About the Sailing Program

Our popular sailing program has expanded to include some exciting new options for the summer of 2017! All classes take place at Menominee Park Beach. All students should arrive at the beach prepared to sail, meaning they should feel comfortable in deep water with a life jacket on.

Each sailing student should bring the following: 

  • Sunscreen
  • Swimming suit
  • Towel
  • Water shoes or old sneakers (super important because zebra mussels can cut feet)
  • A water bottle full of water/beverage
  • A snack if they think they’ll need one
  • Dry clothes or sweats if it’s chilly or rainy
  • We provide life jackets and wet suits, but students may bring their own if they have them (please label)

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About the Instructors

Steve and Sara Eliasen are the founding sailors of International Youth Sailing of Oshkosh. IYSO’s goal is to share sailing with kids and families quickly, easily and inexpensively. In addition to serving on the staff of Sail Sheboygan as well as serving on the Green Bay Sail and Paddle Board of Directors, and instructing youth sailors over the past nine seasons in communities all over northeastern Wisconsin, the Eliasens run the largest school sailing program in North America, “Oshkosh Schools Sail Week” each June and September. In 2016, we bought sailing to nearly 2000 new sailors. Our staff consists of a variety of enthusiastic sailors who love sharing this sport with kids of all ages.

About Safety

Safety is always our first priority. Our instructors have completed sailing leadership courses through US Sailing and our staff includes lifeguards on the water. We adhere to US Sailing safety protocols, running 7500 students through our courses in the past nine years, without incident.

A Word on Weather

Sailing is about adapting to conditions. As a rule of thumb, we sail unless it is thundering, lightning or there are exceptionally high winds. If we have to cancel due to weather, we will post cancellations on our International Youth Sailing of Oshkosh Facebook page. Please check it!

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Oshkosh Yacht Club

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