Walloon Sailors Inc.

Walloon Sailors Inc.


The Tom Babel Racing Seminar is tomorrow, July 9 at the Charlevoix Yacht Club. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
The Tom Babel Racing Seminar is tomorrow, July 9 at the Charlevoix Yacht Club. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
When is your last week of lessons?
Are there any 17ers still around?

Walloon Sailors Inc is a nonprofit Sailing School on beautiful Walloon Lake Michigan. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @WalloonSailors We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit Sailing School on beautiful Walloon Lake in Michigan.

Located on the shore of Walloon in front of the Walloon Lake Country Club, the School is a perfect place to learn how to sail. The Club is located on Bear River Road, which exits Route 131 to the West about 5 miles south of Petoskey.

Operating as usual


It’s a perfect windy day to sail our Optis! We love seeing all of our boats out- be sure to register online, we still have 3 weeks left in the season!
#walloonlake #walloonsailors @ Walloon Lake, Michigan


Congratulations Hugh and Mr. Ervine for winning the 2020 Parent Child Regatta! 🏆🥇🏆


It’s that time of the summer again! We are so excited for the Parent Child Regatta this year- and we know our sailors are excited to get to have their parents crew for them! Please note that we will be having lessons in the morning, so even if you aren’t racing, you can still come to regular lessons!
#walloonlake #walloonsailors


All smiles on this beautiful Walloon day! We’re loving our new 14-6s 🤩
#walloonlake #walloonsailors

[07/24/18]   If you did not make 17 Day last week, do not worry! We have plenty of activities scheduled this week. Tomorrow (Tuesday, July 24) WSI is headed to Charlevoix to participate in the annual Junior Venetian Cup Regatta. The fun continues on Thursday, July 26 as WSI hosts the annual Child-Parent Regatta. If you are interested in learning more about either event message our page!

[07/04/18]   Friendly reminder that there will not be lessons tomorrow, in honor of July 4th. WSI will reopen at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 5th. Have a fun and safe holiday!

[06/28/18]   Walloon Sailors has a new Instagram page! Make sure to follow us @walloonsailorsinc to keep up with our AWESOME sailors! Post a picture with us? Tag us and use the hashtag #walloonsailors


Check out our new tee for the summer of 2018! Swing by and make sure to pick one up! Not here? Message our page and we will set aside a tee(s) for you.

Also available is last summer's tee in limited sizes.

[06/15/18]   It must have been windy this year because it sailed by! Summer is here and that means it is time to sail! Lessons start next Monday, June 20, and WSI hopes to see some familiar faces back as well as those eager to learn!

Feel free to message our page or call us at (231) 373-7822 with any questions!


Looks like WSI has something on the way! Make sure to drop in for lessons next week to have an opportunity to sail our new boats!

Busy day of shipping boats at Zim Sailing! Sail fast Little Traverse Yacht Club, Walloon Sailors Inc., Aquarius Sail of Wisconsin, Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center, Columbia Yacht Club, Racine Yacht Club, Saugatuck Yacht Club, World Wide Sailing, and West Coast Sailing!


Sipped, sailed, and socialized. The second annual Sailabration was a sailing sensation! Thank you to all who came!

[07/17/17]   Reminder: no lessons tomorrow, Tuesday, July 17th. Our sailors will be headed to Charlevoix to compete in the annual Venetian Festival Regatta. Wish us luck!

[07/06/17]   17 day is tomorrow! Come sail Walloon's very own 17 sailboats, made expressly for the sailors of the lake! People-- both adults and children-- will be taken out during normal lesson hours 10:00am-12:30pm. Hope to see you there!


Check it out! This summer's t-shirts are here! Make sure to stop by next week and pick one up before it is too late! Not here? Direct message our page and we will set a shirt aside for you!

[06/19/17]   Don't forget, lessons start tomorrow! Whether you are new to sailing or looking to brush up on your skills, make sure to join us for some fun in the sun! ⛵


Let your kids be the parents for the day... Why "knot!" Tomorrow (July 21st) is the annual Parent Child Regatta where parents are able to sail with their child in a race! Parents will crew and children will skipper, allowing them to "parent" you on the water. Join us at 11:00 a.m. for a pizza lunch before the skippers meeting and race! Hope to see you there!


Thank you, Evan Blanc, owner of 17 Marine for welcoming us to Charlevoix and helping us out for the day! Make sure to visit his page (@SEVENTEENMARINE) or website (http://www.seventeenmarine.com) to learn more!


We came, we saw, we conquered! Walloon sailors brought home the hardware yesterday at the annual Jr. Venetian Regatta. Despite the light wind our sailors' skills were highlighted as they prevailed in each of their races, each placing in the JY fleet of their respective age divisions. Grafton Ervine and Grace Alexandrowski won the "mixed" class racing against boats with kids up to 19 years old. Hugh and Eleanor Ervine, accompanied by instructor Hunter Shuert, followed in second! Meanwhile, instructors Jacob Queller and Gabby Shuert won the "older" class. Go Walloon Sailors Inc.!!

