There are a variety of reasons of why you will want to visit Traverse City. Our Michigan home is a beautiful community full of exciting activities and attractions with something for everyone. One of the best parts of visiting Traverse City is the city being located right on the Grand Traverse Bay. A gorgeous lake awaits you to explore from top to bottom. What many do not realize is just how big Lake Michigan is—it is one of the Great Lakes, after all! The size of the lake allows it to be an ideal spot for sailing. You can hit the “open” waters for a sailing adventure that will take you from wave to wave. Of course, if this is your first time in the area, you will want to take a look at our guide to sailing in Traverse City, MI below.

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Guide to Sailing in Traverse City, MI

The best way to get ready for your first time at sailing is by enjoying a sailing course. For some of the best sailing instruction in Traverse City head over to Great Lakes Sailing Company. They have been named an ASA Award Winning Sailing School and has a history of over 30 years introducing over 5,000 sailors to the craft. Great Lakes Sailing Company operates out of a private marina here in Traverse City making it extremely easy to get to. The company features 11 certified instructors who will all be able to show you the ropes during a lively course.

The Basic Sailing course is the most popular option that is perfect for those with little to no experience sailing. You will be taken out on the water and shown how to perform all of the essential sailing techniques. This course can be completed in two days and features all private instruction. Additional courses that are available to take including Advanced Sailing, Catamaran Courses, and private or group events. Most other courses are a four-day experience, perfect for those having an extended stay here in Traverse City.

Courses are available at Great Lakes Sailing Company from mid-May up to the first week of October during the warmer weather seasons. Book your sailing experience with Great Lakes Sailing Company by calling 231-941-0535 today.

Book a Sailing Tour with Wind Dancer

One of the best ways to experience Lake Michigan is by booking a sailing tour with a local charter. You will have nearly endless options here in Traverse City when looking for the perfect experience. However, Wind Dancer is a local favorite and has been providing local sailing charters for years now. You will vacation like a pro with their highly rated sailing tours that will take you across Lake Michigan and back again. You will find that Wind Dancer offers a variety of sailing tours out on the water including their signature sunset and day sails.

The Signature Sunset Sail is a popular private charter option that allows up to 18 people to enjoy this 2.5-hour experience. Of course, you will be provided with an amazing sailing experience, but the fun does not stop there. You will be served food from local artisan vendors including local beer and wine that are included in your ticket price. Expect a fine dining picnic out on the open water as the sun sets in the backdrop—nothing is more beautiful than this!

If you prefer to stick to the daytime, the Signature Day Sail is just as exciting with wide open views of Lake Michigan. You will still be given the full food and beverage treatment as the sunset sail. Add a little fun by joining for the Champagne Sunday Sail that takes off every Sunday during the season. As you glide over the West Bay waters, you will be given flutes of bubbly wine to enjoy with your charcuterie snacks.

Wind Dancer also hosts special event charters, including the Goo Goo Dolls Sail that will have you on the water for several hours before being dropped off at the National Cherry Festival to see the artist live in concert. Make sure to also browse the additional services offered by Wind Dancer, including pontoon charters and island adventures. Your next adventure out on the Grand Traverse Bay starts here with Wind Dancer and it’s amazing sailing tours!

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Get Ready for Traverse City

Sailing is always better when you experience it here on the open waters of Lake Michigan and the Grand Traverse Bay. What will make your expedition to Traverse City even better is by reserving one of our vacation rentals here in the area. Our properties offer the finest amenities and keep you close to the best attractions in the city. Simply find your favorite rental with us today and get ready for Traverse City. Contact us to book your stay today! Search our rentals by bedroom here.

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