Oden Michigan
8 miles north of Petoskey at the Crooked Lake Yacht Club 

History & Mission

     Crooked Lake Sailors was formed in the 1980's by Margie Graham to offer sailing and seamanship lessons to the area youth -- including many who are now parents and grandparent of upcoming new sailors.  

     The Crooked Lake Yacht Club was formed in 1948 to provide sailing opportunities to the youth on the Lake.  And that heritage combined with the Club’s waterfront location and Crooked Lake's warm water and variable winds encouraged some members to find a way to again offer sailing lessons.    

     Wanting to reinstate sailing and boating lessons, several members reincorporated the Crooked Lake Sailors in 2010 as a Michigan non-profit corporation and was recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization in 2011, This means all contributions are tax deductible.

      Chris Weber purchased and donated 6 Opti sailboats with a trailer and equipment to get the program started.    And over the next several years Margie built up CLS's fleet of boats, built ramps and racks, and obtained all the dollies and equipment and supplies, and a storage shed and sail box needed for a sailing program.

     CLS's Mission is  to bring a love of sailing and know-how to new sailors, young and old.  
     During last year’s silent auction fundraiser, several of our junior sailors took turns at the microphone to express their excitement about our sailing classes and racing.  Everyone present was truly touched by these students’ sincerity and enthusiasm in thanking the adults at the auction for their support.  One of these students said, “I am so excited about being able to participate in races.”  Another teen said, “I hope to sail competitively in college.”

     Their enthusianm was also a key to get a $8,000 grant from the Petoskey Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation for a new, far more efficient motor on a safety boat. 

     Like all such organizations, tuitions only cover part of the costs of running the program so contributions and volunteers are an essential part of the organization's success. 

​      Please consider helping and volunteering.