Detroit Community Sailing Center at Belle Isle Boat House
May 2021 Update: 2021 Adult Learn to Sail Classes are filled. To be placed on a waiting list complete the registration form below, but do not pay. We will notify you if we get an opening.
Here is your opportunity to learn to sail in a friendly, welcoming environment. Our instructors are experienced, patient sailors who love to share their enthusiasm for sailing. The classes are designed for both the novice who has never been in a sailboat as well as for sailors with some experience who want to learn how to sail on their own.
Class Schedule: Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6PM to dusk, with a make-up session available on Sundays. We will get started early to mid-May, depending on the weather, and run through September.
What Does It Cost?
The fee is $395 per person. It includes all instructions and use of the boats. After completing the course participants will enjoy a complementary membership in the Detroit Boat Club for the balance of the year.
What Will You Learn?
You will learn the parts of a sailboat, steering, setting sails, docking, wind awareness, etc. At the end of 9 weeks you will have the confidence to safely sail a boat as the skipper. Beyond the initial 9 weeks you will have an opportunity to continue learning more advanced skills including using a more complex sail (spinnaker) and sailboat racing.
Participants can enjoy Detroit’s waterways and learn to sail without the cost and time commitment of boat ownership. Instructors, with years of experience, teach using our fleet of Flying Scots and RS-21 sailboats. The cost includes all instruction and use of the boats. During the class information will be presented on additional ways to continue sailing, including boat ownership. After completing the course, you will have the opportunity for an affordable Social Membership in the Detroit Boat Club with access to continue your sailing experience in Detroit Boat Club boats.
So, if you are prepared to bring your enthusiasm, a life jacket and some boat shoes, you can expect an exciting adventure on Detroit's waterways and learn a life skill.
If you have questions contact us at info@DetroitCSC.org or call 313 473-7793
Instructions - Complete and submit the Registration Information Form and return to this page to complete your payment.
Step 1: Registration Information Form
Step 2: Payment
Instructions: Select quantity and then click yellow Add to Cart button to use credit, debit card or PayPal. To pay by check, follow the directions below. Payment is required to hold your spot. If questions call 313 473 7793 or email info@DetroitCSC.org.
Make check payable to "Challenge the Wind Youth Sailing Program" and mail it to:
Challenge the Wind Youth Sailing Program
P.O. Box 32622
Detroit MI 48232-0622
* Full refund if cancel 60 days before session starts.
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