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Finding a boat

Boat adoption via SailMichigan

Our passion for small boats occassional gets us into the position of rescuing a boat, refurbishing and reselling it.  Watch here for opportunities.

Boat adoption via Craigslist

Sailboat bought on Craigslist

Craigslist can provide the lowest barrier and cost to obtaining your first boat. There can be great deals, as well as scary offers, here.

Boats available through Ebay

1959 Interlake Sailboat in Michigan

Some bargans may be found here, however this is a national market. At any given time only a few boats will be relatively local to you.

Boats available to support a cause

Are you a sailing non-profit? Do you routinely have boats for sale to support your organization? Let us know so we can help.

Boats from our corporate sponsor

Are you a for-profit sailboat dealer and wish to support this site? Talk to us and you can be featured here!

Individual Boat Adoption

Are you an individual looking to sell your boat to another good home? Contact us about featuring your boat here!

Students sail on Flying Scots at Michigan State

Finding a club

For lake-specific sailing and learning opportunities

Most yacht/sailing clubs offer family friendly programming for sailing education and competitive sailing. For resources in your area, start with your local club.


Alpena Youth Sailing Club  - Alpena (Lake Huron)

Bay City Yacht Club - Bay City (Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron)

Bay Sail (Sailing Education) - Bay City (Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron)

Tawas Bay Yacht Club  - East Tawas  (Tawas Bay, Lake Huron)

Albatross Yacht Club - Harrison Twp. (Anchor Bay, Lake Saint Clair)

Bark Shanty Sail Club -  Port Sanilac  (Lake Huron)

Barton Boat Club  - Ann Arbor (Barton Pond, Huron River) 

Bayview Yacht Club - Detroit (Detroit River, Lake Saint Clair)

Clark Lake Yacht Club - Clark Lake (Jackson County)

Creekfleet Sail Club - Shelby Twp. (Stony Creek Lake / Stony Creek Metropark)

Crescent Sail Yacht Club Grosse Pointe Farms (313) 885-7575

Detroit Boat Club Detroit (313) 881-2174

Detroit Model Yacht Club Detroit (248) 563-4323

Detroit Yacht Club Detroit (313) 824-1200

Devils Lake Yacht Club Manitou Beach (517) 547-7352

Grayhaven Sail Club of Detroit Detroit (313)-345-8459

Ford Yacht Club Grosse Ile (734) 676-8422

Great Lakes Yacht Club Saint Clair Shores (586) 778-9510

Grosse Ile Yacht Club Groose Ile (734) 676-0211

Grosse Pointe Sail Club Grosse Pointe Farms (313) 885-0400

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Grosse Pointe (313) 884-2500

