CLSA Small Fleet Boats

CLSA owns and maintains a fleet of sailboats, including Lasers, Sunfish, Banshees, and a Ray Green Rascal. These boats are free to use for current, qualified CLSA members.

Certification & Boat Rules

CLSA Members ages 12 and older can become certified to use the CLSA Fleet boat by completing the following steps:

  • Completion of a structured course that has been approved by the Commodore to meet minimum requirements (Introduction to Sailing, Flying Scot Fleet 135 lessons, ASA courses, etc). Or, a successful completion of an on-the-water sailing evaluation (available at least one evening per month by an approved CLSA member) and completion of the “On the Water Checklist" which is listed at the bottom of this page.
  • Possession of a “Boating Safety Certificate” issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Division of Education or another certificate issued by another state, a province of the Dominican of Canada, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, or by the United States Power Squadron. Please email a pdf of your certificate to or deliver a paper copy to a board member.

In summary, here is a checklist of requirements:

  • On the water checkout and/or structured course
  • completion of CLSA Liability Waiver form
  • Possession of “Boating Safety Certificate”

Rules for using CLSA Fleet Boats:

  • Sailors need to stay in sight of the CLSA dock or CLSA pavilion unless sailing in a CLSA club race (see map below).
  • Everyone must wear a life jacket & whistle when sailing club boats.
  • Don't take the boats out when there are white caps (unless registered for a CLSA club race) and immediately return to CLSA if white caps develop.
  • Know your abilities and sail within your limitations.
  • Be responsible for any repairs caused by damage during your sail by notifying the CLSA Harbormaster, Fleet Captain, or other designee of any needed repairs to boats and make note of it on the white board in the storage shed.
  • Demonstrate courtesy to all boaters.

Rules for youth sailors, ages 12 to 18years old using CLSA Fleet Boats:

Use of the Fleet boats by this age group is restricted further from normal by the following:

  • The approved sailing area is immediately west of the CLSA and Clinton marina harbor to a distance of no more than ½ way to the West side of the lake (unless registered for a CLSA race event).
  • Members 12 to 18 years old may not use the club boats in a CLSA race event if whitecaps are present.

Ages 12 years old as of 5/1 and under 14 years old as of 5/1

In order to use the Fleet boats the individual must be currently on the Approved Use List, and a parent or guardian over 21 years old must also be sailing a similar craft in a proximity that would allow for immediate aid.

Ages 14 years old as of 5/1 and under 18 years old as of 5/1

In order to use Fleet Boats the individual must be currently on the Approved Use List, and a parent or guardian over 21 years old must be present on CLSA grounds with a boat ready and have ability to assist as needed for the safety of the sailor during the sail. In the event the Parent or Guardian leaves CLSA grounds, the minor must return to the harbor and exit the boat until his/her return.

When sailing on CLSA club boats, you MUST remain within sight of the CLSA dock. Generally, it's within this green box. Exceptions are made for CLSA sponsored races.

On the water checklist for fleet boat use:

  • Filled out CLSA Liability Waiver
  • Rig one of the club boats correctly
  • Demonstrate Bowline, Figure 8 and cleat hitch knots
  • Demonstrate proper way to wear a life preserver
  • Leaving shore or Dock - Determine wind direction and discuss the best way to leave harbor area. Discuss the best way to return to harbor and dock.
  • Demonstrate tacking ability
  • Demonstrate safety position
  • Demonstrating Jibing
  • For all but the Ray Green Demonstrate capsize recovery in deep water (greater than 5’)
  • Demonstrate ability to round two of the no wake buoys
  • Demonstrate ability to return to harbor
  • Demonstrate De-Rigging a boat, including proper sail storage and equipment storage.

The on the water skills will be demonstrated by rigging and unrigging, sailing through 2 of the no wake buoys, and returning to the harbor. Ideal wind speed for the on the water evaluation is 3 to 10 mph.