Race Team

GRJSA Race Team Information Summer 2022

For those independent sailors who are ready to take the next step in racing (having successfully completed Opti 2 or Butterfly 2), we would love for you to join our race team.  There will be two different levels of Race Team, an Intro to Race Team and Race Team.  Intro to Race Team does not require you be a member of GRYC or own a boat, but spots are limited without one. The goal of the Intro to Race team is for your child to attend the No Tears Regatta at Saugatuck Yacht Club and by the end of the summer, our hope is for your sailor to get a formal invitation to join the Race Team. Membership on Race Team is by invitation only, but you are encouraged to inquire if your child feels they are ready to race and you own boat for them to race.

Race Team sign-up will be held late spring, but please reach out to grjuniorsail@gmail.com to let us know if your child is interested in either Race Team or Intro to Race Team.

*Chartering of boats and trailers may be available through GRJSA upon request

Race Team Prerequisites:

  • Show proficiency as a skipper through 2021 Instruction on either Butterfly or Opti.
  • Be capable of navigating a race course independently as a skipper from starting sequence to finish line and have participated in GRYC sponsored fleet races (or at another club) for at least one year. (Crew may be aboard)
  • Have parents who are available for regatta duties (boat pack up, chaperons, driving, food)
  • Own your own boat
  • Be a member of the GRYC

Weekly Practice:

Practices Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00-4:00 PM starting June 20, 2022.

GRJSA Summer 2022 Regatta Schedule

5/28-5/30 Memorial Day Regatta @ Grand Rapids Yacht Club

6/24 – Friday Regatta @ Macatawa Bay Yacht Club

7/2-7/4 – 4th of July Regatta @ Grand Rapids Yacht Club

7/8 – Friday Regatta @ Spring Lake Yacht Club 

7/12-7/14 – Butterfly Nationals @ Spring Lake Yacht Club

7/15 – Opti No Tears Regatta @ Grand Rapids Yacht Club

7/22 – Friday Regatta @ Muskegon Lake Yacht Club

7/29 – Friday Regatta @ White Lake Yacht Club

8/3-8/6 – Westerns @ Crystal Lake Yacht Club

9/3-9/5 – Labor Day Regatta @ Grand Rapids Yacht Club

The 2022 Schedule, Notice of Race (NOR) and Sailing Instructions are posted at westmichiganyouthsailing.org

Thank you!


Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

  • The Kimball Family
  • The Carton Family
  • Peter Bisbee
  • Larry & Jean Pinckney