JPYC offers Safety at Sea Seminar

Our U.S. Sailing Sanctioned Safety At Sea Seminar is scheduled for April 20th – 21st, 2024

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

Flag Raising Ceremony at 31st Harbor

JPYC Expands to 31st Harbor

Flag Raising Ceremony at 31st Harbor

The Jackson Park Yacht Club is expanding its footprint to include 31st Harbor and officially raised the JPYC flag at 31st Harbor on Saturday, August 26th. JPYC will be integrating 31st Harbor residents into annual summer and off-season events & programming, which includes sailboat racing, adult & youth sailing lessons, boater education/safety, and social activities. Furthermore, JPYC will provide organized leadership representing 31st Harbor boaters concerns and advocating on their behalf with stakeholders in the larger boating community.

Great Britain Sail GP Team Visit on Wednesday June 14th@5PM

Great Britain SailGP Team Visits JPYC

Great Britain Sail GP Team Visit on Wednesday June 14th@5PM
Great Britain Sail GP Team Visit on Wednesday June 14th@5PM

That’s right SailGP’s Great Britain Team is coming again to visit the JPYC Foundation on Wednesday June 14th at 5:30 pm. 

Driven by Ben Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, the Great Britain SailGP Team comprises of some of the country’s top sporting talent with Olympic medals across multiple sports.  As part of its partnership with SailGP, the JPYC Foundation has “adopted” this team during their stay in Chicago to compete in the SailGP Chicago Grand Prix on June 16 and 17.

Adopting the British team seemed only natural since our beloved Director of Youth Sailing, Johnny Mercer, was also British!  Although Johnny’s off sailing the high seas (we miss him terribly), he prepared us well to host the Great Britain team by already teaching us the funny phrases the Brits use!!  Gidday chaps and all that!!

Please come by the club and join us in welcoming and getting to know the Great Britain team:

  • Great Britain Team arrives 5:30 pm
  • Welcome Remarks and Great Britain Team Presentation followed by Q&A from 5:30 to 6:00 pm
  • Food, Drinks and Mingling 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Dinner will be available for purchase from the Galley (cost approximately $15, depending on meal selected)

Let’s make Johnny proud and show these Brits what he taught us by making them feel welcome in Chicago and cheering them on while they race on June 16 and 17 — the Great Britain team will be flying the JPYC Burgee/flag when they race!!

JPYC Beer Can Racers – you can meet the team before you head out for your race!! 

Tickets to attend and meet the team are free, but you need to RSVP here!

To learn more about the SailGP Great Britain Team click here:

To learn more about JPYC Foundation’s youth sailing programs click here:


Jackson Park Yacht Club Summer Sailstice 

Event Type: Public

06/24/2023 12:00 PM

Register for Summer Sailstice Here!

In Chicago we wait all winter for the Summer Sailstice. Sailors show us your photos and videos of your sailing experience on the weekend of the Sailstice June 24th. 

Go Sailing, take photos and videos. Lots and lots of photos and videos!!! 

After your Sailstice sailing is complete, pick your favorite 3 and submit them to

We are hosting an after sail popcorn party at 4:30 prior to the 6:30 PM live jazz featuring the Smooth Willie Kurtz Band. To register for the music and/or dinner: 

Register For JPYC Jazz Fest Here!


After Sailstice weekend we will upload all the submitted photos to the Facebook album: Summer Sailstice 2023 Photo Contest (starting Monday, June 27th)

Go to cast your vote by clicking ‘Like’ on the photo you would like to vote for. Encourage your friends, family, and fleet to do the same!



>Photos Must be taken between June 19th & June 30th, 2023.

>Entries will be accepted between June 19th & June 30th, 2023 at midnight (PT). 

>Voting will continue for three weeks and ends at 5 pm on Monday, July 25th (PT).

>All photos will be uploaded to the Summer Sailstice Facebook page in the album: Summer Sailstice 2023 Photo Contest 



The photo with the most ‘Likes’ at 5 pm on July 25th will be deemed the winner.



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.

Sunday June 4, 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!

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!