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Summer Sessions

LSC is scheduling Youth Sailing Training for this summer - each session runs 5 days, and will have parallel tracks for newer sailors, and for those who have some sailing experience. The final session is an introduction to the fun of racing. Each sessions runs three hours.  Week session are scheduled for June 21 - 25, June 28 - July 2, July 12 - 16, July 19-23, and Race Week August 9-13.

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(As Covid-related executive orders for Michigan and the U.S. change and develop, A change of dates, or cancellations may occur).


Instructor, Maribeth Fletcher - Maribeth competes in the Sunfish and Wayfarer classes and has sailed many kinds of boats over the years, from Flying Scots to Flying Dutchman and MC Scows, and has also taught K-12 science for decades. She also serves on the LSC Board of Directors. Maribeth is Level 1 US Sailing Instructor Certified and CPR Certified. 

Instructor, Drew Kovalchick - Drew, currently at Ohio State, and a graduate from ELHS, has been sailing and racing for eight years. He started in the junior sailing program and sailed with the High School Sailing Team, races with LSC, has frequently served with the Race Committee, and has worked as an assistant instructor for the junior sail program for the past three years. He is completing his Level 1 US Sailing Instructor and is CPR Certified.

Instructor, Olivia Sowa - Olivia, currently at Michigan State University, and a graduate from ELHS, has been sailing for 3 years. She started racing Lightnings at LSC, and sailed with the High School Sailing Team, has frequently served with the Race Committee, and has worked as an assistant instructor for the junior sail program for the two years. She is completing her Level 1 US Sailing Instructor and CPR Certification. 

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Answers to some often asked questions:

Campers on the waterCan a Youth Sailor participate in more than one session?

Yes. More info below.

Who can participate?

Open to boys and girls who will be going into grades 4 through 12.

What is the Junior Sailing Program? 

We teach boys and girls how to sail in our Intro to Sailing Sessions. Youth sailors will learn how to sail a small boat by themselves. Those who already know how to sail will go into the Intermediate 1 or 2 Sessions to build on their skills and sailing confidence. A variety of boats make for great summer fun!

We emphasize safe sailing and having fun as well as developing good sailing skills.

Where is the Program run? 

The program is held at the Lansing Sailing Club and on the waters of Lake Lansing. The Lansing Sailing Club is at 6039 E. Lake Drive, Haslett, MI, on the east side of Lake Lansing.

Junior Sailing 3Instructors and Coaches 

Instruction and coaching is provided under the direction of US Sailing Certified Instructors. The instructors and coaches enjoy working with youth sailors, love to sail and have years of experience sailing a wide range of sailing craft and usually have extensive sailboat racing experience as well.


Sunfish, Lasers, 420s, Optis, and Bics are sailboats we may employ in our Learn to Sail programs.  

Working on upwind skillsWhat to Bring

Here is a checklist of what to wear and bring daily:

  • Youth sailors should wear their swimming suits and expect to get wet. Among other things, we teach youths how to recover from a capsize.
  • Wear closed toed footwear with white soles (dark soles leave marks on the boats).
  • NO flip-flops on boats or grounds.
  • A water bottle.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Eyeglass holders if the sailor wears glasses (glasses are very easily lost in the lake).
  • A cap clip if the sailor wears a cap (they only float for a short period of time).
  • A life jacket (the Lansing Sailing Club has life jackets available for those who do not have their own).
  • A whistle with lanyard (attach to life jacket).
  • A towel and change of clothing so you can go home in dry clothes.
  • Remember to dress appropriately for the weather conditions and note that it is always cooler on the water. We sail in light rain and cool weather, but not during thunderstorms - so bring the appropriate rain gear if necessary.
  • Sailing gloves are strongly recommended.

Click on "Info for Guests" in the left hand column for more information.

Exercising Control

Lansing Sailing Club Certification

As part of the Youth Sailing Program, the Youth Sailors work toward earning Sailing Certificates. Proper certification permits a Youth Sailor to sail a Club Sailboat by herself or himself in conditions authorized by the certification, with the supervision of an Adult who is also a certified sailor. For example, a Youth Sailor who has earned both the Level 1 Certificate and a Sunfish Certificate can sail a Club Sunfish in light winds (up to 8 mph) near the Sailing Club as long as an certified adult sailor, capable of rendering assistance if necessary, is monitoring from the shore. 

Click on the list of certificates in the right column for more information.

US Sailing Certification

For those sailors wishing to earn US Sailing Small Boat Certification, LSC has instructors who are qualified to test and sign-off on requirements. US Sailing charges a modest fee to register this certification and the fee includes a year of membership in US Sailing.