Summer Phone: 920-854-7107

Classes & Training at EYC

Sailing Lesson Registration is open for the 2021 season at EYC.  We are excited to introduce an updated registration system this year. This system significantly improves the user interface and is now mobile-friendly.

 Don’t worry; previous students and family accounts are being migrated. 
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WeeksJune 14-18June 21-25June 28- July 2July 5-9July 12-16July 19-23July 26-30Aug 2-6Aug 9-13
IntermediatePowerboat Skills

Powerboat SkillsBeginnnerAdvanced OptiRacing
AfternoonNo ClassesAdvanced OptiBeginnerBeginnerBeginner
AdventureIntro to Lasers
Advanced Opti
Adult ClassAdventurePowerboat SkillsIntro to LasersPowerboat Skills
Powerboat SkillsAdult Class


Education Overview

Ephraim Yacht Club Sailing Classes


The Sport of Sailing. Sailing is a lifetime sport that is athletic but does not require unusual coordination, size, or strength. Girls and boys participate in lessons and compete in races together. Sailing is social and at the same time rewards individual initiative and learning. Sailing is low-impact and is very safe. EYC students and parents consistently comment that the student completed lessons with a great feeling of accomplishment. Sailing is also tremendous fun!

Lesson Overview. The EYC offers sailing lessons during its summer season to junior and adult members of the EYC. The EYC operates one of the oldest and largest sailing schools in the Midwest. Each year the EYC teaches hundreds of students with a US Sailing certified staff of up to 16 instructors. Our enthusiastic and well-trained instructor staff receives great feedback from parents and students! The EYC maintains a fleet of 55 sailboats (Flying Scots, 420s, Lasers, and Optimists) for use in its lesson program. The EYC’s lessons include on-shore and on-the-water instruction, nomenclature, sailing theory, safety, seamanship, boat handling, sail trim, and boat care. Both group and private lessons are offered.

Enrollment. Advance online enrollment is required for group lessons. For private lessons, online enrollment is not available; instead, call the EYC at (920) 854-7107 during the summer, or stop by the EYC during open hours to make an appointment. **ATTENTION** In order to benefit from current season lesson pricing, registration must be completed by 2 pm on the Friday, two weeks before the start of the class.  After that deadline passes, registration is still possible, but each class will cost an additional $25.00. If a student has registered for a class early but needs to change classes due to promotion inside the two-week limit, the $25.00 fee will be waived. We anticipate more classes than usual filling this summer. To secure your preferred session and current season pricing, please register early!

EYC Membership Required. Each student must be an EYC member in good standing. Students under the age of 25 must belong to the EYC within a family membership or as a student member. Students 25 and older must have a membership in one of the following categories — Single, Young Adult, Family, or Senior. Please note–Student memberships are no longer available for purchase through lesson registration. They must be purchased through Club Express. Please contact Membership Volunteer Lisa Gifford at for more information.

Scholarships. Scholarships funded by the Aaron R Moore Scholarship Fund are available to students ages 7-16 who are year-round residents of Door County and who would not be able to enroll but for this fund. Students granted scholarships can enroll in any EYC sailing session. The scholarship process is simple and confidential. Parents seeking scholarships should contact the EYC Scholarship Chair at prior to membership and lesson enrollment. Application for a scholarship should be made as soon as possible and prior to July 1.

Safety. Safety is the EYC’s number one priority. All EYC instructors undergo safety training as part of their US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Instructor course, and all EYC staff take part in annual pre-season in-house safety training. The EYC strictly enforces its PFD rule for instructors and students engaged in sailing lessons. Safety concepts and techniques are integrated at every level of the EYC’s sailing instruction program. All EYC students must know how to swim and must be comfortable swimming alone, in deep water, and in open water.

EYC Staff /Instructors

2021 EYC Staff /Instructors

The Ephraim Yacht Club employs a staff of experienced and enthusiastic sailors. All have received US Sailing Level 1 certification. Many of the Senior staff have also received Level 2 certification. All staff is Red Cross CPR and First Aid certified. Most of our staff have “grown-up” at the EYC and learned to sail on Eagle Harbor. Many of the Senior staff sail for their college teams and compete during the school year. They all look forward to sharing their love of sailing with the students.

Spencer Olson: Sailing Director

Spencer started sailing at the EYC at eight years old and has loved the sport ever since.  He is a US Sailing Level II certified instructor.  This will be his fifth summer teaching sailing and his second season with the EYC.  It will be Spencer’s first year as the Director of the EYC.  You will often see Spencer grilling out at the EYC, cruising around Eagle harbor, or on the golf course at Peninsula State Park.  While he loves heavy wind laser sailing, Spencer’s favorite aspect of sailing is passing along the lessons and knowledge that he was taught at the EYC onto the next generation of sailors.  In the fall of 2021, Spencer will be returning to the University of Georgia where he is pursuing a degree in Biology and plans on eventually attending Med school.  He cannot wait for the summer to start and to fire up the grills down on the dock.  

Margaret Gheorghita:  Head Instructor

This will be Margaret’s fourth year as an EYC instructor. She has been spending summers at the EYC ever since she was eight and plans to receive her US Sailing Level 2 certification this summer. Margaret is originally from Kansas City but lived her high school years in Vienna, Austria. This fall, she will be in her second year at University College London studying Applied Medical Sciences. She enjoys participating in her college sailing team even though frigid English reservoirs are not nearly as nice as Eagle Harbor. Margaret loves the excitement surrounding the regattas, and her favorite EYC event is the Brat Fest at the end of the summer. She is excited for this summer and the opportunity to continue passing on her love of the EYC and sailing.

David Morof: Principle Race Officer

This year, David is a rising junior at the University of Wisconsin – Madison as an Economics and History double major. He has been sailing for 11 years, and he is excited for another year at the EYC! Currently, David has his Level One US Sailing certification and is certified CPR/AED by the AHA. During the summer, David loves to take out a Laser and cruise around Eagle Harbor. While he will be joining the EYC for his sixth year as a Principle Race Officer, this will be his twelfth year overall as a member of the club. David really enjoys connecting with the youngsters at the club and instilling a genuine love for sailing. Personally, he enjoys physical fitness and racing with his friends around the club.


Will Andersen

Will Andersen graduated from Gibraltar High School in Fish Creek and has spent the last couple of months teaching English and trekking in Nepal. He will be attending UW Madison in the fall and plans on majoring in economics. Will has his US Sailing Level II instructor certification. He has spent the entirety of his summers in Door County on Kangaroo lake and has grown up being on and around boats. Will started sailing camp at the EYC when he was six years old and had been sailing ever since. His favorite EYC event is the goulash junior activity because he loves the mystery surrounding what the goulash will taste like. Will started summer employment when he was fourteen workings at Wilson’s, followed by the past three summers at The Door County Creamery. Will follows his brothers Matt and Topher, both former EYC staff, and is excited to share his love of sailing at EYC this summer.


Nic Gimelli

This is Nic’s second year instructing at EYC. Nic will be a senior at Madison Memorial High School while studying mathematics and computer science part-time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nic learned how to sail at the EYC when he was eleven and has grown to love the sport, with a particular interest in 420s. He now has his Level 1 U.S Sailing certification. While Nic finds all EYC activities fun, Donut Day and Capture the Flag remain at the top of his list.

Addie Roza

Adeline “Addie” Roza is a rising senior at Seattle Prep High School in Seattle, Washington. She has been sailing at Ephraim Yacht Club for the last nine years and loves it more and more with each year. This will be her third year working at the yacht club and second year teaching. She loves sailing at sunset in Eagle Harbor, and her favorite sailboats are the 420 and the Sunfish. Addie has her US Sailing Level 1 certification. She also enjoys running (especially in Peninsula State Park) and is the captain of her high school’s cross-country team. Her favorite thing about the EYC is the community and, of course, donut day. She cannot wait for summer lessons to start! 

Carmen Graham

This is Carmen’s second year teaching at the EYC, and she is a US Sailing Level 1 certified instructor. She has been sailing with the EYC since she was eight years old and enjoyed watching her students gain confidence in the water, just as she did. She loves to sail Flying Scots, and her favorite event at the EYC is the ice cream social. Carmen is a rising sophomore at Northeastern University studying bioengineering and behavioral neuroscience. She personally enjoys sports and is on the club wrestling team at her school.

