Sailing Lessons

Sailing Lessons At Houston Yacht Club

HYC sailing lessons will be taught personally by sailing director Paul Barnes. In this course you will learn how to rig and launch the boat, efficiently sail the boat on all wind angles, sail on and off the dock, set up the boat for different conditions, assess the weather forecast and basic safety procedures, and we can address any goals that you might bring to the class. We will prioritize on-the-water instruction so there is no written component or test, just a brief chalk-talk on only the first lesson. If inclement weather prevents us from going out a make-up date will be scheduled. Class size is limited to four students to maximize time on the helm but larger groups can be accommodated, just contact Sailing Director Paul Barnes at or 312-320-3040.

The course will be four two-hour lessons on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm-8pm on the
following dates and will wrap up with your complimentary draft pint or glass of house wine in the bar.

Session 1: June 18, 20, 25, 27
Session 2: July 9, 11, 16, 18
Session 3: August 13, 15, 20, 22
Session 4: August 27, 29, September 3, 5

The cost is $500 for HYC Members and guests are welcome at an increased fee of $700.
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Does this schedule not work for you?

Do you already know how to sail and want to expand your skills or learn to race?

Private lessons can be scheduled, just contact Paul Barnes at or 312-320-3040.