Events Open to the General Public

January 3‚ 2019

Beat the Winter "Blahs" With These Courses!

Get Yourself Ship-Shape! FEE-$10
Thursday‚ January 3‚ 6-8 pm
Looking to improve your balance for those windy days on a sailboat? How about a little extra arm strength for hoisting the mainsail? Want to learn a few techniques for strengthening your back muscles? Or are you just looking for a good stretching regime? Join Personal Trainer Royal Ramseur for a 2-hour session that will get you started on your winter workout for summer sailing! Please check with your doctor to see if this course is right for you.

Cooking & Provisioning for Sailors FEE - $10
Thursday‚ January 10‚ 6 – 8 pm This is a potluck!
Bring your favorite recipe to share and learn how to adapt that recipe for cooking on board a sailboat. Jean Wolfrum will lead the discussion on adjusting recipes for shipboard meals. Hear about adaptations for rough weather‚ limited refrigeration‚ and limited ingredients. Join us for an evening of eating and learning.

Keeping Your Sails Ship-Shape FEE $10
Thursday‚ January 31‚ 6-8 pm
Learn more about sail-making and the history of sails‚ as well as tips and tricks for maintaining your sails. Todd Basch from Quantum Sails will be ready to answer your questions about sails and sail-making—it doesn’t matter where you got your sails‚ he is ready to talk sailcloth with you!

Be Heard on A Boat FEE-$10
Monday‚ February 4‚ 6-8 pm
Ladies‚ join an engaging discussion with four experienced sailing women about how to be confident as you transition your role on a boat. This class is a perfect fit for women ready to move from small boats at MCSC to the larger Milwaukee sailing community‚ moving from recreational sailing to racing‚ or from being a passenger on your own boat to an equal partner. Learn how to communicate your competence with confidence and read the culture of the boat.

Lots o’ Knots FEE - $10
Thursday‚ February 7‚ 6 - 8 pm
Gene Cramer will go over knots that every sailor should know‚ such as the bowline‚ clove hitch‚ cleat hitch‚ figure 8‚ sheet bend‚ and many more. A great class for anyone who needs to brush up on – or learn – their essential knots before the sailing season starts!

Race Committee 101 FEE-$10
Thursday‚ March 7‚ 6-8 pm
Have you always wanted to know what is involved with being on the Race Committee? Then this is the class for you! If you are looking to hone your racing skills‚ knowing the mechanics of the race set-up and the procedures for scoring will add to your racing “toolbox.” Join Paul Baldino as he introduces the basics of being Race Committee.

Basics of Navigation FEE - $100
Wednesdays‚ March 6‚ 13‚ 20‚ 27 5:30-8:30 pm
Join Gary Berg for this fast-paced‚ introduction to navigation aids‚ compass reading‚ charts‚ plotting and much more. For the experienced sailor‚ this course includes work completed both in class and outside of class. Some additional materials are required.

WeatherWise FEE - $10
Tuesday‚ March 26‚ 6 - 8 pm
Join Sailor and Meteorologist Joe Fillingham for an introduction to basic weather concepts including large scale weather systems‚ fronts‚ and gradient flow. This great class‚ for any skill level‚ will help you to gain a better understanding of the weather patterns around us and how they affect one of our favorite activities…sailing!

Sew Your Own Bag With Recycled Sails FEE - $10
Tuesday April 2 and April 4‚ 6 pm – 8 pm
Learn to sew a tote bag! Join two experienced sailors and sewers for two nights of cutting patterns and sewing a tote bag out of old sails. Sewing experience is helpful but not required. Bring your own sewing machine if you have one. We will have two machines to share. Sail cloth provided.

Join the GPS Challenge! Learn to Use your GPS with MCSC and Geocaching Fee - $10
January 7‚ 2019 continuing through April 11

Boat Maintenance and Repair

Boat Maintenance & Repair FREE – No charge
Runs every week: January 7 – April 11
Mondays at 5:30 pm and Thursdays at 10:30 am

Help get the MCSC fleet back in shape for spring! Here’s a chance for experience with sanding‚ varnishing‚ fiberglass preparation‚ woodworking‚ marine painting and more.

No registration required. Come when you can!
Tuesday‚ January 15‚ 2019

ANOTHER Nautical Painting Party!

A Second Night Has Been Added!

Bring your artist’s smock or an apron‚ and your own beverage—of whatever you’d like (alcohol is allowed if you are of age and feeling responsible). Class size is limited‚ so please register soon. Come have a fun night out and create a nautical piece for you to enjoy. To sign-up‚ go to "Fall & Winter Classes" under the "Learn to Sail" tab‚ or click the Registration tab below.
January 23‚ 2019

Lunch on the Lake

Join us on the third Wednesday of the month‚ January through April‚ for MCSC’s Lunch on the Lake Series.

With experts from a variety of fields speaking about various topics‚ Lunch on the Lake is a great way to break up the work week and stay connected to MCSC over the winter.

The program will start promptly at 12:05 p.m. and end at 12:50 p.m. so that Downtown employees can join us for their lunch hour. Speakers will stay for questions afterwards as able.

Lunches will be available at 11:45 pm.

