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Topics covered include:

  • Understanding weather
  • Reading a weather map
  • Pressure
  • Humidity
  • Temperature Fronts

Virtual Classes Offered NOW!

3rd Coast is offering Virtual Classes covering a wide variety of topics. Our interactive virtual seminars will allow you to ask experts specific sailing questions and we are currently offering several different seminars that are open to all experience levels.

As a way of saying "Thanks" to the sailing community for the last 18 years of business, we are offering these classes at no cost. 

Schedule Now (All Experience Levels Welcome)

You will receive an auto-email confirming your appointment along with optional study materials.

  • Weather: To Sail or Not to Sail: Covers fronts, reading a weather map, etc.​

  • The Wind and you Sails: Apparent/True Wind, Sail Trim, etc.​

  • The ABC's of Sailing: Basics for Newbies, good review for Skippers in training​

  • Intro to Navigation: Chart Readings, Variation, ​Compass Rose, etc.

  • Feeling Knotty? 8 Essential Sailing Knots, hands-on Knot trying lesson​.

  • Navigation - Virtual Port to Port Sail: Sail with us (virtually) as we make our way from Monroe to Waukegan Harbor discovering important navigation marks using Navionics​.

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All of us at 3rd Coast are excited about giving back to the sailing community; our very popular virtual classes cover many different topics and are running almost every weeknight at 7 pm. We are completely filled for this week and next week is going quickly so don't wait!  SCHEDULE NOW. We guarantee that everyone, regardless of your experience level, will learn something new!

Our mission is to train sailors who have the skills, knowledge and confidence to safely skipper a boat in any situation. And since many of our students go on to become boat owners, this goes well beyond learning the mechanics of sailing.  For students interested in making the most of their sailing education, our Club Membership Program is positively the best out there covering:

#1 Rated Sailing School in Chicago! YELP

Questions? Call 3rd Coast Cruising at (866) 724-5373


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