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Sailing School 2022

Sailing School 2022 (opti/X/420 fleets)

Sailing School Director

Sailing School Director: Jana Petersen-Pingel

Jana is a lifelong NLYC member, sails an MC, past E boat Skipper, ER Nurse, wife and mother to three kids, 2 in the MYST program and one an Opti sailor.  She has a great support system within the club that helps her set up and run the sailing school programs over the year.   Please reach out for assistance.  Her or her team of dedicated volunteers should be able to answer your questions, please e-mail or call/text. 

Jana Petersen-Pingel    




Learn to Sail on Nagawicka!


Opti Racing

Registration for 2023 classes are open!
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Please use this link to pay for sailing school 2023 via check.  You will be required to calculate how much you owe and sending in a personal check to our sailing school director.

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Welcome to Nagawicka Lake Sailing School

Nagawicka Sailing School has many classes available for all ages, we do hope you find one that meets your needs! Please reach out with any questions. Members receive discounts on many youth classes.

Our mission is to develop a love of sailing and make new friends along the way!


Overview of the program

Children ages 5 to 15 may choose to learn sailing on the Opti.  This a small boat with one sail intended for 1 child (2 if very young).  It's a very easy boat to learn on and is sailed around the world.

As kids progress and/or want to take sailing to a deeper level we encourage them to join the competitive Opti team.  This group participates in regattas and the club race series.   For this reason, we require they have their own boat that they know and care for.

For the very little we have a parent & child class, ages 5-8.   This is a  gentle introduction to sailing and a fun way to approach the sport together! 

Opti's are sailed locally and all across the world. They can be found new or used online, on FB Marketplace, and even by word of mouth.  When your child ages out or is ready to move on to a bigger boat they are generally easy to re-sell.  To learn more about this type of boat visit  

Children roughly 10-16 years old may feel more comfortable on a bigger boat, such as the X.  Crew generally start around 9-11 years old "learning the ropes" for a year or two after which time we would encourage them to skip on their own!  The X boat is a small investment, as one would imagine similar to playing on an academy team.  However, a well-maintained boat holds its value and seems to continually be in demand.

The X boat is unique to the midwest and is only sailed on inland lakes.  This junior sailing program feeds into adult sailing when the children age out around 16 years old.  The X fleet is governed by the  Inland Lake Yachting Association.

We also have classes for teens aspiring to be or are already on the high school racing team.  Our program is a great way to try it out and see if it's a good fit. The boat we use is the C420, the same one used for college racing.  To learn more about midwest interscholastic sailing visit  Also, reach out to our sailing school director or your high school athletic department for more information.

Adults we have classes for you too!  The coach Sharon is a lifelong sailor and past Commodore who is very passionate about teaching sailing.  Please see the adult page for more info.

Adult Sailing School:  6 weeks, evenings 6-8 pm, either Mondays or Wednesdays, starting June 5 or 7.
Contact Sharon Kraklow to sign-up at or text to 262-391-6366.

Private lessons by arrangement.


 All students must wear a comfortable US Coast Guard Approved life jacket, and bring a towel and water bottle. Children the age of 5 and under must wear a life jacket at all times while on NLYC property even if they are just visiting.


*Membership is highly encouraged, we have exciting social events (some family oriented and some adult-only) as well as discounts on lessons.  The view of sunsets on the new pavilion is priceless!


2023 Options for Payment include:

1.  To pay by check- when you choose submit registration highlight 'pay in full'  but don't select that use the 'pay off line' option.  Make check out to NLYC and mail to Jana Pingel, 9118 Valley Rd, Oconomowoc Wi. 53066

2.  Pay with credit card for entire payment. (athlete assumes all fees & taxes)   *Fee Rate:   3.15% + $1.00  (Credit card fee is set by and paid to SportsEngine, and does not go to the NLYC)

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