GPYC Sailing

Sailing has been a cherished tradition at the GPYC since its establishment. Situated on the beautiful Lake St. Clair, our Club naturally embodies the essence of world-class sailing. Whether you're a novice or seasoned sailor, the GPYC is your ultimate destination.
Enroll in private or group lessons to refine your skills. Join us and embark on an unforgettable sailing adventure!

Junior Sailing

Our Junior Sailing program has earned recognition both locally and nationally. We're proud to have nurtured sailors who have ascended to the Olympics and pursued successful professional sailing careers. Operating every summer, our Junior Sailing program offers a range of activities including Kinder Sailing, sailing lessons, adventure sailing, and the GPYC Racing Team, which actively competes in regattas.

Member Registration is open as of Monday, February 12 at 8:00 a.m.

Sponsored Non-Member Registration is open as of Monday, February 19 at 8:00 a.m.

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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 J22s to get our smallest sailors comfortable on the water. This session will cover basic sailing concepts and water safety.

Kindersail is a half day program from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Session 1: July 15 - 19
Session 2: August 12 - 16

2024 Pricing - Register by April 30

Sessions Members Non-Members
Kinder Sailing $225 $275

2024 Pricing - Register by May 1 or Later

Sessions Members Non-Members
Kinder Sailing $225 $325

Level 1 and 2 (Ages 7–11)
AM/PM and Full Day Options

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 if:
  • You like watersports and want to try sailing
  • You like having fun!
Session 1: June 17 - 28
Session 2: July 1 - 12 (no sailing July 4)
Session 3: July 22 - August 2

2024 Pricing - Register by April 30

Sessions Member Non Member
LTS Full Day $675 $750
LTS Half Day $570 $625

2024 Pricing - Register by May 1 or Later

Sessions Member Non Member
LTS Full Day $675 $800
LTS Half Day $620 $675

Ages 12 - 18 
AM/PM and Full Day Options

Adventure sailing is for the beginner to advanced teenage sailor who wants to
explore the water and improve their sailing 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.

Session 1: June 17 - 28
Session 2: July 1 - 12 (no sailing July 4)
Session 3: July 22 - August 2

2024 Pricing - Register by April 30

Session Member Non Member
Adventure Full Day $675 $750
Adventure Half Day $570 $625

2024 Pricing - Register by May 1 or Later

Session Member Non Member
Adventure Full Day $675 $800
Adventure Half Day $570 $675

Ages 8+
Full Day Only

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. Sailors have the opportunity to compete in the Club's Optis, Lasers, and 420s.  

Full Session: June 17 - August 9
Awards: August 14, 2024

2024 Pricing - Register by April 30

Session Member  Non Member 
Race 7 Weeks  $2,050 $2,250

2024 Pricing - Register by May 1 or Later

Session Member  Non Member 
Race 7 Weeks  $2,050 $2,300
April 5-7: MCSA Fleet & Team District Qualifier (Collegiate)
April 12-14: MISSA Baker/Mallory Pre-Qualifier (High School)
April 27-28: MISSA Mallory District Qualifier (High School)
July 10-11: DRYA Junior Regatta at GPYC