JUNE 24 – 25, 2017




To A Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Event


The Grosse Pointe Yacht Club (GPYC) in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan is proud to host the 2017 Optimist Great Lakes Championship on June 23–25, 2017.

Friday, June 23 is dedicated to competitor check-in and on-the-water practice; racing occurs on throughout the day on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25. Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas on both days of racing.

Sailors between the ages of 9–14 will compete from all over the region in the world's largest sailing class, the Optimist dinghy.


For more information contact:

Bill Vogel



 To learn more about the USODA event visit:



Grosse Pointe Yacht Club

The Grosse Pointe Yacht Club is a premiere private marina and sailing club located on the shore of Lake St. Clair in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. It's Junior Sailing program has gained recognition on a local and national scale graduating sailors who have gone on to the Olympics and professional sailing careers. GPYC sailing staff are U.S. Sailing trained and dedicated to providing a fun, safe, and educational experience to its sailors. The program’s goal is to foster a life-long appreciation for both competitive and recreational sailing.


The GPYC Junior Sailing program is one of the few sailing programs that provides equipment to its sailors. This equipment made possible through the generous support of the Yachtsman's Committee and the Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation.


Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation


The Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation is an organization that benefits youth in the sailing community, in part, offering college scholarships to qualified high school sailors. Scholarships are made possible through the generous support of donors. For more information on becoming a donor visit: gpynef.org. For students interested in applying for scholarships see the scholarship page of gpynef.org for instructions and application. Students can qualify for a scholarship if they attended a junior sailing program at anytime. They do not have to be enrolled in a current high school program to be eligible.


In addition to its college scholarship donations, GPYNEF hosts two events that benefits its fundraising efforts. The Great Lakes Boating Festival and Summer Breeze Party takes place every spring at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and is a fun filled weekend with activities for the entire family.