September 9–10, 2017. The Grosse Pointe Yacht Club is 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, KO Sailing and Zim. Additionally the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Junior Olympic Sailing Festival is also supported by the Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation.
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JO PARENT CHAIRS
Bill and Laurie Vogel
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. It's Junior Sailing program has gained recognition on a local and national scale graduating sailors who have gone on to the Olympics and professional sailing careers. 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.
The GPYC Junior Sailing program is one of the few sailing programs that provides equipment to its sailors. This equipment made possible through the generous support of the Yachtsman's Committee and the Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation.
The Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation is an organization that benefits youth in the sailing community, in part, offering college scholarships to qualified high school sailors. Scholarships are made possible through the generous support of donars. For more information on becoming a donar visit: gpynef.org. For students interested in applying for scholarships see the scholarship page of gpynef.org for instructions and application. Students can qualify for a scholarship if they attended a junior sailing program at anytime. They do not have to be enrolled in a current high school program to be eligible.
In addition to its college scholarship donations, GPYNEF hosts two events that benefits its fundraising efforts. The Great Lakes Boating Festival and Summer Breeze Party takes place every spring at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and is a fun filled weekend with activities for the entire family.