The Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association, Inc. was founded in 1988 to promote sailing on Lake Winnipesaukee. The primary purpose of the association is to operate a youth sailing school in Gilford, NH. We also promote organized sailboat cruising and racing on the lake, including a one-design J/80 racing fleet. Annual dues, donations, and proceeds from organized racing are used to finance and support the youth sailing program.
Your membership, donation and volunteer efforts support the organization - read how you can get involved!
If you don't know how to sail or want to brush up on your skills:
If you'd like a more tailored approach just for you or your family:
We also offer private or group lessons in our Sonars, or in your own boat if you prefer, with content tailored to your specific needs.
If you're interested in crewing:
If you're interested in racing your own boat:
Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association was founded in 1988 as the Lake Winnipesaukee Yacht Racing Association and from the very start its main focus was on youth sailing education. For many years, the Sailing School was generously hosted at Fay's Boatyard by Merrill Fay. In 2013, LWSA realized a long-term vision of expanding capacity and reaching more young sailors when it moved into its own facility on Smith Cove in Gilford next door to Fay's Boatyard. Generous donations from large benefactors and small donations from many, many donors enabled us to turn an old lakeside cottage with dock and beach into the Dave Adams Memorial Sailing Center named after a local sailor who started out sailing at LWSA, but sadly, passed away as a young adult.
Our mission is to promote and expand participation in the sport of sailing,
particularly on Lake Winnipesaukee and, in doing so, to remove barriers of
knowledge, financial means, disability and age. LWSA is a non-profit charity for
the benefit of the people and communities of the Lakes Region now and for
generations to come. In carrying out our mission, we pledge to foster safety,
self-confidence, teamwork, honesty, positive sporting values, and an appreciation
for our environment
By 2025, we will double our capacity by expanding existing programs and
launching new programs such as an adaptive sailing program for sailors with
disabilities, afterschool sailing, and boat sharing. We will have an established
competitive sailing program that represents our local community in regattas off
the lake. Our educational and racing programs overwhelmingly produce sailors
of good character who go on to enjoy sailing as a lifelong pursuit and/or act as
good ambassadors for sailing in the Lakes Region and beyond. We will have
sufficient means to ensure that affordability is not a barrier for participants in our
sailing programs. We will be a sustainable organization for the long-term, with no
mortgage and a membership of around 500 recurring members. LWSA in 2025
will be recognized as the home of sailing activities for the people of the Lakes
Region and a valued contributor to youth development and strong local
Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association, Inc.
PO Box 7047
Gilford NH 03247
David Adams Memorial Sailing Center address:
25 Davis Road
Gilford NH 03249
Phone (voicemail): 603-589-1177
Email us at LWSA