The Mainsail - Sheridan Shore Sailing School - Wilmette Illinois



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High School Sailing

As summer turns into fall, we move our attention to high school sailing. Sheridan Shore Sailing School is the home of three high school sailing teams: Beacon Academy, Evanston Township High School, and Loyola Academy.

High School Warm-up Week

This was a great way to get back into a boat before the High School season started. This week was coached by Noah Barton, a New Trier Alumni, 2 time Mallory Nationals, 1 time Baker Nationals, and he is a freshman sailing at the University of California in San Diego.

Sheridan Shore Sailing School - Fall 2019


Two College Clinics

coach alexMeet the Coaches for our Clinics

We added 2 new clinics to our existing high school program. For our first weekend clinic, we brought in Alex Post, a Loyola alumnus. While Coach Alex attends Loyola he qualified for 3 Mallory Nationals, 4 NIT regattas, and 1-time at Cressy Nationals. Post is also Georgetown University Alumnus, a 2-time National Match Race Champion, 4-time co-ed National Skipper, and 3-time Team Race National Skipper.

Sheridan Shore Sailing School - Fall 2019For the second clinic, we had Tommy Holmberg and Chris Lynch who are also Loyola alumni. Tommy attended Bates College in Maine and was captain of their sailing team.

Chris Lynch continued his education at Loyola University New Orleans. Though Chris did not sail in college, he has continued his passion for sailing after college.

The Alex Post Clinic was held on August 24th–25th

Sheridan Shore Sailing School - Alex Post Clinic - Fall 2019

The Tommy Lynch Clinic was held on September 21st–22nd

Sheridan Shore Sailing School - Tommy Lynch Clinic - Fall 2019

DAY 1: Coach Chris emphasized boat handling in a big breeze. The sailors handled the conditions well and we saw improvements throughout the day in their speed and maneuvers.

DAY 2: Another heavy air day as Coach Tommy focused on getting the sailors into the competitive mindset required to succeed in MISSA. The athletes showed endurance in tough conditions and excellent teamwork both on and off the water.

Tommy and Chris were grateful to Zac and all of the parents for putting this clinic together. Potential was demonstrated in this great group of sailors and we look forward to their future results. 

— Tommy Holmberg and Chris Lynch, #Zarmy


High School Regattas Schedule

The Interscholastic Sailing Association, more commonly known as ISSA, governs secondary school sailing in the United States. Sailor eligibility starts at the ninth grade and there are no age limits. We are a part of the midwest branch called MISSA.

MISSA High School Regatta Schedule for September:

Sept 7–8th: Kick-Off Classic at Sheridan Shore Sailing School

Sept 14–15th: Girls Champs at GPYC, Grosse Pointe, MI
Sept 14–15th: Fall Scramble at PLYC / MYC, Pewaukee, WI

Sept 21–22nd: Lake Max Fall Regatta at Culver Academy, Culver, IN
Sept 21–22nd: MISSA Cressy Qualifier at Wayzata Sailing School, Minnetonka, MN

Sept 28–29th: Great Oaks Qualifier at Detroit Country Day School, Detroit, MI


High School Regatta Results


MISSA Website


Regattas in Review

Kick-Off Classic: hosted at Sheridan Shore Sailing School, September 7–8th

Kick-off Classic Regatta
Kick-off Classic Regatta
Kick-off Classic Regatta

Saturday had some shifty winds and lumpy seas, but sailors challenged each other and pushed themselves and their boats to the limits. Overall, sailors showed great hustle, awareness, and attention to detail!

On Sunday racers braved NE winds at 10 knots and large swells for another great day of close racing. Thanks to all the competitors, coaches, and race committee members who helped make this event great! Special thanks to Griffin Elliot of MarkSetBot for lending a hand and controlling the marks. 

Results: Evanston 4th / Loyola 5th

MISSA Girls Great Lakes Championship: hosted by Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, September 14–15th

MISSA Girls Great Lakes Championship 2019
MISSA Girls Great Lakes Championship 2019
MISSA Girls Great Lakes Championship 2019

Ten all ladies teams participated in the MISSA Girls Great Lakes Championship. We sent our Loyola ladies to the regatta in Detroit, MI.

Saturday was beautiful and the winds were 10–16 knots. Sunday was a bit breezier at times with the winds about 10–18 knots and some passing showers. 

The Loyola ladies sailed well and learned a lot. Congratulations to our Loyola ladies who received an invite to attend the PCISA Girls Invitational at San Diego Yacht Club on October 19-20th.

