• Junior Sailing Registration is now open for the second session. Visit Programs for details and Registration.For more information contact Emily Simon,
  • Download the full Junior Sailing Curiculum.

  • Adult Learn to Sail Registration is now open. Visit Programs for details and Registration.
  • The price for the six-week session is now 25% off — $300 for members and $450 for sponsored guests. For more information visit Adult Sailing or contact Joseph Klaasen 586-596-8854.

Challenge the Wind at GPYC

In July the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club with the support of Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation hosted a Racing Clinic for the Challenge the Wind sailors, a Detroit-based sailing program.

Meet Emily Simon, GPYC Youth Sailing Director.

A Grosse Pointe native and GPYC junior sailing alumnus, Simon is thrilled to return to her home club to inspire and teach a new generation of sailors.

Simon’s history includes being on the first high school team from Grosse Pointe to qualify for the Mallory Nationals in Washington. Later, at College of Charleston in South Carolina, her coed team placed third and fifth place at team racing nationals in 2008 and 2009.

Since then, Simon has continued to immerse herself in sailing both locally and nationally. She has competed in the Bayview Mackinac Race, winning her class three time, and she has brought home the Championship of Champions trophy twice. Simon enjoys racing Lightnings and J/70s locally and nationally, as well as Etchells, 29ers, J/24s, and Melges 32s as both a skipper and a crew.

GPYC Buddy Program

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club members’ children who sign-up for any Youth Sailing Program this summer can bring along a guest.

The Buddy Program is designed to allow kids to continue training with their friends to expand their interest in Sailing.

Buddies will get:

  • Ability to sign-up for any Youth Sailing Program at GPYC
  • A temporary credit account to use at Grog Shop/Poolside only.

GPYC members and their Buddies can sign-up for programs on April 22, 2018, 1–3pm at GPYC.

Contact Emily Simon or Wally Cross at 313 640-7014 For more information and description on sailing programs visit Programs


Grosse Pointe Yacht Club's Junior Sailors are on the water all year round.

Fall, Winter & Spring

In the Fall and Spring, the club hosts the Grosse Pointe South, Grosse Pointe North and University Liggett School High School, Brother Rice and De-Lasalle teams. Practice takes place during the week to prepare for JV and Varsity regattas on the weekends. Schools training at GPYC are regular competitors in the Midwest Championships as well as the High School Nationals in Team Racing and Fleet Racing.

During this time, we also will host an Optimist training program for advanced racing and Green Fleet. Practices run on the weekends with the kids having an opportunity to compete several times a season and participating in specialized clinics.

During the winter, our sailors travel to warmer climates for midwinter events in the C420, Laser, and Optimist Fleets.


Summer is the busiest time of year for us, with instruction starting at age 7 with learn to sail and running all the way through advanced racing at 18. These programs are designed to provide something for all levels of sailor.

Are you interested in helping your child to join this great team or finding out more about the programs?

Wally Cross-Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Sailing Director

I have been racing sailboats for 50 years and have been on over 20 boats that have won North American and World Championships. I also have race over 100,000 miles in the ocean sailing the last two Trans-Pac races to Hawaii. I am committed to help educate sailors at all ages and experiences. I can help your child reach the Olympics or just love the sport of sailing. Grosse Pointe Yacht Club has invested in the finest facility to make the sailing dream come true.