Boat Handling
  • Knot Tying
  • Self Confidence

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

2022 Boyne City Sessions

Morning Sessions: 9:30am - 12:15pm | Afternoon Sessions: 1:15 - 4pm
Special Dates: No class Friday, July 1 at Boyne City
June 23 - Pizza Picnic at noon (Please bring your drink.)

Session 1A-BC
Jun
13
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17
Morning
Session 1B-BC
Jun
13
-
17
Afternoon
Session 2A-BC
Jun
20
-
24
Morning
Session 2B-BC
Jun
20
-
24
Afternoon
Session 3A-BC
Jun
27
-
30
No class Friday, July 1
Morning
Session 3B-BC
Jun
27
-
30
No class Friday, July 1
Afternoon

2022 Charlevoix Sessions

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

Special Dates:
July 4 & July 19 - No class
July 19 - "Regatta" (no classes)
August 2, Potluck Picnic @ Charlevoix, Depot Beach, 6:00pm

Session 3A-CVX
Jun
27
-
1
Morning
Session 3B-CVX
Jun
27
-
1
Afternoon
Session 4A*-CVX
Jul
5
-
8
No class Monday, July 4
Morning
Session 4B*-CVX
Jul
5
-
8
No class Monday, July 4
Afternoon
Session 5A-CVX
Jul
11
-
15
Morning
Session 5B-CVX
Jul
11
-
15
Afternoon
Session 6A*-CVX
Jul
18
-
22
No Class Tuesday, July 19 due to Jr Venetian Regatta. (Regatta is a separate sign up.)
Morning
Session 6B*-CVX
Jul
18
-
22
No Class Tuesday, July 19 due to Jr Venetian Regatta. (Regatta is a separate sign up.)
Afternoon
Session 7A-CVX
Jul
25
-
29
Morning
Session 7B-CVX
Jul
25
-
29
Afternoon
Session 8A-CVX
Aug
1
-
5
Morning
Session 8B-CVX
Aug
1
-
5
Afternoon
Session 9A-CVX
Aug
8
-
12
Morning
Session 9B-CVX
Aug
8
-
12
Afternoon

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.