Events Open to the General Public

January 6‚ 2019 continuing through April 16

Boat Maintenance and Repair

Boat Maintenance & Repair FREE – No charge
Runs every week: January 6 – April 16
Mondays at 5:30 pm and Thursdays at 10:30 am

Help get the MCSC fleet back in shape for spring! Here’s a chance for experience with sanding‚ varnishing‚ fiberglass preparation‚ woodworking‚ marine painting and more.

No registration required. Come when you can!
October 15‚ 2019

Fall Classes Starting!


MCSC is proud to serve the sailing community in the winter months with our Winter Courses. Led by experts‚ these courses are meant to be instructive and to provide a place to ask questions. Sign up today!

Note: Most classes are $10.00. There are a few exceptions‚ and those are noted in their descriptions. Also: Most class are from 6 to 8 p.m. Again‚ exceptions are noted.
November 12‚ 2019

Book Club

Book Club
FREE – No charge
Oct 8‚ Nov 12‚ Dec 10‚ Feb 11‚ Mar 10‚ Apr 14
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Join the 6th year of Book Club! Book Club will meet to discuss the latest great read—usually sailing or water related. We encourage you to bring beverages and snacks. The books will be announced as they are chosen (recommendations welcomed). Please RSVP to the office.
Tuesday‚ January 14‚ 2020‚ 6 to 8 p.m.

Advanced Upwind Sail Trim

Nick Hayes will teach the importance of your sail’s shape‚ sail trim‚ and rig adjustments with a focus on upwind sailing. This is a great course for those with some experience (1+ years of sailing recommended).
Tuesday‚ January 21‚ 2020‚ 6 to 8 p.m.

Advanced Downwind Sail Trim

Nick Hayes will build on the basics from Advanced Upwind Sail Trim and continue to refine your trim and rig knowledge‚ teaching with an emphasis on spinnakers and introduction to “polars.” This is a great course for sailors with 2+ years of experience.
Thursday‚ January 23‚ 2020‚ 6 to 8 p.m.

Dealing with the Unexpected

Will you know how to handle your boat and your crew when the unexpected arrives? What about if your mainsheet comes unbolted or your backstay snaps in a strong breeze or your tiller cracks? Join Tom Holman as we explore some ideas during this interactive class geared for those “Uh oh!” moments that every sailor eventually experiences.
Tuesday‚ January 28‚ 2020‚ 6 to 8 p.m.

Racing 101

Join Ken Quant for this Basics of Racing class that will take you through the frequently asked questions about Racing Rules‚ including Right of Way at the start and at the mark‚ Mark Room‚ and Barging. For reference‚ you can get the MCSC Racing Handbook or the US Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing to follow along or to prepare questions.
Thursday‚ January 30‚ 2020‚ 6 to 8 p.m.

Cruising 101

Great Lakes cruiser Jeff Bird talks about what cruising is‚ and why it’s fun! We’ll talk about destinations on the Great Lakes‚ marinas‚ cruising boats and systems‚ and what to expect when traveling and vacationing via sailboat. A class for prospective charterers‚ boat owners‚ or crew who want to see what cruising is about.
Tuesday‚ February 4‚ 2020‚ 6 to 8 p.m.

(Mostly) All Things Ensign

Dick Beverly got his Ensign up to 6.8 knots this summer… so he seems like an excellent resource for learning about Ensigns! Come hear about the design and construction of the awesome Ensign‚ as well as their history‚ and more.
Thursday‚ February 6‚ 2020‚ 6 to 8 p.m.

Anchors Made Easy

Learn how to anchor confidently. Great Lakes cruiser Jeff Bird talks about basic theory and procedures to make anchoring easy‚ including crew communications‚ selecting an anchorage‚ and windlass operation. A class for cruising skippers and crew alike.
Tuesday‚ February 11‚ 2020‚ 6 to 8 p.m.

What’s That Cleat?

Cam‚ Clam and Jam! Where is the horn‚ duck bill‚ and base of a cleat? Join Phyllis McDonald for this hands-on class that will cover use and installation of several kinds of cleats.
Thursday‚ February 13‚ 2020‚ 6 to 8 p.m.

