Sailing Commitment Around The World
(New Children’s Book)

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Captain Bill Pinkney – a Chicago native, long-time friend to JPYC, and the first African American to sail around the world solo via the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn.

Saturday June 3, 2023 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Jackson Park Yacht Club 6400 S. Promontory Drive

Captain Bill Pinkney will be signing his book and telling stories of his adventures. Children are encouraged to attend.

Reserve Free Ticket: Tickets to the book signing are free, but be sure to RSVP here.

Order Book: To order your copy of Sailing Commitment Around the World for $25.00, tax included, click here.

ATTN JPYC MEMBERS: Please put “JP” after your name when ordering to indicate that you are associated with JPYC, so that part of the book sales proceeds will be donated to support our Youth Sailing Programs.

Open House Flyer


Open House Flyer

Are you interested in becoming a member of the Jackson Park Yacht Club?

Are you a member who knows someone who is interested in becoming a member? Maybe, you’re a member who is interested in learning more about upcoming events, joining a committee or just networking with fellow members. If any of these apply to you, join us at the Open House and get to know our club and members.

Board members and committee chairs will be available to answer your questions. A raffle for a free one-year new membership will be drawn. Light refreshments will be served, and tours will be given to prospective members.

Note: The free membership raffle is available to never before members only.

See you there!


Sunday April 2, 2023@3PM

Register here.

Junior Sailing Registration

Hard to believe sailing season is right around the corner!!! The complete junior sailing course offerings and session dates for the 2023 season are listed here. Please review the dates carefully as some of the dates have changed since originally posted.

Registration for Spring/Summer/Fall sailing will open as follows:

• JPYC Member Registration Opens on Friday, March 24th at 9:00 am

• General Public Registration Opens on Friday, April 14th at 9:00 am

Please be sure to register as soon as possible to ensure your spot!

JPYC offers Safety at Sea Seminar

Our U.S. Sailing Sanctioned Safety At Sea Seminar is scheduled for May 20th – 21st, 2023

Please click here to register.

Day 1

0700 Registration 
0800 WelcomeCapt. John
0815 OpeningCapt. John
0830 Offering AssistanceMichael Bush
0900 CommunicationsCapt. John
1000 Break
1015 Personal Safety GearMichael Bush
1100 Search and RescueTBD
1145 L u n c h
1245 Marine WeatherCapt. John
1330 Crew OverboardCapt. John
1415 Medical BriefingChristanne Coffey, MD
1500 Break – Medical Triage/Crew AssessmentCapt. John
1530 Care and Maintenance of Safety GearCapt. John
1615 Abandon Ship and SignalsMichael Bush
1645 Wrap Up with Q and AAll
NOTE: ON SUNDAY, Bring your PFD, Foul Weather Gear, Sea Boots, a towel and a change of clothes!

Day 2


0730 WelcomeCapt. John & Michael Bush
0800 What’s NewCapt. John


0900 GROUP 1Capt. John & Michael Bush
1000 GROUP 2Capt. John & Michael Bush
1100 Group 3 (if needed)Capt. John & Michael Bush
NOTE: Bring your PFD, Foul Weather Gear, Sea Boots, a towel and a change of clothes!


1215 Lunch – Storm Sails & Emergency SteerageCapt. John
1300 Round Robin Session 1Capt. John & Michael Bush
1330 Round Robin Session 2Capt. John & Michael Bush
1400 Heavy Weather Tactics RoundtableModerated by Capt. John
1430 Break – Rope Throw TechniquesTBD
1500 Fire and Flare TrainingMichael Bush & Capt. John
1630 Lessons LearnedMichael Bush
1700 Test
1730 Q and A All


Moderators: Capt. John Miller
Michael Bush, Moderator Candidate
Guest Speakers:Christanne Coffey, MD

Hands-on Session Leaders

Life Raft (in-water) Capt. John & Michael Bush
PFD RearmCapt. John
Life Sling – SailboatMichael Bush

Certified to meet requirements and Sanctioned by:

Organized and Sponsored by The Jackson Park Yacht Club

SailGP Britain visits the JPYC!

Hannah Mills from the SailGP Great Britain team stopped by the Jackson Park Yacht Club for an amazing visit.

She talked about her road to winning Olympic gold as well as her efforts to protect our oceans and what we can all do to save the environment that we sail & live in. Hannah inspired everyone present — especially our young female sailors.

We were so glad to welcome Hannah to the JPYC family and show her our Corinthian spirit. The club was decorated in a British theme and the galley even had fish and chips on the menu! JPYC members and JPYC Foundation youth sailors & instructors all got fired up — waving British flags and yelling “The British are coming!!!” when she walked on stage! Daryl, the Club Steward, even wore a Bobbie hat (the British police officer hat) and Rear Commodore Ken Harris wore a Beefeater/bear hat (the hats the Buckingham Palace Guards wear)!

As part of its partnership with SailGP, the JPYC Foundation “adopted” the Great Britain team during their stay in Chicago to compete in the SailGP Chicago Grand Prix on June 18 and 19. We’re so thankful that Hannah made the time to visit and wish her and the Great Britain Sail GP team luck this weekend. Sail fast!