U.P. Sailing Company
Marquette, Michigan
| (906) 202-1020 | upsailingco.com

Excitement. Freedom. Peace. Accomplishment. A connection with nature. Community.

Come experience these emotions while sailing the unrivaled beauty of Lake Superior!

U.P. Sailing Company focuses on beginner sailors, those wanting to gain confidence or advance their skills in boat handling, sail trim, passage making, offshore cruising, racing, or gain credentials in order to bareboat charter anywhere in the world. Students will learn fundamentals on our Colgate 26 or Ensign 22 and progress up to our custom-built Bennett 46. We have over 45 years of sailing experience with more than 55,000 Great Lakes cruising, racing, and solo long-distance racing miles. Our United States Coast Guard (USCG) Master Captains/American Sailing Association (ASA) certified instructors offer private and group classes, up to a max of 5 students (up to 6 allowed, if in one group). We encourage students to consider the 101/103/104 combo class or a Learn & Cruise trip with their family in order to spend a week immersed in live-aboard life while sailing to several ports and anchorages.

Our basic classes are out of Marquette, with more advanced courses and charter trips heading out to Grand Island, Munising, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Don’t worry – Marquette and Munising Bays offer protected sailing when Superior gets too sporty. Nearby airports have direct flights from Detroit, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Let us help plan your Upper Peninsula bucket list trip!

104 and 101/103/104 students will live aboard our 2 cabin/2 head layout Bennett 46 during these Learn & Cruise courses. After class, there are fantastic options for local activities, hikes, waterfalls, and dining during your stay. We can’t wait to share our love of sailing with you!

American Sailing Certifications Offered

ASA 101, Keelboat Sailing 1
ASA 101, Keelboat Sailing 1
Learn to skipper a 20' - 27' sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25'-35' keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30'-45' sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.
ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
Learn to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any conditions.
ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran
ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran
Learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30-45' feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions.
ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
Learn basic docking skills for boats with single inboard or outboard engines. Discover the basic theory and hands-on techniques needed to dock and undock boats in an efficient manner and without damage or injury.

Other Services Available

  • Women Only Courses
  • Couples Courses
  • Private Courses
  • Weekday Courses
  • Weekend Courses
  • Corporate Team Building Courses
  • Day Sail Charters (public)
  • Vacation Charters
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Racing Courses
  • Sail Trim Courses
  • Spinnaker Courses


ASA Veterans Sailing Education Program - Sign Up Now >>

At ASA we recognize the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have served or are serving in our country's armed forces. As a token of our appreciation, and our way of saying thank you, we are inviting veterans and active military personnel to share our passion for sailing by offering a discount on our ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course. U.P. Sailing Company is offering a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.

Sailing School Reviews / Testimonials

  • Kristen and Brian's sailing ability and teaching are only matched by their character. Whether you are a beginner or want to hone your cruising skills and ability U.P. Sailing Company can help you get to where you want to be.[read more]

    Gary - U.P. Sailing Company

  • Brian and Kristen are great! They are incredibly knowledgeable and you couldn't ask for better teachers. I thought sailing on Lake Superior would be intimidating but sailing on Tsuru with them made me feel safe and it was a ton of fun.[read more]

    Andrew - U.P. Sailing Company

  • After my daughter did private sailing lessons with Kristen 10+ years ago I am thrilled that others will now have the ability to learn to sail and cruise in such a beautiful setting. I'm already looking forward to scheduling my trip next summer![read more]

    Jim - U.P. Sailing Company

  • Brian and Kristen introduced me to sailing and I love it! They are so kind and patient when you are learning. You never feel bad if you are not doing something quite right. They are positive and just teach you the whole time with ease and confidence.[read more]

    Krystal - U.P. Sailing Company

  • I highly recommend UP Sailing Company. Brian and Kristen and incredibly knowledgeable and eager to teach and pass on their love for sailing. They are confident in their skills, approachable and kind.[read more]

    Lindsey - U.P. Sailing Company

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U.P. Sailing Company

Address MarquetteMichigan
Phone (906) 202-1020
Website upsailingco.com
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