Huron Pointe Yacht Club Harrison Twp.(586) 468-3835 

Jefferson Yacht Club St. Clair Shores (586) 773-0404 

Lake Fenton Sailing Club Fenton (810) 629-9117 

Lake Shore Sail Club St. Clair Shores

Lansing Boat Club Lansing (517) 482-7022

Lansing Sailing Club Haslett (517) 339-9030

Mac Ray Yacht Club Mt. Clemans

Michigan Sailing Club Dexter

Monroe Boat Club Monroe (734) 243-8935

North Cape Yacht Club La Salle (734) 242-5081

North Star Sail Club Harrison Twp.(586) 463-2192

Pontiac Yacht Club Pontiac (248) 682-8020

Portage Yacht Club Pinckney (734) 426-4155 

Port Huron Yacht Club Port Huron(810) 985-9424SE

Saginaw Bay Yacht Club Essexville (989) 892-5905

Saginaw Bay Community Sailing Bay City (989) 922-7245

Swan Boat Club Newport (734) 586-2002

West Shore Sail Club Trenton

Wolf Lake Yacht Club Jackson (517) 522-4211

Wyandotte Yacht Club Ecorse 

Boyne City Yacht Club Boyne City

Burt Lake Yacht Club Brutus

Charlevoix Yacht Club Charlevoix (231) 547-9170

Crystal Lake Yacht Club Frankfort (231) 352-4691

Glen Lake Yacht Club Glen Arbor (231) 334-4013

Grand Traverse Yacht Club Traverse City (231) 946-9779

Leland Yacht Club Leland (231) 256-2681

Little Traverse Yacht Club Harbor Springs (231) 526-7919

Ludington Yacht Club Ludington (231) 843-9904

Pentwater Yacht Club Pentwater (231) 869-8921

Torch Lake Yacht Club Bellaire (231) 377-7829

Traverse Area Community Sailing Traverse City (231) 922-5922

Walloon Lake Yacht Club Walloon Lake

Bayshore Yacht Club Holland (616) 399-9844

Crystal Sailing Club Crystal (989) 235-4065

Diamond Lake Yacht Club Cassopolis (269) 445-3201

Eagle Lake Sailing Club Edwardsburg (269) 699-5820

Grand Rapids Yacht Club Grand Rapids (616) 949-8466

Grand River Sailing Club Grand Haven

Gull Lake Yacht Club Richland (616) 629-9714

Harbour Towne Yacht Club Muskegon (231) 755-4892

Indian Lake Yacht Club Dowagiac

Lake Michigan Yacht Club New Buffalo (269) 469-8100

Macatawa Bay Yacht Club Macatawa (616) 335-5815

Muskegon Yacht Club Muskegon (231) 755-1414

New Buffalo Yacht Club New Buffalo (616) 469-0808

Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club Coloma (616) 468-6300S

River's Edge Yacht Club Grand Haven (616) 846-0408

Saint Joseph River Yacht Club Saint Joseph (269) 983-6393

Saugatuck Yacht Club Saugatuck (269) 857-8665

Singapore Yacht Club Saugatuck (616) 857-2442

South Haven Yacht Club South Haven (616) 637-2305

Spring Lake Yacht Club Spring Lake (616) 847-8322

Tower Harbour Yacht Club Saugatuck-Douglas

White Lake Yacht Club Whitehall (231) 894-4516

Escanaba Yacht Club Escanaba

Marquette Yacht Club Marquette

M & M Yacht Club Menominee (906) 863-7140

Mackinac Island Yacht Club Mackinac Island (906) 847-3363

Onigaming Yacht Club Houghton

Learn More

There are over 80 yacht and sailing clubs in Michigan. One or more are bound to be near you. Many of these offer sailing classes and look for volunteers to crew on boats for weekly races. Of special note are:


Saginaw Bay Community Sailing

Traverse Area Community Sailing

Michigan State Univ. Sailing Center

University of Michigan Sailing Club

Michigan Ice Sailing

General Information

As the weather cools down, ice sailing/yachting heats up. Although highly weather dependent, most organized ice boating occurs on the Western side of the state on Gull Lake, Elk Lake, Muskegon Lake and Grand Traverse Bay. Other regional action can be found on Cass Lake (Oakland Co.), Wampler's Lake (Jackson Co.) or Lake Saint Clair (Macomb Co.).

 

Because Michigan winters are sufficiently cold to allow for a thorough freezing of inland lakes, ice boating is popular in the state during the winter months. In fact, one of the more popular iceboat classes is the DN class, designed and named in response to a contest sponsored by the Detroit News in 1937. This boat is essentially a small ice rocket (12 feet long, only 21 inches wide) with a maximum speed of 60 m.p.h. Michigan is home to the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association, which boasts about 2000 members.


There are some peculiarities to ice boating (ice yachting) which are not seen with “soft water” sailing. First, most iceboats carry a single individual (so the need for crew is removed), however two or more person boats do exist. Second, because of the speeds involved (iceboats in general can travel 5-10x wind speed), ice sailors wear protective gear, including helmets. Third, iceboats do not require standard ramps for launching. And lastly, an intimate knowledge of ice conditions and lake topography is essential for a safer experience (although iceboating cannot be made 100% "safe"). The iceboating season can’t start until snow-free hard ice is established on the lakes, usually after Christmas. Ice-sailing events in general are very condition dependent and may arise or be canceled with short notice for safety reasons. Those interested in iceboating should contact the organizations below for expert advice on sailing conditions, tactics and safety.

Associations


About Us

What Happened?

Since 2009, SailMichigan.org has endeavored to make entry and enjoyment of sailing easier. If you have visited us before, you will note the change.  As much as we hated to do it, we could not financially support the changes necessary in the old site and had to retire it. We are now recontemplating our naval to see what is possible.

The future?

This is unknown. Will the full functionality of SailMichigan return? Perhaps, but not in the immediate future.

Our Mission

This has not changed. Our mission has always been to lower the barriers to sailing, especially small boat sailing.

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Send us your questions about this site or sailing resources in Michigan

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Finding an Event

If you want to promote your sailing event or regatta, contact us.

July 20, 2019

Bayview (Bell's Beer) Port Huron to Mackinac Race

All day

Port Huron, MI

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July 20, 2019

Bayview (Bell's Beer) Port Huron to Mackinac Race

Annual distance race from Port Huron, MI to Mackinac Island, MI. Generally 200 boats 26' + compete over two courses.

All day

Port Huron, MI