2017 ILYA X Champions Nathan & Graham Hetzler - D30

Welcome to Delavan Lake Sailing School

The Delavan Lake Sailing School is a non-profit organization. Since 1955 we have been dedicated to teaching children and adults the art of sailing, the concept of good sportsmanship, teamwork and camaraderie.

The sailing school is run by an all-volunteer board whose responsibilities include fund raising, curriculum, staffing and equipment. The unselfish efforts of our volunteers have created an active and healthy environment for our children and our summertime. Open to all club members and non-members, the Delavan Lake Sailing School's mission is to promote the sport of sailing.

Over the years Delavan Lake Sailing School has introduced many young people and adults to the joys and challenges of sailing.

President's Message:

Welcome to another sailing season at the Delavan Lake Sailing School!  We are very excited about the 2020 Learn-to- Sail Program. We have a great team of US Sailing Certified coaches and a full line-up of classes for sailors of all ages. For our littlest sailors, we offer group lessons in our Kinderpram program. It is a great way to introduce kids as young as four-years- old to the sport of sailing in a fun and safe environment. Your little sailor will learn about the Opti sailboat and will sail with a coach by his / her side.


For older sailors, we offer Opti and X-Boat group classes for all ability levels. Whether new to sailing or experienced, the Learn to Sail Programs are designed to improve the skills and competitiveness of our students, while promoting good sportsmanship and having fun. We offer eight week and four week sessions, with the ability to join for as little as one week at a time for families that need that flexibility. The DLYC daycamp is open to non-member sailing school students either before the afternoon X Boat class or after the morning Opti class. What a fun way to keep your kids busy for the summer! Highlights of our youth program go beyond sailing with Sailing School Socials (pool parties, sleepovers, pizza parties, and more). Your sailors will truly make friends and memories to last a lifetime.


In addition to our Learn to Sail Programs, we offer private lessons for sailors of all ages, which allows you the flexibility to fit sailing into a time that is convenient for you. Our coaches can give you lessons in a sailing school boat or your own private sailboat and will tailor the lesson to your individual needs. Finally, we offer an Adult Learn to Sail program! It will meet from 5-7 on Thursday nights for a four-week session starting on June 18.


Please save the date for our second annual Beer & Wine Tasting on May 2nd at the DLYC.  Enjoy some beer, wine, and appetizers, while watching the Kentucky Derby.  Also save the date for our annual Sailing School Auction, which is on July 11th at the DLYC. It is a great family event with dinner, live and silent auctions, and a kids’ raffle. Finally, another great fundraiser for the DLSS is our Annual Big Ticket Raffle, where you will have three chances to win $1,000! Two hundred tickets will be sold and they will cost $50. We will do the raffle drawing on September 4th, so stay tuned for your chance to buy tickets and be a $1,000 prize winner.


The DLSS is definitely the place to be the summer of 2020.

We look forward to seeing you for the start of Sailing School on June 15th!



Renee Clair

DLSS President

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