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Lake Manawa Sailing School (LMSS)

The 2021 classes are open for registration. – Lake Manawa Sailing School

The Lake Manawa Sailing School offers a relaxed, flexible approach tailored to meet our student’s needs. Our goal is for you to have a safe, fun-filled experience as you learn to sail. Our courses are designed to teach you the basic skills, knowledge and confidence required for all types of sailing.  Whether your goal is to enjoy recreational sailing with family and friends, or to race competitively, we can provide the foundation for satisfying life-long experiences on the water.

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Course CatalogOffered in 2021
Sailing 1: Introduction to SailingYes
Sailing 2: Intermediate SailingYes
Sailing 3: Intermediate to Advanced Snipe Sailing and Racing InstructionYes
Sailing 4: Introduction to Keel BoatsNO
Racing 1: Beginning Sailboat RacingYes
Racing 2: Intermediate Racing*NO
Racing 3: Introduction to Keelboat Racing*Yes
Private Sailing LessonsYes
LMSS Seminar Series*Yes

*Must be an LMSA member to register for this class seminars.

Class Descriptions and Schedules

Sailing 1: Introduction to Sailing

Sailing 1 is a group class for beginning sailors taught on 14-ft. single-sail Sunfish dinghies and 14-ft two-sail Holder dinghies.  Each class has 4 sessions that are 3 hours in duration.  This class covers the basic concepts of sailing including safety, rigging, knots, points of sail and boat handling.  Each session will have a brief lecture followed by on-the-water sailing practice. (Limited to 10 students per session)

  • Prerequisites: No prior experience required.  Open to all adults (18 and older) and Juniors (ages 12 to 17).
  • Cost
    • Adults $150, Juniors $75 (Cost includes US Sailing instruction manual.)
    • The Iowa State Parks require non-Iowa vehicles to pay a $5/day parking fee or have a annual Lake Manawa permit ($40). Find out details here.
  • How to Register: Click on the Session link and complete your purchase. Class limit is 10 students.
  • Questions: If you have any questions, contact Teresa Silence (tslience@sailmanawa.com).
SessionDaysDatesTimes
Session A (Class is Full)Saturday MorningsJune 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th9:00am – 12:00pm
Session B (Class is Full)M-Th EveningsJune 7th – 10th6:00pm – 9:00pm
Session C (Class is Full)M-Th EveningsJune 21st – 24th6:00pm – 9:00pm
Session D (Class is Full)Saturday MorningsJuly 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st9:00am – 12:00pm
Session E (Class is Full)M-Th EveningsJuly 19th – 22nd6:00pm – 9:00pm

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Sailing 2: Intermediate Sailing

Sailing 2 is group class taught on 14-ft two-sail Holder dinghies or similar boats.  Each class has 4 sessions that are 3 hours in duration.  This class builds on the basics of Sailing 1 with a focus on improving boat handling, working with a jib, docking and communication.  Each session will have a brief lecture followed by on-the-water sailing practice.

  • Prerequisites: Sailing 1 or equivalent experience required.  Open to all adults (18 and older) and Juniors (ages 12 to 17).
  • Cost
    • Adults $150, Juniors $75
    • The Iowa State Parks require non-Iowa vehicles to pay a $5/day parking fee or have a annual Lake Manawa permit ($40). Find out details here.
  • How to Register: Click on the Session link and complete your purchase. Class size limited to 6 students.
  • Questions: If you have any questions, contact Teresa Silence at tsilence@sailmanawa.com
SessionDaysDatesTimes
Session ATu and Th EveningsJuly 6th, 8th, 13th and 15th6:00pm – 8:30pm

A second session will be added if there is sufficient interest.

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Sailing 3: Intermediate to Advanced Snipe Sailing and Racing Instruction

We also offer an advanced class to sail a 2-sail sloop (Snipes mainly). This class teaches more advanced sailing techniques, including jib and main sail trimming for better performance. Each student is often paired with an instructor for one-on-one on the water practice.

