Marine News from the Great Lakes

Detroit Community Sailing Center at the Belle Isle Boat House

Published: Thursday, March 12, 2020

Challenge the Wind Youth Sailing Program board of directors are pleased to make the following announcement:

Effective immediately the Challenge the Wind Youth Sailing Program is expanding to create the Detroit Community Sailing Center (DCSC). The center will be open to the public. It will expand sailing opportunities for Detroit area youth and adults who otherwise may not get the opportunity. The center will be located at the historic Belle Isle Boat House on Detroit’s picturesque Belle Isle.

Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy Detroit’s waterways and learn to sail without the cost and time commitment of boat ownership. Instructors, with years of experience, will teach using our fleet of Optimist, Club 420s, Flying Scot and Interlake training sailboats. Once a new sailor reaches a certain level of skill, they can take out boats for leisure sailing or to participate in locally organized racing regattas. Over time we will be introducing additional types of boats to expand the scope of the center’s programs.

In addition to reaching a larger community, this expansion will help sustain the viability of our existing youth program. None of this would be possible were it not for the long-term partnership, support and encouragement of the following organizations (in alphabetical order):

  • Detroit Boat Club
  • Detroit Boat Club Crew
  • Friends of Detroit Rowing
  • Grayhaven Sail Club Detroit
  • Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation

With our partners we look forward to growing future boat owners, boat club members and users of our vast marine services industry.

To learn more about us, register for a learn to sail program, donate or volunteer, visit Email us at [email protected] or phone (313) 473 7793


tags: Boat Club, Education, Kids & Pets, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, Sailing

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