Sailing: Where do I begin?

 INTERESTED IN SAILING? Start by signing up for one of our programs! Depending upon what grade you're in (or not for you adults!) and previous sailing experience there are a few different options. 

  • Never sailed before and in middle school? Start with our Learn to Sail.

  • Completed the Learn to Sail program and in middle school? Check out Learn to Race Friday's this Fall.

  • In high school and have no experience? Try Learn To Sail.

  • In high school and have sailed before? Foundry's Learn to Race or FROST-if you have dingy racing experience.

  • In high school and have raced before? Try Foundry Junior Racing or FROST.

  • An adult with no sailing experience? Check out Adult Learn to Sail/Private Lesson or Family/Small Group Sailing.

  • Adult with sailing experience? Community Dingy Night Racing FROST and volunteering are for you!

Learning how to sail can be extremely daunting, especially if you've never been sailing before! No need to worry though, we've got you covered. Read more on the ins-and-outs of sailing, as well as some FAQ's here:


Be Prepared for the Conditions

Cleveland's weather is unpredictable--but we can prepare for that. When sailing, you will experience a wide variety of weather conditions, including wind, waves, and rain. Wear appropriate clothes for the day’s conditions, and dress in layers. Wear nylon and other synthetic fabrics - avoid cotton if possible.   

Expect the Unexpected

The sport of sailing is all about being able to adjust to the unexpected and the new. Be prepared to be flexible on the water, as practice plans can be fluid based on many different variables. Make sure you’re always paying attention to your coach, teammates, and other boats on the water.


Be Prepared Day In and Day Out. Keep the Following Items in Your Practice Bag:


  • Water Bottle 

  • Layers

  • Hat

  • Sailing shoes/boots

  • Socks (extras are always good to have on hand)

  • Clothes for after practice

  • PFD (USCG Type III)

  • Sunglasses

  • Watch

  • Sailing notebook

  • Wetsuit or Drysuit (during cold water seasons)


If an Athlete/Participant cannot attend, please notify Each individual Coach may also provide their preferred method of contact. Kindly give as much advance notice as possible.

The Foundry: Rowing Center

1831 Columbus Road

Cleveland, OH. 44113

The Foundry: Sailing Center

Historic Coast Guard Station

1000 Cuyahoga River Road

Cleveland, OH. 44113

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