Traverse City's Home of Sailing 

Since 1960

The purpose and mission of the GTYC is the promotion, protection, and encouragement of boating for pleasure and sport, and to encourage the development and cultivation of good fellowship among its members.

The Grand Traverse Yacht Club was formed in 1960 as a small boat sailing club. Today, the club has grown into a year-around community based in the shared enjoyment of the water and good company. Racing remains an important focus of club activities with PHRF and one-design competition on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights and weekends. The Cruising fleet is composed of sail and power boats that explore the Great Lakes and beyond each summer. Youth sailing is promoted through a partnership with Traverse Area Community Sailing and local High School sailing teams. The GTYC clubhouse is open to members all year for social activities and rentals; check the calendar for details.

Current Club Update from

Commodore Rob Lovell, 5.22.20

At 1400 hours on Friday May 29, the Commodore shall fire the signal cannon and Past Commodore Owen shall hoist the Q flag to Request Free Pratique, marking the end of Executive Order 2020-69. 

Prior to that, the use and maintenance of the outdoor recreational facilities at the Club shall continue as permitted by pervious executive orders. For the safety and sanitary needs of the sailors, the restrooms of the Clubhouse are cleaned on a regular basis, and available for active member use when the Club is open.  Facial coverings are currently mandated indoors when 6-foot separation is anticipated to not be desirable.

Executive Orders 2020 – 91 and 92 allow us to resume restaurant and bar activities under restricted procedures and protocols. We will be defining,  learning and refining our practices as we go regarding what works for our Club and what doesn’t. Our goal  remains to protect everyone’s health, minimize our environmental impact, and maximize the member’s enjoyment of the Bay. 

The Bar will be open tonight, bring your membership card and mask for service. The kitchen will be closed for professional food service this weekend. The ice machine may only be accessed by staff for you when the Club is open for bar service. The Club and grounds still need attention by our members and all healthy and willing members remain encouraged to join us this holiday weekend.  

Each member is responsible for assessing their health and previous interactions in making their decision to come down to the Club to sail or socialize. Ask yourself the questions you see on the signs to many stores. Don’t be surprised if we ask you them of you as well. Are you sick, is anyone at home sick, has it been 48 hours since you felt sick? The best way to not give away the crud at the Club, is to not bring it when you know you have it or might have been exposed to it in the last 48 hours. The best way to not get the crud starts with listening to our mothers: wash your hands. If you’re not sure, and want to come to the Club, please wear a good mask and stay downwind. 

Each Skipper is responsible for the crew they invite, what PPE they must wear and making the final decision to sail or stay home. Each crewmember is responsible for assessing their PPE needs and wearing anything else they feel appropriate. From Life jacket to foulies and gloves, each sailor is responsible for owning, maintaining and properly deploying their PPE; that includes the neck gaiters we’re supposed to wear to protect us from skin cancer, that also work to minimize the dispersal and collection of infected aerosols.  

In the Pratique edition of Waterlines, more detailed compliance requirements will be shared with the members defining out Covid Response plan if someone sneezes.  Until then God Bless you.

I so look forward to seeing you again at your Club,

Commodore Lovell


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