Women Only

Pinnacle is pleased to offer the Fundamental Sailing Course and the Fundamental Power Course exclusively for female members and their female crew, taught by women.


Pinnacle believes that the best learning occurs by doing. With this in mind, this course is conducted on your Pinnacle yacht or an identical yacht in the Pinnacle fleet; and is structured to provide much practical, hands-on experience. The course covers:

  • Yacht equipment and uses
  • Operating principles and techniques
  • Safety procedures
  • Navigation rules
  • Docking and mooring
  • Anchoring
  • Night piloting


The course is comprised of three lessons which are conducted on the water, plus an online pre-requisite lesson, an in-class seminar, and an online exam.

On-the-water lessons occur early in the season, prior to your first personal use of your yacht and do not take away from your allotment of time. The online materials are prerecorded and can be viewed anytime after the lesson series has begun from your computer or mobile device.

Most Chicago sailing lessons happen on weekday evenings, and on weekend days and evenings, such that they do no disrupt typical business hours. An online course catalog is published in the Spring which presents multiple course schedule options to fit your particular needs.

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“I just had to share with you something that made me very happy last night. As you may recall, Rhonda [his wife] had been rather reluctant about the idea of a boat from the beginning. Well, she returned last night from her first sailing lesson…with a huge smile on her face, bubbling with enthusiastic remarks about how much fun it was, how much she liked Howard, [the sailing instructor] and how beautiful it was on the water.”

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