Leatherlips Sailing School

40+ Years of Instructing Excellence

Mission Statement

Leatherlips Yacht Club Sailing School strives to develop a new generation of sailor within our communities. We will provide educational and character-building opportunities to youth and adult sailors that only sailing can uniquely provide such as confidence, self-reliance, teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership, and respect. To provide a fun and educational program for youth and adults interested in developing his or her understanding of all aspects of sailing from pleasure sailing to competitive racing.

Sailing School 2024

With a history of over 40 years of instruction, Leatherlips Yacht Club has taught more than 3,000 children and adults to sail. Pleasantly sited on the west shore of O’Shaughnessy Reservoir across from the Columbus Zoo, the clubhouse has a large patio close to the water. Sailing instruction is offered for youth, teens and adults.


Whether you’re looking for a great summer program for your children, or you’ve always dreamed of sailing but have never been on a boat, our classes are a great way to test the waters. Students will have the opportunity to learn to sail a variety of small sailboats and the skills mastered will be transferable other sailboats. Besides learning sailing, students will learn how to read the wind, care of the equipment from start to finish and knots.


ALL instructors are CPR, First Aid & Concussion Awareness Certified. Our dedicated US Sailing certified staff promotes the US Sailing Instructor’s responsibility for safety, fun, and learning.

2024 Summer Courses: Registration Opens Mid January



2024 Youth Beginning / Intermediate 

Youth classes start at age 8. Classes meet Monday thru Friday 9:00 am - 3:30 pm.

This Youth Beginner/Intermediate class is designed to introduce children to sailing and to develop their sailing skills.  The students sail under close supervision of instructors and participant in both land and on the water activities.  The class is divided up into smaller groups to ensure an instructor: student ratio that allows the students to receive instruction and lesson commensurate with their skills and sailing goals.  All students will have the opportunity to sail in Optimist, Lasers and 420s.  As a Beginner, the students will learn:

  • Parts of the Boat
  • How to Rig and de-Rig boats that they will be sailing, basic equipment care
  • Capsize Recovery
  • Leaving and returning to the dock
  • Tacking and Gybing
  • Knot tying
  • Wind Direction and the points of sail

The intermediate class will work on further developing sailing skills by practicing efficient tacking and gybing, mastering the points of sail and learning to sail from point A to point B in the fastest manner.  They will also begin learning the rules of waterways and racing.  Student will be introduced to basic racing.

Since the class covers both beginner and intermediate, students often take this course a couple of years.

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2024 Youth Advanced Racing (Ages 12-18) 

2024 Class Schedule:

Youth Advanced Racing is open to all students who have completed a beginning intermediate class. Students must be able to complete all of the following:

  • Skipper a boat using ALL points of sail
  • Rig a boat (420 or Laser) by themselves
  • Tie a bowline, square knot, use a horn cleat, 8-knot
  • Be able to crew on a 420 and use a jib
  • Know when a boat is on port tack or starboard tack

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2024 Adult Classes Beg / Intermediate (18 years and older) 

Adult Class  (18 years and older)

Leatherlips Sailing School adult program focuses on teaching participants how to sail and to be able to make their sailing day self-sufficient.

This class is perfect for adults ages 18+ who are interested in learning or developing their sailing skills.  The lessons will primarily be conducted on 14 foot 2 person sailboats and will give you lots of opportunity to learn how to skipper and crew.   

Goals for this class will include:

  • learning boat terminology and parts of the boat
  • Rigging and de-rigging boats
  • Learning proper care and storage of boats
  • Identifying the Points of Sail
  • Capsize recovery
  • Leaving and returning to the dock properly
  • Knot tying
  • Tacking and gybing
  • Correctly sailing close-hauled, reach and downwind angles

The class is limited 16 adults, and it does fill up quickly.  Come prepared to learn and to have fun. 

2024 Class Schedule:

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All sailors must provide their own life jacket.


Leatherlips Yacht Club features everything to support a sailing program, its assets, and its students. The Sailing School currently hosts a well-maintained fleet of Optimist, C420’s, Laser’s, and numerous support boats.


All classes are held at Leatherlips Yacht Club’s facility at 9230 Shawnee Trail, Powell, OH 43065.



Refund Policy

Full refund if courses are cancelled prior to Memorial Day / 50% if cancelled prior to Friday at 6:00 pm before the first lesson. All refunds subject to $30 cancellation fee, processing fees will not be refunded.


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