Events Open to the General Public

Tuesday‚ November 16‚ 2021

What’s In Your Sailbag?

What’s in Your Sailing Bag?
Fee $10
Tuesday‚ November 16‚ 6-8 pm
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!

Hybrid

**In person attendees must wear masks!
November-April

Book Club

Free and open to the public!
Book Club
Nov 9‚ Dec 14‚ Jan 11‚ Feb 8‚ Mar 8‚ Apr 12
6:00 – 7:00 pm

Join the 8th year of Book Club! Book Club will meet to discuss the latest great read—usually sailing or water related. Please RSVP to the office so that we know to expect you and can send you the link to our discussion. Books in monthly order: Master and Commander (O’Brian); The Weather Experiments (Moore); Black Sun (Roanhorse); The Fourth Part of the World (Lester); Murder at the Marina (Jacobsen); Valcour: The 1776 Campaign (Kelly). Online

Call or email MCCS to get the link sent to you! Call 414-277-9094 or email [email protected]


*Online
November - April

Ask An Instructor

“Ask An Instructor”

Have a sailing question? Any sailing question? We have instructors who would be happy to answer your question‚ or at least point you in the direction of an answer.

The first Monday of every month from 6-7 p.m. Nov 1‚ Dec. 6‚ Jan 3‚ Feb 7‚ March 7‚ April 4.

Online.

**This is a free‚ online class. We do need to know you are coming in order to send you the link to the talks‚ so please do call or email the office so that we can get you that information.Call 414-277-9094 or email [email protected]
November - April

Introduction to Sailing 2021

Introduction to Sailing
FEE - $45

Offered First Wednesday of the Month‚ 6 – 8 pm
Dec 1‚ Jan 5‚ Feb 2‚ March 2‚ April 6

This is a two-hour course that takes you through the theory of sailing‚ as well as teaching basic skills like tacking and gybing. Learn the parts of the boat that are important for the new sailor to know‚ and talk to an expert about questions you have as a new person to sailing. This is not meant for people who have already been through MCSC classes. Instead‚ this is for people brand new to sailing who want to learn some basics before enrolling in classes. This course includes the US Sailing Basic Keelboat book.

ONLINE

***Students who take this introductory class and then sign up to take an MCSC class in 2022 can apply $25 of the online course fee to their 2022 Adult Basic class.***
Tuesday‚ January 25‚ 6-8 pm

Milwaukee Weather 101

Milwaukee Weather 101
Fee $10

Tuesday‚ January 25‚ 6-8 pm

Milwaukee’s shoreline has a unique microclimate that means conditions are not always what were forecasted for the city itself. Join Ken Quant as he takes you through a lesson in basic weather and the localized influences of Lake Michigan. Learn how and why the local sailing breezes change throughout the day‚ the season‚ and how this all affects your sailing. He will also discuss the importance of reading the clouds to help keep you ahead of the weather and safe from any approaching summer storms.

Hybrid
Nov-April

Read Chapman’s Guide to Piloting

Chapman’s Book Club
Spend the winter reading one of *the* books that all skippers should read: Chapman Piloting: Seamanship and Small Boat Handling. We will choose a section of interest each month and talk about‚ work through‚ and discuss what we read‚ questions we have‚ or how we apply these to our own sailing.

The second Wednesday of every month from 6-7 p.m. Nov. 10‚ Dec. 8‚ Jan 12‚ Feb 9‚ March 9‚ April 13.

Online.

**This is a free‚ online class. We do need to know you are coming in order to send you the link to the talks‚ so please do call or email the office so that we can get you that information. Call 414-277-9094 or email [email protected]
December 1 and 8‚ 6-8 pm

Sew Your Own Bag with Recycled Sails

Sew Your Own Bag With Recycled Sails
FEE - $20
Wednesday December 1 and Wednesday December 8‚ 6 pm – 8 pm
Learn to sew a bag! Join two experienced 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‚ January 18‚ 6-8 pm

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Bought a Boat

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Bought a Boat

Fee - $10
Tuesday‚ January 18‚ 6 – 8 pm
Eliz and Clay Greene share a humorous and information-packed look at buying and owning a sailboat. Learn from their insights‚ triumphs‚ mistakes‚ and misadventures. Whether you’re just thinking about getting a boat or already have a boat‚ this class will answer questions you didn’t even know you had. Hybrid

