A Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Foundation
Youth Nautical Education Foundation

Sponsoring events

The Youth Nautical Education Foundation (YNEF) continues to sponsor major regional or national events in partnership with Yacht Clubs in Metro Detroit providing an outstanding opportunity for local area sailors to compete locally on a regional or national level. 

YNEF has sponsored the following events drawing national and international youth sailing competitors into the Detroit area:

USODA Optimist National Championships
US Sailing National Youth Champs
USODA Opti North American Championships 
Great Lakes J70 Championships 
Junior Olympic Regional Sailing Festival
Lightning National Champs (PYC)
USODA Optimist National Championships
420 North American Champs
July 6-14, 2013
Aug 10-14, 2014
June 24-25, 2017
Sept 14-16, 2018
July 28-29, 2018
August 2018
July 20-28, 2019
Postponed Covid-19

For more information contact: Christina Nolan, cnoland@gpyc.org

In addition to our National event sponsorship, YNEF hosts numerous Clinics which feature elite coaches for advance training and instruction. We also sponsor numerous local and regional High School Varsity invitational and championship regattas to support MISSA, the Midwest Interscholastic Sailing Association.

Photos below are from the 2017 USODA Great Lakes Championships and 2019 USODA Optimist Championships