2018 Programs

GPYC’s Youth Sailing Programs are recognized for their commitment to providing young sailors the skills and behaviors that will serve them to be successful on and off the water.

The GPYC Youth Program hosts year-round sailing both at home and abroad. The main focus of our instruction takes place during the summer program, but there are opportunities to practice and compete all year long. We have programs available for all levels of sailor and all different types of watercraft. Whether you are looking for an introduction to sailing and the water for a 7 year old, want to cruise or race a J/22, or want to take your racing to the next level in National and International competition — we have a coach and program that will help you reach your goals.

Registration is now open.
Download 2018 Junior Sailing Curriculum.


1st Session: June 18th through July 13th
2nd Session: July 16th through August 10th

All junior sailing programs offer a 10% discount for GPYC member families who register more than one child.


Ages 7 – 18 years-old.

The basics of rigging a boat, basic boat handling, sailing fundamentals, seamanship (knots, weather, etc.), sportsmanship and water safety.


Ages 13 – 18 years-old.

This program is designed for the teenager who want to have fun on the water in the 420, Laser, J/22 and Windsurfer. This class will also explore navigation, boat mechanics and environmental awareness.


Ages 7–12

This program is for first–time racers at DRYA regattas and requires a solid understand of Optimist sailing. Coaches will be present the entire time your child is racing, allowing these beginners to receive helpful instruction during the race.


Ages 7–12

Returning Optimist racers will have opportunities to compete in local, regional and national events while improving racing skills such as boat handling, speed, and tactics.


Ages 10–18

The team will travel to and compete in several local Junior DRYA regattas, and interested sailors may be invited to represent the GPYC in national events.


Ages 10–18

Ideal for 420 sailors new to racing and intermediate racers new to double handed boats. Collegiate 420s are raced at both the high school and college level. Sailors will have the opportunity to compete in local and regional regattas, and develop their skills on the race course and in the boat.


AGES 10–18

Sailors in this program will develop their racing ability, C420 knowledge, and expertise in the use of spinnaker and trapeze. If sailors do not have a skipper/crew pairing, they will be assigned a position by their coach. The team will travel to and compete in several local Junior DRYA regattas and interested sailors may be invited to represent the GPYC in national events.


Weeks Duration Price
8 All day $1,500
8 Half day $1,000
4 All day $1,000
4 Half day $800

Our J 22’s have been refurbished like new.



Spring Session: May 21 through June 27—Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 6:30 pm to 8:30pm

Summer Session: July 30 through September 05—Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 6:30 pm to 8:30pm

Fall Session: September 10 through October 17—Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 6:30 pm to 8:30pm

We are pleased to announce that Joe Klaasen will instruct our Adult Learn to Sail Program this summer. Designed for those 18 years of age and older, Joe will design three separate courses for all different sailing abilities. Each program will run one evening per week, from 6-8 p.m., for six weeks. Learn to Sail will be held on Monday, Intermediate Learn to Sail on Tuesday, followed by Advanced Sailing on Wednesday.

Skills taught in Learn to Sail include rigging, boat handling, steering with a tiller, main and jib sail trim, entering and leaving the harbor, points of sail, wind, knot tying and sailing safety.

Participants for all three courses will sail in our newly refurbished J/22s, with a professional coach on each boat. All classes will be videoed for viewing on our new classroom in the Marine Activity Center (MAC). The price for the six-week session is $400 for members and $600 for sponsored guests.

In addition to the Learn to Sail class, GPYC also offers these courses:

  • Cruising Lake St Clair (Understand the lake, using GPS and VHF radio, setup destinations)
  • Learn to Race (Sailing the J/22 fast and trimming the sails for speed, understanding the race course)

Sailors who complete any of these courses successfully are entitled to take out a J/22 with your friends. The J/22s have power for docking. There is no fee for the use of these boats.

