Carlyle Sailing Association

What is CSA?

Founded in 1971, Carlyle Sailing Association is a not-for-profit sailing organization located just an hour east of Saint Louis, Missouri, on Carlyle Lake in Southern Illinois. With some of the finest sailing facilities in Midwest, we are a friendly, family-oriented, volunteer association dedicated to the sport of sailing. CSA has a number of active one-design fleets, as well as boats for rent. We have events year-round, including weekly races, regattas, parties, and sailing lessons.

Our harbor is situated on Carlyle Lake: a 26,000 acre, man-made lake; approximately 8 miles long and 3 miles wide. It is the largest lake in Illinois and enjoys a well-deserved reputation as one of the best sailing lakes in the Midwest and the Saint Louis area.

We are a friendly, family-oriented, volunteer association dedicated to the sport of sailing. Whether you're into competitive racing or just chilling out, CSA offers something for everyone!

Get Into Sailing!

Sailing is many things...

  • It’s fun, family, outdoors, new friendships...
  • It’s exciting, challenging. It’s the thrill of the wind moving the boat across the water...
  • It’s calming and serene. It’s an escape from the rigors of daily life.

Don't know how to sail but want to give it a try? From sailing lessons to ride-alongs, find out about all the ways you can get out on the water!

Try Sailing Day

Want to give sailing a try? Come out to CSA for Try Sailing Day! 

For more info and to sign up, click here.

Event Calendar

Have additions or changes? Contact us.

Upcoming events

    • April 27, 2019
    • June 01, 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Carlyle Sailing Association

    Because sailing is really about science and math. We combine classroom and on-the-water experiences. Learn about wind, buoyancy, water, and water quality, how to sail and much more! US Sailing's Reach platform creates an opportunity for first time sailors an on-ramp to the sport for youth of all backgrounds.

    • April 28, 2019
    • October 27, 2019
    • 19 sessions
    • CSA

    One race will be sailed in the morning with an upwind finish.  After lunch on shore, two back to back races with a downwind finish will be sailed in the afternoon, weather permitting.  See Regular Sunday Race Instructions for full details.

    • May 11, 2019
    • October 12, 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • CSA

    The Hare & Hound series is open to all classes of boats and we encourage you to take friends and family out for the 10.7 mile course starting and finishing at CSA by way of Coles Creek and Allen Branch. Make an afternoon of sailing with the emphasis on fun. After the race, come back to the pavilion for the results and free beverages. Plan to make a day of it by chillin’ and grilling. 

    See here for details.

    • May 19, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Carlyle Sailing Association

    All sailors who would like to learn to race are invited.  There will be a morning classroom session to learn the fundamentals and an afternoon on-the-water session of practice starts and very short races.  Debrief and social hour thereafter.  Click here for more.

    • May 24, 2019
    • May 26, 2019
    • 3 sessions

    The 2019 Muddy Waters event starts on Friday. Boats welcome to come in on Thursday to set up your boat and get some practice in. Check-in will be on Friday just before the races. Races start will back to back then dinner that evening. Saturday and Sunday will again be racing, no races will start after 15:00 on Sunday. Attend the event and camp for free on site.

    • May 26, 2019
    • October 06, 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • CSA

    • May 30, 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • June 01, 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Carlyle Sailing Association
    • 30

    This three-day “learn to sail” program is open to all adults, and no sailing experience is required.  Sufficient skill can be obtained during the program to helm a boat in good weather and to qualify to rent sailboats at CSA.  This on-the-water program is led by certified US Sailing instructors, with one instructor for every two students allowing each maximum “tiller time." 

    Click here for details.

    • June 01, 2019
    • October 05, 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • Meet at the pavilion at CSA

    This is an opportunity for  prospective members, newer members, and inexperienced crew members to learn about how to crew for boats in the sponsoring fleet. The fleet members will familiarize those attending with their type of boat.   Each date focuses on a different type of sailboat.  The sponsoring fleet will also include a social event in the day's activities. This will provide some fun and an opportunity to get to know others in the club.

    Sponsoring fleets are:
    • June 1 Scows and Lightnings
    • July 6: Flying Scots
    • August 3: Catamarans
    • September 7: San Juans & Cabin Boats
    • October 5: San Juans & Cabin Boats

    Please select the date or dates you would like to attend.

    Members who wish to help with the event may sign up in that category.

