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Adult Learn to Sail

The Crescent Sailing Association offers sailing lessons on beautiful Lake St. Clair in Grosse Pointe Farms, the heart of the Great Lakes and the premier sailing location in the Detroit, Michigan area. The founding program director is a recipient of the US Sailing's Annual award.

More than just an introduction to sailing, ALtS provides a direct path to active participation in dinghy and keel boat racing. The curriculum emphasizes small boat safety, seamanship, and sailing skills in addition to the teamwork required for successful cruising and competitive sailing. Our instructors are highly experienced sailors, with decades of sailing and racing experience.

Our 2021 program format will be shorter than in previous years and start later. This will hopefully put more people in a safe position to participate and volunteer. It will also be smaller as we will only have 2 students per boat but it will still be 3 nights per week.

June 26-27 Kick-Off Weekend with an early afternoon session each day.

Classes begin the week of July 5th with 8 weeks of instruction. The week of July 26 (BYC-Mackinac) will be used for make ups. The ALtS Fun Regatta will be Sunday, Sep 5.

To keep up to date on information please click Join in the upper right and create an account in our system. After entering your name, email address, and password go to Mailing Lists and select Adult Learn to Sail. You will then be added to our mailing list and receive information as it is available.

We have a great guide on how to get ready for sailing each time you come to Crescent. It can be found in the Downloads below.

Applicants to the program out number available spaces every year, so sign up now in order to apply for a spot next season!

Registration will be online very soon. Along with registering you will need to fill out a Health Form provided below.

The cost of the class is $350. If you are a spouse, parent, or child of a member of Crescent; the cost of the class is $280.

Monday Night Registration click here to register

Tuesday Night Registration click here to register

Thursday Night Registration click here to register

Questions? If you have questions email

Refund Policy

$50 non refundable enrollment fee--no exceptions
$300 refund under the following circumstances:

  • After participating in Kick-off weekend
  • Sailing the first week and requesting a refund before the next class is scheduled to meet -- no questions asked. The refund request must be sent via email to, so that we have a record.

Week 2 of sailing and thereafter- no refunds under any circumstances.


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