  • Prerequisites: This class is open to any student who has completed Sailing 1. Not necessary to have Sailing 2, but encouraged, unless student has similar experience. Open to Adults (18 and older) and Juniors (ages 12 to 17).
  • Cost
    • Adults $150, Juniors $75
    • The Iowa State Parks require non-Iowa vehicles to pay a $5/day parking fee or have a annual Lake Manawa permit ($40). Find out details here.
  • How to Register: Click on the Session link and complete your purchase. Class size limited to 4 students.
  • Questions: If you have any questions, contact Patrick Leahy at patrick@sailmanawa.com or 402-682-2500.
SessionDaysDatesTimes
Session A (CANCELLED)Saturday MorningsMay 15th, 22nd, Jun 5th8:00am-12:00pm

*An additional session may be added if there is sufficient interest.

Private lessons are tailored to the skill level of the student and may be taught on dinghys, keel boats and/or catamarans. If you have never sailed before, we recommend four three hours sessions (12 hours) of instruction. Prices will vary depending on the instructor and type of instruction. If you are interested in private lessons, contact one of the instructors below and he/she will discuss your needs and provide an estimate.

The Iowa State Parks require non-Iowa vehicles to pay a $5/day parking fee or have a annual Lake Manawa permit ($40). Find out details here.

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Racing 1: Beginning Sailboat Racing

Find out more about sailboat racing and get hands-on/on the water experience with the fundamentals.  This class is intended for those who have never raced sailboats or have minimal experience racing. You will learn racing rules and participate in races using club dinghies. Students are welcome to use his or her own boat.

  • Prerequisites: Sailing 1 or has equivalent sailing experience. Open to Adults (18 and older) and Juniors (ages 12 to 17).
  • This class requires a minimum of 4 students. If less than 4 register, your registration fee will be refunded.
  • Cost
    • $50 per student
    • The Iowa State Parks require non-Iowa vehicles to pay a $5/day parking fee or have a annual Lake Manawa permit ($40). Find out details here.
  • How to Register: Click on the Session link and complete your purchase. Class is limited to 10 students. Minimum of 4 students are required.
  • Questions: If you have any questions, contact Teresa Silence at tsilence@sailmanawa.com
Session A Thursday Evenings Aug 5th, 12th, 19th and 26thth 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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Private lessons are tailored to the skill level of the student and may be taught on dinghys, keel boats and/or catamarans. If you have never sailed before, we recommend four three hours sessions (12 hours) of instruction. Prices will vary depending on the instructor and type of instruction. If you are interested in private lessons, contact one of the instructors below and he/she will discuss your needs and provide an estimate.

Racing 3: Introduction to Keelboat Racing

This class is taught by the Manawa Match Race League which promotes keel boat and match racing at LMSA. This course is intended for those who are interested in keel boat racing and/or match racing on keel boats. Keel boat racing a great way to build your sailing skills. This course is taught on Capri 22’s and Santana 20’s. Each boat will have 3 students and one instructor. In this class you will learn how to rig/de-rig the boats as well as cover a variety of sail controls.  Students will learn the proper procedures for setting, trimming and dousing a spinnaker sail. Students will practice working and communicating as a team by participating in practice races. Both fleet racing and match racing will be covered.

  • Prerequisites: This class is open to any club member who is 18 or older and knows how to sail.
  • This class requires a minimum of 4 students. If less than 4 register, your registration fee will be refunded.
  • Cost
    • Adults $75 – LMSA Members Only
    • The Iowa State Parks require non-Iowa vehicles to pay a $5/day parking fee or have a annual Lake Manawa permit ($40). Find out details here.
  • How to Register: Click on the session below and complete the purchase.
  • Questions: If you have any questions, contact Teresa Silence a tsilence@sailmanawa.com

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Private Lessons (Adults and Juniors)

Private lessons are tailored to the skill level of the student and may be taught on dinghys, keel boats and/or catamarans. If you have never sailed before, we recommend four three hours sessions (12 hours) of instruction. Prices will vary depending on the instructor and type of instruction. If you are interested in private lessons, contact one of the instructors below and he/she will discuss your needs and provide an estimate.