$20 per person with lunch or $10 for lecture only (You are welcome to BYOL)

Reservations are required for the lunch ~ we need to secure enough provisions! Please call 414.277.9094 or email [email protected] to make your reservations.You can also reserve ONLINE‚ by selecting Lunch on the Lake from the "Learn To Sail" drop-down menu.

For 2019

January 23rd Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes Glaciers
If you think it’s cold now‚ you should have seen 20‚000 years ago! From ancient 3 billion year old rocks to glacier deposits 20‚000 years (geologically) young‚ the Great Lakes region has experienced most of Earth’s history. Dr. Rachel Headley‚ a glacial geologist with the University of Wisconsin-Parkside‚ will set the modern context by stepping through the geological formation of the Great Lakes region‚ then take an in-depth look at the most recent glaciation of Lake Michigan.

February 20th Virtual Water Table Interactive Exhibit
Explore the Virtual Water Table‚ an interactive exhibit created by the Milwaukee nonprofit Reflo - Sustainable Water Solutions‚ in this dynamic session presented by Michael Timm. The Virtual Water Table features the Augmented Reality Sandbox‚ where you create your own digital watersheds; the MKE Waterscape Game‚ where you join others in role-play to resolve scenarios inspired by our city’s water history; and the Milwaukee Community Map‚ which uses the power of Google Earth to share local water data and stories. Discover how twenty-first-century engagement tools are supporting Great Lakes education among our next generation.

March 13th Alliance for the Great Lakes **Date Change**
The Alliance for the Great Lakes works to protect the Great Lakes for today and tomorrow. We involve tens of thousands of people each year in advocacy‚ volunteering‚ education‚ and research to ensure the lakes are healthy and safe for all. Originally founded in 1970 as The Lake Michigan Federation it was renamed the Alliance for the Great Lakes in 2006. Along with the name change came an expanded vision: to protect and restore the Great Lakes for people and wildlife‚ forever. Come learn what the Alliance considers most important in helping them to achieve a healthier Great Lakes and what they are doing about it in Wisconsin‚ in a talk and discussion by Todd Brennan‚ Senior Policy Manager for the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

April 17th Lake Michigan Fisheries in an Era of Change
Dr. Titus Seilheimer‚ a fisheries specialist with the Wisconsin Sea Grant‚ speaks to the fact that Lake Michigan provides economically valuable and diverse fisheries-related opportunities‚ from commercially caught Lake Whitefish to recreational fishing for introduced Pacific Salmon. The food web and ecology of the lake has changed over the last several hundred years‚ with that rate increasing in the last century. The current and future status of the fisheries of Lake Michigan is important to Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin.

Prams in the Park STEM camps!

Registration Now Open!

Discovery World and the Sailing Center partner with youth to navigate into a STEM water world to explore the inner science of water and the on-water tactics of sailing. This exciting new week-long program allows students to spend a half day sailing on water and a half day working in Discovery World’s water lab.

PLEASE NOTE: When you register for the Prams STEM Camp‚ you will be redirected to the Discovery World site for registration.
February 14‚ 2018

Spend Valentine’s Day at MCSC!

Tired of the usual for celebrating Valentine’s Day? Sign up for a class at MCSC! On Thursday‚ February 14‚ we have two different classes to pique your interest:

Line Splicing 101 FEE - $10
Thursday‚ February 14‚ 6 - 8 pm
Learn how to splice and whip lines. This is a valuable maritime skill. Gene Cramer will teach you how to splice those eyes and make new dock lines for your boat…or ours. This course is limited in size due to the individual attention required‚ so sign up early. Walk-Ups will not be accepted.

Say “Hello” to Your Engine! FEE - $10
Thursday‚ February 14‚ 6 – 8 pm
Using detailed images of an inboard Yanmar diesel engine‚ Phyllis McDonald will show the basic systems. Learn about these systems: Fuel‚ Lubrication and Cooling and Charging Circuit‚ Gauges and Controls. Phyllis will point out the usual culprits for failures and symptoms that might point you to the source of the problem.

Register now! Spaces are limited...
Saturday‚ February 16‚ 2019

Milwaukee Public Museum event at MCSC

The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center and the Milwaukee Public Museum have teamed up to offer the MPM on the Move Outreach Program at MCSC. This program has something for everyone and includes hands-on learning opportunities led by the Milwaukee Public Museum’s experienced and talented educators.

Investigate Wisconsin’s wildlife! Explore the rich variety of plants and animals that populate our state. Find out why they’re so important and learn ways to protect Wisconsin’s habitats and biodiversity. Participants will get the chance to model a food web and simulate what happens when invasive species are introduced to an ecosystem. Finally‚ each participant will have an opportunity to pot native wildflowers to make their gardens more welcoming to pollinators.

The event is geared toward elementary and middle school-aged children‚ but we welcome the young-at-heart who would like to know more about Wisconsin biodiversity and don’t mind getting their hands a little dirty! Families welcomed and encouraged.

When: Saturday‚ Feb 16‚ 10-noon‚ at MCSC
Cost: FREE! But space is limited‚ so registration is required.
To register: [email protected] or call MCSC at (414) 277-9094.

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