BOULDER ONLY. This once-weekly month-long class is designed for adults OR whole families with young adults (ages 13+) who have no previous sailing experience. The class covers all the fundamentals of sailing through a hands-on approach. Students learn basic boat handling, rigging, terminology, and sail trim. Sign up solo, with a group of adult friends, or bring your family and join us for four 3-hour evening classes. A note for families: participants must be 13 years or older and include at least one adult per family.
Adult and Evening Sailing Courses
Adult & Family Beginner Sailing Class
Tuesdays 5-8pm | Boulder Reservoir
Adult & Family Intermediate Sailing Class
Thursdays 5:00-8:00pm | Boulder Reservoir
Boulder Reservoir Only. Join us for once-weekly, 3-hour sessions over 4 weeks. These classes are designed for adults and families with teenagers (ages 13+) who have already taken our Beginner Sailing Class. Students gain more independence by sailing on a 14ft boat in groups of 4. Everyone takes turns in the various positions onboard and works together to perform steering with proper sail trim through all points of sail, tacking, jibing, docking, rigging, and derigging. Sign up solo, with a group of friends, or bring your whole family. A note for families: ages 13+ only. This must include at least one adult per family.
For those looking to join this class based on previous experience elsewhere, you should already know how to do the following: attach and hoist sails properly and safely; know the difference between sailing upwind vs downwind and how your sails should be positioned accordingly; identify all points of sail (close haul, tight reach, beam reach, broad reach, run, head to wind); be able to identify these points of sail while under sail with mostly accurate sail trim; how to stop your boat; how to slow your boat without stopping; how to accelerate; avoid collisions; perform tacking and jibing under control. If you have any questions about prerequisites please email or call us with your experience and we can help you find the class to fit your skill set best.
Adult & Family Advanced Sailing Class | Intro to Racing
Tuesdays 5-8pm | Boulder Reservoir Reservoir
Boulder Reservoir Only. Join us for once-weekly, 3-hour sessions over 4 weeks. These classes are designed for adults and families with teenagers (ages 13+) who have already taken our Intermediate Class. This class covers the fundamentals of sailboat racing in a fun, social atmosphere. Students learn right of way, tactics, and advanced boat handling to gain a competitive edge. Sailing on a 14ft boat in groups of 4 participants and racing against 2-3 other sailboats, makes for a fun, casually competitive, learning environment geared toward those who want to try their hand at sailboat racing. Sign up solo, with a group of friends, or bring your whole family. A note for families: ages 13+ only. This must include at least one adult per family.
For those looking to join this class based on previous experience elsewhere, you should already know how to comfortably sail in a smaller dinghy-style sailboat with little to no guidance. If you have any questions about prerequisites please email or call us with your experience and we can help you find the class to fit your skill set best.
Wind, Women, and Water Clinics
Select Thursdays 5:30-8:30pm | Women Only | Ages 18+ | Cherry Creek Reservoir
CHERRY CREEK RESERVOIR ONLY. Taught by women. Meant for women*. Why should the guys get to have all the fun? Come join us for an evening clinic, go for a sail with a small group of other women, “learn the ropes” so to speak, and see what sailing is all about. Come with an open mind, an adventurous spirit, and lots of questions. We’ll cater the content of each clinic to the interests of the participants so every clinic will be different!
Using a larger, more stable, J/24 keelboat makes this a perfect vessel for those just starting off as well as those who are building on their foundational skills. Participants will meet on the main dock at the Cherry Creek Marina at 5:30pm and class will end between 8:00 and 8:30pm depending on weather conditions and sunlight. Try out one clinic and if you like it, sign up for more and invite your friends!
Advanced Wind, Women, & Water | Intro to Racing Clinics are available for those who are already taken at least 3 beginner clinics (either Wind, Women, & Water OR Basic Keelboat).
*And by women we mean anyone who is not cisgender male. Outside of that, everyone’s welcome!
Adult Basic Keelboat Clinic
Tuesdays 12-3pm OR 5-8pm | Cherry Creek Reservoir
CHERRY RESERVOIR CREEK ONLY. This is is a perfect introductory program for anyone interested in trying out sailing for the first time or even those interested in brushing up on the basics. This co-ed class utilizes a J24 keelboat making it the perfect beginner platform where participants sail with the instructor. You will rotate through various positions on the boat learning about all the different aspects involved in sailing. These weekly clinics are “à la carte” so can you sign up for one or many and be sure to come with questions. We will cater each class’s content to the interests of the group.
Take advantage of accelerated learning when you’re working with your own private instructor on one of our keelboats. Private lessons can be solo or with a small group. Family lessons are also available but all minors must be accompanied by an adult onboard.
Cost: $150 per hour for one person (minimum 2 hours). Each additional person is $25 per hour on top of the single-person rate.
Boulder Hours: Please note that after Labor Day Reservoir Gate hours require that all vessels be off the water by 6pm and all vehicles must be outside the park by 7pm.