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2016: the Biggest Summer Yet for Little Traverse Sailors

The Little Traverse Sailors staff and Board of Directors have been hard at work since last August putting together what promises to be a terrific set of programs for Summer 2016.  As we near our opening date of June 20, we wanted to outline our various programs and encourage everyone in the Harbor Springs sailing community to join in the fun, excitement, and learning of LTS 2016.

Learn to Sail (Youth Sailors from 8 to 18)

Junior Race Team (Beginning Racers from 10 to 13)

Race Team (Junior Racers from 13 to 20)

  • Coaching by Corinne Durochrer (LTS Race Team Coach) & Dan Thompson (LTS Director)
  • Daily training in 420s, Lasers, J/70s, and big boats, weekly regattas (both home and travel)
  • Registration and more information here. Status: one spot remains, applications closed May 15.

Adult Learn to Sail & Race (Adults from 18 and up)

  • Thursday Nights 4:00-7:30 in LTS J/70s in the Harbor
  • Expert training by Dan Thompson (LTS Director) and LTS staff
  • A low-key and fun introduction to more advanced sailing and beginning racing.
  • Registration and information here. Status: Oversubscribed, waitlists being used.

Bug Races (LTS Sailors from 8 to 13)

  • Wednesdays, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Free, fun, and informal races in our Bugs right off the LTS dock — a great spectator event too!
  • LTS staff and Race Team on hand to provide coaching and assistance. Status: free and open!

Lunch-N-Learn Program (Everyone who likes lunch!)

  • Wednesdays at 12:00pm on the LTYC porch.
  • A nautical-themed seminar series with presentations from LTS and LTYC experts.
  • For more information: Lunch n Learn Page.

Dinghy Racing (all ages – racing in Lasers and 420s)

  • Mondays and Wednesdays, first starts at 6:00pm near H mark in the Harbor.
  • The biggest, most competitive, and most fun racing fleet in Northern Michigan!
  • More information and to register: Dinghy Racing Page

Laser Clinic (all ages – Laser racers)

  • Mondays, 4:00-6:00pm at LTS.
  • Go-fast and be-smart Laser-specific coaching from LTS Race Coach Corinne Durochrer.
  • More information and to register: Laser Clinic Page

Use LTS 420s for Dinghy Racing (all ages)

  • LTS will offer free use of our LTS 420s to qualified sailing teams (2-persons) who want to race in the Dinghy Series
  • Open to LTS families (at least two weeks of LTS in 2016) and LTS Donors (at least $250 in donations in 2016)
  • More information: LTS 420 Program


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Where will sailing take you?

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Our mission at LTS is to build lifelong sailors, and we strive to offer diverse opportunities so our sailors can find their passion in sailing.

For Summer 2016, LTS is redoubling our efforts to enhance the fun, excitement, and learning of our programs.  This spring we’ll be rolling out updates on these initiatives in our newsletters.

One place LTS—and a passion for sailing—can take you is high school and collegiate sailing.  This week we’re featuring an article by our Race Coach, and College of Charleston sailor, Corinne Durocher.

A Day in the Life of a Collegiate Sailor

by Corinne Durocher, LTS Race Coach

I knew at a young age that I wanted to sail competitively and at the college level, it did not matter where or on what type of boat. All I knew was that I couldn’t let this immense passion of mine go to waste. This fervor has lead me to The College of Charleston where I am on the Sailing Team. I get to go to a school in a beautiful city, pursue a major I care about, and sail with my best friends- it is a pretty sweet deal.

On most days I wake up, go to team workouts, attend my classes directly after, and run home to get picked up in time for practice. Though hectic at times, there is nothing else I would rather be doing with my days. From around 2-6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday we devote our hours to practice with morning workouts and regattas on the weekends. Each day when we walk down the docks together there is a smile on each of our faces because we are about to have another wonderful afternoon on the water. Practice is no cakewalk, it is hard work and by the end we are all exhausted. But, there is always a sense of accomplishment as each day improvements are made.