VHF Radios

VHF radios are used to communicate with MCSC‚ other boat traffic‚ the Coast Guard‚ bridge operators‚ and with marinas. Not sure of the proper radio procedures? Jeff Bird will help unravel the mysteries of that VHF radio! Bring your own VHF radio‚ if you have one.
Tuesday‚ February 18‚ 2020‚ 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Block & Tackle

Cunningham‚ Vang‚ Preventer‚ Mainsheet‚ Backstay‚ Traveler‚ Outhaul‚ Uphaul‚ Downhaul… so many moving parts and so many uses for a basic‚ simple device – the block
and tackle! Do you want to move it? Use a block and tackle! Come work with Phyllis McDonald and learn what it is‚ how it works‚ and how to utilize this simple machine that is truly a “sailor’s best friend”!
Thursday‚ February 20‚ 2020‚ 6 to 8 p.m.

What’s In Your Sailbag?

Instructor Kristin Pratt will discuss what you should bring with you when sailing‚ where to find the gear you need‚ and how to use tools every sailor should bring along for the ride. Whether you going to be sailing for two hours or two weeks‚ this class is for you!
Saturday‚ February 22‚ 2020

Milwaukee Public Museum event at MCSC

Join the Milwaukee Public Museum at MCSC for a fun morning of FREE hands-on learning. (Call or email to register‚ otherwise $1.00 online.)

10 am
The Beautiful World of Butterflies
Butterflies may be beautiful‚ but that’s not why they’re important! Learn about the residents of MPM’s Butterfly Vivarium while we get up close and personal with these fascinating animals. Participants will have an opportunity to observe real butterfly specimens under a microscope while exploring how special their wings really are.

11:30 am
Wisconsin Rocks!
Discover how Wisconsin’s landscape has evolved through time and what geology can tell us about our state’s past. Participants will get a chance to examine real fossils and use them to determine how Wisconsin’s geography has changed over millions of years.

These are for all ages--and we encourage families to come to MCSC and enjoy these special programs.

**These are FREE‚ but you need to call MCSC‚ or email‚ to RSVP.**
Call: 414-277-9094
Email: [email protected]

The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center and the Milwaukee Public Museum have teamed up to offer the MPM on the Move Outreach Program at MCSC. This program has something for everyone and includes hands-on learning opportunities led by the Milwaukee Public Museum’s experienced and talented educators. Thank you to Kohl’s Cares for paying for this programming!
Tuesday‚ February 25‚ 2020‚ 6 to 8 p.m.

Lots ’O’ Knots

Gene Cramer will go over knots that every sailor should know‚ such as the bowline‚ clove hitch‚ cleat hitch‚ figure 8‚ sheet bend‚ and many more. A great class for anyone who needs to brush up on – or learn – their essential knots before the sailing season starts!
Thursday‚ February 27‚ 2020‚ 6 to 8 p.m.

Basic Sail Trim & Sail Shape

Jared Drake will help you explore the technical side of how to change the shape of your sail and how that affects your boat’s performance and the forces acting on your boat. This is a good foundation as you move into the practical application of sail trim in other classes and on the water.
Thursday‚ March 3‚ 2020‚ 6 to 8 p.m.

Line Splicing 101

Learn how to splice and whip lines. This is a valuable maritime skill! Gene Cramer will teach you how to splice those eyes and make new dock lines for your boat…or ours.
This course is limited in size due to the individual attention required‚ so sign up early. Walk-Ups will not be accepted.
Wednesdays‚ March 4‚ 11‚ 18‚ 25‚ 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Basics of Navigation

Basics of Navigation
FEE - $100
Wednesdays‚ March 4‚ 11‚ 18‚ 25 5:30-8:30 pm
Join Gary Berg for this fast-paced‚ introduction to navigation aids‚ compass reading‚ charts‚ plotting and much more. For the experienced sailor‚ this course includes work completed both in class and outside of class. Some additional materials are required. This course is limited in size due to the individual attention required‚ so sign up early. Walk-Ups will not be accepted.
Thursday‚ March 5‚ 2020‚ 6 to 8 p.m.

