Sailing Welcome Letter


Sheridan Shore Sailing School uses the facilities of the Wilmette Harbor Club, located on the North Shore of Chicago at Wilmette Harbor in Gillson Park.

Sheridan Shore Sailing School
20 Harbor Drive | Wilmette, Illinois 60091

Drop Off and Pick Up

Prior to and immediately following a sailor’s daily lesson, group pickup and drop off takes place on ‘the hill’ next to the Harbor Club. This is the grassy space located immediately before stopping at the security guard’s outpost and parking at the Wilmette Harbor Club.

Children should be dropped off and picked up in this area when staff are present approximately 15 minutes prior-to or following a day’s lesson. Please do not use the Harbor Club’s driveway or harbor parking lot unless you have a Wilmette Harbor Permit. If you need to wait, please park along the curb.


For those that need to go the Sailing School Office, parking is available on Michigan Ave just off to the left before entering Gillson Park. Harbor parking lot and circular driveway by Wilmette Harbor Club Permit. Parking inside Gillson Park by Wilmette Vehicle Sticker or Lakefront Parking Pass.


Medical Forms

Before your Sailor begins class, please have the online Medical form filled out. If you paid online, you are all set.
If you paid with a check, please scroll to the bottom of this page to fill out your sailors medical forms.
Medical information is kept strictly confidential and is used only in cases of emergencies.

Required Equipment

Be sure your sailor brings, each day: Type 3 US Coast Guard approved life jacket, Closed-toe shoes or boots, Dry Fit Shirts – better than Cotton, Refillable Water bottle and Sunscreen We also recommend that your sailor bring a hat, UV blocking sunglasses, a towel and a change of clothes. The water temperature can be cool at the start of the season, so a spray top or some type of jacket/pants is also recommended. If the weather is cool, warm clothes are essential — fleece is recommended as it keeps water away from the skin and dries quickly. Mark all of your belongings in permanent ink with you name and phone number.

Where to Buy Supplies

Life jackets and other sailing apparel are available at:,, West Marine (1160 N Halsted St, Chicago) and Crowley's Yacht Yard (3434 E 95th St, Chicago) 312.961.8113 ( Make sure to mention that you are on the taking summer classes at Sheridan Shore Sailing School with Zac Hernandez and you may receive a discount.

Class Canceled Policy

We do not cancel any practice due to bad weather. In the event of inclement weather or lack of wind, we will hold land lessons. Land lessons allow the staff to cover material better suited to a classroom environment such as knots, boat parts, tactics and racing strategy.

Full refunds are given until 30 days prior to the beginning of a class. 50% refunds are available, if within 30 days prior to the start of a class. No refunds will be given after a class has started.

Code of Conduct

This code of conduct represents important ideas and guidelines to follow in order to have the most enjoyment and exemplify sportsmanship at all times. Please take a minute and go through the following.

Simply stated, it is an agreement by all sailors to:
1. Keep the Harbor Club clean at all times, the Classroom, the lower level and both bathrooms will be cleaned by team members each and everyday.
2. No food in the Harbor Club or Classroom before, during or after practice.
3. Keep all belongings neatly on top of lockers or on hooks, and out of walkway.
4. Be cooperative, supportive and respectful of other people and their property at all times.
5. Participate 100% in daily activities. Obey the “One Minute Rule.”
6. Study and sail within the “Right of Way” rules.
7. Be considerate in success and failure, victory or defeat.
8. Remember that your actions, both on and off the water, reflect you, your team, club and/or school.

Boat Damage Policy

There will be an automatic damage fee of $150 if any boat-work needs to be done due to substantial contact or negligence. Any severe collision that results in extensive boat-work will lead to $300 - $600 in fees. Participant agrees to obey all program rules as set forth by the instructors, and the applicable boards and school authorities. Participant agrees to use the utmost care in the use of boats and equipment and not to engage in horseplay or other disruptive behavior. Participant understands that s/he is obligated to attend regularly, and arrive promptly and that no alcohol or illegal drugs may be consumed while participation in the program or program trips. No student shall use alcoholic beverages, or any controlled substance, the possession of which is unlawful. Violation of this agreement will be the basis for disciplinary action. These regulations are in effect for the entire season, on and off of the water.


It is the intent of the Sheridan Shore Sailing School to see that all those involved have a safe and enjoyable experience. If any sailor is unwilling to demonstrate proper and safe behavior as a Sheridan Shore Sailing School participant, s/he will be subject to discipline. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion, without refund of payment, from the Sailing School. If this agreement is violated, any or all of the following steps may be utilized to determine a participant’s punishment.

1. Discussion with instructor and notification of sailing director.
2. Discussion with sailing director, notification of parents.
3. Parent conference with sailing director and instructor.
4. Appear before the Board of Directors of the Sheridan Shore Sailing School.

