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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Sports, Swimming & Other Water Recreation

Mission: To promote sailing and to make Lake Michigan accessible to evreyone in the Milwaukee area through quality programs.

Results: In 2010 we opened a new educational building (with no debt) that allows us to expand our program offerings. We will host the 2013 US Disabled Sailing Championship.

Target demographics: Anyone in the greater Milwaukee area who wants to learn to sail.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 150 adults to learn to sail, 350 to improve their skills, over 230 children took lessons and almost 600 disabled adults got to sail.

Geographic areas served: Greater Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Programs: Prams in the Park (ages 8-11), Youth Sailing (ages 9-17), Adult Sailing, Adpative Sail Program (for emotionally and physically disabled of all ages ). Our members actively help maintain the fleet, volunteering over 2,500 hours every year.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Dick B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This has to be one of the best bargains on the Great Lakes. The fleet of boats is extensive, basic courses taught in Pearson Ensigns, a wonderful, safe craft. Many courses available throughout the season to teach you how to sail safely at increasing levels of competence. The instructors are AWESOME! After you qualify to sail, use of the MCSC boats is open at no charge as part of the membership. Look online to see what commercial outfits charge to rent an Ensign for a half day - $250+? Everyone I've met there is friendly and helpful. If you ever thought you might want to sail, this is the place. Just Do It!

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great opportunity to learn to sail! Staff is friendly and helpful and sailing classes were geared for everyone of all levels.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a huge fan of MCSC. In my years in Milwaukee I used the facility often, sailed the boats, stored a boat on the property, and participated in racing and other events regularly. I also taught as a sailing instructor for MCSC. It is, without a doubt, one of the finest organizations I know of. Every member of the staff is dedicated to making sailing accessible and fun for all. Unlike snotty yachty organizations, MCSC encourages people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to come, participate, learn and enjoy the wonderful sport of sailing on beautiful Lake Michigan.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love sailing and the sailing community but can't afford the equipment. The club gives me amazing opportunities to learn and grow! Managed very professionally and with passion.

Client Served

Rating: 4

The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center and its amazing staff have been great to my daughter and myself as novice sailors. Their teen classes as well as adult beginner classes are well prepared and not only instructional but amazing fun. Having never sailed or been on the water before, getting hold of the tiller and steering through the moorings with skill drills was a great accomplishment and the support of the staff and the volunteers are second to none. My daughter is equally fond if not more of MCSC and we will continue to be members as long as we reside in this lovely town.

Bill89

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was privileged to help start MCSC 35 years ago in order to bring sailing to the public so that a sport that had been unaffordable to most people due to the expense was made available to the average person and kids! The concept has worked so well that now there are over 150 such facilities in the US! Shared boating access is a great concept thanks to this enterprising and well run non profit. Proof is that it is still in business and thriving 35 years later! Plus we have a great adaptive program for the disabled group.

Bill Mosher

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a member since 2005 and sail almost every day (weather permitting) MCSC has brought immeasurable joy to my life. Last year I sailed 130 times--approximately 260 hours! I am so grateful for this community center and love to give sailboat rides to the disabled. Arlene Wisotzke

Tim_55

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a terrific group of people! From sailing to cooking to gardening, there's something for everyone at the Sailing Center.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My beginner class was led by Tom, he is the best teacher I have ever had for any course, ever. I learned a lot and saw how he took care teaching each individual. I always feel welcome at MCSC - I am so excited to sail. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Never sailed until two years ago. Now I can't get enough of it, due in large part to the MCSC. The classes are taught by enthusiastic, knowledgable volunteers, the staff is fantastic, and the facilities are awesome. The ease of signing out a boat and the ability to bring out guests at no additinal charge add to the experience. I've met a number of new friends through the Center as well. Truly an organization run by people who love to sail and are eager to promote the sport and to share their experience with others. Wish I'd have found the MCSC years ago.