Pepin Sailing School and Charters

Pepin WI


Come Sail With Us.....!

Pepin Sailing specializes in sailing instruction and safe, affordable tours on beautiful Lake Pepin from May through October.

We also provide a pathway that can take you to a warm weather sailing vacation with us as early as next Winter!!

After last year's tragic loss of David Sheridan, a great friend and the long-time owner of Sail Pepin, several of us who had sailed as Captains for David, decided to continue the tradition of friendly, yet professional sailing tours and instruction that he had pioneered and  championed for so many years.

The result of our efforts is Pepin Sailing School and Charters.

In addition to the friendliness and professionalism we have worked hard to preserve, we have also added a new dimension to the sail training element by affiliating Pepin Sailing with NauticEd, a relatively new, international sail training  organization that is the first to gain U.S. Coast Guard approval for their student certification system.  In true 21st Century fashion, NauticEd has accomplished this by has introducing breakthrough online training, testing and electronic documentation processes that result in new levels of accountability to training providers.


Pepin Sailing School Training Packages

Whatever your level of interest, Pepin Sailing offers a training option that will be fun and affordable.  Our professional and friendly Instructors will prepare you to sail comfortably on Lake Pepin - or the Mediterranean - it's your choice!

Introduction to Sailing

This is a three-hour course that will appeal to the beginner who just wants to know what sailing is all about, or it can be the perfect way for an experienced, sailor to get back in the game!  The flexible, easy going format is perfect for those who may have only been passengers in the past, but would really prefer to be participants in the future.  All materials included in the cost, and group discounts are available. 
Individual cost is $275 per person.

Qualified Crew Member

We have designed this course  specifically for those who want to be competent sailors, but are not really interested in being the skipper just yet.  We make use of the superb NauticEd training program to provide the online theoretical preparation for the course, and we provide 16 hours of practical training from the Pepin Marina with our 32' Catalina sloop, Wind Song. The on-the-water training is taught in four hour sessions and requires a minimum o two persons per class.  

The cost is $650 per person, which includes all training materials and an electronic logbook. Discounts are available for groups and graduates of the Introduction to Sailing program


Qualified Skipper

This course is essentially the Qualified Crew Program, with more NauticEd, online study and test requirements, and the practical skill assessment set to a higher standard. Successful graduates will qualify to Skipper a 32' sailboat in local waters and they will be certificated when they have acquired an additional 10 days of sailing (or only 4 if they sail with an Instructor) .  

The course costs $650 per person with discounts for groups and graduates of the Introduction to Sailing course.

Bareboat Charter Master

 When you complete this course, you will be qualified to charter a sailboat of up to 45'. The qualification requires a Qualified Skipper Certification, (or ASA- equivalent), 50 days of logged sailing experience, and the NauticEd bundle of Bareboat courses.

The Bareboat Charter Master class is 16 hours on-the-water and includes an over-night anchorage on Lake Pepin, unless the course is part of a Charter Cruise option. 

Cost of the course on Lake Pepin is $680 each, or $1,200 for two.



These trips can accommodate from 2-6 persons, and are open to all on a first come, first served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Reservations are suggested.

The cost is $65 per adult and $45 per child under the age of 12.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

            1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

            4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

            7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Private Charters

The perfect solution for celebrating that special event or simply getting together with friends and family in a way none of you will ever forget!  Birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, weddings and memorials are all made special when you share them with your friends and loved ones on our comfortably equipped Catalina 320.  

Roomy as well as seaworthy, Wind Song can accommodate up to 6 passengers.*  She is equipped with a private toilet, a refrigerator/freezer, a stereo CD player and a roomy interior that provides shelter for the occasional rain shower, or a comfortable berth for an afternoon nap.

Charter prices start at $360 for a two-hour sail, and each additional hour is $75.  

Our Couples Special is $250 and we prefer to schedule it as our sunset sail from 7:00 to 9:00 PM through August, and 6:00 through 8:00 PM after Labor Day.     

* Larger groups can be accommodated on a second boat in most cases.




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