New in 2015!


Jealous of your junior LMSS sailors having all the fun? Experience Lake Minnetonka sailing for yourself! Accompanied by an LMSS instructor, you and your closest friends will enjoy the thrill of sailboat racing as you compete in one of the Minnetonka Yacht Club (MYC) Northome Series events – held on Wednesday nights throughout the summer.

You and up to three of your guests (children are welcome) will rig and race an LMSS Sonar, with personal instruction every step of the way. Following the race, enjoy the included dinner and beverages at the popular MYC Grill & Chill.

Racing isn’t for you? Skip the competition and enjoy a relaxing and fun evening on the water while we provide instruction tailored specifically to your skill level.

Wednesday Evenings from 5-8PM, $300 per group



4 Pre-Pram sessions have been added to the 2015 summer line up! Now you and your sailor can join LMSS on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 – 8pm!

Session 5 – June 15, 17, 22, 24
Session 6 – June 29, July 1, 6, 8
Session 7 – July 13, 15, 20, 22
Session 8 – August 10, 12, 17, 19

Monday and Wednesday  from 6 – 8pm, $195



The Opti Booster class provides an opportunity for sailors with little or no experience to catch up and test the Learn to Race waters. These classes focus on the fundamentals covered in LMSS recreational programs, but in a condensed format designed to allow your sailor to comfortably transition into our Learn to Race program. A boat charter is included.

Session 1 – June 4, 5
Session 2 – June 9, 10
Session 3 – July 7, 8
Weekdays from 9am – 4pm, $175



A Letter from your LMSS Director Jess!


Last year was another fantastic season at LMSS. We welcomed new challenges, and seized opportunities to further our students’ education on the water. Highlights from 2014 include:


  • LMSS provided sailing access to over 750 students in a wide variety of programs. We engaged new sailors of all ages through our beginners classes, and trained our competitive sailors to help them achieve their goals as teams and as individuals.


  • Our sailors represented LMSS with distinction – qualifying for CHUBB U.S. Junior Championships, Youth Championships, placing in the top ten at ILYA Opti Inlands, qualifying for USODA Team Trials, and achieving a No. 1 Midwest high school team ranking.


  • We introduced two Sonar sailboats into our fleet in 2014. These boats allow us to introduce adults and future yacht club members to the sport, as well as to train LMSS youth for the Rose Cup – a youth match racing event – and the MISSA high school keelboat championship.


Growth and improvement are paramount to the achievement of our mission at LMSS. Some of the changes and new opportunities in store for the 2015 season include:


  • We have added an Opti Booster class to help less experienced 8-10 year olds transition successfully to singlehanded sailing.


  • Guest coaches will bring their unique knowledge of the sport to our race classes. These guests will include Olympic hopefuls, national and world champions, and other professional sailors.


  • LMSS has partnered with the Minnetonka Yacht Club to offer a fun and exciting opportunity for families and friends to race our LMSS Sonars – with help from an LMSS instructor – on Wednesday nights as part of the Club’s Northome Series.


On behalf of the entire LMSS team, we would like to thank you for supporting another great year of learning and competition as our sailors build lifelong skills, compete in a safe and positive environment, and create lasting relationships on and off the water.


We’ll see you soon on Lighthouse Island!


Jess Haverstock




Our programs are made possible through the generous support of our community, volunteers, and donors. LMSS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which relies on your time and contributions to provide capital improvements. Help us keep our costs low and promote the sport of sailing by donating today!

LMSS Hosting USODA Midwest Championship

Join us for the USODA Midwest Championship September 5 – 6th! We will update you further as we get closer to the event!


Look to USODA for upcoming registration:


*Photo Credit – Stacie Carlson,

US Sailing Certification at LMSS

LMSS will be hosting two US Sailing Certification courses this summer in an effort to continue our mission of providing top-notch sailing instruction in a fun and safe environment!

Basic Keelboat, May 15 – 17
Level 1 Small Boat Instructor Training, June 1 – 4

More information can be found here:

Twin Cities Youth Sailing – 2015 Schedule

–       June 19 – Manitou Days at the White Bear Sailing School

–       June 26 – Deephaven Centennial at the Lake Minnetonka Sailing School

–       July 10 – Opti Only at Lake Harriet

–       July 17 – City of Lakes at the Lake Calhoun Sailing School

–       July 24 – Dan Shinozaki 420 Only at the Wayzata Community Sailing School

–       July 31 – River Run at the St. Croix Sailing School

–       August 7 – Mike Plant at the Wayzata Community Sailing School

2015 Registration Opening January 1st

We had an awesome 2014 season here at LMSS. Thank you all for your participation and support! Look to the website come January 1st for updated information and programming for 2015. Questions in the meantime? Contact LMSS



Please be patient with us as we have limited hours in the winter months (Nov 15th – Mar 1st)

August 29th – Graduation CANCELLED

ALL afternoon Camp and Learn to Race graduations have been CANCELLED due to storms forecasted late into the evening. Pick-ups will be at the usual time of 4:00pm (CBF) and 4:15pm (Park Ave). Sailors will receive their certificate of completion prior to leaving for the day.

Thank you for being flexible as we keep our sailors safe! Contact Jess with questions – 952.404.1645

Erik Bowers Fundraiser

LMSS alumnus Erik Bowers and the Bowers Sailing Olympic Campaign are hosting a 2014 Laser World Championship fundraiser at the Excelsior Brewing Company on August 30th, from 5pm-9pm.
As a member of the US Sailing Sperry Top-Sider Development Team, Erik receives elite coaching and training but minimal funding. He has been donating his time to provide instruction to LMSS sailors in Optis, 420s, and Lasers. Your attendance would be greatly appreciated and would help advance Erik’s Laser racing efforts. He is currently battling Charlie Buckingham and Chris Barnard for the #1 US Laser class ranking. The top US Laser sailor at the World Championship in Santander, Spain in September will be named to the 2015 US Sailing Sperry Top-Sider Team.
Please contact Mark Bowers ( for more information about the fundraiser and how you can help Erik achieve his Laser Olympic racing goals.

TCYS – Mike Plant NOR

Join LMSS at the first TCYS event this Friday, June 13th! This event is open to sailors in the 420, Laser, Opti RWB, and Opti Green Fleets. Check out the attached NOR for more information.


Summer racing with MYC!

Charter your LMSS 420 or Optimist to participate in the Minnetonka Yacht Club youth series!

MYC 420 Season Charter Form

For more information contact Jess Haverstock: