42° 26' 05" N   82° 52' 19" W

Junior Sailing

Summer Sailing 2023
June 19–August 4, 2023

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.

Take Learn to Sail I if:
  • 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.

Take Adventure Sailing if:
  • 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

Race 7 Weeks
LTS/Adventure Full Day
LTS/Adventure Half Day
Kinder Sailing
GPYC Junior Sailing Open to Members and Buddy Members

Learn About the buddy program
2023 Registration
Dates Policies
  • February 1, Early Registration begins for Summer Programs
  • February 1, Spring High School Registration Opens
  • June 1, Registration Deadline

    Must be submitted to sailing@gpyc.org
    Will be accommodated based on availability.

Participation Requirements

Every sailor will be required to:
  • 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!

GPYC Gear Store

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.


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!


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

Answers to common questions about our Sailing Program