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 go to the following link 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

PDF formats of the Medical and Wavier Forms.