Introductory Sailing Courses
Most adults follow a
beginning course path by choosing Basic
Keelboat as their first course. This is an
ideal start point for moving on to larger
keelboats which are generally available for
bareboat charter on Lake Superior, Lake
Michigan and the Caribbean. What is a
keelboat? What is a bareboat?
Basic Small Boat is a reasonable
introductory course if bigger boats are not
on your horizon. We rent our small boats to
graduates. The sailing skills transfer to
bigger boats but keelboat characteristics
are different than in these light, quick
boats. Young folks generally like these
boats because they are close to the water.
We use the 17' WindRider in our youth camp.
It has the widest wind range of any of our
Enjoy a ride whether it is a sunset cruise
or a brisk late summer day "leaf" sail. Tell
your instructor, skipper what you would
like, we'll try to accommodate your desires.
Be as involved as you want to be!
Take A Ride!
Take a ride on a sailboat with a certified
skipper! We provide the boat and
skipper for you so you can enjoy your time
out on one of the beautiful lakes we sail
on, including Lake Minnetonka and Lake
Superior's beautiful Apostle Islands.
Basic Small Boat
A perfect class for the sailor who just
wants to get out on the water on a small
boat without a keel. Offered at two
metro lakes, this class is a convenient way
to learn to sail small boats quickly.
Instructor to Student ratio is one to two.
Keelboat is taught by ASA-certified instructors at many locations
around the Twin Cities area. This
course is the prerequisite for most of our
more advanced sailing courses. Qualified graduates will become
charter certified for day sailing on 22-23' keelboats. Many of
our graduates come to us from other
programs, they often test-out of Basic
Keelboat enroute to intermediate and
advanced courses and adventures. Instructor
to Student ratio is one to three.
Teach Me on My
These are all specially designed courses,
often without ASA certification, to help you
learn to sail or refresh your sailing
skills. One big problem we often encounter
is your new, used boat has some rough or
incorrect rigging. We often spend half the
allotted time working with you on the
standing rigging, running rigging or various
other "issues". The strong
positive is that we refine your skills on
your own "new" boat.
These are generally a great way to restore
confidence in a safe, fun environment.
Many families have one
or two members who are interested in being
certified by ASA at any level. There may be
one to four family members who would like to
become familiar with the boat, contribute as
crew, etc., but not have to meet the
standards of ASA and Northern Breezes. Often
these are the very crew the prospective
certifying student will have on their own
yacht, whether chartered or owned. The one
or two members who are going to become
certified in this course will be expected to
meet all the national and international
standards of the American Sailing
Association for their certification level.
The crew will be taught on a personalized
basis based on age, interest and experience
level. The crew will accomplish many skill
sets and feel empowered as sailors. "Crew"
will receive Northern Breezes' Crew
Certification. We will
do Family and Friends at every level from
Basic Small Boat and Basic Keelboat through
Advanced Coastal Cruising Offshore.
Get your kids involved in a great lifelong
sport by enrolling them in Northern Breezes
Youth Sailing Camp. We offer a program
on Medicine Lake on 8 and 10 foot dinghies
for youth 8-16 and a program on our
keelboats on Lake Minnetonka for youth
Northern Breezes awards crew certifications
for sailors too young to be certified or not
wishing to go through the rigorous ASA
coursework who are attending class with a
student being certified. These
certifications are offered at a discounted
rate and are most often achieved through
Family and Friends courses.
This course is an excellent opportunity to
experience the excitement of sailboat racing
in a low stress environment. Call
763-542-9707 for detail or to schedule a
Northern Breezes Sailing School schedule.]