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The Grosse Pointe Yacht Club (GPYC) dates to 1914 when 25 men formed a club to pursue their interests in ice boating and sailing on Lake St. Clair. The clubhouse was designed by Guy Lowell, a Boston architect and yachtsman, and was dedicated on July 4, 1929. Its Italian Renaissance façade with its 187 ft. bell tower is a well-recognized landmark to boaters around the lake, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.

In 1997 the GPYC was named the “Number One Yacht Club in America” and is still considered among the best. The GPYC provides all the traditional amenities of a classic yacht club, including an Olympic-sized swimming pool, tennis and bowling facilities, as well as elegant dining rooms and ballroom. Boating members enjoy the GPYC’s central location on Lake St. Clair and the club maintains a spacious deep-water marina with a private gas dock.

The GPYC maintains membership in the Detroit Regional Yachting Association and holds two annual DRYA-sanctioned sailing regattas each year in addition to numerous other sailing-related events and programs, such as an adult sailing school, exclusively for its members.

Despite the region’s recent struggling economy, the club continues to boast more than 900 members and over the years the architectural integrity of Lowell’s original design and the spectacular view of Lake St. Clair have been meticulously preserved.

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The Grosse Pointe Yacht Club The 131' UNITY yacht leaving the club's harbor in 2009. Built by Palmer Johnson Yachts in 2002, it is the largest vessel docked at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. The Grosse Pointe Yacht Club is a private marina and sailing club founded in 1914 and located on the shore of Lake St. Clair in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. It was founded in 1914 through the efforts of a group of 25 sailing and iceboating enthusiasts. Grosse Pointe Yacht Club is a member of the Detroit Regional Yacht-racing Association (DRYA). The club is prominently visible and a well-known landmark along the shoreline of the lake north of Detroit. Its facilities were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.

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Junior Sailing

Grosse Yacht Club is looking forward to an amazing Summer Program in 2023! With classes for all experience levels, a fleet of Optis, Laser (w/ Full, Radial, and 4.7 rigs), C420s, O'pen Bics, J22s and an exciting calendar of events, this will be a perfect summer to start or expand your adventures under sail!

Full day sessions: 9 am until 4 pm Morning sessions: 9 am until noon Afternoon sessions: Noon until 4 pm Kindersailing : Half-days, 9–12pm or 1–4pm

Sessions I: June 19 – 30

Sessions 2: July 3 – 14 (no sailing July 4)

Sessions 3: July 24 – August 4

Race Team: June 19 – August 11, Awards August 10

No Sailing : July 15 – 23, Mackinac Race

Kinder Sailing : July 17 – 21 and August 6–11

Class Descriptions

Learn to Sail (ages 7–11) †

An introduction to the sport of sailing, this course will teach the basics of rigging a boat, boat handling, sailing fundamentals and water safety with a fun, game-inspired curriculum. Instruction is done in club-owned Optimists and J/22s. Sailors are paired with one another and learn the basics of steering, trimming the sail, and balancing the boat in an exciting, hands-on way.  This class can be taken once or repeated until a sailor is ready to be in a boat on their own.

  • You like watersports and want to try sailing
  • You like having fun!

Adventure Sailing (ages 12–18) †

Adventure sailing is for the beginner to advanced teenaged sailor who wants to explore the water and improve their ailing in a fun and casual way. During this two-week session, sailors will get to sail the club’s J/22s, O’pen Bics, 420s and windsurfers. This class focuses on water safety and seamanship while allowing sailors to experience the joys of being on the water.

  • You like being on the water with friends and want to learn to sail
  • You want more variety in your sailing experience
  • You want to have fun and improve your sailing skills without competition

GPYC Racing Team (ages 8+) †

GPYC’s racing team is a fun but intensive program for intermediate-advanced sailors who are ready to compete in local and regional regattas. Our racing team competes in weekly local events with additional opportunities to compete on a regional and national level. Sailor shave the opportunity to compete in the clubs Optis, Lasers, and 420s.  

Kinder Sailing (ages 5–6) †

This week long session is a perfect sailing introductionfor those who love the water but aren’told enough yet for our learn to sail program.Our instructors will use the sailing simulator and theclub’s J22s to get our smallest sailors comfortableon the water. This session will cover basic sailingconcepts and water safety. Half Days, 9–12 or 1–4pm

2023 Class Pricing

  • February 1, Early Registration begins for Summer Programs
  • February 1, Spring High School Registration Opens
  • June 1, Registration Deadline
  • CANCELLATIONS/ CHANGES Must be submitted to [email protected]
  • CHANGES Will be accommodated based on availability.

