The sailing school uses the facilities of the Wilmette Harbor Club, located on the North Shore of Chicago at Wilmette Harbor in Gillson Park.

We sail on the waters of Lake Michigan, which due to its size, provides a fun and exciting variety of sailing experiences.


20 Harbor Drive | Wilmette, Illinois 60091
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
T: 847.251.1110


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Our Equipment


The sailing school maintains a fleet of more than 75 boats, including sailboats and safety boats. We have a wide range of sailboats to suit a variety of needs. Youth sailors are introduced to sailing with Prams and Optimists. Prams are simple to operate and provide plenty of opportunities to grow in skill and confidence.

As the students progress, they will move up to Optis. This boat is the perfect introduction to racing as it combines a similar feel to the Pram, yet begins to introduce the students to more advanced sailing controls and techniques. For junior high school sailors, we have 420’s, a two-person dinghy that carries spinnaker and trapeze. We also have a  J24, and new J70. 

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Zachary A. Hernandez - Director of Sailing

With his Level 4 U.S. Sailing Small Boat Certification, Zac brings top-notch skills to the organization. Zac is responsible for the development and operation of both the summer and high school sailing programs, which includes supervising the racing and Opti coaches as well as the senior and junior instructors. Also, Zac is responsible for the proper care and maintenance of all boats and equipment. In the past, Zac serves as a sailing coach for Beacon Academy, Loyola Academy and Evanston Township High School at Sheridan Shore Sailing School. In the years past, he served as head coach for Northwestern University and as racing coach at Columbia Yacht Club.

Zac actively races Melges 24s, J111s, J70s, as well as Farr 40s. He also brings with him a wealth of coaching experience in youth hockey. Safety is at the forefront of our sailing program, and Zac, who is First Aid, CPR, Safe Sport, and Heads Up Certified considers safety to be among the top priorities in fostering sportsmanship and creating a fun learning environment.

Zac is a graduate of Ohio University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Industry with a focus on marketing, management, and operations. While at Ohio, Zac also earned a minor in Business.


Megan Bartley - Head Coach

Megan started sailing when she was five years old on her family's boat. While in junior sailing, Megan competed at the national level, attending the orange bowl, 420 midwinters, and the youth championship. While attending Old Dominion University, Megan was on the varsity sailing team all four years, qualifying for team race nationals. She graduated from ODU with a BFA in Graphic Design.

Since college, Megan has competed in numerous regattas, such as the Chicago NOOD and Verve Cup. In which she has raced many classes of boats such as J30s, J80s, Flying Tiger 10s, and Vanguard 15s.

Before joining Sheridan Shore Sailing School, Megan coached optimists at Columbia Yacht Club, and was a head coach and Co-Director of Jr. Sailing at Burnham Park Yacht Club.

Megan also brings her design background to us as well. Over her past 8 years with Sheridan Shore Sailing School, she has designed several of our staff t-shirts and pinnies while coaching both the JV and Varsity high school teams.

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Sheridan Shore
Sailing School Staff

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Sheridan Shore Sailing School will start the interviewing process for Summer Sailing Instructors in mid-December. There are full time and part time positions available. The hiring process is completed by mid-February.

Summer Camp Positions: On-Land Director, 420/Laser Race Coach, Opti Race Coach, 420 Advanced, 420 Intermediate, 420 Beginner, Opti Beginner, Pram, Sea Squirt, Assistant Coach to all Levels, Adult Lesson and Private Lesson.

Interested High School Coach and Part Time Assistant Coach?

Sheridan Shore Sailing School begins the interviewing process for High School Assistant Coaches in mid-January. There is a full time and part time position available for the High School Season. The High School staff will be completely hired by mid February. SSSS coaches both the Loyola Academy and the Evanston Township High School sailing teams. We have 20 420’s that are used each practice. Practices are held Monday-Thursday 3:00-6:30. Regattas run about every weekend March through May in the spring and September through November in the fall. Option to continue as a summer coach is very possible. 

High School Positions: Assistant Coach, Part Time Assistant Coach

All instructors must be U.S. Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Certified and 1st AID and CPR Certified.

If you are interested in a position please e-mail me a work and sailing resume, what position you are interested in (class level/age level), the best number and time at which you can be reached. Please email info@sheridanshoresailingschool.org.

I will be contacting people to set up a time to meet in person. If we cannot arrange a personal meet, we will do a phone interview. 

Thanks for your interest in joining the Sheridan Shore Sailing School staff!