The Wilmette Harbor Club, located north of Chicago on Lake Michigan, includes a clubhouse with both indoor and outdoor dining, a gas dock, and mooring for several hundred boats. Since 1929 the Wilmette harbor's Sheridan Shore Yacht Club has hosted sailboat fleet racing during the summer months. Wilmette harbor is also home to the Sheridan Shore Sailing School for both adults and children.

Wilmette Harbor Club

Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable sailing adventure this summer? Sheridan Shore Sailing School offers a variety of one-of-a-kind sailing and power programs for youth, adults, and families.

Here's what we have to offer:

Learn to Sail: Whether you're a total beginner or want to sharpen your sailing skills, our expert instructors will guide you through all the essentials. You'll gain confidence, master basic maneuvers, and be well on your way to becoming a skilled sailor in no time! Age is just a number — everyone is welcome. We have programs and boats designed for kids and adults.

Youth Sailing Program offers a safe and engaging environment for children and teenagers to learn the joy of sailing. With age-appropriate curriculum and activities, our programs are designed to create fun on and off the water.

Adult Sailing Program provides an opportunity to learn boat handling, navigation and safety procedures. Our experienced instructors will guide you so you feel comfortable and confident on the water. In addition to the sailing lesson, we also offer opportunities for socializing and networking.

Powerboat Essentials is designed for those that want to learn the basics of boat handling, docking and safety. Whether you want a refresher or just some added confidence, we are delighted to work with you to help you enjoy days on the water without the stress. We are happy to instruct on your boat, or in one of our coaching RIBs.

Why choose Sheridan Shore Sailing School?

Expert Instructors: Our experienced instructors are not only passionate sailors but also certified experts in their craft. They will ensure you receive top-notch training and guidance every step of the way.

Safety: We prioritize safety above all else. Our well-maintained fleet of sailboats is equipped with all necessary safety measures. Additionally, our instructors are CPR and First Aid certified, guaranteeing a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Beautiful Lake Michigan: Prepare to be captivated by the stunning beauty of Lake Michigan and Wilmette Harbor. With its crystal-clear waters and refreshing breezes, cruising the shoreline is an incredible way to recharge and enjoy everything our waterfront has to offer.

Flexible Programs: We understand that summer schedules can get busy. That's why we offer flexible scheduling options, including weekday and weekend programs, ensuring that everyone can find a program that fits their needs.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to embark on a summer full of sailing adventures. Enroll in Sheridan Shore’s programs for the summer of 2024 today!

For more information and to reserve your spot, visit our website at or give us a call at 847-251-1110.

Let's make this summer one to remember!

Skip Dieball
Executive Director
Sheridan Shore Sailing