Welcome to Minneapolis Sailing Center

(Formerly Lake Calhoun Sailing School)

Affordable, Convenient Sailing Lessons for All Ages and Abilities

The time has come to experience the fun and excitement of sailing on beautiful Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun) in the heart of Minneapolis, MN. The Minneapolis Sailing Center, founded in 1989, has grown to one of the largest and most diverse schools in the Midwest, offering classes for all ages and levels of experience.  

The school maintains a fleet of Optimist, Club 420, Laser, and Ensign sailboats and employs an enthusiastic staff of qualified instructors, many of whom have extensive racing experience. Explore the class and membership offerings and contact the school if you have any questions. We would love to have you join our community of sailors!


We offer a variety of classes and summer camps for youth and adults.  Whether you are just starting out or have sailed the seven seas, we have a class for you.  There is nothing quite like sailing on Bde Maka Ska with the Minneapolis skyline as a backdrop for fun and learning.  


We are excited to announce our new Membership Program. Members get access to our large fleet of sailboats during our open sailing hours and receive generous discounts on our classes.  Learn to sail, then use our boats all summer long to practice your skills or impress your friends.


To further our mission of teaching sailing to all, we provide a number of scholarships to students throughout the community. We rely on donations from our generous friends and partners to offer these scholarships and spread the joy of sailing.

news and events

Learn about the latest happenings at the Minneapolis Sailing Center and plan to attend one of our fun open houses or sailing events.  Stay up to date on all of the new and exciting changes that we are making at the school.