For new and expert sailors alike, the Minneapolis Sailing Center is a fun and supportive environment to share in our passion for sailing. We have classes to make sailing affordable and available to sailors of all abilities and backgrounds. Scholarships are available to those who qualify.
NEW IN 2019: We combined the Youth Beginning and Intermediate classes to form a new “Explorers” class. This class will allow new and experienced sailors to enjoy engaging activities and adventures without the pressure of competitive racing! The Explorers class is designed to be taken more than once and sailors will be grouped with other students of similar skill levels.
CHILDREN ages 4-6
Parents, this is your chance to learn to sail with your young child between 4-6 years. This beginning sailing class teaches the basics of sailing to both parents and kids.
CHILDREN AGES 7-11
The Optimist is an 8-ft sailboat for students usually ranging in age from 7-11 and weighing up to about 120 pounds.
The Optimist Explorers Class is designed for beginner and intermediate students to enjoy learning to sail in a non-racing environment. Students are split into groups of new and more experienced sailors to tailor the class content to each kid’s skill level. New games and activities each session allow for sailors to repeat this camp multiple times.
Once students have a good comfort level on the water and are interested in learning how to race, they can move to the Optimist Intro to Racing Class, where they learn to become independent skippers while improving boat handling skills and confidence.
The Optimist Race Team is for sailors who want to grow as a racer and compete in regattas. Sailors will work on advanced boat handling, sail trim for speed, rules, race strategy, and more. Sailors participate in the Twin Cities Youth Sailing Regatta series on area lakes.
youth ages 12-18
The 420 is a 14 ft boat that is great for learning to sail that offers challenges such as spinnaker and trapeze as skill improves.
The 420 Explorers Class is for beginner and newer sailors to enjoy learning to sail in a non-competitive environment. Sailors will learn all the basics needed to get on the water and build confidence. New games and adventures each session allow for sailors to repeat this camp multiple times.
For those sailors who know the basics and are interested in learning about Racing, the 420 Intro to Racing Class is the place to be. Sailors will improve boat handling and sail trim while learning about the exciting world of Sailboat Racing.
The 420 Race Team is for sailors who want to improve their racing performance and compete in regattas. Sailors will work on advanced boat handling, sail trim, race strategy, and more. Sailors participate in the Twin Cities Youth Sailing Regatta series on area lakes.
High School Sailing takes place in the spring and fall after school. Students have the opportunity to race in local high school regattas and practice 3 days per week. Both new and experienced sailors are welcome to join the High School Program and represent your school! This is a fun way to spend your spring and fall with other local high school sailors learning and competing together.
Children ages 12 and above may join Adult in class
Our beginning sailing classes will prepare you to sail independently and with confidence. We offer highly acclaimed small group courses with great a student to instructor ratio that will start you sailing right. Sailors learn the basics of boat handling, sail trim, tacking and gybing, rigging and knot tying.
You can choose to learn in either the fast and responsive Class 420 sailboat or a larger and more stable Ensign keelboat. After two-weeks, students will be certified to take friends and family sailing in MSC boats as a part of the Membership Program.
Intermediate Keelboat classes are designed for sailors wanting to take the next step and learn the nuances of advanced boat handling, sail trim, and boat speed.