*In person attendees are required to wear a mask!
Tuesday‚ March 29‚ 6 – 8 pm

Advanced Downwind Sail Trim

Advanced Downwind Sail Trim
Fee $10
Tuesday‚ March 29‚ 6 – 8 pm
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. Hybrid
Tuesday‚ March 22‚ 6-8 pm

Advanced Upwind Sail Trim

Advanced Upwind Sail Trim
Fee $10
Tuesday‚ March 22‚ 6 – 8 pm
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). Hybrid

**In person attendees must wear a mask!
Tuesday‚ February 1‚ 6-8 pm

All About Ensigns!

All About Ensigns!
Fee $10
Tuesday‚ February 1‚ 6 -8 pm
The Ensign is the largest class of full keel sailboats in North America‚ with over 2000 boats manufactured since 1962. At 30 boats‚ the fleet at MCSC is one of the largest in the country. Ensign owner Dick Beverly will present a history of fiberglass boat construction‚ evolution of the Ensign‚ analysis of design elements‚ and a comparison of the Ensign with more “modern” sailboats. Learn how to get the most performance out of our MCSC Ensigns as rigged‚ and gain a new appreciation for this remarkable craft‚ its storied history and bright future. Hybrid

**In person attendees required to wear a mask
Thursday‚ January 20‚ 6-8 pm

Anchors Made Easy

Anchors Made Easy
Fee - $10
Thursday‚ January 20‚ 6 - 8 pm
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. In-person

*In person attendees must wear a mask!
Thursday‚ February 3‚ 6-8 pm

Basic Sail Trim & Sail Shape

Basic Sail Trim and Sail Shape
Fee $10
Thursday‚ February 3‚ 6-8 pm
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. Hybrid

**In person attendees must wear a mask!
Thursday‚ February 17‚ 6-8 pm

Basics of Boat Ownership: Maintenance Schedules!

Basics of Boat Ownership: Maintenance

Fee $10
Thursday‚ February 17‚ 6-8 pm
An important part of boat ownership is setting up and following maintenance schedules. Are you already Bristol Fashion or blissfully unaware? Either way‚ you’ll get information to help you plan recommended pre-‚ post-‚ and in-season projects. Get the big picture about maintaining your sailboat. Join Phyllis McDonald as she goes through the basics of boat maintenance—beyond sanding and painting. This is an excellent class for new or prospective boat owners.

Online only!
Thursday‚ January 6‚ 6-8 pm

Cruising 101

Cruising 101
Fee $10
Thursday‚ January 6‚ 6-8 pm
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‚ 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. Hybrid

**In person attendance requires wearing a mask!
Tuesday‚ February 15‚ 6-8 pm

Dealing with the Unexpected!

Dealing with the Unexpected!
Fee $10
Tuesday‚ February 15‚ 6-8 pm
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. Hybrid

**In person attendees must wear a mask
April 26‚ 6-8 pm

Dryland Refresher for Returning Sailors

Dryland Refresher for Returning Sailors
Fee $10
Tuesday‚ April 26‚ 6 to 8 pm
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 2022 sailing season! Come with your questions. Hybrid
Tuesday‚ February 22‚ 6-8 pm

Heavy Weather Sailing

Heavy Weather Sailing
Fee $10
Tuesday‚ February 22‚ 6-8 pm
MCSC Instructor Kristin Pratt will talk about strategies for sailing in heavy weather‚ including heaving-to‚ reefing on the water‚ using a traveler‚ and sailing through waves. This is *not* a Heavy Air class; rather‚ it is a class to teach some of the skills that you might find useful in stronger winds. Hybrid

**In person attendees must wear a mask!
Thursday‚ March 3‚ 6-7 pm

Introduction to the J-24

Introduction to the J-24
Fee $10

Thursday‚ March 3‚ 6-7 pm

Join Paul Baldino as he covers the basics of the J-24: crew positions and responsibilities‚ blocks‚ winches‚ and winch handles‚ and boat handling. This class is for students who have learned to sail the Ensign or a centerboard boat‚ and would like to know how the J-24 handles and what equipment they need to learn about to sail the J-24 with confidence.

