The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center is an excellent asset to the city. Using its wonderful facilities on the water, this nonprofit reaches out to the community to teach many life skills through the art of sailing. These skills include physical development,social interaction,intellectual challenges and appreciation of the natural environment.
Encouraging and helping members with these skills is a friendly and positive staff. The entire sailing community supports new students and provides social settings frequently to help new members become part of the community. Milwaukee is fortunate to have this wonderful sailing center.
This is a great community to be part of. Both for learning to sail, as well as a gateway to a wider sailing community.
The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center 's mission is to bring the joy of Lake Michigan to all people. To that goal the Sailing Center provides affordable lessons and scholarships for children and teens, as well as a complete range of on-the-water and classroom learning experiences for adults. With the insistence on safety first, MCSC provides the boats, the docks, the staff and the programs to help ANYONE learn how to sail competently. All one needs is a willingness to learn and an aptitude to have a good time. The emphasis on Community means no one who wants to sail is left at the dock. Friendships abound. MCSC provides volunteer opportunities to share sailing with children and adults with disabilities and other challenges. A full schedule of classes, events, social gatherings and volunteer options is available all year round. One can learn about the history of sailing for exploration, commerce, military use, for travel and sport; one can learn about ghosts, legends and ship wrecks, about environmental and conservation concerns and much more. I knew nothing about sailing when I took my first class several years ago. Now I have a passion not only for sailing itself but for helping achieve the mission of the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center--to share the joy of Lake Michigan.
MCSC is the best place on Lake Michigan to learn sailing and to learn about the lake. Their staff is top notch and the location is first rate. Probably the best thing is the cost. It is very reasonable for the services they offer and the access to their facility on Lake Michigan.
This is absolutely the greatest place to learn to sail. The staff is excellent and the students you meet all have one thing in common - the love the water and want to learn to sail. It truly is "a great place on a great lake"!! Water is so good for your soul. I have been a member since 1984!!!
I am a member and volunteer to learn and teach safe sailing and share the sailing experience with many non-sailors in the Milwaukee area for whom this is their best and maybe only way. Excellent programs, activities, classes and best of all staff. AND Boats, too! The new facility sets the tone for a first class experience.
A great way to sail - Instructors are knowledgable, levelheaded and fun! I cant imagine any other way to get into sailing.
The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center makes Lake Michigan accessible to anyone! I love that there are a variety of courses offered at different times, making it easy to learn to sail or improve one's sailing abilities. I also love the camaraderie: the community members and staff are welcoming, patient, and, importantly, love to sail themselves.
A real community a sailors excited about sharing the lake and lakefront. Youth lessons, rides for disabled sailors, group and individual sailing opportunities.
Truly a community center! Anyone and everyone should learn to sail at MCSC! And all ages! There is a class for every ability and boats for every ability. Start easy and you'll be amazed at what you'll learn. MCSC is the best bargain around. No, you don't need own your own boat, MCSC has them. Many a lifelong friend has been made hanging around the MCSC docks and boats. I dare you to try it out!!!
This is a great place to sail in every way. As someone who as raced my whole life, I find it has a place to enjoy racing. But there is a great number of recreational opportunities. But mostly is is a top notch teaching facility. I have been part of numerous sailing schools as a student and as an instructor. This sailing center is amazing in taking a person from new to the water and boats. To an independent sailor to even a instructor themselves. I have seen people fall in love with a new sport and share it with others. I highly recommend this place. Great staff, great opportunity and great community.
The sailing center taught me how to sail four years ago. Since then I have seen that they are much more than a sailing school. They keep a fleet of boats for members to take out like library books, although not overnight. They also make Lake Michigan accesable to people that might not otherwise be able to get out on the water. Things like the kids program, and the help I have seen given to people with disabilities.
There is both a paid staff and a large group of volunteers that keep the many programs running. It is often hard to know if a person is paid or volunteer, the MCSC does such a good job of training the volunteers.
All aspects thorough professional and informative. Great staff
The MCSC is a fantastic organization, expertly guided by a highly motivated core team, and supported by a large and dedicated group of volunteers. The organization's mission is to provide the opportunity to learn, experience, and actively participate in sailing activities, with services offered to anyone in the community that expresses an interest. I personally have started to volunteer in 2014, and find it a highly rewarding experience. The MCSC is a top-notch organization and I personally plan on supporting their mission for many years to come.
MCSC has kept an unwavering focus on maintaining a core staff and a widespread cast of volunteers who are absolutely driven to provide an accessible and enticing gateway into the world of sailing. There are so many opportunities for people in surrounding communities to go beyond learning basic sailing skills - ranging from advanced sail handling, racing, maintenance, coaching, outreach programs and more. As for myself, I was introduced to my first sailboat experience close to 20 years ago during a open house event- I was hooked! Shortly after I took my first basic sailing lessons where I was out on the water within the first two days. Without the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center I might have missed the opportunity to embrace an activity that still stimulates me to want to be out and active.
Thanks. Mike V.
I cannot say enough good things about the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center (MCSC). Sailing is a truly enjoyable sport---one in which I would never be able to participate if the MCSC did not exist. The organization and the people involved provide the opportunity to learn and enjoy a part of life that would otherwise escape all those involved with it!
I've been active with the sailing center for over 20 years. In that time, I've seen many great changes all focused on educating the public about sailing. This sailing center is one of Milwaukee's greatest assests because it provides sailing to all levels of sailors, all disabilities of sailors and all ages of sailors. It's great being a part of this fantastic organization.
A great way to get non-sailors sailing! The educational opportunities for people of all ages, with all types of prior experiences (or lack there-of), with all physical abilities (and dis-abilities), and from all economic backgrounds is fantastic.
The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center (MCSC), a world class nonprofit, is to my knowledge one of the finest community sailing centers anywhere and carefully follows U.S.Sail's stringent teaching and sailing standards.
The regular average individual (man, woman, teen, child & retired old salts) have an opportunity to learn to sail or continue to sail on The Great Lake Michigan at a resonable, mostly affordable cost. After graduation, a sailor may continue to develope skill sailing and learning as a graduate of the MCSC's U.S.Sail Certified Sailing School in the MCSC's Open Sailing Program.
All of the above advantages are made possible due to the MCSC's status as a well run and well organized Milwaukee community supported nonprofit.
Due to the well deserved credibility the MCSC has garnered over decades of community nonprofit service, the center has been placed on the most picturesque lakefront sailing venue in Milwaukee.
Come and enjoy a true gem in the world of sailing. Come and enjoy what a great nonprofit has created. Come and enjoy what people working and volunteering together with functional government have provided to this community transending physical challenge, transending sex (women are equal at the MCSC), transending race and transending financial socio economic limits.
Catch a wave and the wind and the spirit of a fine nonprofit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the shore of The Great Lake Michigan!
U.S. Sail Certified Sailor
I have been a member of MCSC for over 25 years. I have sailed in many facilities in the US over many years. I have served as a sailing instructor at several as well as at MCSC. MCSC is at the top of my list. It is very well run by a exceptionally friendly staff. It lives up to the title of "community" through outreach to the entire Milwaukee area from from providing sailing opportunities for those with disabilities, for children from the central city, and others as well as excellent sailing instruction at all levels for members on and off the water. MCSC has a large fleet of sailboats including Pearson Ensigns, J24s, Solings, and various dinghies available at no cost for members with appropriate sailing ratings. If you are a member, there is no reason to own your own sailboat. MCSC is a crown jewel of Milwaukee.