Adult Sailing Lessons

For more than 125 years, the Jackson Park Yacht Club’s sailing school has been teaching children and adults how to sail. Our courses provide the opportunity for both kids and adults to develop the skills and confidence necessary to enjoy the sport of sailing.

Come learn how to sail at beautiful Jackson Park Outer Harbor.

Instructors teach both beginner and intermediate sailors on either dinghies (i.e., small boats) or keelboats (i.e., 25 foot or larger):

Adult Keelboat Classes: Learn to sail on JPYC’s 25-foot keelboats. These are the vessels that you see at the docks in most harbors. These vessels provide a stable, yet nimble, platform for learning how to sail and on the water.

Session Dates:·

Session dates to be announced SOON!


JPYC Members $399

Non-Members $499


Register for Adult Keelboat Classes.


Adult 420 Dinghy Classes

Are you a beginner sailor looking for a safe, fun, and thorough introduction to sailing? Are you an experience yacht-person interested in small boat/dinghy sailing? Are you an intermediate sailor who wants to perfect your sailing skills/learn new ones? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this course is for you!

An intensive 15 hour course, including pre, mid, and post course homework to maximize your on the water fun!  This course is taught on 420s and Fevas (small boats like the kids sail on) and includes:

·        Water Safetyˇ– Capsizing/righting a boat, man-overboard drills.

·        Boat Partsˇ- Rigging, steering, and sail adjustment.

·        Sailing Theoryˇ- The points of sail, knots, wind, weather signs.

·        Racingˇ- Rights of way, race starts, and race course basics.

·        Navigationˇ– Voyage preparation, basic navigation, distance sailing.

JPYC members who successfully complete this course are automatically certified for free use of the JPYC 420 and Feva fleets.

Session Dates:

Session 1

Friday, June 18th              5:30 – 7:30 PM

Saturday, June 19th          7:00 -10:00 AM

Sunday, June 20th             7:00 – 10:00 AM


Friday, June 24th              5:30 – 7:30 PM

Saturday, June 25th          7:00 -10:00 AM

Sunday, June 26th             7:00 – 10:00 AM



Session 2

Monday, August 23rd        5:30 -- 7:30 PM

Tuesday, August 24th        5:30 -- 7:30 PM

Wednesday, August 25th   5:30 -- 7:30 PM

Thursday, August 26th      5:30 – 7:30 PM

Friday, August 27th         5:30 – 7:30 PM


JPYC Members $225

Non-Members $325


Register for Adult 420 Classes


Women on the Water

If you’re looking for a friendly learning environment to learn how to sail or would enjoy going out on sailboats for fun…this is for you! Professional instruction for women, by women, including both classroom and hands-on on-the-water instruction.

Participants will learn on JPYC’s 25-foot keelboats. These vessels provide a stable, yet nimble, platform for learning how to sail and on the water.

Don't let another summer pass you by!! Call JPYC for more details.

Session Dates:·

Session dates to be announced SOON!


Costs to be announced SOON!


Register for Women on the Water Classes.



Private Lessons

Whether you are a beginner looking to learn at your own pace or an experienced sailor seeking to expand your skills, JPYC’s private sailing lessons can be tailored to your specific goals.

Instructors can teach adults, youth or families on either dinghies or keelboats.

Don't let another summer pass you by!! Call the JPYC for more details.

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R Delacy Peters, Jr Commodore
Issac Stanley, Rear-Commodore
Tyra Taylor, Recording Secretary
Talayah Stovall, Membership Secretary
Rita Harris, Treasurer