Sailing Information



Sailing Programs & Racing Results

At the South Haven Yacht Club, we love boats, boating and boaters. To fully enjoy boating, it helps to be trained in handling and safety. That’s why SHYC offers sailing lessons for youth and adults. You can learn how to sail, the rules of the waterways, and teamwork. And, you’ll have a great time, guaranteed.

We also believe in healthy competition. So, we have our summer race series every Thursday evening. Sailboat races run from May to September, weather permitting. Additionally, we host the Invitational and Commodore’s Cup, and our racers participate in other community races.

See below for information on the SHYC boating programs.

Summer Race Series

SHYC offers members a summer racing series on Thursday evenings. Awards for the season are given out at the annual awards night in September.

SHYC Racing Mission:

  • To advance the sport of sailboat racing at the Club.
  • To promote a safe environment for sailboat racing.
  • To encourage camaraderie and healthy competition among sailors.
  • To encourage awareness of the sport of sailing for all sailing enthusiasts.


Chairperson: Kim Miksa
Phone: 269-637-8773

Click here for Race Calendar.

Click image above for event registration.

SHYC Sailing Lessons

Register for Junior Sailing, Friday Family Lessons, Tuesday Adult Lessons or Thursday Learn to Race/Sail. More detail provided below.

For more information contact:
Junior Sailing Dir: Jim Spiegel
Phone: 847-848-4988

See more information below


Annual Invitational Regatta

Each year the South Haven Yacht Club hosts a sailing invitational regatta to compete against other yacht clubs in our area. While the racing is “Sailors Only” the post-race dinner, party, and awards presentation is for all SHYC members to enjoy.

There is never a guarantee on the weather or the wind, but there is always a guarantee that the party will provide a good time for all.

 Click image above for event registration.

Annual Commodore’s Cup

Our exciting end-of-the-year race event is always a big hit. The event is followed by a themed Pirate Party so be sure to mark your calendars. Please contact the Club for details and event times.

Click image above for event registration.

SHYC Sailing Lesson Schedule


One Week Session
Starts Every Monday
June 22 to August 14 — $200

Ages 8+ (Beginner/Intermediate)

One week classes start on June 22nd. Classes meet Monday through Thursday 9a to 4pm. Students age 8 and above may register for one or more weeks by using the online registration link above. Our fleet has grown and there are plenty of options for older kids to sail too.

Regular Tuition: $200 – with the first week of class – June 22nd discounted to $175. Discounts are also available (see registration page) for multiple weeks and siblings taking the same class.

The last class of the season will begin the week of August 10th. The classes later in July and August will fill up quickly. Register early to avoid disappointment and take advantage of early registration discounts.

***Must be able to swim – Swim Test is required***

Friday Family Sailing

Each Friday
June 26 to August 14 — $180 / $200

For the Whole Family

Choose a morning or afternoon session of 3-hours on any Friday from June 26 to August 14 (no class the afternoon of July 3)

9am to noon: $180
1pm to 4pm: $200

Or reserve the whole day! – and get a 10% discount

Classes will be taught on the J24 or the RS Quest – depending on weather and skill levels of the class.


Tuesday Adult Sailing Class

Each Tuesday
June 23 for 8 weeks — $400
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Adult Sailing Classes

This class will be taught on a J24 or J80 or RS Quest. The class will cover everything from docking to rigging, sail trim, safety procedures, helming, trimming, navigation and more. And it’s conveniently offered on Tuesday so you can have dinner at the club and re-live your sailing adventures over a cold beverage after the class is over!


Thursday – Learn to Race/Sail

Classes meet for six weeks
May 28 to July 2 or
July 9 to August 13 — $300
5:30 to 8:30

Join a certified US Sailing Instructor and a seasoned skipper on a J24 and compete against your fellow students on other identical boats (we call that one-design racing). Each boat will have just 2 or 3 students for maximum instruction and rotation. Meet at the dock at 5:30 to prep the boat and get on the water by 6p for pre-race tune up