    • June 02, 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • June 07, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Carlyle Sailing Association

    This five-day program is open to all kids 10 through 16 years of age, and using CSA's fleet of junior boats or your own approved sailboat.  All meals, snacks, and lodging are included.  Students learn to sail or increase their sailing skills, plus participate in other water oriented games and adventures.  Certified sailing instructors, counselors, and supervision on site throughout. 

    Click here for details.

    • June 08, 2019
    • June 09, 2019

    • June 15, 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • June 16, 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • CSA

    Contact: Mark Hood 636-248-4632

    • June 21, 2019
    • June 23, 2019
    • CSA

    The Egyptian Cup Regatta is a Flying Scot tradition at CSA. Register now for a great weekend of sailing, food and camaraderie. For details, please see the Egyptian Cup Regatta page.

    • June 22, 2019
    • July 28, 2019
    • 12 sessions
    • CSA

    This program is for young sailors of all abilities ages 8-15. There will be 6 Summer Sunday sessions 10:30 am to 4 pm rain or shine, but will release early on days the CSA Club races are abandoned. Students learn to sail and practice on two types of sailboats, Open Bics and Optimist Prams. Both boats are ideal for kids learning to sail and to race.

    • June 29, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Carlyle Sailing Association

    All are invited to come to this social event with food and drink provided (donation and advance reservation required).  Later in the evening, watch the Carlyle fireworks from the harbor property; an excellent vantage point.  For reservations after 6 May, click here.

    • July 13, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • July 14, 2019
    • 1:00 AM
    • Carlyle Sailing Association

    Join us for an evening sail across the lake to the Fish House restaurant.  Thereafter enjoy several hours of cruising under a full moon as we meander our way back to CSA. 

    • July 26, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • July 28, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Carlyle Sailing Association

    This three-day program is open to all kids 5 thru 9 years of age.  All meals, snacks, and lodging are included for this overnight camp, with an option to be a day camp.  Students learn to sail and experience small and large sailboats, plus participate in other water oriented games and adventures.

    Click here for details.

    • August 02, 2019
    • August 04, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • CSA

    2019 CSA Open Bic Regatta


    Carlyle Sailing Association, Carlyle , Philippi Harbor
    20960 Hazlet Park Road, Carlyle, Illinois, 62231 (Central Standard Time)


    • Create a fun, challenging, and competitive sailing opportunity for junior sailors.
    • Create a venue for young sailors to meet other sailors.
    • Fund the replacement of the CSA children’s playground with a Pirate-themed playground. Style, size, and location TBD and approved by CSA Board of Directors.
    • If you are interested, please consider donating.


    • Sailors between the ages of 8-18 as of May 1, 2019, are eligible to participate.
    • Parent or guardian must supervise minor child(ren).

    Entry Fees

    • Jr. Sailors: $30. Includes racing, Bottled Water, Food (Friday evening, Saturday Breakfast, Lunch, Supper, and Sundae Bar, and Sunday Breakfast and Lunch).
    • Jr. Non-Sailors (18 and under): $25. Includes above food provisions.
    • Adults: $30. Includes above food provisions.
    • Please register early to help with food, drink, and personnel management. Cut- off for food purchase is Thursday at noon, August 1, 2019.
    • Regatta Apparel - Add-ons Only - details to come!

    For more details, see our Notice of Race.

    • August 10, 2019
    • August 11, 2019
    • CSA

    • August 24, 2019

    A fun sailing event for all CSA Women & Girls.

    POC: Linda Vitt

    • September 14, 2019
    • September 15, 2019
    • CSA

    This racing and social event is open to all sailboats, and is attended by sailors from throughout the Midwest.  A package of social events may be purchased for those not participating in the racing.  Limited crew positions on cruising race boats will be available with advance reservation. Check here in July for signup.

    • September 28, 2019
    • October 05, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • CSA

    • October 12, 2019
    • October 13, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • CSA

    • November 03, 2019
    • CSA

Past events

May 18, 2019 Pizza party
May 18, 2019 Try Sailing Day
April 27, 2019 Harbor Opens!
April 10, 2019 How to Buy a Sailboat
March 19, 2019 Winter Presentation Series - The Great Loop
March 12, 2019 Commodore's Staff Meeting
February 19, 2019 CSA - Winter Presentation Series
January 25, 2019 2018 Commodores Banquet
September 14, 2018 Whale of a Sail

Where is CSA?

Find us at N 38°38'32.56", W 89°20'33.31".
An easy 60 minute drive from Saint Louis, Belleville or Edwardsville in Southern Illinois.

Have a Question? Contact Us!

Give us a call at (314) 325-9283 or send us a message.

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