Fall Scramble at PLYC / MYC, Pewaukee, September 14–15th

Fall Scramble at PLYC
Fall Scramble at PLYCFall Scramble at PLYCFall Scramble at PLYCSaturday was a great fall day on Pewaukee Lake with 8-12 knots of breeze from the west. Sunny skies and 70-degree temps kept the sailors on the water until 5pm to complete 6 full rotations.

Sunday conditions consisted of west to southwest breezes ranging from 5-10mph. Four races in each division were completed. Thank you to a great RC for quick adjustments and finely timed races. Evanston finished 5th of 30 teams.

Lake Max Fall Regatta at Culver Academy, September 21–22nd

CulverWe brought four teams to the Lake Max Fall Regatta (one Beacon team, two Evanston teams, and one Loyola team). For some of our sailors, this was their first regatta. Saturday the wind started off light but built quickly to about 15–18 knots. 

Sunday started off windy for our sailors and kept building to18 knots with puffs in the 20’s. Coach Meg decided it was too windy for some of our sailors, only allowing one Evanston A-team and one B-team to continue racing. Congratulations to Evanston’s Miles Ford and Yoyo Ostrreicher for placing 2nd in B-division.

MISSA Cressy Qualifier: hosted by Wayzata Sailing School, September 21–22nd

MISSA Cressy Qualifiers 2019The MISSA Cressy Qualifier is a regatta for lasers/ laser radials. We sent Yago Echevarria from Loyola Academy who sailed in the laser radial fleet. Saturday the winds were a steady 15 knots and Sunday was a bit lighter about 5–8 knots. Yago learned a lot about inland lake sailing during this event.

Great Oaks Qualifier MISSA: hosted by Detroit Country Day School, September 28–29th

MISSA Great Oaks Qualifier 2019
MISSA Great Oaks Qualifier 2019MISSA Great Oaks Qualifier 2019
For the Great Oaks Qualifier, there were two divisions on Saturday to help divide the teams for Sunday’s Gold and Silver group.

On Saturday, the breeze was shifty then became more steady with 12–15 knots.  After hearing protests in the Red fleet, the Gold fleet was posted. Loyola Academy was in the Green division, with Evanston and Beacon Academy in the Red division. Each division completed 6 races, which determined what teams would move on to the Gold and Silver divisions.

On Sunday the Silver fleet scores did not carry over. Five races were completed on Sunday. We had Loyola Academy in the Green division and Beacon Academy in the Red division. Congratulations to Loyola Academy for taking 3rd in the Silver division.

Evanston made it to the Gold division. In the Gold division, eight races were completed. Though the wind was consistent, we had some races in the rain. Evanston finished 10th of 32 teams.

2019 Sailing Fundraiser

Sheridan Shore Sailing School is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization. ALL donations are tax-deductible.

Sheridan Shore Sailing School provides our sailors with leadership training, high-performance coaching, and respect for our natural environment which is our competition arena. Developing safe practices in and around water is our highest priority. This year one of our fundraising goals in a new safety boat. With a new boat, we will be able to increase our sailor capacity at practice and offer our sailors with the continued level of excellence associated with the Sheridan Shore Sailing School name. Another fundraising goal focuses on replacing our existing trailer in order to transport four boats as well as the coach boat in order to compete for national and international regattas. 

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Sheridan Shore Sailing School FundraiserSafety Boat - $30,000 with motor and trailer

Obtaining a new safety boat specifically increases coach visibility on the water and decreases response time.

Race Trailer - $15,000 delivered

Safety never takes a holiday! The trailer we currently use for transporting 420s to away regattas needs replacing; allowing increased room on the trailer for a coach boat as well. Our coaches need a reliable trailer on the highway.




Monumental Events are Occurring at the Sailing School

New Floating Dock Starting in 2020

The most exciting news is the Sheridan Shore Sailing School Floating dock construction. Wilmette Harbor Club and Sheridan Shore Sailing School have partnered to construct a floating dock in the harbor for the sailing schools’ fleet of 420. Our old dock was limiting the time we could spend on the water at practice since the single ramp was a constraint in the process. With the new floating dock, we will be able to simultaneously launch all boats and spend more time on the water for practice. Construction is scheduled to start any day now.

Sheridan Shore Sailing School New Floating Dock 


A Note From The Sheridan Shore Sailing School Board

Hello to all! We are looking forward to seeing you at the fall high school banquet. There will be raffle prizes displayed. The items will showcase experiences on Lake Michigan highlighting motor and sailing cruises, as well as some land experiences. Please attend, support your sailor, visit with other parents, and buy some raffle tickets. Thank you.



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