Grand Rapids Junior Sailing Association

Sailing School, at the Grand Rapids Yacht Club, offers classes for sailors young and old, beginners through advanced. Students at all levels will experience the thrill of sailing through a variety of games, activities, and informal competitions, on and off the water, designed to develop boat handling and safety skills. Boats sailed: Opti, Butterfly, and Club 420. Class size is limited. Go to the Sailing School page to learn more about the class offering.

Register Here

The above link will take you to the CLUBSPOT login page (link available starting April 10 at 9:00AM.) If you haven’t already, please create a Clubspot account for faster registration. Please note, you will need to complete registration for your first child/participant before adding classes for another child. You will receive a confirmation email and a second email with important documents to be reviewed and signed electronically.

Reminder: All sailors are required to bring their own life jacket to class each day. Wearing a swimsuit and waterproof shoes are also recommended. There is a mandatory swim test, wearing life jackets, before each session.


Session 1: June 12-15 Session 2: June 19-22, Session 3: June 26-29, Session 4: July 5-6, Session 5: July 10-13, Session 6: July 17-20, Session 7: July 24-27, No classes 1st week of August, Session 8: August 7-10

Sailing Explorers (Ages 6-9, Beginner Class): Tues & Thurs 1:00-2:30PM OR Tues & Thurs 2:35-4:05PM $85

Opti 1 (Ages 7-9): Mon-Thurs 9:00AM-12:00PM $210 OR Tues & Thurs 1:00-4:00PM $105

Opti 2 (Age 9+): Mon-Thurs 9:15AM-12:15PM $210

Butterfly 1 (Age 9+): Mon-Thurs 9:00AM-12:00PM $210

Adult Learn to Sail (18+): Mondays 6/20-8/8 6:00-9:00PM $265 OR Wednesdays 6:00-9:00


If your son or daughter has not been on Race Team, but is interested in learning more or joining, please send us an email.

Practices start the week of June 12 and end July 28, the team meets every Monday and Wednesday, 1:00PM-4:00PM, at GRYC.

Friday Regatta Schedule:

June 23 @ SLYC

July 7 @ MBYC

July 14 – No Tears Regatta (Green Fleet Only) @ GRYC

July 21 @ WLYC

July 28 @ MYC