Learn to Sail and Race

The Oshkosh Yacht Club Sailing School provides a value priced community sailing opportunity for youth who have completed
2nd grade through age 13.  Students sail the International Optimist.  The “Opti,” is the perfect youth boat because it is simple in design for the new sailor, while at the same time it can be fine tuned for the more advanced skipper.  Our programs focus on racing and the enjoyment of sailing as a lifetime and community activity.  At each level our certified U.S. Sailing Level 1 instructors provide a sailing experience which focuses on safety, sailing terminology, boat handling, rules of the sea, skill performance and racing techniques.  The OYC has been in existence for 148 years.  

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Our 2019 Summer Program:  June 10th -  August 8th


Opti Sailing Camp (Beginner) - $75-95

This learn to sail camp is designed to teach children 8-11 the fundamentals of sailing. Campers will sail with two in a boat or by themselves. They will learn basic sailing techniques using games and simple drills to teach basic boat handling. The camp is designed for new or returning sailors who wish to master the basic skills. The goal of the camp is to have fun on the water while acquiring an enjoyable life time skill.

Beginner Camp Session 1,3 and 4 are two weeks in length Monday through Thursday.  

Beginner Camp Session 2 - *Due to the 4th of July holiday camp will be held Monday through Friday the first week and Monday through Wednesday the 2nd week. 

Beginner Camp Session 5 will be held on six consecutive Monday evenings

Camp #1 June 10 - June 20   12:30 - 2:30   $95

Camp #2* June 24 - July 3      12:30 - 2:30   $95    

*See above holiday schedule

Camp #3 July 8 - July 18       12:30 - 2:30   $95

Camp #4 July 29 - August 8   12:30 - 2:30   $95

Camp #5 June 10 - July 15    Monday Evenings 5:30 - 7:30   $75

Learn to Race (Intermediate) $100

For sailors ages 9-12 who can sail alone and have mastered basic sailing skills. The class will focus on self-reliance by introducing more advanced boat and sail handling skills that allow them to develop confidence and have fun while managing their boat in a wide variety of situations. Must have completed Opti Sailing Camp or similar skill level class.
L2R #1 June 10 – June 22   3:00 – 5:00   $100

L2R #2 June 24 – July 3      3:00 – 5:00   $100   

* See above holiday schedule

L2R #3 July 8 - July 19        3:00 – 5:00 $100


Opti Race - Team Oshkosh (Advanced) $95

This challenging class for sailors 9-13 focuses on racing skills and preparation for competitive sailing events both at home and on nearby lakes. Advanced sailing drills plus classroom debriefs give the student the tools needed to advance their racing performance.  Students are encouraged to participate in local fleet races on Wednesday evenings as well as multi-race regattas hosted by sailing clubs in our area. Must have successfully completed the Opti Learn to Race Program or equivalent.


  • Must have successfully completed the Opti Learn to Race Program or recommendation by sailing coach

  • Be a racing member of the OYC

Spring Season Training: Saturdays, May 18 - June 8, 9:00am–12:00pm, $70

Summer Season Class and Regatta Coaching:  June 17 – July 25   9:00am – 12:00pm, Monday through Thursday,  $430

  • On Opti regatta days no local classes will be held 

  • Fee includes use of Opti racing fleet boats at regattas, trailering of boats to and from regatta and coaching

  • Current schedule of regattas:  Lake Beulah June 24, Cedar Lake July 12 and Lake Geneva July 10.  Additional regatta registration fees apply.  

Additional Youth Sailing Opportunities

Must be an OYC junior member or family sailing member to participate.

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OYC Opti Fleet Racing - $50    


Fleet races in which cumulative scores will be kept for the sailing.  Participants must be a racing member of the OYC.  Season trophies will be awarded at the annual Cup Night in October. 

Wednesdays June 12—August 21 6:30 to 8:00pm

Regatta Opportunities

Sailors enrolled in the Learn to race and Opti Race Team programs will have the opportunity to participate in on and off lake regattas where they can hone their skills against others of similar age and experience. It is a wonderful opportunity for our sailors to make life long friends.  Coaching will be provided.
Regatta Schedule (TBA)

adult sailing school

The Oshkosh Yacht Club Sailing School provides two hour community sailing opportunities for adults and families. Participants will sail on a 20 foot Flying Scot. It is the perfect teaching boat because it has an open concept and is very stable Classes will have a maximum of 4 sailors and one to two instructors. Our program focuses on basic skills and the enjoyment of sailing as a lifetime and community activity. All classes sail out of the OYC Harbor at The Waters, 1393 Washington Avenue, Oshkosh WI 54901


Session 1 – Saturday, June 15   9:30 – 11:30

Session 2 – Monday, June 17    5:30 – 7:30

Session 3 – Saturday, July 20   9:30 – 11:30

Session 4 – Monday, July 22   5:30 – 7:30

Price is $75 per person. 

Register HERE for Adult Sailing School Lessons.