Sailors looking to get out on the water this summer have some options.
Columbia Yacht Club
“With the harbors opening in the coming weeks, we are very busy preparing for our abbreviated summer season,” said Katie Tinder, Sailing Program Manager at Columbia Sailing School (COLSS), located in DuSable Harbor.
Its sailing program will start in July, but with reduced capacity and limited registration. COLSS currently has openings in all of the adult classes. “We offer a little bit of everything for every price range and ability level,” Tinder said.
There are also openings in the Youth Powerboat Certification Camp, which provides students with two nationally-recognized safe-boating certifications.
Strict safety measures are always paramount at COLSS, with students wearing life jackets at all times and instructors stationed in safety boats to keep a close eye on all participants during camp, Tinder said.
For more information on sailing classes, visit www.columbiasailingschool.org, which offers daily availability updates.
Chicago Yacht Club (CYC)
The club will offer its “Crew U” program out of Monroe Station on Tuesday nights beginning in July.
“Crew U is a program run by members on their boats, with CYC staff helping to teach the course,” Sailing Director David Gerber said.
“It’s an opportunity to try different crew positions on the boats and participate in the weeknight races as well,” Gerber said. The program attracts a wide range of participants from beginners to more advanced sailors and often includes a post-sailing social component as well.
“It’s a great way to meet people, and it’s fun to sail on a variety of boats,” Gerber added.
CYC’s location at Belmont Station is also offering adult sailing lessons and courses, available to members and non-members. For more information, visit www.chicagoyachtclub.org.