Due to COVID-19 GUIDELINES imposed by the CDC & The Governor’s Restore IL Plan, the NSYC is not currently offering Sailing or Kayaking Classes, or any Social Events. Please check back here often as we are optimistic that these restrictions may ease as the 2021 boating season progresses.

  • You own your own Sailboat, Kayak, SUP or Powerboat, and you transport it to the NSYC each visit for your own use.
  • Experienced Sailors must be able to demonstrate independent skills of Swimming, Rigging, Sailing and Derigging a Sailboat (Sunfish, Barnett, 420, or HobieCat16) without assistance, prior to using NSYC sailboats.
  • SUP paddlers must pass a Swim and Skills competency assessment to qualify for NSYC SUP equipment use.
  • Kayak equipment use is restricted to renewing members who have previously passed our Swim and Kayak Skills assessment.
  • Minor children of members (under 18) must be accompanied at the NSYC, and on the water, by an adult member at all times.

Questions, please contact Info@NorthShoreYachtClub.com

NOTE: The Park District of Highland Park sells the Parking Decals (required for vehicle access to the south lot), boat launch permits, boat storage space, and clubhouse rentals.

Visit our Contact Us page above for these Park District contacts. Updated 12/2020

Learn to Sail

The North Shore Yacht Club offers an seven-week Learn to Sail Program that begins in early June. Classes meet until noon either Saturday or Sunday mornings, depending upon enrollment and class preference, with no classes on the July 4th weekend. Students are taught the fundamentals of rigging and sailing using club owned Sunfish and are supervised by our US Sailing certified instructors. This course is intended for adults, high school age and older.

The first day of class is held at the Highland Park High School pool where students are asked to demonstrate the ability to successfully tread water for two minutes and swim the full length of the pool. We also cover basic safety skills in the pool including righting a capsized sailboat. All other classes are held at the Park Ave Boating Beach in Highland Park and on Lake Michigan waters.

Once students have obtained basic skills in Sunfish boat handling, they are encouraged to make use of the club boats and are welcome to sail with other experienced sailors throughout the summer season. We practice the safe boating "buddy system" where no one sails alone and a PFD is required to be worn on the water at all times.

Students must register with a Full Membership to the NSYC, and then register for the NSYC Adult Sailing Class Event. All Membership Information and Learn to Sail class registration can be found on our Membership tab along with important General Club Guidelines.