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2024 Sailing School Season

This year our full summer classes will run from 6/10-8/8 (an additional week!).  We will also be offering several camps this summer including our popular 4th of July Camp for Optis and X boats.

10% Late Fee added Starting June 1.

Refund Guidelines:
Any cancellations before June 1 will be fully refunded, less processing fees. Cancellations made after June 1 will be subject to 50% refund only. No refunds will be made after July 10. 

Full Summer Opti Classes

An Opti (Optimist or Pram) is sailed by a single sailor between the ages of 5 and 16.  This approximately 8-foot boat has a single sail and was designed with beginners in mind.  We offer classes for all levels of Opti sailor.  Sailors will learn the parts of the boat, how to rig the boat, sailing basics, and eventually how to sail a race course.  Our more experienced sailors enjoy traveling to Opti regattas across Wisconsin and the Midwest!  But racing is just a small piece of summer sailing, so don't be deterred if racing doesn't appeal to you.

NLSS has several optis available for summer rental.  Renting a boat is a great choice for the new sailor.

Some children outgrow optis as they get older and approach 120 lbs.,  but not to worry, those children should consider starting or continuing their sailing career in an X boat.

Full Summer X Boat Classes

An X boat is a 16-foot sailboat sailed by a skipper and a crew.  This class is for the 11 - 16 year old sailor who is interested in learning to sail a two person boat.  Prior sailing experience is not necessary, as sailors will learn the basics of boat handling.  Once a comfort level is achieved, sailors will be introduced to racing. 

A limited number of X boats are available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you are interested in renting a boat, or you are interested in X boats, but don’t have a partner to sail with, please contact us at  We often have skippers looking for crew.

X Boat sailors interested in racing beyond class time are invited to join the North Lake Yacht Club as junior members and participate in Wednesday night, Saturday morning, and Sunday morning X Boat races.   Email if you'd like more information.

Learn to Sail Opti Camps

Ages: 7-12
Monday-Thursday mornings, 9 am - noon

1 Week June Camp: 6/24-6/27
1 Week Aug Camp: 8/5-8/8

New to sailing?  Not sure if you'll like it?  Register for one of our Opti Camps and see if it's for you!  This camp is geared toward new sailors between the ages of 7 and 12, but all abilities can be accommodated.  Camp fee includes use of Opti sailboat. Sailors who want to continue their sailing experience after a camp week can still join the remainder of the Full Summer class at a discount!

Still feeling unsure?  Email us at, and we'll be happy to answer questions. 

4th of July Camp for Optis or X Boats

Not available for a full summer of sailing but still want to try it out?  Our Camp Sail-Away might be the place for you!  This summer camp will run 7/1,7/2,7/3, and 7/5 from 9 am-2 pm. New and experienced sailors between the ages of 7 and 16 are all welcome.  Camp classes will be customized to reflect the abilities of campers.

Opti Camp and X Boat Camp both include use of a rental boat.  Not sure whether your camper would be better in an Opti or an X?  Email us at and we'll help you decide. 

Family and Friends Camps

Don't see a week or time that works for you or your kids?

Want to create a fun and memorable summer experience for your kids/teens with their cousins and/or neighborhood friends?

We can create a camp just for them! Minimum of 4 sailors and we can tailor a camp to suit their interests and schedule. Please make a request or inquiry to:



High School students!    Interested in trying sailing this summer?

Why not have some fun learning a new (and lifelong) sport! Just add wind and water!

For more details and to register go to:

Adult Learn to Sail

Don't let the kids have all the fun! Have you always wanted to learn to sail?  Now's your chance.

Please contact us at  We will set you up with one of our experienced adult sailors to arrange lessons that work for you!