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

Come sail with us! SHYC offers a summer racing series that is open to our members and the public. The series runs May through September every Thursday evening, weather permitting.

Any sailboat with a current valid MidWest Performance Handicap Racing Fleet rating certificate (MWPHRF) is eligible.

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.

For more information contact:

Racing Chairman: Beth Onken
Phone: 269-209-5468


Click here for Race Calendar.

Click below image for Race Results

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: Tristan Wilson
Phone: 847-848-4988

See more information below

Annual Invitational Regatta

Every year the SHYC hosts an Invitational Regatta. Sailboats come from up & down the
Lakeshore to participate in this annual event. After a competitive day on the water, the sailors and members gather for the awards presentation, dinner and dancing.

This year The Cheap Dates will provide the entertainment. A good time is sure to be had by all.

Click button below for final results.

Annual Commodore’s Cup

Following in SHYC tradition, this end of the season race is for our members only. The coveted Commodore’s Cup award is presented to the winning sailboat. After the members can enjoy a “Pirate Party” with live music.

Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded. Make sure to mark your calendars so you do not miss out on this fun night!

Click image above for event registration.

SHYC Sailing Lesson Schedule

If you are planning to get your kids or grandkids in sailing this summer, sign up now.  Some weeks are already full and we have 80 registrations already!.   For a reminder – kids 8 and up are eligible and need not be YC members.  Classes meet 9a to 4p Mon, Tues, Wed and Thursday.  Tuition is $200 and emphasis is safety and fun – not racing.

Notice:  Scholarships No Longer Available for 2021

Please use the link above for lesson registration.

Friday Family Sailing

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

For the Whole Family – Back Again After an Awesome Inaugural Season

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.

Register Here

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!

Register Here


Thursday – Learn to Race/Sail – NEW!

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

5:30pm to 8:30pm

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 two or three 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

Register Here