• Paw Paw Lake Racing Sessions Week 1:  Monday July 8 and Wednesday July 10       9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Paw Paw Lake Racing Sessions Week 2:  Monday July 15 and Wednesday July 17     9:00 am - 12:00pm
  • Traveling Regatta Session pick-ups start at Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club at 9:00am with return at 4:00pm           
  • Friday, July 12 at Spring Lake Yacht Club
  • Friday, July 26 at White Lake Yacht Club
  • Friday, August 9 at Muskegon Yacht Club     
  • Fee $200

RECOMMENDATION All-Day Sailing & STEM Experience

Parents invited on Friday to see students sail at 11:00 AM and then join in an Awards luncheon/ceremony at 12:00 PM.

Choose below from one of three (Youth) Learn to Sail classes offered in July:

Basic:  In this class, youth sailors, eight and above, learn the basic skills to sail a small boat independently.  They are taught the parts of a sailboat, points of sail, capsize recovery, and basic knot tying.  This class is meant for both those who are new to sailing and those who want to advance their sailing skills.  Students may sail a one-person boat, the Optimist Pram (Opti), or a two-person boat, the Club 420, depending on the student's age, weight, and skill level.

Intermediate:  In this class, youth sailors gain experience in boat handling skills that enable them to master the points of sail and sail trim in both light and medium winds.  Students will sail faster and smarter with confidence.  Intermediate sailors examine the science behind sailing to understand why a boat floats, accelerates, and remains stable.  Students may sail on Club 420s or Buccaneers.

Advanced:  In this class, youth are introduced to racing skills.  Skills at this level include pointing the boat upwind, holding the boat on a starting line, acceleration, and buoy rounding.  Sailors are encouraged to compete.  Students sail on Lasers.

Prerequisite(s):  Students (8 years old minimum age) and above must demonstrate ability to swim and must always wear life jackets.  The program is based on the US Sailing training system.  US Sailing certified instructors, either in  student's boat or on a safety boat, accompany the students.  All skill levels are welcome to enroll:  beginner, intermediate, or advanced.


Paw Paw Lake Race & Traveling Regatta Team  -  July 8th - August 9th, 2019

Students become Marine Engineers at Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club during a four day summer water adventure exploring the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics used to design sailboats in a real-hands-on learning experience.  Students fabricate model sailboats using recycled products to enter them in the Great Sailboat Race on Thursday. 

Adult & Youth Boater Safety  Taught by the Berrien County Marine Division


Learn to Sailon Paw Paw Lake   PPL Community SAILING Foundation

Dear PPLYC Members, Friends and Interested Sailors:

Gather your family and friends and join the 2019 Summer Sailing School held at Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club in June.  We are gearing up to excite and immerse young people and adults in boating as a sport and recreational activity!  Adults and Youth can start their sailing adventure by earning an official boating certificate from our Boating Safety Classdiscover how to sail in our Youth Learn to Sail sessions, build a model sailboat and enter the Great Race in our Youth STEM class, become part of a Youth Racing Team and travel to local regattas, or learn to Sail in our adult class. 

There is so much to do! Let's get started-just read below.

2019 Learn to Sail this Summer@Paw Paw Lake

  • Want your sailor to take part in an all-day sailing experience from 9:00am to 3:00 pm?
  • 1-day youth/adult Session: Saturday June/15/2019     9:00am-4pm     Fee: Free

Adult Sailors will lean to navigate the waters of Paw Paw Lake, and explore its bays and coastline aboard a Buccaneer sailboat.  Each boat can accommodate 3 students and an instructor. During this time sailors will learn ow to rig the boat, identify parts of the boat, sail away from and to the dock, position the boat using points of sail related to wind direction, and just have FUN sailing on Paw Paw Lake.

  • 5 Tuesday Evenings:  Tuesdays July 9, 16, 23, 30 & Tuesday August 5, 2019  5:30pm - 7:30pm   
  • Fee: $300  

PPL Race & Traveling Regatta Team consists of a selected group of youth sailors who wine tune their racing skills on Paw Paw Lake, and then travel to 3 regattas hosted by West Michigan Youth Sailing on consecutive Fridays at varying locations with in South West Michigan (see above).  There are two components to this class:

Component One:  takes place on Paw Paw Lake on 2 Mondays (July 8/15) and 2 Wednesdays (July 10/17) where students learn racing rules, boating safety, how to sail using different types of race courses, and how to pack and load a trailer.

Component Two:  is the Traveling Regatta Team experience.  There will be 3 regattas that students will participate on Fridays (July 12/26 &  August 9).  The traveling regatta sessions begin with drop-off at PPLYC at 9:00am and Pick-up at PPLYC at 4:00pm.

Prerequisite(s):  Students must be 14 years or older, been in the Sailing Program for 2 years or more, and meet the approval of the Director of the PPL Community Sailing Foundation, Jeff Philips.  Call 269-506-0440.

Become a Marine Engineer: STEM Sailboat Model Design- Youth Afternoon Classes Recommended if looking for an All-Day Program (See Description Below)

  • Half-Day Session: Monday -Thursday July/8/2019-July/11/2019     1:00pm-3:00pm     Fee:  $90.00
  • See Registration Form

The Berrien County Sheriffs Marine Division will teach a free boater safety class at Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club on June 15 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.  Students must be 10 or older; students under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.  Adults under 39 must have a certificate to operate a jet ski.   Bring a BAG LUNCH and SNACKS!

Two 1-week youth sessions that include Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced

  • Session 1: July/08/2019 - July/12/2019     9:00-Noon     Fee:  $140
  • Session 2: July/15/2019 - July/19/2019     9:00-Noon     Fee:  $140

Both Adult and Youth Sailing Sessions are offered.

  • Learn to Sail - Basic, Intermediate and Advanced for Youth
  • Boater Safety Class offered free by Berrien County Sheriffs Marine Division for Youth/Adults
  • STEM Become a Marine Engineer - Sailboat Model Design and Fabrication for Youth
  • PPL Racing & Traveling Regattas for Youth
  • +Learn to Sail for Adults

Register them in the morning in Learn to Sail Week 2 Session from 9:00am to Noon.  Pack a bag lunch for them to eat. Register for Become a Marine Engineer between 1:00pm and 3:00pm.  Students spend half-day sailing on the waters of Paw Paw Lake and then explore the science and engineering of boat design in the afternoon.

Adult Sailing Lessons