2017 Programs

GPYC’s Junior 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 Junior 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.

JUNIOR SAILING PROGRAM

Summer programs are over. Click on Clinics tab on this page for Fall sailing opportunities.

OPTIMIST LEARN TO SAIL

For Who?
Beginners who are 8 – 11 years-old.

What will I learn?

This fun introductory sailing course will teach the basics of rigging a boat, boat handling, seamanship, sportsmanship, and water safety. Sailors will be introduced to new skills during safe on-land lessons before practicing on the water. By the end of the course, graduates will be able to sail their own small Optimist dinghy in light to moderate wind speeds.

420 LEARN TO SAIL

For who?
Beginners who are 12- 15 years old.

What will I learn?

This course is for older and larger sailors who are new to sailing, or younger sailors with some experience but who are new to the 420. This is a good option for those who would like to pursue high school sailing and/or racing. Course includes the basics of rigging a 420, boat handling, seamanship (knots, weather, etc.), sportsmanship, and water safety. Instruction is done in club-owned 420’s with 2 sailors per boat. By the end of the program sailors will be able to helm and crew a Club 420 in light to moderate wind speeds.

OPTIMIST GREEN FLEET

For Who?
Beginner Optimist Racers, 8 - 14 years old.

What will I learn?

This course is for graduates of the Optimist Learn to Sail program. It introduces racing in a safe and fun manner. Sailors will learn the fundamental skills for racing maneuvers and also be introduced to basic rules, strategy and tactics. The goal of the course is to make competitive sailing fun without an over emphasis on winning. Green fleet sailors will have the option to compete several local Junior DRYA regattas.

OPTIMIST RACING

For Who?
Optimist Green Fleet graduates, 8 – 15 years old.

What will I learn?

This course builds on the Optimist Green Fleet program by introducing intermediate and advanced Optimist racing skills. Coaches will cover all aspects of racing on and off the water including boat handling, sail trim, rig tuning, strategy and tactics. The team will compete in several local Junior DRYA regattas, and interested sailors may be invited to represent the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in regional and national events. Boat ownership at this level is recommended and boat owners receive a 10% discount.

The Optimist Racing program includes a t-shirt and entry to Junior DRYA regattas. There will be optional travel events to be announced later in the spring.

LASER RACING

For Who?
Experienced racers who have outgrown the Optimist or 420 and are interested in singlehanded racing, ages 13-18.

What will I learn?

This program requires a solid understanding of racing and is typically for sailors exiting the Optimist or 420 who are interested in racing singlehanded. Laser-specific boat handling and sail trim will be taught along with intermediate and advanced racing strategy and tactics. The team will compete in several local Junior DRYA regattas, and interested sailors may be invited to represent the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in national events. Boat ownership at this level is recommended and boat owners receive a 10% discount.

The Laser Racing program includes a t-shirt and entry to Junior DRYA regattas. There will be optional travel events to be announced later in the spring.

420 RACING

For Who?
Experienced racers who have outgrown the Optimist and/or interested in doublehanded racing, 13-18 years old.

What will I learn?

The 420 Race team will develop intermediate and advanced double handed racing in the Club 420. Sailors new to the 420 race program will start off racing the collegiate style program (main and jib) before advancing to using spinnaker and trapeze. Topics will include advanced sail trim, boat handling, strategy and tactics. It is recommended that teams of two register and sail together; however 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 Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in regional, national and international events. All skippers and crews will be assigned a club-owned boat for the season and will be responsible for its upkeep. Racers with their own boat will receive a 10% discount.

The 420 Racing program includes a GPYC Sailing t-shirt and entry to Junior DRYA regattas. There will be optional travel events to be announced later in the spring.

ADVENTURE SAILING

For Who?
All ability levels, 13 – 18 years-old.

What will I learn?

This program is designed for those who want to be on the water but aren’t necessarily interested in racing. Adventure sailors will be introduced to a variety of boats including 420s, keelboats, O’Pen Bics, and windsurfers. In addition, the class may also include fishing and STEM modules via the exploration of marine navigation, boat mechanics, and environmental awareness. The class will take power and sailboat trips to local points of interest. This class is perfect for the child or teen who loves to experience being on the water in a variety of ways.

All Learn to Sail programs include a GPYC Sailing t-Shirt.

We are Pleased to announce that our J 22’s have been refurbished like new.

SUNSET SAILING: ADULT LEARN-TO-SAIL CLASS

Earn a Skipper Card, three two hour lessons $300.00

Members, and sponsored friends of members, are invited to learn to sail on our Club’s boats with a Skipper Card. The Club's J22s are 22-foot, stable keelboats. Basic skills will be taught on summer evenings to 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. Members, and sponsored friends of members, are welcome to sign up for one or as many classes as they would like. Please contact the Sailing Office

Wally Cross: 586-596-8854, Director
2017 FALL SAILING FOR GREEN & RWB OPTI FLEETS.

Practices will be held at the GPYC and the program is open to all registered DRYA sailors. A limited amount of boats will be available for charter. $100 charter fee. First come first serve for non-GPYC members. Personally owned boats/ non-GPYC club boats are encouraged and may be stored at GPYC for the duration of the series at no charge.

Fall practices will begin Tuesday, September 5, and will run through October 21st. The fall season will support coaching for the GPYC JO September 9th and 10th. No practice Saturday October 7th due to Macatawa Bay JO's.

Both fleets will be capped at 12.

PRICING

RWB Fleet Regular (non-member): $360.00
RWB Fleet GPYC Member Discounted: $310.00
RWB Fleet Regular (non-member) Saturday only: $210
RWB Fleet GPYC Member Discounted Saturday only: $180

Green Fleet Regular (non-member) Saturday only: $210
Green Fleet GPYC Member Discounted Saturday only: $180

Register Today

Boat Charter Fee for non-GPYC Members $100

Macatawa Coaching/Pricing TBD
Christina Noland
cnoland.cmn@gmail.com
(586)-531-3039

Day Date Time Hours
TuesdaySept. 5 4:30pm–7:30pm 3.0
Friday Sept. 810am–4pm(w/1hr lunch)5.0
Tuesday Sept. 12 4:30pm–7:30pm3.0
SaturdaySept. 16 10:00am–4:00pm5.0
Tuesday Sept. 194:30pm–7:30pm5.0
Saturday Sept. 23 10:00am–4:00pm5.0
Tuesday Sept. 264:30pm–7:30pm 3.0
SaturdaySept. 30 10:00am–4:00pm 5.0
TuesdayOct. 3 4:30pm–7:30pm 3.0
SaturdayOct. 7 No Sailing — Macatawa Bay JO Regatta 5.0
TuesdayOct. 10 4:30pm–7:30pm 3.0
SaturdayOct. 14 10:00am–4:00pm 5.0
TuesdayOct. 17 4:30pm–7:30pm 3.0
SaturdayOct. 21 10:00am–4:00pm 5.0
TOTAL HOURS OF COACHING 51.0