If there are any questions, please contact the Executive Director of Sailing.
Zachary A Hernandez
Executive Director of Sailing
W. 847.251.1110


Medical and Wavier Forms

T Shirt Information
T Shirt Size *
Each Sailor in our Summer Jr Classes will receive a long sleeve Sun Tee.
Medical and Emergency Information
Sailors Name *
Sailors Name
Sailors Date of Birth *
Sailors Date of Birth
Emergency Contact Info
Emergency Contact *
Emergency Contact
Emergency Phone *
Emergency Phone
Address *
Allergies and/or Restrictions
Please list any and all conditions that might affect the sailors participation in this course.
Release of Information/ Medical Authorization
Release of Information/ Medical Authorization *
I will release any medical information requested of me in regards to the participant above in the event of an emergency to the staff of Sheridan Shore Sailing School, and in doing so, I also give my permission to seek medical aid. I further agree that should the staff of Sheridan Shore Sailing School be unable to contact me, medical aid may be sought in the event of any emergency, and I will reimburse any financial responsibilities incurred. I have completed the information requested above for my child and agree to the medical release. Should my child require medical attention as a result of an accident or serious illness I hereby grant and bestow upon Sheridan Shore Sailing School staff permission and authority for and on my behalf to authorize any licensed medical practitioner to render medical aid and treatment to the above; named person, including but not limited to any x-ray examination, anesthetic, medical or surgical diagnosis or procedure rendered under the general or specific supervision of any member of the medical staff or of a dentist licensed under the provisions of the Education Law and/or Public Health Law of the State of Illinois and on the staff of any hospital holding a current operating certificate issued by the Department of Health of the State of Illinois. It is understood that this authorization is given in advance of any specific diagnosis, treatment or hospital care being required but is given to provide authority and power to render care which the aforementioned physician in the exercise of his or her best judgment may deem advisable. It is understood that effort shall be made to contact the above people prior to rendering treatment to the patient, but that any of the above treatment will not be withheld if any of these people cannot be reached.
Waiver Of Liability
Waiver Of Liability *
For and in consideration of Participant’s registration with the Sheridan Shore Sailing School and High School Sailing Program’s (the “Program”), and being allowed to participate in the Program, the undersigned Parent/Guardian gives permission for the above named student to participate in the Program and hereby waives, releases, and relinquishes any and all liability for and cause of action for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death occurring to Participant arising out of, on account of, or in relation to, directly or indirectly, participation in Program events or the sport of sailing, and activities incidental thereto, wherever and however they occur, and by this Agreement any such claims, rights and causes of action that Participant may have against the Sheridan Shore Sailing School, Sheridan Shore Yacht Club, Sheridan Shore Sailing School Board Members, Wilmette Harbor Association, National Spiritual Assembly, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Interscholastic Sailing Association, MISSA, U.S Sailing, Loyola Academy Sailing Board Members, Evanston Sailing Board Members, parent committee members, and their representatives, employees, members, volunteers and helpers for any claims of damages or injury sustained by the participant while participating in any activity related to the Program or use of the Wilmette Harbor Association or Sheridan Shore Yacht Club boats or facilities arising out of or in connection with the operation of the Program Participant and his/her parents or guardians acknowledge, understand and assume all risks inherent in sailing and water sports activities whether on land or on water and understand that said sport and related activities involve risks to Participant’s person including bodily injury and wrongful death, and damages which may arise therefrom and that they have full knowledge of said risks. It is further acknowledged that there may be risks and dangers not known or reasonably foreseeable at this time. Participant and his/her parents or guardians agree to indemnify and hold harmless the aforementioned parties for any claims of damages or injury sustained by the Participant while participating in any activity related to the Program or in use of all parties listed above in connection with the operation of the Program. Parent/Guardian acknowledge and agree that Coast Guard approved life jackets and closed-toed shoes will be required to be worn on the docks and in the boats at all times and that the ability to swim 50 yards is a prerequisite for participation in the classes. Parent/Guardian further agrees to see to it that his or her child adheres to the Program rules and Code of Conduct. Parent/guardian further agrees to assume the obligation for the expenses of repair and/or replacement of Program equipment that is attributable to his/her child’s reckless or irresponsible behavior. Parent/Guardian gives absolute right and permission to use their sailor’s name and image in any Sheridan Shores Sailing School media, meaning print and internet media, for purposes of promoting or advertising IT IS THE INTENTION OF THIS AGREEMENT TO EXEMPT, WAIVE AND RELEASE ALL PARTIES LISTED ABOVE FOR PERSONAL INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGE AND WRONGFUL DEATH CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE, INCLUDING THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE FOREGOING ORGANIZATIONS AND PERSONS. THE UNDERSIGNED ACKNOWLEDGES THAT HE/SHE HAS READ THIS AGREEMENT, UNDERSTANDS THE CONTENTS OF THIS AGREEMENT AND HAS NOT RELIED UPON ORAL OR WRITTEN REPRESENTATIONS OF THE SHERIDAN SHORE SAILING SCHOOL WHICH ARE INCONSISTENT WITH THAT CONTAINED IN THIS AGREEMENT.
Guardian filling out this form *
Guardian filling out this form
By clicking Submit the guardian is agreeing to our Waiver of Liability, Release of Information/ Medical Authorization, and confirming all information above is correct.