Our Club

The Club

Great Lakes Yacht Club has a well-earned and deserved reputation among racing and cruising yachts people as being a competent, interesting, and progressive organization with the best of facilities and location setting anywhere in Michigan.

Beautiful Harbor

Paradise on the Nautical Mile

Club Features and Amenities

GLYC provides some of the best amenities of any club in the area, and our beautiful park-like grounds provide a relaxing atmosphere so you will also enjoy your time on land!

–  Dining and boat services nearby

–  Easy access to I-696 and I-94

–  Air conditioned clubhouse with women’s and men’s locker rooms and showers

–  Free wireless Internet service throughout the grounds

–  Full-time club manager

–  2 Club Sonar Sailboats for member use

–  Heated swimming pool

–  Outdoor patio & firepit

–  Picnic tables, grills, and children’s playscape

–  Dog relief area

–  Weekend galley service in season

Harbor Features and Amenities

Our harbor is roughly 7 feet deep and accommodates a variety of large and small power and sailboats.  We have plenty of space on-site for winter storage.  In addition, the harbor offers:

–  Full time harbor master

–  118 finger wells up to 54′

–  Electricity and water at wells

–  Self-service pump-out station

–  30 ton TravelLift

–  840 lb gin pole for boats under 35′

–  1,400 lb gin pole for boats over 35′

–  Winter boat storage onsite includes haul out, bottom wash, and launch

–  Winter mast storage

–  Summer cradle storage

–  Dinghy storage

Easy to Find

Located on the Nautical Mile with easy access from I-696 and I-94.  Just off Jefferson Avenue between 9 Mile and 10 Mile Roads.

23900 Jefferson Avenue, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080

Phone: 586-778-9510

Email: greatlakesyachtclub@gmail.com

From modest beginnings...

From its modest beginnings, Great Lakes Yacht Club has become a regional leader in yachting and yacht racing. Since 1962, GLYC has hosted DRYA’s Early Bird Regatta each spring and, the GLYC Fall Series of five races each October.  In 2000, GLYC became an official sponsor of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Leukemia Cup Regatta,” joining sailing organizations throughout the United States each year to raise money for cancer research through local sailboat races.

Since its inception, GLYC has valued diversity in its membership. We were among the first clubs in the region to grant membership to women.  In 1983, Commodore, Eve Kommel was elected as our first female Commodore.  Originally founded by a Jewish membership, the club’s earliest Commodores include: Avern Cohn, senior federal judge in the Eastern District of Michigan and the late Irvin Yackness, former executive officer and general counsel of the Building Industry Association of Southeast Michigan.

Today, our membership has expanded to become a diverse community of power and sail boats.  We continue to enjoy our beautiful view of Lake St. Clair and comradery that membership to Great Lakes Yacht Club has afforded us.

Founded in 1952


The Great Lakes Yacht Club was formed in 1952.  At that time, the club was known as The Island Boat Club and was located on the Detroit River just east of Waterworks Park with three catboats and five boat wells.


By 1954, The Island Boat Club had recruited members, collected dues and borrowed enough money to lease the current site on the shores of Lake St. Clair.


The pool and docks were built in 1959.


In 1962, we were granted membership in the Detroit River Yachting Association, later re-named the Detroit Regional Yacht-Racing Association (DRYA).