Learn To Sail

The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center offers introductory sailing classes for adults, youth, and children. For more experienced sailors, our courses include intermediate and advanced classes introducing different types of boats and equipment such as spinnakers.


The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center owns and maintains over 60 boats and members have no-charge access to the fleet after they successfully demonstrate basic sailing skills and earn a rating. The Sailing Center also offers private boat owners boat and dinghy storage, mast stepping, launching and haul-out services.

Community Outreach

The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center collaborates with area nonprofit social service agencies (Boys and Girls Club, Neighborhood House, YMCA, Milwaukee County Executive Office for Persons with Disabilities, etc.) to provide inner city and other disadvantaged at-risk children and youth with the opportunity to use the lessons of sailing to impact their futures. Using sailing as a tool, these students develop basic living skills such as decision-making, teamwork, critical thinking and on-the-spot-problem-solving in a natural setting, to sail help build self-esteem and self-confidence. Students also learn about water safety; how wind and weather affects sailing skills and, of course, also develop a sincere appreciation for Lake Michigan.

Boat Owner Services

The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center offers boat owners a variety of services for many types of boats. The Sailing Center has on-shore, summer storage for small sailboats along with dinghy storage for owners to access their moored boats in McKinley Marina. The Sailing Center also has winter storage along with launching and haul out capabilities for most boats.

Facility Rental

With its beautiful lakefront setting, the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center offers the perfect venue for your next event. Whether you're looking to host your next corporate event, or are looking for an unforgettable setting for your wedding, we offer a spacious upstairs venue with beautiful views on three sides, as well as outdoor space for open air or tented events.

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