Sign Up for LMSS Text Alerts

Once again this summer, LMSS will offer text alerts should we need to contact you in a timely manner (e.g. time-sensitive info, weather updates or cancellations).

To subscribe, text 22999 with the following keyword as the message: 

  • Keyword: LMSSCAMP for all daytime Recreational Camps: ages 7-9, 10-12
  • Keyword: LMSSRACE for Opti, Laser and X-Boat Learn to Race & Race Teams
  • Keyword: LMSS for evening Sail with LMSS and Keelboat Lessons

LMSS Safety Policy Update

As we await governance on the upcoming summer sailing season, we want to keep you informed of any updates regarding our programs and how we plan to adapt operations at LMSS this summer. LMSS has redesigned all of our activities with a focus on structured social distancing, hygiene and sanitization, and personal protection. As always, the safety of our sailors, staff and community remains our top priority. In addition, we have partnered with the Minnetonka Yacht Club (MYC) to limit the number of people on Lighthouse Island.

We’ve drafted an LMSS Updated Safety Policy, based on recommendations from local and national government authorities, and our peer associations and partners. This summer, our sailing community will be seeing changes including:

  • Six-foot radius delineation created for shuttle docks, pontoon shuttles and all on-island activities including chalk talk instruction
  • Minimized touch points on all LMSS facilities including dock areas, transportation, equipment and surfaces
  • Hand washing and hand sanitizing stations added at shuttle pick-up and drop-off points as well as throughout the island
  • Buff or similar facial protection required for indoor common spaces and anytime a sailor is within a six-foot radius of another person
  • Further advanced notice of class cancellation due to impending inclement weather
  • Advanced training for all LMSS staff on CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines as well as LMSS COVID-safe coaching requirements

With all the above mitigations in place, each sailor, parent and instructor play a critical role. Please review our LMSS Updated Safety Policy, which will continuously be reinforced and shared with participants for adherence prior to the start of each session.

Registration is still open! Thanks to all who have committed to keeping your registration intact at this time. We have not yet canceled or modified any sessions at this time, and will alert you if and when that happens in the weeks prior to affected dates (see our updated refund policy). To review options and register, please visit our home page.

We hope to see you soon!

Learn to Race + Race Teams Q&A Sessions

LMSS has a long history of providing top end racing instruction and performance for our sailors who are looking to achieve their goals and compete on local, regional and national levels. 

What’s next for your sailor? Our program is organized into three progressive tracks, each one building upon the track before it: Recreational Sailing, Learn to Race, and LMSS Race Teams. Sailors are encouraged to advance through these tracks as their skills improve.

Are you ready to take the next step and give racing a try? Join us to learn more about LMSS Race Teams: 

  • Stop by the Caribou Coffee on Minnetonka Boulevard and 101 either Wednesday, Feb 19 or Thursday, Feb 20 from 3:30-5:30 PM either day, as your schedule permits
  • Coaches will be available to answer questions and provide information on expectations, schedules, travel opportunities, registration and more
  • New sailors and families welcome!

If you are unable to attend, and are interested in joining LMSS Learn to Race, or a Race Team, or have questions regarding placement please contact us.

TCYS Winter Climbing Meetup

Join the Twin Cities Youth Sailing crew at the Minneapolis Bouldering Project for a rock climbing adventure!

  • Saturday, February 29, 2020, 12 PM – 2 PM
  • All TCYS affiliated sailors, parents, and coaches are invited
  • $12 youth day passes, $16 adult day passes. First time climbers get free shoe rental; otherwise, $4 shoe rental
  • All climbers under the age of 14 must be chaperoned by an adult while climbing
  • Relax between climbs at our TCYS designated hangout space

Climbers and chaperones must fill out a waiver of liability prior to arrival. https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/59f3b44894810/web/

New to climbing? Receive instruction from a TCYS sponsored climbing instructor!

Email Alec McKee with any questions. Happy Climbing!

Scholarship Application Now Open

The Woody Jewett Scholarship Fund is now available. The resounding purpose of this fund is to make it possible for more youth to pursue competitive sailing by offsetting the cost of lessons for kids and families as they progress from novice sailors to more advanced racing. Scholarships are available on an individual and group basis. See application for additional details.

Scholarship application deadline is February 15. Scholarships are limited and will be awarded based on need and availability. Partial scholarship funds will be applied to LMSS tuition for a class or group fee, and are not applicable to equipment, gear or travel fees. For more information and to apply, visit http://lmss.us/about-us/scholarships/.

Summer 2020 Regatta Schedule

Mark your calendars! The Twin Cities Youth Sailing (TCYS) 2020 schedule is official:

June 19 – Manitou Days, White Bear Sailing School
June 26 – River Run, Saint Croix Sailing School
July 17 – City of Lakes, Minneapolis Sailing Center
July 24 – Mike Plant Regatta, Wayzata Sailing
August 7 – Brad Robinson Victory Regatta, Lake Minnetonka Sailing School

Additional summer regattas worth noting:

July 11-12 – US Sailing Area K Qualifier, Bemis & Smythe, Muskegon, MI
July 13-17 – 420 North Americans, Grosse Pointe, MI
July 6-7 – GLSS Dinghyfest, Lake Geneva, WI
July 29-31 – ILYA X Inland Championship, Lake Geneva, WI
July 31 – Shino Team Race, TCYS Series *TBD, Wayzata Sailing
August 2-4 – ILYA Opti Inland Championship, Lake Beulah, WI
Aug TBD – Opti Red, White, Blue Chip, Lac La Belle, WI

Registration for 2020 Goes Live January 1

It’s time to register for summer 2020! Lake Minnetonka Sailing School will go live with registration on January 1, 2020. From beginner recreational camps through advanced race teams, and our popular STEM-focused sessions, there’s something for every age and ability, no experience required. U.S. Sailing accredited, LMSS emphasizes safety and skills development for a lifetime of sailing.

Visit our home page to determine which track is right for you, and to review programs and sessions for summer 2020.

Don’t delay, classes fill quickly and tend to sell out for many sessions and age groups!

WCCO Spotlight on LMSS

This summer we enjoyed a visit from WCCO This Morning during their “Goin’ to the Lake” series. Catch Race Team Director Alec McKee and several of our campers in this fun segment.

Youth Training Event with Olympic Hopefuls

Join us! Youth sailors are invited to Lighthouse Island August 29, 1-4pm to listen to a Chalk Talk and participate in an informal regatta with ILYA aspiring Olympians, Harry Melges IV and Finn Rowe.

Hear how world class sailors like Harry and Finn prepare for racing, including their path to Tokyo 2020. Following the Chalk Talk, join an informal regatta featuring 5-6 short races with on the water coaching from Harry and Finn.

All Opti, X Boat and 420 sailors welcome. Regatta sailed in Optis and 420s. See flyer and link for details; event is FREE for participants.

Register today: http://bit.ly/MelgesRoweTraining.

Minnetonka Middle and High School Fall Sailing Kickoff

Join us for our fall middle and high school sailing kick-off meeting Monday, September 9, 7pm at Minnetonka High School. New sailors welcome!

We will be going over important information about the upcoming season including scheduling, team gear and volunteer opportunities. Please bring your checkbook to complete payment for team fees.

MHS Eligibility Requirements

NEW! This year we will offer a Monday night option (September 9 – 30th from 4-6pm) that will accommodate new sailors, helping them get caught up on sailing fundamentals. These is a separate class registration, see additional details here: http://lmss.us/race-teams/high-school-sailing/.