Jonathan Graham

Jonathan is a rising sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he is studying chemical engineering and environmental studies. This will be his second summer working as a sailing instructor at the EYC, and he cannot wait to see all the adventures that come out of this new season! Starting sailing lessons at the EYC when he was nine years old, Jonathan now sails with the WashU Club Sailing Team and currently is a US Sailing Level 1 certified instructor. Besides sailing, Jonathan is a member of his school’s Latin dance team and always enjoys playing soccer and going out for a nice bike ride under the sun. Being out on the water really is something special, and Jonathan is very happy to have the chance this summer to show others the great joys that come with the art of sailing.

Jackson Graham

Jackson Graham will be a senior this fall at the International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL), where he is working towards the International Baccalaureate Diploma.  He grew up spending all his summers in Ephraim and sailing at the EYC. He loves spending time on the water and sailing with his family and cousins. During the school year, he participates in varsity sports including, volleyball, rugby, and track and field (shot put, javelin, discus), and he also sports a tux with the ISKL Singers.  His favorite boat is a 420 or Flying Scot, and the July 4th ice cream social is his favorite event. Jackson received his skipper’s license last summer and is excited to become part of the EYC staff!

Jack Rebhan

Jack is a senior at Gibraltar High School in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. He will be attending Montana State University in the fall of 2020. He grew up around boats and started sailing at the EYC at age ten and now is a member of the Gibraltar Sailing team. When he isn’t sailing, he is skiing, enjoying the outdoors, and loves fishing, so he should feel right at home in Bozeman. His favorite boat is a 420, and his favorite EYC event is Donut Day.

Henry Morof

Henry Morof began sailing when he was in third grade and is headed to college this fall.  In high school, Henry played lacrosse and soccer at Glenbard West in Illinois. Henry also fences for a club in Chicago, and he currently has his Level 1 US Sailing Certification. His favorite boats to race are Lasers. Henry has been sailing for ten years with EYC and has loved how it can be relaxing and fun all at once. His favorite EYC event is for sure the Four Square Activity!

Max Gifford

Max Gifford will be a freshman at Boston College in the fall. When he is not sailing, Max is a competitive rower and plays hockey.  Max has been sailing at EYC since he was eight years old and continues to be active in races at EYC today. Max’s favorite boat is a Laser, and his favorite series is the Thursday Laser series (a great opportunity to get extra Laser practice). He enjoys the speed that comes with a Laser and the effortless feeling of the boat gliding through the water.  Max believes that the best part of teaching at EYC is being able to watch kids who were previously unsure on the water rise through the levels and eventually become strong sailors in their own right. Max’s favorite event at EYC is the Commodore’s party. The event is a great time for members of all ages to come together and reminisce on the great summer at the EYC they all had.

Spencer Olson

Spencer started sailing at EYC at eight years old and has loved the sport ever since. He is a US Sailing Level II certified instructor. This will be his fourth summer teaching sailing but will be his first season with the EYC. You will often see Spencer grilling out at the EYC, cruising around Eagle Harbor, or at the gym. While he loves high wind sailing, Spencer’s favorite aspect of sailing is passing along the lessons and knowledge that he was taught at the EYC onto the next generation of sailors. In the fall of 2020, Spencer will be entering his senior year at the University of Georgia, pursuing a degree in Mathematics. He is excited about the summer and cannot wait to grill down on the dock.

Laura Thérien

In the fall, Laura will be a freshman in college in Montreal, Canada. When she isn’t out on the lake, you can find Laura on the ice playing and coaching hockey and ringette. Laura is a Level 1 US Sailing qualified Instructor. Laura has been sailing at EYC since she was eight years old, and this will be her third summer teaching at EYC. Her favorite boats are 420s and Lasers. She loves racing in the 420 series at EYC. She is excited to be able to show young sailors how much fun it is to be out on the water and to encourage them to race as much as possible. She thinks everything about EYC is fun, but donut day and junior activities are the best.

Liam Anderson

Liam Anderson is a rising senior at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. Liam has been sailing since he was six years old and will be getting his US Sailing Level 2 Certification this spring. His favorite type of boat to sail is the 420, which he currently races with the Saint Ignatius sailing team. Liam has sailed for several years with Chicago Yacht Club, and this is going to be his second summer at EYC. He’s looking forward to another great summer of teaching!

Ian McFarlane

Ian McFarlane is a rising senior at St. John’s School in Houston, Texas, where he enjoys singing in the choir, composing music, and recruiting new members to the Dungeons and Dragons club.  Ian took sailing lessons at EYC in his younger days and more recently at Houston Yacht Club on Galveston Bay in Texas (ask him about saltwater sailing!).  Ian returns to the club this summer for his third season on staff armed with his US Sailing Level 1 Instructor and EYC skipper’s license.  