Hybrid
Thursday‚ March 17‚ 6-8 pm

Line Splicing 101

Line Splicing 101
Fee - $10
Thursday‚ March 17‚ 6 - 8 pm
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 to six people due to the individual attention required‚ so sign up early. Walk-Ups will not be accepted. IN PERSON

**In person attendees MUST wear a mask
Thursday‚ March 31‚ 6-8 pm

Lots O’ Knots

Lots o’ Knots
Fee - $10
Thursday‚ March 31‚ 6 - 8 pm
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! This course is limited to ten people due to the individual attention required‚ so sign up early. Walk-Ups will not be accepted. IN PERSON

**In person attendees must wear a mask
Tuesday‚ March 15‚ 6-8 pm

Managing the Mooring Ball

Managing the Mooring Ball
Fee $10
Tuesday‚ March 15‚ 6-8 pm
Getting on and off of a mooring requires complex thinking and the use of many basic sailing skills. Instructor Kristin Pratt will give you strategies for getting off and onto a mooring ball‚ including navigating the mooring basin at MCSC. This class is recommended for people who want to earn a Medium Air rating‚ or who would like to be more confident in taking and returning a boat to and from a mooring. Hybrid

**In person attendees must wear a mask
Thursday‚ March 24‚ 6-8 pm

Race Committee 101

Race Committee 101
Fee-$10
Thursday‚ March 24‚ 6-8 pm
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. HYBRID

**In person attendees must wear a mask
Tuesday‚ April 5‚ 6-8 pm

Race Starts

Race Starts
Fee $10
Tuesday‚ April 5‚ 6-8 pm
Want to race but afraid to start? Not sure how it all works? Worried about congestion and the speed at which it all happens? Want to improve your starting skills? Want to win a start once in a while? Nick Hayes breaks down the first six minutes of a race - how to plan‚ how to be safe‚ knowing the fundamental rules‚ understanding the clock‚ where to be positioned and why‚ and of course‚ what to do when the unexpected happens. Hybrid
Thursday‚ February 24‚ 6-8 pm

Spinnaker Basics

Spinnaker Basics
Fee $10
Thursday‚ February 24‚ 6-8 pm
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”. In person

**In person attendees must wear a mask
Thursday‚ January 27‚ 6-8 pm

VHF Radio

VHF Radios
Fee $10
Thursday‚ January 27‚ 6-8 pm
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. This class is recommended for all rated or prospective Heavy Air skippers. In-Person

**In person attendees are required to wear a mask
Thursday‚ April 14‚ 6-8 pm

Women’s Introduction to Sailing

Women’s Introduction to Sailing
Fee $10

Thursday‚ April 14‚ 6-8 p.m.

Join instructor Terri Schmidt 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‚ tacking‚ gybing‚ and more.

Hybrid

**This class is the same as the regular Introduction to Sailing class‚ but is taught by women. It also addresses common concerns to new women sailors.
Runs every week January 10-April 14

Boat Maintenance & Repair

Runs every week: January 10 – April 14

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. In-person.

**Mask required.

Note: There is no BMR on Jan 17.
Tuesday‚ March 1‚ 6-8 pm

Chartering 101

Chartering 101
Fee $10

Tuesday‚ March 1‚ 6-8 pm

Are you interested in chartering but don’t even know what you need to know? Terri Schmidt and Bob Heil will give you the basics of what you should know about bareboat chartering (that means chartering a boat without a captain)‚ like: “What is provided on a bareboat charter?” “Do I need to bring towels?” “Can I just pick up the boat and go?” “Should I bring a GPS?” “How do I get from the boat to shore?” “What is a chart briefing?” Bring your questions!

Hybrid
June 15‚ 2021

COVID-19 Regulations update at MCSC

2021 COVID-19 Regulations Update
PLEASE NOTE THE TWO OPTIONS BELOW FOR MEMBERS TO VERIFY VACCINE STATUS:

If you are fully vaccinated‚ and are willing to share that information‚ the COVID regulations are being eased. If you are fully vaccinated here are your options (PLEASE NOTE that if you are choosing not to share or verify that information to either the Sailing Center or the Dockmaster at time of check-out‚ all regular COVID‚ non-vaccinated regulations will apply):
1. Bring your Vaccine Card and your Membership Card to the Sailing Center and we will put a special sticker on the back of your membership card‚ and you will be able to sail in almost normal‚ pre-COVID‚ conditions with other fully vaccinated persons for the summer;
OR
2. Bring your membership card and vaccination card every time you check out a boat to show to the dockmaster.

