Michigan Sailing Clubs
Bark Shanty Sail Club (BSSC), located in Port Sanilac , MI, was founded in 1972 by a handful of dedicated sailors. The initial members were all locals of the Port Sanilac area, but today’s member base spans all of Central and Lower Michigan. Over the years, we have grown to provide a full range of sailing and boating activites including a full racing program, an active cruising group, social activities, as well as a group of avid fisherman.
A great harbor with easy access to Lake Huron within a reasonable drive from the Detroit and Flint area are key attractions of the club. Throughout the years, BSSC’s purpose has remained true to the founder’s intent: to foster friendship among sailors and promote participation and interest in the sport of sailing and boating. The relaxed, family-oriented nature of BSSC goes a long way in furthering these goals.
The Bay City Yacht Club (BCYC) is a member-managed, member-owned club located on 24 spacious acres at the mouth of the Saginaw River just minutes from Saginaw Bay. We have 264 slips ranging from 26 to 50 feet located in two basins. Our South Basin is deep-draft with nominal 9 foot depths and our North Basin is shallow draft with depths maintained to 6 feet. We offer members many amenities including a Clubhouse with a seasonal restaurant and full bar, a private launch ramp, shower/bath facilities, ample parking for guests, a gin-pole, pumpout facilities, wireless internet access and secure gated access to facilities. The Clubhouse is available to members for private events.
We are a club made up of power and sail boating enthusiast who love to enjoy the bounty of the Saginaw Bay. Our club prides itself on being family friendly and respectful towards each other. Whether you are new to boating or a seasoned veteran, BCYC has a lot to offer.
The Bayshore Yacht Club is located at Yacht Basin Marina – tucked on the Western edge of Big Bay overlooking Lake Macatawa. Our mission statement: “The purpose of the club shall be to promote sociability, yachting and boating between its members and to provide a haven for boaters and other fun people.”
Bayview Yacht Club is located just south of Lake St. Clair, occupying more than six acres with more than 575 feet fronting the Detroit River. The grounds have over 100 wells accepting boats ranging from more than 70 feet to one-designs of less than 20.
Charlevoix Yacht Club is over 35 Years old, financially sound, socially active and highly respected by other yachtsmen. As a volunteer organization, we maintain a Clubhouse facility which includes a social & program area, kitchen and bar. We run a successful Wednesday race series, and host the Red Fox Regatta which continues to draw nearly 100 boats from all over.
In addition, we organize many offshore events and fun social occasions. Many members are making their mark in other big races, and many, power and sail alike, are very active cruisers and find their way all over the Great Lakes. Our diversified membership of active boaters makes for fun social events and great stories around the fireplace during the winter on Friday nights. Charlevoix Yacht Club was formally established by a group of local yachtsmen with the publishing of a cruising schedule in 1970.
“Crescent”, as it is known in the world of sailing, is a club exclusively for sailors. The only power boats moored at the club are workboats used for running regattas. The club”s man-made harbor juts into the waters of Lake St. Clair at 276 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.
Races for Lasers, Snipes, Thistles, Lightnings, Flying Scots, Cal 20s and twin hulled Olympic Tornados are held twice a week. Lasers race into December. Other one-design classes active at Crescent include Cal 25s, Express 27s, S2 7.9s, International Etchells, J35s, Santana 35s and Tartan 10s.
The races are held at the club and include separate starts for Thistles, Lightnings, Snipes, Tornado and Nacra multihulls, Cal 20s, Flying Scots and Stars. Other one-design classes represented at Crescent include Cal 25s, Express 27s, Lasers, S2 7.9s, Tartan 10s, International Etchells, and Melges 24. These classes compete in many different regatta series including Crescent’s Monday Night Double-Handed Series and Grosse Pointe Farms Thursday night series. Crescent is also an active member and participant in DRYA regattas and races. Junior Program fleets include Optimist, Laser, Flying Junior, and 420.
The Historic Detroit Yacht Club, founded in 1868, is one of the oldest and most prestigious private Clubs in North America. Although Social Members exceed Boating Members in number, yachts, boats, and almost anything which floats are a vital part of many of the DYC’s activities. The DYC’s adult learn-to-sail program is one of the best of its kind anywhere. Our classes use the DYC’s fleet of Flying Scots, which are 19-foot sloop-rigged sailboats.