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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
Powerboat SkillsBeginnnerAdvanced OptiAdvanced Opti
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AdventureIntro to Lasers
Intro to Lasers
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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.  

Laura Therien :  Head Instructor

In the fall, Laura will be in her second year at John Abbott College in Montreal, Canada.  During the school year, you can find Laura on the ice playing and coaching hockey and ringette.  Laura is a Level 1US Sailing qualified Instructor.  She has been sailing and spending her summers at the EYC since she was eight years old.  This will be her third summer as as EYC instructor.  Laura’s favorite boats are lasers and 420s.  She loves racing on Friday nights in the 420 series.  She is excited to be able to show young sailors how much fun it is to be out on the water and promises to try to make their summers as memorable as previous EYC staff made her own.  She thinks everything EYC is fun, but donut day and junior activities are the best.

Henry Morof: Principle Race Officer

Henry is going into his sophomore year of college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He has a level one U.S. sailing certification.  His favorite boat to race at the EYC is the Laser on Tuesdays.  Henry has been sailing for 10 years and is excited to make this year his 11th.  The thing I like most about teaching sailing is bonding with the students and having a great time while learning how to sail.



Olivia Annoye

Olivia will be a senior at Barron Collier High School in Naples, Florida, this fall.  This will be Olivia’s third year as as EYC staff member!  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 is equipped with her US Sailing Level One Certification along with her CPR and First Aid Certifications.  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!


Max Gifford

Max Gifford will be a sophomore at Boston College next year.  When he is not sailing, Max is a competitive rower.  Max has his US Sailing Level 2 sailing instructor and power boating instructor certification.  Max has been sailing at EYC since he was 8 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 in).  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 member of all ages to come together and reminisce on the great summer at the EYC they all had.

Adeline Roza

Adeline  Roza is a graduating senior at Seattle Prep High School. She has been sailing at Ephraim Yacht Club for the last ten years and loves it more and more with each year. This will be her forth year working at the yacht club and third year teaching. She loves sailing during sunset in Eagle Harbor, and her favorite sailboats is the 420 and Sunfish. She has her US Sailing Level 1 certification. She loves to run and race, and her favorite spot to do so in Door County is the Peninsula State Park; she  is also the captain of her high school’s cross-country and track team.   Her favorite thing about the EYC is the strong and supportive community made up of people from all around the world!  And, of course, donut day! She cannot wait for summer lessons to start! 

Jackson Graham

Jackson Graham is a graduating senior at the International School of Kuala Lumpur with an IB 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.  This will be his first year as an instructor.  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.  He is excited to become part of the EYC staff!!

Nick Mueller

Nick is seventeen and a rising senior at Shorecrest  High School in Shoreline Washington.  He has been sailing with the EYC for eight years now and is excited to become an instructor.  He will  complete his US Sailing Level 1 Instructor Certification this spring.  Nick’s favorite EYC sail boats are Lasers, and he often attends the Friday races.  Apart from sailing, Nick plays soccer and tennis and is part of his high school teams.  His favorite EYC activities are Donut Day Friday potlucks.


Kate Dischner 

Kate is currently a freshman at New Trier High School.  She is on her high school’s sailing team at the Chicago Yacht Club and is also a member of her school’s fencing team.  This will be Kate’s first year as an EYC staff member, and first year as a junior instructor.  Kate started sailing when she was around eight years old at EYC, and enjoyed learning new things about the sport ever since!  She will get her US Sailing Level 1 Instructor Certification this spring.  Kate’s favorite boats to race are 420s, and her favorite event at the EYC is definitely the Ice Cream Social.  She is looking forward to a great season of sailing this summer, as well as helping others enjoy the sport as much as she has!


Penelope Whiteside

Penelope Whiteside will be a sophomore at Kettle Moraine High School next fall.  She enjoys sailing in the EYC races over the summer and is part of her fall and spring high school sailing club.  She skies for her high school ski team.  She is enrolled in the Level 1 Boat Instructor course.  Penelope’s favorite boat to sail and race is a C420.  She has sailed at the EYC since she was six and has gone through all of the classes.  She looks forward to a wonderful summer sailing this season.


Max Mielke

Max will be a sophomore in high school this fall; this is his first year working at the EYC.  Max is from Florida and has been salt water sailing all his life; he has also been spending his summers sailing at the EYC since he was 8.  Aside from sailing he loves playing basketball and windsurfing.  His favorite EYC is of course donut day.

Johnny Stollenwerk

Johnny Stollenwerk is 16 years old and a rising junior at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  At school, Johnny plays soccer and is involved in student government.  Johnny has been sailing all of is life, and started taking sailing lessons at the EYC at the age of ten.  This will be his first year working as a junior instructor.  Johnny’s favorite boat is the laser, and he enjoys helping his four younger brothers grow up to like sailing as much as he does.

Dock Assistants:

Nathan Taylor

Nathan Taylor is a freshmen at East High School in Denver, Colorado.  This is his forth summer at the EYC. He received his power boat license two summers ago.  He hopes to obtain his skipper’s license and level 1 small sailing instructor certification this summer.  His favorite boat is the Laser because it is fast and exciting.  Outside of sailing he plays soccer and loves to ski.  His favorite events at the EYC are the evening races.  Nathan is looking forward to his summer working for EYC.

Hayden Johansen

Hayden is sixteen years old and will be a junior at Whitefish Bay High School in the fall.  He has been sailing at the EYC for nine years and is looking forward to being a dock assistant this summer.  Hayden also is on the varsity ski team and soccer team at his school.  His favorite type of boat to race is the Laser and can’t wait to get out on the race course.  Hayden’s favorite event at the EYC is donut day.



James Marbet

James is a 15 year old Freshmen in Shelton High School in Washington State.  James has been sailing for 4 years.  This will be James’s first year working at the EYC.  James likes to race 420s and Lasers.  James’s favorite event is watermelon day.  James is in his school’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and is on the armed drill team.  James’s sports are snowboarding and fishing.  James has lots of experience fishing in the ocean.

Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor is from Denver, Colorado.  He is currently 16 years old and a rising Senior in high school at the Denver School of Science and Technology.  Ben has been sailing for three years, all with the EYC, and is now working as a dock assistant.  He became powerboat certified in 2019 and attained his Skipper’s License in 2020.  Ben plans to get his USA Sailing Level 1 certification sometime within the next year.  His favorite EYC event is the Watermelon Race, as it is practically a free for all competition.  Outside of sailing, Ben is a Design lead, Code lead and Fundraising Lead on the Brute Force Robotics Team as well as founder and President of the DSST Speech and Debate Team.  In addition to this, in the fall he will begin training to obtain his private pilot’s license.  Flying is one of Ben’s favorite hobbies, along with piano, which he has been playing since 2nd grade.  During his free time, he also plays ultimate frisbee on his school’s team and 3D Prints model rockets.  Overall, he is looking forward to his first job and hoping to have a productive summer.




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 the club director 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.