If you want to bring GUESTS down to sail who are vaccinated‚ they MUST show their vaccine card and ID at the dockhouse.  NO EXCEPTIONS will be made.  We are sorry‚ but if someone forgets their vaccine card or just prefers not to make this private information available to MCSC staff we understand and completely respect that decision‚ but you will then be required to follow the guidelines under the COVID Regulations for Unvaccinated Persons below. 

COVID Regulations that are still in place for EVERYONE – Vaccinated or Unvaccinated
COVID-19 Waiver must still be read‚ understood‚ accepted‚ and initialed by all sailing participants.  It is on the check-out sheet. 
Masks must be worn at all times‚ when in the building‚ on the docks and on any boats while with‚ or near‚ anyone who is NOT fully vaccinated  
3-person maximum allowed in Challenge or Integrity classrooms
Bathrooms to remain open with a 2-person maximum occupancy
Please do not congregate near the docks or the dockhouse. Space yourselves accordingly and we will work to get everyone out on boats
A cell phone or VHF will be required to be onboard for every boat going out.  Please remember to keep it where you can hear it if we need to contact you.

We are still not doing formal rentals or allowing gatherings of larger groups‚ but small groups of people gathering outdoors for lunches‚ dinners‚ etc. will be welcomed.  If you are uncertain about the size of your group‚ please check with Holly or Teresa beforehand 
Anyone under the age of 16 cannot be vaccinated yet‚ so any children 16 or under will automatically cause the boat to fall under the COVID Regulations for unvaccinated maximums

 
COVID Regulations for UNVACCINATED Persons
Ensigns - 2 people. 4-person exception if ALL are from one household
Solings - 2 people. 3-person exception if ALL are from one household.  
Centerboards - 2 people. 3-persons if ALL are from one household
J-24 - 2 people and no Heavy Air usage until further notice. 3-person exception if ALL are from one household.  
Misty & Reliance - 3 people and no Heavy Air usage until further notice. 4-person exception if ALL are from one household. No Heavy Air sailing
 COVID Regulations for VACCINATED (EVERYONE on the boat must be vaccinated) Persons
Ensigns - 4-persons
Solings - 3-persons
Centerboards - 3-persons
J-24 – 4-persons
Misty & Reliance – 4 persons

 COVID Regulations that have been LIFTED FOR EVERYONE
Life Jackets (PFD’s) will be available for member and guest use again. 
June 15‚ 2021

Mask Updates from MCSC

Masks at MCSC

MCSC is aware of the CDC updates with regard to vaccinated people and masks. We are excited to see things easing a bit. However‚ for the safety of everyone involved‚ MCSC will still require masks inside MCSC buildings for unvaccinated persons. 

Outside and on the docks: We will no longer mandate masks outside and while on the docks. However‚ again‚ for the safety of everyone involved‚ we prefer that you continue to wear them within six feet of others‚ particularly while on the docks.   

On the boats: Masks are still required on boats if there is an unvaccinated person onboard.

Please remember sailing capacities for vaccinated and unvaccinated scenarios:

COVID Regulations for UNVACCINATED Persons (A boat must follow these limits if ANYONE onboard is unvaccinated):
Ensigns - 2 people. 4-person exception if ALL are from one household
Solings - 2 people. 3-person exception if ALL are from one household.  
Centerboards - 2 people. 3-persons if ALL are from one household
J-24 - 2 people and no Heavy Air usage until further notice. 3-person exception if ALL are from one household.  
Misty & Reliance - 3 people and no Heavy Air usage until further notice. 4-person exception if ALL are from one household. No Heavy Air sailing

COVID Regulations for VACCINATED (EVERYONE on the boat must be vaccinated) Persons
Ensigns - 4-persons
Solings - 3-persons
Centerboards - 3-persons
J-24 – 4-persons
Misty & Reliance – 4 persons
Masks are still required on boats if there is an unvaccinated person onboard.

We thank you for your patience while we continue to look out for the safety of our members‚ guests‚ instructors‚ and staff. 

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