Sailing Center & Lessons

Merrill Family Sailing Center collaborates with Cornell Wellness to offer Sailing Lessons and discounted Seasonal Membership

Sailing Lessons - 2018:
Cornell Wellness is excited to announce the 2018 sailing lessons open to the entire Cornell community. There will be Five classes offered. Each class will consist of three lessons held on consecutive days. A class will cost $110 per person. A small participant to instructor ratio of 4:1 will ensure a great experience. If you are looking to learn all about sailboat safety, getting a boat ready to sail, and controlling the sailboat in the water - this class is for you! Instruction will be given on 19-26' keel boats. Boats and PFDs (life preservers) are provided. You just bring yourself and wear comfortable weather appropriate clothing. Registration is required. You must be 16 yrs. or older to participate. Five  classes  are listed  below - sign up for one only - remember each class has three lessons on consecutive days. To register or ask questions, contact Pat Crowley directly at the Sailing Center by email

  • Class 1: May 23, 24, 25 (Wed-Fri) 3:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Class 2: May 30, 31, June 1 (Wed-Fri) 3:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Class 3: June 6, 7, 8   (Wed-Fri) 3:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Class 4: June 13, 14, 15   (Wed-Fri) 3:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Class 5: June 20, 21, 22   (Wed-Fri) 3:00-5:30 p.m.

Note: classes must have 4 people minimum to run; maximum capacity 12.

Merrill Sailing Center Seasonal Membership Information - 2018:
Sailing Memberships are open to the public. A Seasonal Membership to Cornell Community Sailing allows you access* to the sailboats during open hours. Wellness Recreation Members who attend a three day class (listed above) will receive a 20% discount on Sailing Seasonal Memberships of 2 or more months. This reduced rate is only available to individuals who have a 1-year Wellness Recreation or CPHL Wellness Recreation Membership - not available to 4-month Wellness Recreation Membership holders. Sailing Seasonal Memberships can be purchased for 2, 3, 4, or 5 month durations. If you have questions about Sailing Seasonal Memberships, contact Pat by email  at

 *You must be signed off on your ability to sail different lengths of boats before you can take them out on Cayuga Lake. If you register for one of the sailing classes above, by the end of the class, you should be signed off on at least one size of boat.