Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are limiting the class size for 2020. The 2020 schedule will announced once the harbors are allowed to open. If you have additional questions, please email

Should you wish to cancel your spot on the current roster and get a refund, please email

Skipjacks is run by the members of the Columbia Yacht Club and is a social introduction to sailing which takes place over the course of seven weeks. Member captains perform the on-the-water instruction on their own boats. The class sizes are large which allows students to meet many boat captains and students. It’s a tremendously fun program and helps people get comfortable on boats and learn the basics of our wonderful sport. Lifelong relationships begin here. Many Skipjacks become cruising and/or racing crew with the captains they meet on Skipjacks.

2020 Rates
Columbia Yacht Club Members: By May 15- $325, After May 15- $375
Non-Members: By May 15- $375, After May 15-  $425

UPDATED 2020 Dates: Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
Classroom Sessions, On the Water Sessions and Graduation Party,

are all TBD until we get official notice of boating being reopened in Chicago. 

Once we know the reopening dates, we can announce a new schedule for Skipjacks 2020. 


Registration is still open. Early bird runs to 5/15/20 now. 

Should we have to cancel the classes due to prolonged COVID-19 issues, you will receive a full refund. Should you need to cancel your registration due to concerns about COVID-19, you will also receive a full discount. 

We will make every possible effort to hold this course in 2020 safely. 


Skipjacks Advanced

Skipjacks Advanced is an accelerated Keelboat Certification class for those who have already taken Skipjacks and are ready for more education.

Price: $560, Columbia YC Members: $504

2020 Dates, 6-9pm:

Session 1: Tuesdays, June 2-30, July 7

Session 2: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30

This course runs evenings from 6pm-9pm

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111 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60601 Ph: 312.938.3625 email:

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