September 16–18, 2016

at theGrosse Pointe Yacht Club

Olympic-style competition with elements of fun and learning for all levels from beginning racers to those with Olympic aspiration


We are proud to host this event, as part of a nationwide series of sailing regattas for youth ages 8 to 21. Each event in this family of regattas is hosted by a different club or organization, but all events share a common goal: to encourage young sailors to enjoy sailing and to develop their skill. Events mix Olympic-style competition with elements of learning and fun for all levels — from beginning racers to those with Olympic aspirations. Events are planned for waters in the continental United States and Hawaii and over 4,000 sailors are expected to compete. Junior Olympic Sailing is coordinated by US Sailing and sponsored nationally by New England Ropes, Gill and Sperry Top-Sider. Additionally the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Junior Olympic Sailing Festival is also supported by the Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation and Mike's Marine Supply.

Fun Free Friday (FFF) Events — Why come to the Optional FFF Events? You will get registering out of the way early, some extra practice, a premo spot for your boat storage, an "All You Can Eat Taco Bar" dinner, and a mind blowing presentation by one of the greatest sailors of all time! (GPYC's very own Wally Cross, of course). If you plan on attending FFF events, please RSVP with how many guests to Kelley Vreeken @ kvreeken@mac.coma.

Green Fleet Clinegatta

Amy Gross-Kehoe runs a fun and informative Clinegatta — Clinic and Regatta rolled into a 3-day event where Green Fleeters will get customized coaching designed to raise them to the next level of sailing competency, while having fun with their peers! Opti instructors, coaches and parents are welcome to listen and learn! Each day, after chalk talks, rigging, launching, practice drills and lunch, they will compete in races that will test their new skills and be scored for their information. After each session, a debrief will answer questions and highlight achievements! All Green Fleeters will receive awards for participation in the Junior Olympics.

Parent Info Session — On Saturday evening, Amy will lead a Q&A session for Opti Families. The demonstration will focus on equipment maintenance, rigging, safety and competition. She'll share her years of experience with the Opti and help parents understand what's important, including where to spend and where to save your money.

BIO: Amy's known nationwide for her innovative, effective teaching and coaching methods. She has been coaching youth and collegiate sailors, specifically Opti Green Fleet for over 20 years. Her coaching resume includes years coaching youth, high school and college sailing around the USA, including Florida, Newport, Long Island Sound's Cow Harbor Sailing Team (predecessor to LISOT and LIMA), Stanford University in California and Gunston School in Annapolis. Her energy and enthusiasm were instrumental in building the Opti class in New England and on the west coast. Amy's sailors love sailing, and keep sailing for life. She boasts having coached numerous Olympians, including medalists, College All Americans and Sailors of the Year and Volvo Ocean Racers. On her own sailing resume are two Olympic Campaigns, ISAF Women's Match Race and Keelboat Worlds, College Nationals, and numerous trips around the world to coach USODA teams at International Optimist Dinghy Championships, Laser Radial Worlds and International 420 events. She's an Instructor Trainer for US Sailing, does management for sailing events and college guidance from her current home in Wilmette, Illinois. She and husband Jay Kehoe have a 12 year old daughter who swims and plays volleyball.

Amy Gross-Kehoe
3011 Washington Ave.,
Wilmette, IL 60091
42*4'32" N 87*45'0" W

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See Schedule below for details.

Coming from out-of-town?

Visit the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce for lodging.

US Sailing

Junior Olympic events provide an opportunity to compete in large, regional fleets with Olympic-style racing. Sailors who excel at JO events typically progress to the national arena. US Sailing organizes the U.S. Youth Sailing Championship and U.S. Junior Championships in single-, double-, and triple-handed classes in co-ed and women’s competition. U.S. Olympians of the future typically emerge fromt he ranks racing at the national youth championships.

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Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation (GPYNEF) is sponsoring this year’s 2016 US Sailing Junior Olympic Sailing Festival. Their mission is to promote national and international amateur sailing, maritime education and competition, and water safety. The Foundation supports these activities through outreach programs, training activities, provision of sailing equipment and encouragment of participation in local, national and international nautical activities.

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GPYC Sailing

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. The Club looks forward to hosting this year’s Festival in conjunction with its Junior Sailing program. 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.

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Join other midwest junior sailors in this Olympic-style event. There will be clinics and lots of opportunities to gain valuable skills. All Sailors will receive a T-Shirt and water bottle for participating in the Festival. Hope to see you in September.

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Event Time Place
FRIDAY September 16, 2016
Registration 3pm until 6 pmFo’c’sle
Practice Starting 4 pm until 6:30 pmInner Harbor at Hoist
Dinner at GPYC 6:30 pmEast Lawn or Main Ballroom
Following Dinner, Guest Speaker Wally Cross will talk about the ins and outs of sailing on Lake St. Clair, Good Sportsmanship and the Sleek New Boats on the Competitive Sailing Circuit Today (Location to be Announced)
SATURDAY September 17, 2016
Registration 7:30 am until 9 amFo’c’sle
Breakfast at GPYC 8 am until 9 amFo’c’s’le
Skipper's Meeting 9 amFo’c’s’le
Harbor Start9:30 am Inner Harbor at Hoist
First Warning10:00 amOn the water
Lunch on the Water
Amy Kehoe — All Sailor Event4:00Pool Deck
SUNDAY September 18, 2016
Breakfast at GPYC 8 am until 9 amFo’c’s’le
Skipper's Meeting 9 amFo’c’s’le
Harbor Start9:30 am Inner Harbor at Hoist
First Warning10:00 amOn the water
Lunch on the Water
No Start After2:00pm
Hot Dogs & Ice Cream — Awards
with Travel Snack
3:00 pmMain Ballroom


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