MBJA Sailing School

Located on the grounds of the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club, the MBJA is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to create the next generation of West Michigan sailors and bring new faces into the sport. Over the past 35 years, MBJA has enabled countless participants and graduates to learn the joys and thrills that come from sailing on the open water. For many, this has even become more than a sport or activity – sailing has become their way of life.

Adult Sailing Lessons

It’s never too late to start sailing! Enjoy a fun evening class with other adults to learn the basics of sailing or brush up on their skills. This course will cover the fundamentals of sailing and provide a solid foundation for newcomers.

Learn more and register here.

Sailing Camps for Ages 5+

The MBJA offers a variety of summer camp formats to accommodate kids of all ages and skill levels. Whether your child is just starting out or a seasoned racer, we have a program just for you.

Learn more and register here.

High School & College Teams

The MBJA hosts high school sailing practice and racing for students from Black River, Holland Christian, Saugatuck, and West Ottawa. Area yacht clubs and sailing organizations work together to put on regional regattas and help students qualify for bigger events.

Learn more and register here.

Support Local Sailing Education

The MBJA is a non-profit organization that relies on volunteers and donations in order to keep the program affordable and be able to offer scholarships to students who would not otherwise have the means to participate. Without this organization, sailing participation at our club would not be what it is today, nor would it be able to grow and sustain into the future. Please consider donating (any amount helps) to keep these programs thriving.

Learn more and donate here.