Membership Information

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The Grand Traverse Yacht Club welcomes applications from prospective new members who will actively participate in our community. 

Listed below is a summary of the mission, history, rights, and responsibilities of membership plus other useful information.

Mission & Tradition:

The 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 GTYC has a long history of excellence in boating. The club was formed in 1960 from equal parts of small boat sailors, larger boat "cruising class" racers, and powerboaters. That mix has been sustained to produce an organization that welcomes and promotes all types of boating and water-oriented activities.

Member Participation:

The GTYC is a club non-profit organization (501 C7) led by member volunteers. This means that members are called to participate in club activities and volunteer their time to improve the organization as a whole. We welcome contributions from our members of a broad range of skills and expertise.

Who We Are...

The membership of the Grand Traverse Yacht Club consists of 150 equity-holding Active Equity Members, approximately 180 Associate members including Honorary and Junior members, and a small group of Life members. New applicants are considered for election to the club at the Associate level.

Member and Guest Conduct: 
The GTYC subscribes to the Corinthian standard of conduct on and off the water. Sportsmanship, courtesy, and respect for others is expected of all members and their guests. Club members work together in a collaborative manner; we do not tolerate any form of harassment, bullying, threatening behavior, or obscenity. The GTYC is opposed to discrimination in any form. The well-being and safety of each member or guest involved in the sport of boating is a fundamental objective of the club. Members may not use their membership in the GTYC for solicitation or personal benefit. 

Liquor Control:
The GTYC expects members and guests to use good judgment and adhere to state law regarding alcohol use. The Club is permitted to serve liquor only as long as it complies with the conditions of its private club license. The most important of these requirements are:

Only members are allowed to purchase alcoholic beverages from the club except when a public permit is approved by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.

Liquor purchased from the club bar must be consumed within the clubhouse and/or the fenced-in area.
Off-site alcohol purchases may not be consumed on club premises.

Failure to comply with any of these requirements could result in loss of the private club liquor license and other penalties.

We are a family-oriented club. Parents are expected to supervise their children at all times. Water-oriented activities are available to youth of all ages. There is an indoor play area for very young children; please tidy up after them following its use.

E-mail, the GTYC website, the Waterlines Newsletter, the Docklines weekly e-mail update, and texts are the preferred methods for keeping up with club events and activities. All family members should subscribe to the Club News.. The club also maintains accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, & Pinterest. Flyers and the club bulletin board supplement the club's communication tools.

Calendar and Special Events:
The GTYC conducts a wide range of programs for Racers and Cruisers. The GTYC has an active social calendar that includes regattas, guest speakers, and other special events throughout the year. Make sure you and your spouse subscribe to the Waterlines newsletter.

Parking is very limited -- as a result, unauthorized vehicles, boats or trailers may be removed from club property at the owners' expense. Here are some basic ground rules regarding parking at the GTYC:

Additional parking is available on Wednesday & Friday evenings after 5:00 pm at the Viridian Building property adjoining the club to the north.

Please maximize club parking on club property. Park all vehicles, boats, and trailers within the marked spaces

Please do not park on the properties of Salon Coifurre (directly across M-22 from the club), the vacant lot across M-22 south of Carter Rd,  or on the M-22 right of way. These are tow-away and ticketing zones.

Additional parking after normal working hours is available across M-22 behind the Westport building; however, continued use of this area is dependent on the excellent relationship we have with our neighbors.

Drive carefully on the grounds, especially after dark. M-22 is a high-traffic area, and parking on the right of way is dangerous and discouraged. Show extreme caution when exiting the club.