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.



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!

Kim Higgins

Summer Voyage Schedule 2019

Windward Bound voyages in 2019 will follow Appledore IV and Appledore V on journeys throughout Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and Lake Erie. Climb aboard and experience the summer camp adventure of a lifetime!

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.


Round trip transportation from Bay City to the ship is provided on all voyages where appropriate. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to/from Bay City for Introduction Day in the spring and a Windward Bound reunion event in the fall.


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 - June 16 to June 22

    Lake Huron (starts/ends in Bay City)

  • Voyage 2 - June 28 to July 3

    Bay City, Michigan to Buffalo, NY

  • Voyage 3 - July 14 to July 17

    Cleveland, OH to Bay City, MI

  • Voyage 4 - August 4 - August 9

    Kenosha, WI to Sarnia, ONT

  • Voyage 5 - August 13 to August 18

    Duluth, MN to Port Huron, MI

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the generosity of local benefactors, funding has been made available to participants this year. All interested participants must complete an application and submit to BaySail for review. Preference will be given to youth from the Great Lakes Bay Region of Bay, Midland, Saginaw, and Isabella counties. Please contact us at (989) 895-5193 with any questions.


The year-round training opportunities for past Windward Bound trainees are still being developed. Stay tuned as more information becomes available.



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.