Olivia Annoye

Olivia will be a junior at Barron Collier High School in Naples, Florida, this fall. This will be Olivia’s second year as an EYC staff member but her first year as an instructor! During the school year, Olivia participates in the Naples High School Sailing Team, Marching Band, Varsity Golf, DECA, Debate Club, Opera Naples, and Girl Scouts. Olivia started sailing at EYC in the third grade and has been on the dock ever since. She completed her US Sailing Level One Instructor Certification in March. Her favorite boats to race are Lasers; she will be Laser Fleet Captain and Equipment manager again this summer. Olivia will always remember the instructors who made such a great impact on her life, and she is excited to do the same for new and returning sailors!

Isabella Mortara

Isabella returns to the EYC this summer for her second season as dock assistant. She is sixteen years old and plays on her school’s varsity soccer team. Isabella has been sailing at EYC for the past 8 years and looks forward to working at EYC again this summer.

Nick Mueller

Nick is sixteen and a rising senior in High School. He has been sailing for seven years and looks forward to more sailing in the future.  Apart from sailing, Nick also plays soccer and is part of his high school team.  His favorite EYC event is the potlucks held after Friday races. 

Two week classes

Two Week Sailing Classes

Two week classes

Beginner Sailing LessonsBeginner An introductory course for students ages 7-17. Students will learn sailing theory and terminology, basic seamanship, helmsmanship, and sail trim. Click here to see the list of skills taught at the Beginner level. Students are divided into multiple class sections based on experience and age. The Beginner class is taught in Optimists and Flying Scots. Upon completion of the skills and testing, instructors will recommend that the student may enroll in Opti Racing, Intro to Lasers, and/or Intermediate. The cost for the two-week Beginner class in the mornings is $360. The same class in the afternoons is $360. Both classes require a $12 textbook, available for purchase at registration. Parents of seven-year-olds should consider the size, maturity, and water experience of the child before enrolling him or her in this class.

Opti Racing This two-week class will be offered three times; in a one-week session from July 6-July 6 in the afternoons, in a two-week session from July 9-July 20 in the mornings, and a two-week session from July 23-August 3 in the afternoons. The Optimist is raced regionally, nationally, and internationally by sailors through age 15 and offers a great opportunity for this age group to improve their confidence, knowledge, and racing experience. The class will cover starts, upwind and downwind strategy, and the racing rules of sailing. This class is open to students up to age 15 who have skippered in an Opti series race or regatta. It can be taken multiple times, but completing the class does not qualify the student for the Intermediate class. The cost for this class is $360. No textbook required.

Intro to LasersIntro to Lasers Students who have passed the Beginner class can continue to improve their single-handed dinghy techniques by moving directly to the Laser using the EYC’s Laser 4.7 rigs. The Laser 4.7 is a smaller rig used with the standard Laser hull, allowing students as light as 77 pounds to transition from Optis to Lasers. Students will spend time learning how to rig and sail a Laser.  The cost for these dates will be $360.

Intermediate Students will learn double-handed dinghy sailing techniques using the EYC’s fleet of Club 420s. Students will learn how to rig and sail a 420, including boat handling in a wide range of wind conditions as both skipper and crew. Includes an introduction to racing, including fundamental racing rules and techniques. Click here to see the list of skills taught at the Intermediate level. This class is open to students who have passed the Beginner class and have instructor approval. Students who pass the Intermediate Class are eligible for the Advanced and/or Racing Classes. The two-week Intermediate class in the morning costs $360. The class requires a $12 textbook, available for purchase at registration.

Advance EYC Training

Advanced For students up to age 17 who have been promoted from the Intermediate class. This class is taught in the EYC’s fleet of nine Flying Scots with the goal of learning all the skills necessary to obtain an EYC Skipper’s License. (Persons holding an EYC Skipper’s License are able to skipper an EYC-owned Flying Scot without staff supervision.) The class emphasizes correct rigging, seamanship, boat handling in all weather, and spinnaker handling. Some racing instruction and racing-derived drills may occur, but students who wish to emphasize racing should enroll in the Racing class instead. Click here to view the list of skills taught at the Advanced level. The Advanced class is offered in the mornings and costs $360. No textbook required.