When I get home from sailing at night, I head to the library or study in my room. We have less free time than most college students, but it is not unmanageable. It is a commitment everyone on the team takes very seriously, we often do not have time for outside activities. For the Offshore Team, Regattas are generally in Charleston with the main events being in New York, Annapolis, and Los Angeles, while the Dinghy Team travels more often to various places each weekend. Traveling with my team has created some of the best experiences I have ever had. We get to all pile into a car or a plane and take off to go sailing. If we miss class we typically make up as much as possible in advance. In preparation for each event we train with the team being sent for as much time as we can in order to ensure we all work well together and know our positions.

One of my favorite things is that there is a large support system between our coaches and us. They really care for us by looking out for our safety and making sure we keep our grades up so we can sail. I highly recommend furthering your sailing career into college if it is something you are interested in. It has lead me to life long friends, unforgettable memories, and a unique appreciation for the sport itself.

To hear more about the LTS Racing Programs and how they can help prepare sailors for college sailing, feel free to contact Corinne at

Summer 2016 Registration Update

Registration is open and filling up fast!  We have filled to about 50% of our capacity, and the prime weeks are filling up fast.  Register now to avoid the wait-lists!  For more information and to learn how to register your sailor check out the Registration Page on our website.


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New Docks! No More Stern Lines!

2016 Docks

Little Traverse Sailors is thrilled to announce that starting in Summer 2016, our fleet will now be secured on floating docks. These new docks will make rigging and unrigging our boats much faster and safer, improve our teaching capabilities, allow our boats to be better maintained, and open up much-needed flexible space on our dock for other LTS program uses. (See the photo above for an artist’s rendering of the new docks.)

Our new state-of-the-art sailing center was made possible through major donations to LTS from James and Chase Offield, whose support for junior sailing in Harbor Springs has been longstanding and unparalleled. On behalf of our junior sailors, we thank them for their generosity, as well as their leadership and visionary support for LTS. Look for these docks to be in place as we open our operations in June 2016. LTS will host a christening event this summer to celebrate and thank our supporters. Stay tuned for more info!


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The 2016 LTS Winter Report

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The LTS Board of Directors is pleased to publish our 2016 Winter Report — a look back at state of the the program in 2015 and a look ahead to our exciting plans for 2016.

We hope that this Report will allow LTS families, LTYC members and families, and anyone interested in sailing in Harbor Springs to better understand Little Traverse Sailors — the organization, the people involved, our goals and achievements, and plans for the future.  And hopefully keep you looking forward to sailing in Summer 2016!

The contents of the Report include:

  • Report From The Director, Dan Thompson
  • 2015 LTS Staff Members
  • 2015 LTS Race Team Members
  • 2015 Financial Performance Data
  • Board Discussion of 2015 Financial Results
  • About the LTS Board of Directors
  • How Donations to LTS Make our Program
  • Our Fiscal Year 2015 Donors
  • The Diane Chapin Nilstoft Scholarship
  • Lehmann Donates J/70 to LTS
  • 2016 Donation Wishlist
  • New Initiatives for 2016
  • The Floating Dock Project
  • Summer 2016 LTS Calendar
  • Key Dates & Contact Information

You can download the full report in PDF form by clicking here.

As always,we welcome your comments, questions, suggestions and feedback.

  • The LTS Board President (Polk Wagner) can be reached at
  • The LTS Director (Dan Thompson) can be reached at



We can’t wait for Summer!



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A Visit from Matt Cassidy of Oracle Team USA

LTS Race Team with Matt Cassidy

LTS Race Team Alum and Oracle Team USA member Matt Cassidy visited with the Race Team last week. He talked about his career in sailing — his path from LTS to Oracle and beyond — and his daily life as a professional athlete training for the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda.

He presented the team with a Race Team jersey signed by all the Oracle Team USA members, and Matt himself signed hats and jerseys for all the team members.  A great time, and super experience for the team!  Thanks Matt!