Imagine relaxing on the bow of a sailing boat while a qualified Hoofer instructor guides you across the clear, blue, waters of beautiful Lake Mendota. With a little time and motivation, that is exactly what you will be doing this summer while in Madison.

The Hoofer Sailing Club offers a variety of sailing packages to accommodate all of our guests. So whether you are a complete novice or have sailed on the America’s Cup racing team, we have something to offer. The only requirement needed to participation is that you are a UW-Madison conference attendee or a member of the Wisconsin Union. Go ahead and turn your conference into a vacation!

Package 1: Learn to Sail/Windsurf

These lessons are taught in a three-hour format. You will learn what you need to know to successfully sail a small boat or windsurfer under guidance. We provide a qualified instructor to teach sailing theory and provide on-the-water instruction.

2-5 people, $100 per person. Please call ahead!

Package 2: Guided Sail

This package requires no prior knowledge of sailing, and is perfect for those who want to sit back and enjoy the scenery. These typically are done on Badger Sloops (2-5 people), or small keelboats (2-6 people). A qualified Hoofer instructor will guide you while you and your party relax and enjoy the ride. Call ahead, because this is a popular package.

1-2 people, 2-2½ hour sail, $100
3-7 people, 2-2½ hour sail: $30 per person, 8 or more: $25 each

Package 3: Customized Sailing Regatta

Participants learn the basics of sailing from Hoofer Instructors and then compete in a mini regatta on boats captained by Instructors but crewed by conference attendees! Race results recorded. Call ahead!

2-3 hours, $35 per person, 9-90 participants

Next Steps

Please contact the conference sailing coordinator using the contact information below. Note that a deposit of half the cost is normally required at least 10 days before the sail to guarantee boat and instructor availability. The deposit is non-refundable except in cases of severe inclement weather. A decision on whether or not to sail will be made by the conference sailing coordinator or instructor. Sails will not be cancelled for light rain, high wind, or colder temperatures.


Two weeks notice is required to arrange a conference sail



Contact Information



Thinking about trying out a conference sailing package and want to get other people involved as well. A copy of our brochure can be found here.


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