42° 26' 05" N   82° 52' 19" W

Junior Sailing

June 21–August 14, 2021

Grosse Yacht Club is looking forward to an amazing Summer Program in 2020! With classes for all experience levels, a fleet of Optis, Laser (w/ Full, Radial, and 4.7 rigs), C420s, O'pen Bics, Windsurfers, 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

Class Descriptions

Kinder Sailing
(ages 5–6)

This week-long session is a perfect sailing introduction for those who love the water but aren’t old enough yet for our Learn to Sail program. Our instructors will use the sailing simulator and the club’s J/22s to get our smallest sailors comfortable on the water. This session will cover basic sailing concepts and water safety.  

Take Kindersailing Sailing if:
  • You are 5-6 years old and want totry sailing
  • You like to have fun!
  • Half Day only (am or pm)
    Session I: June 14–18
    Session II: July 19–23
    Session III: July 26–30

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.

**Learn to Sail is closed for non-members**

Take Learn to Sail I if:
  • You like watersports and want to try sailing
  • You like having fun!
  • Session I: June 21-July 2
  • Session II: July 5-July 16
  • Session III:
    August 2-August 13

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
  • Session I: June 21-July 2
  • Session II: July 5-July 16
    Session III: Aug 2-Aug 13

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.  

  • Session I: June 21 – July 16
  • Session II: July 12 – August 13
  • Full Summer: June 21- Aug 13
  • No Sailing: July 26- July 30

420 High School Camp (ages 14–18)

This week long session is designed for 8th-12th grade sailors interested in sailing for their high school team. This class will teach fundamental sailing concepts, boat handling, racing basics and rules.

Take 420 High School Camp if:
  • You don’t have former racing orsailing experience and want to get involved in your high school team.
  • You want to develop your high school sailing skills in the summer season while the weather is nice.
  • You want to learn how to sail andhave fun!

2021 Class Pricing

Learn to Sail/Adventure Sailing
Racing Team
$1,500 full summer
$1,100 4 weeks
$1,700 full
$1,500 4 weeks
$500/2 week
full day
$400/2 week
half day
$550/2 week
full day
$450/2 week
half day
High School Sailing
GPYC Junior Sailing Open to Members and Buddy Members

Learn About the buddy program
2021 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 esimon@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