A Note from the Commodore (COVID-19 Update)
Hello GRYC Members,

Well, that was a fast change in plans!  An hour before the GRYC board meeting of the month tonight [6/1/2020], we heard the stay at home order was lifted. Most important in that announcement is outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people may occur.  That means people can use OUTDOORS at the club. However, people may meet in groups of no more than 10 with up to 100 people on the grounds outdoors. THE CLUBHOUSE WILL REMAIN CLOSED FOR A WHILE.   The bathrooms will be open through the door to the club nearest the parking lot. Members will need to bring in their own food, coolers and cooking utensils. Charcoal will be provided and ice will soon be available.

Ten people in a group means that you may have up to 10 people in your group. Your group needs to socially distance from another group at the club. Tables have been spread out to help accommodate social distancing. This does temporarily limit the number of guests one family can bring to the club. Let’s say I have a family of four people. I may bring another family of four and another couple to come on any given day. Please remember to be considerate of each other. Obviously, time is going to have to be shared a bit.  We can’t all fit there for an entire day every day. Large parties are not available right now.

It is important that each member understand that the coronavirus is still very much in existence. We must have social distance even while outside. You must understand that you use the yacht club at your own risk.   The blue chairs will be available but they WILL NOT be sanitized. You may want to bring your own chairs. The playground equipment is available but it is not cleaned.  If you allow your children to play on the slide area, you do so at your own risk. It is recommended that if you want things cleaner than you think they might be to bring your own sanitizer. It’s also recommended that you bring your own sand toys.

A racing schedule will be sent out soon. Basically it is the same as last year with a staggered start time for fleets to prevent too many people launching from the docks at any given time. We will begin racing as soon as we have the lake permit.  In the meantime, continue to enjoy the less official boating you are now doing.

On a final note tonight, George McCarger needs to talk to each person who has a paddleboard or kayak or canoe at the club. Please contact him.  He needs to account for all the boats currently in the rack.  Some have been pulled out because they are thought to be in the wrong place.  If you want to be able to keep them there, please contact George soon.

Let’s have some fun this summer!
LeAnne Daglow

We are home to six classes of sailing fleets for competitive racing of all ages. Throughout the summer, we offer members and their guests racing for all fleets on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (and some weekday evenings) and encourage you to join in the racing or watch from our clubhouse.


Grand Rapids Yacht Club encourages camaraderie through sailing and social events. We are multi-generational family-friendly club with a relaxed atmosphere.


The GRYC clubhouse and grounds are available to the public and members for event rentals after Labor Day until the Thursday prior to Memorial Day. Find out more about holding your event at our club. 


Check out our apparel and gear store for custom GRYC merchandise. All proceeds go towards our Grand Rapids Yacht Club Junior Sailing Association.

Sailing Fleets at Grand Rapids Yacht Club

Click the fleet logo for more information.