Spinnaker Basics

MCSC’s own Jared Drake teaches this dry-land theory-based course as he discusses the use of spinnakers in everyday sailing. Learn the different parts of the sail and the lines and learn how to set‚ fly‚ and douse your “chute”.
Tuesday‚ March 10‚ 2020‚ 6 to 8 p.m.

Weather Wise

Join Sailor and Meteorologist Joe Fillingham for an introduction to basic weather concepts including large scale weather systems‚ fronts‚ and gradient flow. This great class‚ for any skill level‚ will help you to gain a better understanding of the weather patterns around us and how they affect one of our favorite activities…sailing!
Wednesday‚ March 11‚ 12 to 1 p.m.

Keeping Your Sails Ship-Shape

Learn more about sail-making and the history of sails‚ as well as tips and tricks for maintaining your sails. Todd Basch from Quantum Sails will be ready to answer your questions about sails and sail-making—it doesn’t matter where you got your sails‚ he is ready to talk sailcloth with you!
Thursday‚ March 12‚ 2020‚ 6 to 8 p.m.

Women’s Introduction to Sailing

Join Instructor Teresa Coronado for this introduction to sailing class for women. Brand new to sailing? Then this class is for you! This is a dryland introduction to the basic concepts of sailing. Learn some basic boat parts‚ points of sail‚ sail trim‚ knots‚ tacking‚ gybing‚ and much more.

**This class offers the exact same curriculum as the other :Intro to Sailing" class‚ but will address the unique challenges faced by women in sailing.
Thursday‚ March 19‚ 2020‚ 6 to 8 p.m.

Introduction to Sailing

Brand new to sailing? Then this class is for you! Join Tom Holman for a dryland introduction to the basic concepts of sailing. Learn some basic boat parts‚ points of sail‚ sail trim‚ knots‚ tacking‚ gybing‚ and much more.
Tuesday‚ March 24‚ 2020‚ 6 to 8 p.m.

Milwaukee Weather 101

Join Ken Quant as he takes you through the local wind and weather systems: how they form‚ and what it means to you as a sailor.
Thursday‚ March 26‚ 2020‚ 6 to 8 p.m.

Mooring Basin 101 and 102

Want to know more about how to strategize sailing through the mooring basin? Tom Holman will be working with you to plan‚ prioritize‚ and calm your fears! An expansion of his Chalk-Talk Video on the Mooring Basin‚ you won’t want to miss this class.
Tuesday March 31 and Thursday April 2‚ 6 to 8 p.m.

Sew Your Own Bag with Recycled Sails!

Sew Your Own Bag With Recycled Sails
FEE - $20
Tuesday‚ March 31 and Thursday‚ April 2‚ 6 pm – 8 pm

Learn to sew a bag! Join two experienced sailors and sewers for two nights of cutting patterns and sewing a bag out of old sails. Sewing experience is helpful but not required. Bring your own sewing machine if you have one. We will have two machines to share. Sail cloth provided. This course is limited in size due to the individual attention required‚ so sign up early. Walk-Ups will not be accepted.
Tuesday‚ April 7‚ 2020‚ 6 to 8 p.m.

Race Committee 101

Have you always wanted to know what is involved with being on the Race Committee? Then this is the class for you! If you are looking to hone your racing skills‚ knowing the mechanics of the race set-up and the procedures for scoring will add to your racing “toolbox.” Join Paul Baldino as he introduces the basics of being Race Committee.
Thursday‚ April 9‚ 6 to 8 pm

Winch Cleaning for Beginners

This hands-on course will allow you to get your hands dirty in the care and cleaning of winches‚ led by expert Debbie Koelliker. Winches and supplies provided. This course is limited in size due to the individual attention required‚ so sign up early. Walk-Ups will not be accepted.
Tuesday‚ April 21‚ 6 to 8 pm

Dryland Refresher for Returning Sailors

Shake out those winter cobwebs and review basic theory‚ terms and maneuvers. Rigging‚ docking‚ and crew-overboard drills are also covered. This class is a great way to prepare for the upcoming 2020 sailing season! Come with your questions.

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