Learn To Sail

Many Classes Available

Learn to sail at Lake Thunderbird. Classes are taught by US Sailing Certified instructors and cover a wide variety of skill sets from the novice all the way up to the seasoned sailor.


The Mainsheet

Our Monthly Newsletter

This is the location of our monthly newsletter. Issues go back into the 1970’s, thanks to our curator and historian Les Cummings. Find out the latest news or take a trip down memory lane.

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Boathouse Schedule

Between our monthly meetings, our racing schedule, special events, and other rentals, there is a lot happening at our boathouse! Check the calendar and join us at any of our monthly membership meetings.



How to Join

Question: Do you need to own a sailboat?

Answer: NO!

While many of our activities revolve around sailing, at the core is a group of like-minded individuals who love being on the water. And we love having extra hands on board when we go our sailing.

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Latest Features

The latest news and info about the Thunderbird Sailing Club

Sailing News From Around the World

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  • Reading, Writing, and Boatbuilding June 17, 2019
    At Middle School 88 in Park Slope, New York, there is a security guard at the entrance, long hallways plastered with art, and students, slouching on a sofa, staring into their phones. It is a pretty typical scene. Except for Room 128. For most of this school year, the room has contained the makings for […]
  • Overboard: Stories from off the boat June 17, 2019
    Falling overboard can occur unexpectedly and end tragically. Staying onboard is always a priority, but even the most experienced can find themselves off the boat. Gene Rankin shares his experience. We were racing Intl. 470s on Pewaukee Lake, for the Spring opening regatta. It was April 1974 and the water temperature was about 45ºF, air […]
  • Wealthy Americans need second sailboat June 17, 2019
    Explaining how economic conditions were drastically altering citizens’ behavior and spending patterns, a recent report released by researchers at Stanford Business School revealed that rising income inequality was causing more wealthy Americans to take on a second sailboat. “While those with higher incomes used to be able to get by with just a single reliable […]
  • Bluewater gear: Offshore cruising essentials and what they cost June 17, 2019
    We asked 258 skippers of the ARC 2018 what bluewater gear they bought to find the true cost of ocean sailingOnboard RM13.50 Tintomara, heading downwind into the sunset while crossing the Atlantic and flying just a parasailor for the night ahead What equipment do you need for bluewater voyaging and how should you prioritise your […]
    Yachting World
  • Alex Thomson profile: Understanding the man behind the suit June 14, 2019
    Alex Thomson is embarking on his fifth Vendée Globe campaign, Helen Fretter finds out what drives him"I don’t really want to be associated with someone who can’t be bothered to tuck their shirt in." Everyone knows Alex Thomson. He’s not only one of the most immediately recognisable IMOCA 60 skippers, but one of the …Continue […]
    Helen Fretter
  • Ice 60 review: The chic Italian yacht that offers more than just style June 13, 2019
    Conceived by racing driver Marco Malgara, the Ice 60 is as cool as its nameAll photos: Andrea Rizzato Styles come and go. To stand the test of time you need something else, something more than aesthetics, something that …Continue reading » The post Ice 60 review: The chic Italian yacht that offers more than just […]
    Toby Hodges

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