An Adult Sailing Open House will be held at GPYC’s Marine Activity Center (MAC) on April 29, from 3-5 p.m. Online registration for these courses will be open in April. For more information, please contact:

Wally Cross: Director (313) 640-7014

2018 Clinics and Seminars.

Spring Opti Clinic — $225

  • Runs all month of May 2018
  • Tuesdays and Sundays

Spring 420 Clinic — $225

  • Runs all month of May 2018
  • Sundays and Wednesdays

Advanced Opti Racing Clinic
with Mauricio Galarce — $300

  • June 2–3
  • Registration to open soon. There will be an application process
  • Up to 16 kids
  • The clinic will focus on boatspeed and boat handling
  • Two full days on the water and in the classroom with a top notch opti coach

Advanced 420 Racing Clinic
with Mitch Hall — $225

  • Clinic June 16–17 open to all applicants 16 kid maximum
  • Private clinic on June 18th for GPYC sailors
  • During this clinic sailors will work on boat speed and boat handling with a top college racing coach. This intensive clinic will last two days both on the water and in the classroom

Beginning Laser Clinic — $125

  • June 9–10
  • For opti and 420 kids interested in learning the laser
  • Top local laser coach(es)
  • Two full days on the water and in the classroom
  • By the end kids will know how to rig laser, learn basic boat handling, fun regatta at the end
  • 8 kid maximum

Advanced Coaching Clinics — Free

  • June 2 with Mauricio Galarce in the MAC
  • June 17th with Mitch Hall in the MAC. Open to all coaches. Mauricio was just chosen to coach the USODA international team in Wales.

College Sailing Information Night
with Mitch Hall — Free

  • June 16th in the MAC
  • Open to all parents and high school sailors
  • Learn about what college sailing is all about, how to apply to colleges and get in touch with coaches, what to expect if you try out for a college team, understand the benefits and opportunities that come with college sailing

About Guest Coaches


Graduated in 2008 from Florida State University (B.A., Political Science, International Affairs). While studying at FSU, Galarce re-organized its sailing club into a competitive ICSA team, which he served as Race Team Captain. After graduation, Galarce returned to his hometown of Miami, Fl. finding employment with Sail Laser, L.L.C. where he ultimately advanced to the position of Center manager. Throughout those years, Galarce contested various Snipe, Etchells and J24 championships, and actively campaigned the 49er.

In 2012, Galarce assumed the position of Head Green Fleet coach at the Coral Reef Yacht Club. Emphasizing learning and dedication, and using a competitive curriculum, his early coaching efforts immediately bore fruit. During his tenure, CRYC’s Green Fleet program won the Green Fleet Division of both the 2013 and 2014 National Championships, and placed podium finishers at the 2013 and 2014 Orange Bowl Green Fleet Regattas. In 2015, Galarce began coaching CRYC’s RWB program, where his success continued, helping to qualify 32 and 25 CRYC sailors for the 2015 and 2016 U.S.O.D.A. Team Trials, respectively, and winning the 2016 U.S. National Championship.

After seeing-through the success of a historic, home-grown generation of Optimist talent, Galarce started coaching at the Key Biscayne Yacht Club in Fall, 2016. Galarce continues to pursue his passion for the sport, employing his unique motivational methodology, and a commitment to constant, high-level improvement in the tradecraft of both sailing and coaching, to raise future cohorts of champion sailors.


Mitch Hall is in his sixth season as the assistant coach for the College of Charleston sailing program. A graduate of the University of South Florida, Hall joined the Cougars during the 2011-12 season after serving as the head coach at Tulane.

Last year, CofC captured its first-ever ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship title in program history and was presented with the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy, awarded annually to the best overall collegiate team in the nation.

Hall has won numerous events in his sailing career including the ICSA Sloop Championships, the ISSA Singlehanded Nationals and the U.S. Sailing Singlehanded Nationals.

Hall also excels at team racing and helps supplement the strength the Cougars show in team racing as evidenced by their third-place finish at the 2011 Nationals.

For more information contact: Emily Simon