Fall 2015 Season Highlights


Congratulations to our High School and GRIS sailors from East Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Christian, and South Christian for some great accomplishments in the Fall of 2015.  Some highlights of our Fall 2015 season:

  • East Grand Rapids qualifying for the 420 Great Lakes Team Championships.
  • Grand Rapids Christian finishing in 5th and East Grand Rapids finishing in 2nd place out of 14 teams at the Coast Guard Classic in Spring Lake, Michigan.
  • At the Michigan State High School Sailing Championships held October 24th and 25th, East Grand Rapids finished in 2nd overall for Team 420 competition (Connor Goulet, Murphy Wynsma, Justin Lovell, Regan Pitts, Graham Post, Sarah Reid) – Division A First Place Connor Goulet & Murphy Wynsma – Division B Second Place Justin Lovell, Regan Pitts, and Graham Post.
  • At the Michigan State High School Sailing Individual Laser Championships – Justin Lovell took 1st place in Radial.  Graham Post took 1st place in Standard.
  • Grand Rapids Christian A rotation finishing in 1st place and the team 5th overall in the Detroit Country Day Halloween Regatta.
  • At the Midwest Laser Championships in Minnesota, East Grand Rapids sailor Graham Post finished 2nd overall qualifying him for the Cressy Laser Nationals.  Graham will be representing East Grand Rapids High School at the National Championships held at Old Dominion University in Virginia October 30th – November 1st.  http://www.hssailing.org/event/home/cressy 

For more information on Interscholastic Sailing – see our Interscholastic sailing landing page or contact Jason Lovell at grissailing@gmail.com

Meet Our New Program Director, Beth Reid

grycWe are excited to be working with Beth Reid, our new Program Director, this upcoming sailing season.  Below is an interview we conducted with Ms. Reid.

1)  Tell us about your new position as Program Director.  What are you most excited about?
After being a member of the Grand Rapids Yacht Club for 20 years I am thrilled to be GRJSA’s new Program Director. I look forward to a summer filled with sailing where GRJSA’s students of all ages will have the opportunity to experience the lifetime sport of sailing.  I hope to increase participation in sailing, in the Grand Rapids area, while promoting respect and safety on the water and have a ton of fun doing so.  Sailing is a wholesome sport that kids and adults can enjoy right away and the lessons of sailing last a lifetime..  Summer can’t get here fast enough!
2)  Is there a history of sailing in your family? Continue reading

Winter Boat/Trailer Storage Provided by GRJSA

Grand Rapids Junior Sailing Association has a storage facility that can be used this winter for boat/trailer storage in Grandville, MI for $200 for the entire winter.
Place is under a large industrial building where it is very safe, secure and where it should never freeze (however we still recommend winterization for all boats/trailers)
Trailer/Boat can be dropped off at one of 5 drop off days/times and will be picked up on Saturday May 2nd, 2015. Drop off will and pick up will only be on the below dates and times. For any other time requested, Lessee will pay an additional $50 dollar fee. Storage is on a first come first serve basis and will be available until space is full.
Drop off days
September 13th 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Saturday September 27th 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Monday October 6th 6-7:00 PM
Monday October 20th 6-7:00PM
Saturday November 8th 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Pick up day
Saturday May 2nd, 2015 10:00 AM – noon. NO PICK UP PRIOR TO THIS DATE. Boats not picked up on Saturday May 2nd will be left un-secured outside on the property. Boats not picked up by May 7th will be considered “Abandoned” and will be disposed of as Lessor sees fit. Please put this date in your calendar so you can plan around this.
Paddle Board / Kayak Storage – $50
Kayak’s, paddle board and other items that can be stored on the ground, may be stored for $50.00. Lesee should provide their own boards or items to set the boat on since it is a cement floor.
For more information, email one of the two people below: Forms will be available upon drop off as well.
Casey McGovern – kcmcgovern@live.com
Jason Lovell – lovell.jason@yahoo.com
The Lease form is available hereGRJSA Storage Agreement
Checks can be made Payable to GRJSA. Payment must be made in FULL in advance of placing boats in storage. Payments can be made in cash or check. Insufficient Fund checks will be subjected to an additional $25 dollar fee

Garage Sale Fundraiser

Summer 2014 Garage Sale

After a very successful Garage sale in 2013, GRJSA is having this event again this summer.  For our garage sale, we are looking for used boat parts or any nautical items to be donated items and sold at our sale that will be used to raise funds for GRJSA.

Items to donate or consign would include (in good salable condition): Boats, life jackets & PFD’s, sails, boat equipment, lines, ropes, antique boat items, sailing clothing, foul weather gear, sailing shoes, boat parts, water skis, trailers.

Friday June 20th  and Saturday June 21st

GRYC – Garage
740 Lakeside Dr SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Please ask friends and neighbors if they have any items that they would like to donate to the sale. The GRJSA is raising funds to purchase boats and equipment for our sailing program. We are a non-profit organization!