Windward Bound Summer Camp







Teens between 14 and 18 sail the Appledore while learning seamanship and science.

Set sail on one of the world’s largest freshwater resources – the Great Lakes.

Click here for the summer program trainee application.

These FAQs will help you better understand Windward Bound.

Windward Bound Sailing Camp Overview

Sail to some of the most beautiful places on the Great Lakes. Learn about the unique freshwater environment of the largest body of freshwater in the world. Character building, confidence boosting, and learning are three reasons our programs attract students from around the Midwest.

Windward Bound is a live-aboard voyaging experience for teens ages 14 to 18. The teens sail aboard the 85-foot schooner Appledore IV and the 65-foot schooner Appledore V. During the voyages, we focus on seamanship and freshwater science, which means learning the art of traditional sailing and studying the ecology of the lakes you’re sailing on.

As the ships sail between ports, participants stand a regular watch while learning every aspect of running the ship, from navigation to meal preparation. Each voyage takes participants on a unique experience determined in part by the destination and the amount of time it takes to reach each destination port.

Both vessels are licensed and inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard and meet or exceed the requirements of a traveling camp licensed by the State of Michigan.


May 3, 2016

Kim Higgins

Windward Bound

I’m totally thrilled that my son has the opportunity to travel on the Great Lakes from Bay City to Chicago and celebrate the Tall Ship [festival] in Chicago this weekend. What an amazing experience for a 13-year young man!...

Summer Voyage Schedule 2021

2021 Windward Bound trips will take place onboard the beautiful historic tall ship Appledore IV and will travel back and forth between Bay City and East Tawas.

Booking Policies

Windward Bound sail training voyages are designed for high school students ages 14 to 18. All participants are required to complete an application prior to being accepted into the program. Once accepted, participants must meet all requirements as outlined in the application.


Participants are responsible for transportation to and from Windward Bound trips and training dates.


The Appledore IV and Appledore V are licensed and inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard and are crewed by a licensed captain, first mate, and additional deckhands. Windward Bound is licensed by the State of Michigan as a youth travel camp. BaySail is a member of Tall Ships America® and a past recipient of the “Sea Education Program of the Year” award.

  • Voyage 1 - July 18 to July 22

    Bay City, MI to East Tawas, MI

  • Voyage 2 - July 25 to July 29

    East Tawas, MI to Bay City, MI

Scholarship Information

An application to participate is required for all Windward Bound programs. Thanks to several generous supporters, all selected program participants will receive full scholarship funding for 2021 voyages. Please contact us at (989) 895-5193 with any questions.


Off-season training opportunities for past Windward Bound trainees are typically offered a few times a month. Click below to view our schedule of activities and RSVP if you plan to participate.

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Those interested in joining our summer program can download the trainee application below.


Frequently Asked Questions

Sailing on the Appledore is likely to be completely different from anything you’ve done before. To give you an idea of what to expect, read through these Frequently Asked Questions.

Destinations depend on the ship’s schedule. Factors such as transit time and weather also play an important in our itinerary.