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!
ASA Sailing Certification Courses Offered
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.
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.
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.
Learn the the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.
Other Services Offered
- 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
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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