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Columbia Youth Racing

Columbia Sailing School offers many opportunities to get involved with racing. We have Spring and Fall Sailing Programs for younger sailors as well as large high school and college sailing programs. In addition to Interscholastic sailing, we also offer an Opti racing team and a C420 Racing Team for those sailors wanting to experience a high level of competition locally, regionally and nationally. 

Sailors will work with experienced US Sailing Level 2 and 3 Coaches expanding their skill-sets beyond what is offered in our advanced program. Small student-teacher ratios give our racers individualized attention so that improvements are made on a measurable scale. 

Sailors will participate in team building activities as well as our environmental initiatives. Last summer our sailors removed over 600 pounds of trash from Lake Michigan. We're hoping to set a new record this year!


Opti Race Team

Our Opti Race Team is growing with every passing season. We have a passionate group of young sailors between the ages of 7 and 15 years old who compete regionally and nationally in the International Optimist Dinghy Class. Members of the Race Team must provide their own boat for classes and events. Participation on the race team is by Sailing Program Manager approval only. If you are interested please contact us for more information and access to registration.

Race Team Participation requires director approval. Please email with any questions.


C420 Race Team

Our C420 Race Team competes regionally and nationally and is extremely competitive within the Midwest region. Our sailors compete in events around the country each year and practice March through December on our local waters in downtown Chicago. The C420 Race Team has a wonderful dynamic, combining a high level of competition with a high level of fun.

Race team participation requires director approval. Please email with any questions.

Laser Race Team


Our Laser Race Team started in Summer 2017 with 5 boats. We are always looking to expand and recruit new sailors to this exciting addition to the program! Our Laser team competes regionally and nationally. Sailors compete in the summer, as well as several high school events in the fall. The goal of this team is to instill new skills in the sailors, expose them to a high level of physical competition, and have fun with their friends.


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