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Detroit Boat Club
The Oldest Yachting Club in the Americas
Established in 1839
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Class Description

Novice Sailing Program

DBC is proud to offer this entry-level class for students who have little or no sailing experience.   It is held jointly with the Challenge the Wind Program at the Belle Isle Boat House (formerly the Detroit Boat Club Clubhouse) on Belle Isle in Detroit.

The course is designed to be an entertaining and simple introduction to sailing and water safety.  Each sailor will learn the basics of sailing: parts of the boat, rigging (set up) sails, steering the boat, leaving & returning to the dock under sail, and water safety.

Students are also introduced to basics of racing with their fellow students and will have opportunities for longer races on Lake St. Clair as the class progresses.

This is a hands-on, get-wet (from bow spray, not capsizes) and have-a-lot of fun type of class. This course is designed to build skills and confidence through time on the water, chats on shore, and focus on fundamentals of sailing, safety and boat handling.

Full Tuition for the Beginner Class is $395, fee includes a one-year membership in the DBC.  Fee is $245 if you are already a DBC member.  Additional family members can take the class for a fee of $245 (additional family member fee does not include DBC membership). 

Course is based on U.S. Sailing material and hands-on sailing.

No previous boating experience is required.