[07/19/16]   Tomorrow morning lessons will be moved to the afternoon (2:30-4:30) and be held at our Walloon Lake Village location as WSI's race team heads to Charlevoix for the annual Jr. Venetian Regatta! Don't hesitate to call (248) 720-9185 and ask any questions you may have.


To all who attended the Sail-abration, thank you! It was wonderful speaking with all of you and talking about Walloon Sailors! All of us at WSI hope you had as much fun as we did! We can't wait to see and/or hear from you soon! Enjoy the party favors!


Ladies, don't forget to attend the first ever Ladies Sail-abration, tomorrow, July 14th. Sip, sail, and socialize... it cannot get much better than that! Come learn about what WSI offers and enjoy a demo lesson! If you don't want to go on the water, come socialize and meet our staff while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and the beautiful view the Walloon Lake Village offers! Hope to see you there!


Pick a card, any card! Poker and sailing, who knew! Today our sailors played sailing poker, sailing around the lake in hopes to get the best hand. Come join us to play sailing poker and various other games! Look at today's photos or WSI's Instagram to check out our sailors' poker faces!

[06/21/16]   Raise those sails and hold on, summer is here! Hey sailors, June 20th marks the beginning of our season! "Seas" the opportunity and take advantage of the pre-holiday rush or just stop by and say "hi!" This season we are welcoming new instructors and have a great summer planned!


Can't wait to see you there! Sign up by calling or coming at 9:45!

[06/27/15]   Don't forget! Moonlight sail on Wednesday July 1st at 10:00pm to 12:00am! Sign up by coming to our location or calling us! Can't wait to see you all there!

[06/18/15]   Hello everyone! We will be starting lessons on Monday the 22nd and we look forward to seeing you all there! We have big plans for this summer so get ready for a very exciting and very awesome season at Walloon Sailors!

[08/18/14]   Thank you all for an amazing summer! Because of the donations received this year we have bought three 420s, a racing class boat. This will be used for our advanced race team next summer! We hope to see you soon!

walloonsailors.com 06/22/2014

Walloon Sailors Inc. - Sailing Lessons on Walloon Lake, Michigan

Our website has been updated for the 2014 season. See you all monday for the first day of lessons!


walloonsailors.com We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit Sailing School on beautiful Walloon Lake in Michigan. Located on the shore of Walloon in front of the Walloon Lake Country Club, the School is a perfect place to learn how to sail. The Club is located on Bear River Road, which exits Route 131 to the West about 5 miles s…

[06/17/14]   Our number has changed! Our new number is 231-373-7822. We are all so excited for another summer of sailing to start!


A big Thank You to Oracle Team USA skipper James Spithill and the whole team for supporting Walloon Sailors! Many surprises to come this summer, I hope everyone is as excited as we are!!

youtube.com 10/08/2013

Hot - the Summer of Racing

Who had a better summer of racing? America's Cup or the Walloon Cup?

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telegraph.co.uk 10/03/2013

Sir Ben Ainslie: 'I'm not so stupid as to think I did it alone' - Telegraph

The most successful sailor in Olympic history and recent America's Cup winner started his career on Optimists at age 8.

telegraph.co.uk Modest hero Sir Ben Ainslie on the America’s Cup triumph he helped secure, and the sailing childhood that set him on course to glory

[08/04/13]   Join us for our last week of sailing! Lessons will be held Monday-Friday 10-12:30pm. Adult lessons are on Tuesday and Friday from 2:30-4:30pm. If these times don't work for you, plan a private lesson! Call 231-535-7245 to register!


1st place at the Jr. Venetian Regatta 2013!


Today, Walloon Sailors' Race Team travelled to Charlevoix to race in the Jr. Venetian Regatta against the Charlevoix Mariners and Little Traverse Sailors. Hunter Shuert placed 1st and Loren Kircher with her crew Sydney Shuert placed 2nd!




5995 Country Club Shrs
Petoskey, MI

General information

Classes begin at 10 am and end around 12:30 every Monday through Friday. Students may register for class at the Sailor’s shed by the lake, directly down the hill from the country club. The cost for lessons is $30 per day, or $120 for a week. Lessons are payable by cash, check, or Country Club Charge upon registration. For sailors wishing to participate in the races on Wednesday, there is a charge of $10 for each day of racing. The School accepts sailors age seven and above. Please bring your own life vest to each lesson. **NEW** Adults Lessons: Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:30-4:30pm. Come learn to sail, perfect your current skills, or just enjoy some time on the water!

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 12:30pm
2pm - 4pm
Tuesday 10am - 12:30pm
2pm - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 12:30pm
2pm - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 12:30pm
2pm - 4pm
Friday 10am - 12:30pm
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