Wilmette Harbor
Lake Michigan Sailing

Welcome to the Sailing School!

Wilmette BeachThe Sailing school uses the facilities of Sheridan Shore Yacht Club, which is located at Wilmette Harbor. The Sailing School is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization.

For more than 50 years, Sheridan Shore Sailing School has been proud to offer to students a chance to experience the thrill, challenge and exhilaration of sailing. Our courses help instill the skill of sailing and the character value of seamanship to juniors, high school students and adults of all ability levels.

Classes are led by instructors certified by U.S. Sailing and feature a low student to instructor ratio. A variety of courses have been designed to match differing ability levels, age and style of sailing.

Our Equipment

Students The School maintains a fleet of 30 boats, including sailboats and safety boats. We have a wide range of sailboats to suit a variety of needs. For sailors less than 110 lbs and beginners we have Prams & Optimist (Opti). The best way to introduce young children to sailing is with the Opti. Optis are simple to operate and provide plenty of opportunities to grow in skill and confidence. For older and more physically developed sailors, we have 420’s; a two-person sloop that carries spinnaker and trapeze. We also have a J24, a 24-foot keelboat.

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Zac Hernandez - Director of Sailing

Zac Hernandez With his Level 4 U.S. Sailing Small Boat Certification, Zac brings top-notch skills to the organization. In his role, Zac is responsible for developing and running the Sailing School summer program and high school sailing program, including supervising the racing and Opti coaches as well as the senior and junior instructors. Also, Zac is responsible for the proper care and maintenance of all boats and equipment. In the past, Zac has served as a sailing coach for Loyola Academy and Evanston Township High School at Sheridan Shore Sailing School. In the years past, he served as head coach for Northwestern University and as racing coach at Columbia Yacht Club. Zac actively races Vanguard 15s, Melges 24s, Farr 40s as well as Great Lakes 70s. He also brings with him a wealth of coaching experience in youth hockey. Safety is at the forefront of our sailing program, and Zac, who is first aid and CPR certified, considers safety to be among the top priorities in fostering sportsmanship and creating a fun learning environment. Zac is also a graduate of Ohio University where he earned a Bachelorís Degree in Sport Industry with a focus on marketing, management, and operations. While at Ohio, Zac also earned a minor in Business.

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Board of Directors
Ross Adams - Chairman
Ross Richards - Vice President
Carol Cleave - Treasurer
Cameron Bielat
Tom Elliott
Martha Kinzel - Loyola Sailing Club Representitive
Richard Liebman
Hyde Perce - SSYC Representitive
John Welch

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Sheridan Shore Sailing School | 20 Harbor Drive, Wilmette, IL 60091
847.251.1110 | email: info@sheridanshoresailing.com