Participation Requirements

  • Pass a relatively easy swim test on the first day of each session.
  • Wear a properly fitting U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times on the water.

One of sailing's greatest lessons is learning the importance of being prepared and keeping checklists. Please review the recommended list below and make sure to label all that nice gear with your name !

PFD (lifejacket) †

US Coast Guard Approved, Type III. Brands like Extrasport and Gill are the most popular and comfortable. Fit is important, so please choose the appropriate size for THIS summer.

Sunscreen †

Every sailor must have their own tube. The more protection the better. Ideally choose a waterproof variety that won’t hurt the eyes.

Even better sun protection.

Sun Glasses   †

Important protection for the only eyes you have!

"Every sailor brings a bailer" which can easily be fashioned by cutting the bottom off of a big OJ or laundry soap jug.

Waterproof Watch  †

With a countdown function for racing sailors.

Change of Clothes †

Besides wearing clothes to get wet in, every sailor should have extra dry duds and a towel.

Staying hydrated is important for a safe, fun, learning experience!

Lunch/Money  †

You can bring your lunch or purchase from GPYC's Harbor Grill. We have a refrigerator in the MAC.

Good Attitude  †

Well rested, well fed, happy, and ready to HAVE FUN!

Answers to common questions about our Sailing Program

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788 Lake Shore Road Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236 Ph: (313) 884-2500 Fax: (313) 884-7956

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N 42 degrees -26' -05" W 082 degrees -52' -20"

Staff Members

Aaron wagner, general manager, assistant general manager, jim demasse, chief financial officer, executive chef, alex turner, cmm, harbor master, alexa coole, membership director, gregory martini, human resources director, marcus weldon, facilities director, maria dallas, catering director, mary primak, catering coordinator, jennifer benoit, marketing director, heather shock, graphic designer, vanessa nutting, front desk receptionist, cathy buffa, account payable, robin hauff, account receivable & member billing, peter wendzinski, athletics director, gordy woods, bowling director, christina noland, sailing director & trap shooting manager, christina wood, pastry chef, susan cavalli, dining room supervisor, tony giordano, maintenance supervisor, adam haggitt, caelin micks, day camp director, dmitri diakonov, tennis professional, elizabeth bourke, pool manager & swim team coach.

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Kicking off the boating season, this public event is for all who want to experience a boat show in a beautiful marina atmosphere. Boats from 16- up to 80-feet in length on land and in water, all are welcome to climb aboard! Also featuring antique cars, Dossin Museum display, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Display, Vintage boats and more! Hours : Saturday: 12 – 7 p.m., and Sunday: 12 – 5 p.m. Admission : Free. Owned by the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. Produced by the Michigan Boating Industries Association.

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Grosse pointe yacht club.

788 Lake Shore Road Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236 Ph: (313) 884-2500 Fax: (313) 884-7956

Harbor Coordinates

N 42 degrees -26' -05" W 082 degrees -52' -20"

Staff Members

Aaron wagner, general manager, assistant general manager, jim demasse, chief financial officer, executive chef, alex turner, cmm, harbor master, alexa coole, membership director, gregory martini, human resources director, marcus weldon, facilities director, maria dallas, catering director, mary primak, catering coordinator, jennifer benoit, marketing director, heather shock, graphic designer, vanessa nutting, front desk receptionist, cathy buffa, account payable, robin hauff, account receivable & member billing, peter wendzinski, athletics director, gordy woods, bowling director, christina noland, sailing director & trap shooting manager, christina wood, pastry chef, susan cavalli, dining room supervisor, tony giordano, maintenance supervisor, adam haggitt, caelin micks, day camp director, dmitri diakonov, tennis professional, elizabeth bourke, pool manager & swim team coach.

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    Membership Requirements. Candidates for membership must be sponsored by three Grosse Pointe Yacht Club members and attend a reception to meet the GPYC Board of Directors. The Board of Directors elects candidates for membership at their monthly Board meetings. Members must be at least 21 years of age. Request A Tour.

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