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

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:

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:

LMSS BBQ and Open Sail

All LMSS sailors are invited back out to Lighthouse Island on Monday, August 19th for an open sail and BBQ from 5:30 – 7:30pm. This is your chance to invite your friends and family, show them your sailing skills and enjoy dinner! Shuttles will be running from Park Ave & the Carson Bay Facility starting at 5:30 pm.

LMSS boats available for open sail:
Pram, Hartley 12, Opti, 420, Sonar (instructor present)

Sailors must bring their own lifejackets. All sailors 10 and under, please have a lifejacket on at all times while on Lighthouse Island. Non-LMSS friends and family members will be asked to sign a waiver prior to heading out on the water for a sail.

Pulled pork and chicken sliders, chips, fruit, and root beer floats, $6/per person.


Forgot something on island? Come check the lost and found!

Saturday! Lake Minnetonka Sails & Ales Craft Beer Festival

Tickets still available, or purchase at the door! Join us July 20 for the Lake Minnetonka Sails & Ales Craft Beer Festival, benefiting LMSS. Enjoy local beer tasting, a fish fry dinner, raffle, fundraiser and live music. Age 21+ event, open to the public.

Event begins at 5pm, shuttle service available beginning at 4:45pm from Deephaven Elementary School (4452 Vine Hill Road). Shuttles run all evening.

More information and tickets:

Sign Up for LMSS Text Alerts

LMSS offers text alerts should we need to contact you in a timely manner (e.g. weather updates or cancellations). To register, text 55222 with the following keyword as the message:

  • Keyword: LMSSCAMP for all daytime Recreational Camps: 7-9, 10-12, 13-16
  • Keyword: LMSSRACE for X, Opti, 420 Learn to Race & Race Teams

Lake Minnetonka Sails & Ales Craft Beer Festival

Tickets now available! Join us July 20 for the Lake Minnetonka Sails & Ales Craft Beer Festival, benefiting LMSS. Enjoy local beer tasting, a fish fry dinner, raffle, fundraiser and live music. Age 21+ event, open to the public.

More information and tickets: