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CCYC's Sailing Crew Training Program
(aka "Crew School")


There's nothing like spending time out on the waters of Lake Michigan in the Summertime!

Do you spend time on other people's boats or want to?
Do you watch the sailboats racing on the lake and wonder how you can get involved?
Do you wish you knew more about what your friends, family or co-workers are doing, how you can help out, what makes a great crew member, and/or how to find a boat to race with?

Come Join CCYC’s Sailing Crew Training Program, held each Spring. 


Our passionate sailors and skippers will teach you the skills you need to become a valued crew member whether you are interested in cruising or joining a racing program AND introduce you to the various fleets that sail and race out of Montrose Harbor and the skippers who are actively looking to add to their crew ranks for the 2024 season! Participants must be at least 18 years old.


Class Schedule:

Our 6 week crew school program for 2025 will be held on (6) consecutive Wednesdays
Wednesday April 2, 2025 through Wednesday, May 7, 2025 from 7pm to 9pm

We encourage all students to stay for our extra 30 min After Dark program from
9p to 9:30p for those that want to mingle and hear from special guest speakers.

Experienced Skippers and Racing Crew will introduce you to:

Nautical Terminology
Physics & Points of Sail
Behavior on Board
Crew Roles & Responsibilities
Weather & What to Wear
Personal & Boat Safety Equipment
Rules of the Road & More

Hands on Demo's will include:

Knot Tying
Line Control & Winch Operation
Sail Folding and Spinnaker Packing

Other Program Highlights include:

Small Mentor Groups
Outdoor Boat Demo
Networking and Skipper Meet & Greet
Access to CCYC's On Demand YouTube Channel
Access to CCYC's On Demand / Virtual Google Classroom

All Classes will be held inside the CCYC Clubhouse.
In case of any covid restrictions, classes will continue online.

2024 Program Pricing: $250 and includes Book & All Materials.

REGISTRATION for our 2025 Crew School will open in January 2025

Please CLICK HERE to be added to our Pre-Registration List

We look forward to having you join us!

Click HERE to Download our 2024 Flyer! 

(*NO Boat Required)

If you have any questions about Crew School, please contact Chris Garbacz.

Are You Interested In Continuing With On The Water Training?

CCYC's  Adult Sailing is an excellent way to continue your sailing education journey after Crew School.  Adult Sailing offers a full schedule of 4 week Level 1 and Level 2 sessions, throughout June, July, and August, taught by US Sailing Certified Instructors to help you take your sailing to the next level!  Be sure to  Register Early, as these on the water sessions fill up quickly and are often SOLD OUT by May.

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club

601 W. Montrose Ave,
Chicago IL 60613

P: 773.334.9100