Sailing Programs 2017-04-09T10:04:36+00:00

Sailing Programs


The WLSS programs are designed to teach age appropriate sailing skills both in classroom and on the water settings. These programs use a variety of practical hands on activities and experiences using sailing school boats. Students can also use their own boats during lessons.  We offer programs for ages 6-adult, who are interested in learning how to sail or improve their sailing skills. All students must pass a swim test that includes prolonged treading water and have a WLSS-approved life jacket (PFD).  Students will sail in JY 15s, Optimist Prams and Butterflies based on skill and experience level. Our experienced, certified instructors teach in conjunction with a program that has been running on White Lake for over 90 years.

Classes will begin the week of June 19th and run through August 10th. Beginners, intermediate, advanced and racing classes are offered during this time. There are a variety of programs to choose from.

Come out and join us in one of the oldest recreational sports and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of White Lake. Session enrollment is limited so register early!

Age & Skill Level

Sailing Program

Ages 6-9

JYs & Opti

Introduction to Sailing

Level 1
Sailors will learn about etiquette and sportsmanship, proper attire and PFD use, understanding water safety, sailing terminology, and parts of the sail boat.

Level 2
Sailors will learn about etiquette and sportsmanship, working the tiller and mainsheet, understanding wind, and preparation and rigging.

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Ages 8-15

(divided by age & skill)

Opti & Butterfly

Intermediate Sailing

Level 1
Sailors will learn about etiquette and sportsmanship, understanding wind, use of sail controls, sailing terminology, and leaving a dock/beach.

Level 2
Sailors will learn about sailing backward, proper use of tiller extension, starting, stopping and speed control, and safety position/hove to getting out of irons.

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Prerequisites: Member
of Jr. Race Team
&  Intermediate Level 1

Opti & Butterfly

Opti Green

Opti Green sailors are ready to sail solo in a variety of weather conditions and understand the basics of racing in the youth regattas. Sailors will learn how to effectively maneuver their boat for optimal control and wind advantage. Sailors will also learn about basic racing tactics and rules of racing.

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Prerequisites: Member
of Jr. Race Team
& Intermediate Level 2

Opti, Butterfly, 420 & Laser

Port Group

The Port Group is our more focused group of sailors who have had youth racing experience and are ready to take their sailing and racing to the next level. Sailors will focus on racing strategy, advanced racing tactics and wind reading along with race etiquette.

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Ages 7+

White Lake Jr. Race Team

Being a member of the White Lake Jr. Race Team comes with many benefits of added US Sailing Certified on-the-water coaching and regatta prep skills.

Membership fee includes:

  • 4 Friday WMYAA Regattas, plus the Green Fleet Opti Regatta for those in Green class
  • On-the-water coaching from two of our own Instructors for Opti and Butterfly courses
  • Coaching with boat setup and optimal rigging
  • Regatta Race Team shirt

We are also hoping to be adding 420s to our Friday Regatta Race Team depending on securing boats and participation. WLSS Instructors will provide race coaching during the Friday youth regattas and feedback on take-aways from the Instructors will be provided after each Friday Regatta. Boat loading and securing for the Friday youth regattas will take place after on Thursday afternoons. Each Racer should have a designated adult who is present to assist in boat loading and and unloading.


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Ages 16+

(all skill levels)

Adult Sailing Series

The Adult Sailing Series program is focused on providing a fun and educational experience in learning and enhancing existing sailing knowledge and skills.  Whether it is learning boat parts, learning about wind impact or simply enhancing your sailing experience, this 4-week program offers a great opportunity for joining others in the fun of sailing. (Must register for in advance.)

Ages 16+, 4-week session, 2 hours per week

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Ages  8-Adult

Opti, Butterfly, Laser & JYs

Private Sailing Lessons

We offer private lessons for those who are looking for a single time adventure sail or for those of all ages who are looking to learn how to sail and want a summer long experience.  We also offer a Tuesday night Adult sailing series (4 weeks) for those looking to join a group lesson and share the experience.

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