EYC Racing

One week classes

One week classes

Beginner In Sessions A, B2, E, and F, the Beginner class will be offered as a one-week class. See course description under Two Week Classes. The cost for this class (either morning or afternoon) is $180. There is a $12 required textbook available for purchase at registration.

Intermediate In Session E, August 6-10, there will be a one-week Intermediate class in the mornings. See course description under Two Week Classes. The cost for this class is $180. There is a $12 required textbook available for purchase at registration.

Opti Racing Opti Racing will be offered as a one-week class from July 2-6 in preparation for the Opti Regatta. Please see the Two Week section for a class description. The cost will be $180.

Sailing ClassesAdventure Sailing Enjoy sailing in beautiful Eagle Harbor with trips planned to Nicolet Bay, Horseshoe Island, and Ephraim Beach. Basic skills will be covered in the context of a fun and relaxing atmosphere. This class is a great option for siblings and friends of varying ages and skill levels who would like to sail together. The class will mostly be held in Flying Scots, though other EYC fleets may be used. Open to ages 7-17 in separate, one-week sessions. Students may enroll in one or multiple sessions—no required textbook. The cost for this class is $180.

Powerboat Skills Learn the basics of operating a small outboard motorboat, with an emphasis on safety and maneuvering in tight spaces. The majority of class time will be spent on the water with plenty of hands-on practice in starting procedures, steering, and docking. The class is open to students age 12 through adult and is a great parent/child class opportunity. We recommend that all students obtain a Wisconsin Boater Education card prior to beginning this class, but it is required for those born on or after January 1, 1989. The link for the Boater Education card course is The cost for this course is $180, and there is a required textbook available from the EYC for $30.

Women’s Sailing Class Students will learn and improve on the basics of sailing in a fun, social and comfortable environment. The class will be tailored to the experience and interest of each group and will be taught in Flying Scots. Open to women age 18 and older. Meets 3 hours per day from 1:30 pm till 4:30 pm—no required textbook. The cost for this class is $180 per week.

Private Lessons

Private Sailing Lessons

The Ephraim Yacht Club offers private sailing lessons by appointment. This is a great way to get a lot of instruction in a short period of time. Private lessons might be for you if:

  • Group lessons do not fit your schedule;
  • You want to learn at an accelerated pace;
  • You want intensive instruction to catch up to the other students in your age range;
  • You want to take a lesson together with specific friends or family members;
  • You want intensive instruction in a specific sailing skill; or
  • You feel more comfortable in a one-on-one situation with an instructor.

Private lessons are available to both adults and juniors. Up to four persons can take a private lesson together. The pace and content of private lessons are geared to the individual student(s) and can be taught in any of the EYC’s fleets, Flying Scots, 420s, Optimists, or Lasers.

Private lessons are available by appointment. To schedule a private lesson, contact Tommy Papenthien at, or phone the EYC (920) 854-7107, or stop by the EYC during open hours.

Online signup is not available for private lessons.

2020 private lesson per-student per-hour rate, based on a single instructor:

  • 1 person – $35.00 (example: 3-hour lesson for a single student would be $105) + 5.5% sales tax
  • 2 people – $25.00 (example: 3-hour lesson for two students would be $150) + 5.5% sales tax
  • 3 people – $20.00 (example: 3-hour lesson for three students would be $180) + 5.5% sales tax
  • 4 people – $18.00 (example: 3-hour lesson for four students would be $216) + 5.5% sales tax

If private lessons are not for you, and you would like to learn more about group lessons for adults and juniors, please view alternative options on this page.

Education awards

Education Awards

The Larry Lewis Memorial Happy Camper Award is awarded in each lesson session to the most enthusiastic boy and a girl in the Beginner level in each of the morning and afternoon classes. The award is determined by the Beginner level instructors. The awards consist of gift certificates to local businesses.

Sportsmanship Awards are awarded in each lesson session to the boy and the girl who exhibited the most sportsmanlike attitude. The awards are determined by EYC instructor staff. The awards consist of gift certificates to local businesses. The US Sailing Sportsmanship Award is awarded to the EYC member who, over the course of the season, exhibits the best sportsmanship. The award is determined by the EYC instructor staff. The winner’s name is engraved on a plaque that is kept at the EYC, and the winner also receives a keeper prize.

Please contact the Education Committee at with any questions regarding the lesson program or class registration.