Important News and Upcoming Events:

On November 12, 2022 leaders from the Lake Thunderbird Educational Foundation, the Thunderbird Sailing Club, OKC Triathletes, OU Sailing, Tinker Chiefs, and the Boat House met to discuss long range planning and to review our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. This planning retreat was facilitated by Lauri Monetti, the Director of the OKC Center for Non-Profits. We had good coffee and then great lasagna, salad, and garlic bread thanks to Lorrie Sylvester, Fredrica Cottrell and Mary Anne Secrist.
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It’s time to renew your annual membership! Don’t miss out on all the fun activities we have planned for this year. You can easily do it online by clicking HERE
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Learn to Sail!

Sailing classes are scheduled throughout the spring and summer. Classes for ALL levels of sailors are available. Register today!
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The Mainsheet

The Mainsheet is our monthly newsletter that has all the news that’s fit to print. Click the button to go to the page with all our Newsletters, both new and old, just awaiting your perusal.
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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.

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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.


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.

Latest Features

The latest news and info about the Thunderbird Sailing Club

Big Changes at LTEF

Big Changes at LTEF The Lake Thunderbird Educational Foundation Annual Meeting by Roger Elliott, President The Lake Thunderbird Educational Foundation added two new members to its board

Sailing News From Around the World

  • New mix of Olympic 470 pairs March 29, 2023
    When the Olympic 470 class was shifted to coed for the next Olympics, there was a shuffling of the 470 sailor deck. New to the mix is Trevor Bornarth and Louisa Nordstrom for the USA, now battling for a berth. Story by Lucas Masiello for Sailing World. Training alone in their International 470 off the […]
  • Search is on for Flying Dutchmans in USA March 29, 2023
    With the 2024 Flying Dutchman World Championships to be held in the USA, the United States Flying Dutchman Class Association (USFDCA) is attempting to track down all existing Flying Dutchman sailboats, and in particular the more modern composite boats. The USFDCA has received inquiries as to the availability of modern composite Flying Dutchman, so its […]
  • Blaine Pedlow joins US Sailing staff March 29, 2023
    US Sailing has hired Blaine Pedlow, an accomplished senior development executive and long-time sailor, as the US Sailing’s Senior Vice President, Development. Pedlow will fill the role previously held by Jill Nosach and lead fundraising and development efforts for US Sailing, the sport’s National Governing Body (NGB). “Blaine brings a terrific blend of broad sailing […]
  • Climbing a square rigger mast in the heart of a storm March 28, 2023
    Majestic square riggers require a fearsome head for heights, as Will Sofrin discovers in this extract from All Hands on Deck, introduced by Tom Cunliffe The world of square riggers is obscure to the vast majority of sailors today. Yet nautical literature is rich in …Continue reading » The post Climbing a square rigger mast […]
    Tom Cunliffe
  • Best kayak pumps for inflating your boat or board before a paddling adventure March 27, 2023
    The best kayak pumps are quick and easy to use, so you can unfold, inflate and float your boat or board in no time... Some of the best collapsible kayaks on the market are inflatable craft, and if you have one of these models, …Continue reading » The post Best kayak pumps for inflating your […]
    Patrick Kinsella
  • Best fixed compasses: 6 options for binnacle and bulkhead mounted units March 27, 2023
    Every sailor needs a reliable and dependable fixed compass in the cockpit, allowing safe navigation while keeping on a straight heading. We pick out 6 of the best fixed compasses, both binnacle and bulkhead mounted.... Fixed compasses are an essential piece of kit that every yacht needs. They are especially good in this day and […]
    Andrew Dare

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