Compass Point’s sailing program starts with an introductory eight to ten hour safety/sailing course spread over two days.  The introductory sailing course verifies if sailing is for you; if it is, the next step is to sign up for basic sailing.  Both introductory and basic sailing is ‘weather driven’: students will not be taken out in winds in excess of 10mph.  The basic sailing course requires 12 hours of training over a two day period.  Overnight stays can be on the boat (for no charge) with shower/latrine facilities located in the marina and restaurant facilities close by for your convenience.  Another option is Compass Point’s ‘retreat’ cottages (for a donation), located 11miles north on the shores of Lake Huron with beach and BBQ/Grill/Deck access. Training is conducted in and around Port Sanilac’s Municipal Harbor, located at the end of Michigan Highway 46.

    If sailing IS for you, three additional levels of proficiency are offered; coastal cruising, charter, and advanced coastal cruising.  Study guides will be provided for each level.  Upon completion of advanced coastal cruising, the boat is yours for weekend or extended cruises.  All training is at NO CHARGE for veterans, first responders, and respective families.

    For directions and Municipal Harbor details, right click on below link and then Open Hyperlink.

7376 Main Street
Port Sanilac, Michigan 48469

(810) 622-9610


New to 2021!






  Lady of the Lakes Sail Charters and Compass Point Vet Outreach offer a unique sailing opportunity to veterans and their family members who have participated in Compass Point’s sailing program.  Captain Kevin Nichols is the owner and Master of the schooner Jade Lady, one of the few schooners still sailing the Great Lakes.  Jade Lady has sailed as far south as Venezuela and as far north as the Great Lakes with dozens of ports of call in numerous locations in between, logging close to 40,000 open ocean miles in her travels.  

     Those who have completed the Coastal Cruising course with Compass Point will be accepted by Captain Kevin and Jade Lady as crew to sail on the 55 ft. schooner.  Kevin is an Army Veteran who believes in vets helping vets.  This is achieved by having a welcoming space with others who have been there and can share past experiences with other vets who understand where you’re coming from.


     Sailing on Jade Lady is a unique experience taking you back to the 18th century when schooners were the work horses and occasionally the pirate ships, of their day.  Captain Kevin is also a maritime history professor and underwater archeologist who teaches at local colleges.  Many veterans due to their experiences are interested in and knowledgeable about history, which makes for some great discussions while cruising aboard the classic schooner Jade Lady. 

Additional information can be found at: 

Compass Point Veteran Outreach offers a variety of programs to help heal the body, mind and soul:

Sailing Programs

PTSD Counseling

Family Counseling



PTSD Counseling

   Compass Point Vet Outreach, in conjunction with Great Lakes Counseling and Wellness Center, offers an innovative approach to PTSD issues, Vets helping Vets; First Responders helping First Responders.  We realize the complex elements that shape the PTSD syndrome and are fully aware of the need to accept one’s individual experience.  In most cases, family members have endured the ramifications of the PTSD phenomena; they are invited to schedule individual or family sessions with Great Lakes Counseling at any time throughout the year. 

    Most insurance’s are accepted for this service; however there is no cost for this program for those without.  If you would like to talk to someone about this program:


Great Lakes Counseling at 810-878-5050 /or

Compass Point Vet Outreach at 810-627-8659.



Family Counseling

     Compass Point, in conjunction with Great Lakes Counseling and Wellness Center believes “family to be the first and vital cell of society and as the family goes so goes the nation” (Vaticanva, 1986).  In that spirit, we offer family counseling for those who wish to experience a holistic approach to family unity.  We are fully aware of the strain and challenges of families who have experienced single and multiple deployments. 

     Compass Point and Great Lakes Counseling and Wellness Center also provide teen, adult, and substance abuse counseling.  We have licensed clinicians who are available to serve those who request it; most insurance’s are accepted for this service, however there is no cost for this program for those without. 

     To schedule, call:

Great Lakes Counseling at 810-878-5050 /or

810-941-5101 for more information.