CLSA is proud to offer sailing courses and sailing resources for all skill levels.

Introduction to Sailing

CLSA offers two different three-week sessions of Introduction to Sailing that offers on the water learning. Please visit the Intro to Sailing page for more information.

Youth Sailing Education

CLSA offers education programs for our youngest sailors. Please visit the Youth Sailing Education page for more information.

Informal Weeknight Racing

Wednesday nights from April to September, the Flying Scot Fleet practices from 5pm to sundown (weather permitting). For more information please visit: Flying Scot Fleet #135

Thursday nights from April to September, Thistle Fleet #66 practices from 6pm to sundown (weather permitting). For more information please visit: Thistle Fleet #66

CLSA Fleet Boats

We have a small fleet of boats available to club members. Access to these boats requires club certification to assure that you have certain minimal skills required for safety.

Learning outside the Club

Mid Illini Sail and Power Squadron/America's Boating Club

Visit their website for a full list of classes and dates. Offerings include, Weather, Sailing, Boater Safety, Seamanship, Piloting, Advanced Piloting, and more! Don't miss out on their next flotilla to the British Virgin Islands!

Private Lessons

CLSA member Bill Vokac is often found teaching and encouraging sailing at Clinton Lake. He offers private lessons to put you on the fast track. Interested? Start here at SailNow or call (217) 369-0015.

US Coast Guard Auxiliary

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary has an active presence at Clinton Lake - boating safety courses, seminars on sailing, courses, which allow you to build credentials. Visit their Facebook page for more details: USCG Auxiliary East Peoria


Take a CPR course: Red Cross of Central and Southern Illinois

The US Coast Guard's page has many links to different safety courses: USCG Boater Safety Courses

Helpful Websites

American Sailing Association

US Sailing:

Schools and information specifically for women:

Helpful Books and DVDs

Laser Training Manuel by Dr. John R. Anderson

US Sailing resources:

ASA extensive sailing links:

ASA textbook links:

Getting Started in Sailboat Racing by Adam Cort

The Rules in Practice by Bryan Willils - This book is excellent for learning the rules of racing

Winning in One-Designs by Dave Perry

Sailboat Racing with Greg Fisher by Tom Hubbell - This is the best book I've seen for learning one design dinghy racing esp Flying Scots

Positioning, The Logic of Sailboat Racing by Stuart H. Walker - This is an advanced text and suitable for the experienced racer