June 19 — All GPYC Summer Sailing Programs Starts.

May 2017

Hello Junior Sailing Parents,

It is hard to believe that summer is just around the corner. So much is happening at the GPYC to improve your child’s sailing experience. Our new Marine Recreation Center is right on schedule to open on May 19. The team from Korneffel has worked throughout the winter to complete the foundation for the building, and Connell Construction has started building our new center.

Junior Sailing programs will begin shortly. If you haven't already signed up, take a look at the programs and register for any of our exciting sailing programs.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Wally Cross, Sailing Director



All Junior Sailing Programs Start



USODA Great Lakes Opti Championship

June 24 and 25

The GPYC is proud to host the 2017 USODA Great Lakes Championship. Young sailors ages 8–15 will compete from all over the mid-west in the world's largest sailing class, Optimist Dinghys. Sponsored by the Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation.

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.