High School Sailing Forged At The Cleveland Foundry


The Cleveland Foundry High School Sailing Program offers one of the best scholastic sailing programs on the Great Lakes, and beyond. The program is host to multiple high schools from the Cleveland metropolitan area and surrounding suburbs and is the training ground for some of the best high school sailors in the country. Sailors in grades 7th through 12th get to compete in local, regional, and national sailing competitions.

The Fall High School sailing season begins in late August and runs through postseason conditioning in December. The spring season starts with preseason conditioning in January and runs through the end of National competition in late May / early June.

The Cleveland Foundry provides a fleet of expertly maintained dinghies, housed dockside at the Historic Coast Guard Station on the shores of Lake Erie. Our team of highly trained coaches and staff provide individual and group instruction in classroom and on-the-water settings.

Program Benefits

  • 10 week Fall and Spring programs featuring weekday practice session and weekend regattas

  • Certified coaching at all practices and regattas during registered session

  • Certified instruction at all cross training and conditioning sessions during registered session

  • Tier 3 Regattas hosted by the Cleveland Foundry included, with alternative clinics and seminars to be scheduled if inclement weather.

  • Access to fleets of 420’s and Lasers during scheduled practice times and regattas hosted by The Cleveland Foundry.

  • Free Ohio Boaters Education Course & Boaters License (upon completion of exam)

Fall Session

Practice: Aug 29 2022 to Nov 3rd 2022

  • On-The-Water: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4 PM to 7 PM

  • Cross-Training: Wednesdays from 4 PM to 6 PM


Post-Season Conditioning: Nov 7th 2022 to Dec 31 2022

Registration Fee(s):

  • Varsity (includes all practices / conditioning and coaching at Tier 1, 2 & 3 Regattas): $1,385

  • Junior Varsity (includes all practices / conditioning and coaching at Tier 3 Regattas): $1,165


Regatta Coaching Expenses

In attending a regatta, the student athlete and their family understand and accept the coaching fees associated with these events. These charges are outside of the Registration Fee(s), and include coach travel expenses (mileage, airfare, housing), coach daily meal per diem, etc. These fees will be equally divided amongst all the student athletes attending the event.

About High School Sailing

The Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA) governs secondary school sailing in the United States, in both independent and public high schools. Sailor eligibility starts at the ninth grade; there are no age limits. As in college sailing, there are seven district associations which schedule events, as well as a system of national championships. While ISSA had its origins in the preparatory schools of the Northeast in 1930, it is now a nationwide organization with active districts in Northeast (NESSA), Mid-Atlantic (MASSA), South Atlantic (SAISA), Southeast (SEISA), Midwest (MISSA), Pacific Coast (PCISA), and Northwest (NWISA). Learn more at: https://www.hssailing.org/


Midwest Interscholastic Sailing Association (MISSA) was established as the regional governing body for high school sailing in the Midwest. Their objective is to further the sport of sailing in Midwest secondary schools, and to provide a standardized set of rules and procedures for competition. In 2020, MISSA had 124 member schools, making it the largest of ISSA's seven districts. This number varies from year to year but has been steady for the last several years. Learn more at: https://missa.hssailing.org/


Spring Session

Pre-Season Conditioning: Jan to Mar 2023

Practice: Late March to Early June 2023

  • On-The-Water: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4 PM to 7 PM

  • Cross-Training: Wednesdays from 4 PM to 6 PM


  • Eligibility: 7th through 12th graders enrolled in Cleveland area schools.

  • Experience: Prior sailing experience strongly encouraged, however not required upon approval from the Head Coach.

  • Team Liaison (Parent): Each team is required to appoint a team liaison.

  • Team Captain (Student Athlete): Each team is required to appoint a team captain.

  • Equipment: Life jackets, helmets and closed toed shoes are required when on-the-water. Drysuits are required when the combined air and water temperature is below 100 degrees.

  • Transportation: Student athletes are responsible for their own transportation to and from practice and regattas.