The Minneapolis Sailing Center has an extensive adult sailing program:  

  • Classes are taught in either the smaller and more responsive 420 sailboat or the more stable and larger Ensign Keelboat.

  • The curriculum includes free US Sailing Textbooks for each student.

  • Successful completion of each class automatically grants a wind rating for our Membership Program.

  • Adult Intermediate Keelboat class to build on skills learned as a Beginner and gain confidence.

  • Adult Learn to Race class offers a chance to test your sailing skills.

adult Beginning 420

The beginning 420 sailing course includes 15 hours of instruction over two weeks. The 420 sailboat is a fast and responsive boat ideal for learning to sail. We provide instructors on shore and on the water to make learning to sail fun and easy.

Students will learn everything they need to skipper the boat and crew the boat including sail-theory, boat parts, landing at a dock or buoy and open water sailing.


This two week beginning sailing course makes use of our 23-foot Ensign keelboats. Each boat is sailed with four students and an instructor, although accommodations can be made for up to six students in the boat if a larger group or family wishes to learn together.

Sailors will learn how to rig the boat, land at a dock or buoy, and basic boat handling needed to sail independently in light winds. By the end of the 15 hour course, students will be light wind certified to use our boats as a part of the membership program.


Our two week Intermediate Keelboat class builds on the skills learned in the Beginning Keelboat Class. The curriculum will focus on preparing you for to be confident sailing the Ensign Keelboat in medium and heavy air.

Students will learn more advanced on-the-water boat handling, sail theory and an introduction to racing and spinnaker sailing.

adult learn to race

Are you ready to put your sailing skills to the test and join the exhilarating world of sailboat racing? The Adult Learn to Race class introduces sailors to racing rules, race strategy, reading the wind, maximizing boat speed, and advanced boat handling skills in a fun and hands-on environment.  Students will participate in practice races and drills to develop racing skills, then compete in Calhoun Yacht Club races on Saturdays.