Due to COVID-19 guidelines imposed by the CDC & The Governor’s Restore IL Plan, the NSYC is offering restricted memberships and classes. Currently, no Social Events are planned. Check our website often, as we will update when restrictions ease.

  • - You own your own Sailboat, Kayak, SUP or Powerboat, and you transport it to the NSYC each visit for your own use, OR
  • - 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.
  • - Kayakers: 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. Additionally, ALL members agree to follow the NSYC COVID-19 Published Guidelines and the NSYC Handbook for Safety and Equipment Use Rules, available at our Members and Forms Documents link.                 

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 a seven-week Adult Learn-to-Sail Program for beginners and returning students using single-handed dinghies. Classes begin in early June with a maximum class size of 12 students per class. Classes meet 9 until noon either Saturday or Sunday mornings, depending upon enrollment and class preference, with no classes held on the July 4th weekend. Students learn the fundamentals of rigging and sailing using club-owned Sunfish sailboats in classes led by US Sailing certified instructors and experienced NSYC volunteers. This course is intended for adults. Participation of high school age students is at the discretion of the instructor. Any minor student must have an adult from the same household participating.

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 Facility 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. There will be a skills assessment towards the end of the program to confirm students have reached satisfactory standards to use club boats, or need further instructor-led supervision. We practice the safe boating "buddy system" where no one sails alone and a USCG life jacket is required to be worn on the water at all times.

Students must join NSYC with a Full Membership, and then register for the NSYC Adult Learn-to-Sail Program. All Membership and Adult Learn-to-Sail class registration ​information can be found on our Membership tab, along with important General Club Guidelines. .