Learn To Sail

Learn to Sail with Upper Minnetonka Sailing School

Learn to sail on Lake Minnetonka on our safe and stable keel-weighted 22’-23’ sailboats, each with an outboard motor, from beautiful Enchanted Island.

All courses feature friendly, professional onboard instructors, with an average of 10 years of sailing experience. Students get lots of hands-on practice and lots of personal attention from our ASA-certified instructors.

Our acclaimed Learn-to-Sail and Sailing Discovery courses provide you with the ability to hone your skills, make new friends, or simply enjoy sailing with friends and family. Join us for new worlds of sailing expertise and enjoyment.

For more information on the Sailing School, please contact:
Captain Joan Gilmore


Sailing Discovery

A single 3 hour course, with Sailing Discovery you’ll get the opportunity to see what sailing is really like, from the crew’s perspective. It’s a great way to determine if sailing is for you, without committing to a full certification.


Learn how to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in moderate wind and sea conditions. Learn points of sail, sail trim, basic seamanship and safety. You’ll also learn what all those terms mean.

Advanced Sailing

Learn more advanced tactics required when navigating your sloop-rigged keelboat along a coast. Includes docking procedures, coastal navigation and rules, anchoring, and how to interpret the weather for planning your trip.

Class Location:
Upper Minnetonka Yacht Club
Enchanted Island Marina
4580 Enchanted Point
Shorewood, MN 55364

From Minneapolis take 394 west to West Co. 15 exit (1 miles past East 15 exit). At third light turn left at Interlachen Road by BP Station. Go 3.4 miles. Turn right on Enchanted Point. Proceed 1/5 mile to the Marina on your left.

Please wear non-slip shoes that cover your toes, and bring a wind breaker and water bottle. We provide and insist you wear a PFD (life jacket). If you prefer, you may bring your own life jacket. This sport requires a moderate amount of strength and balance.