Welcome to the Grand River Sailing Club! GRSC is located in beautiful Grand Haven on the west coast of Michigan.
Welcome to the Grand River Sailing Club
"In my lifetime I've never experienced a more visceral feeling of liberating anxiety, than the one that comes with the realization I've lost sight of shore." - Commodore Marshall Lystra
Founded in 1980 by Larry Gardner, The Grand River Sailing Club in Grand Haven, MI is stationed near the mouth of the Grand River feeding into Lake Michigan.
Want to learn to sail? We have a hands-on sailing school that starts in the classroom and expands to Lake Michigan with some “light” racing.
Check out our blog. Written by members, for members, and shared with the world you will find interesting articles, great sailing tips, and more…
Located in the heart of Grand Haven, our location makes a great venue for hosting birthday parties and other special events.
“We clear the harbor and the wind catches her sails and my beautiful ship leans over ever so gracefully, and her elegant bow cuts cleanly into the increasing chop of the waves. I take a deep breath and my chest expands and my heart starts thumping so strongly I fear the others might see it beat through the cloth of my jacket. I face the wind and my lips peel back from my teeth in a grin of pure joy.” ~L.A. Meyer
RACING | 2023 Season
2022 brought us some of the strongest winds we’ve ever seen in a racing season! While we love the wind… we’re hoping 2023 is just a hair calmer. Registration is now open and the schedule is up, check it out here.
We’d like to say a special Thank You to our 2023 season sponsors: R. Smithe Builders, Mitten Mobile Detailing, Bluffton Bay Sails, North Shore Marina, Shorelines Painting Company, Dryer Architectural Group, Betty Clark for the Pat Clark Memorial Cup and Susan Harper for the Baneberry Cup.
Cocktail parties, game night events, shrimp boils, banquets and more, our club host social events all year long for our members.
For cold weather or warm weather…for babies and for adults…we got some great GRSC gear! Check out our online store to see what’s available, and if you’re looking for something custom, just ask!
New From The Rhumbline
(Our Sailing Blog)
The Jack Kelley 8+8 – Celebrating 35 Years
The 8 + 8 Cruising Rally was never meant to be the event it is today. 35 Years ago, the sailing club was struggling with a yearly cruising event where the destination was predetermined. Unfortunately, it seemed no matter the year, and no matter the destination, the...
Summer 2021 Racing Kicks Off!
The Grand River Sailing Club kicked off their 2021 Summer Racing Season with the R. Smithe Builders Cupon June 2nd, immediately following the traditional Blessing of the Fleet. Patti Edwards, a longtime member of the sailing club, lead the boats in prayer as they...
Safety Series: Ditch Bags
From GRSC Contributing Member, Leonard White, Jr. As the name implies, a ditch bag is something that you can grab and toss into a life raft quickly when abandoning ship. It’s a pre-packaged supply bag of things that you and your crew might need over the time that you’re adrift awaiting rescue.
2023 Racing Sponsors
R. Smithe Builders
Dryer Architectural Group
Pat Clark Memorial
Grand River Sailing Club
219 N. Harbor
Mailing: PO Box 214
Grand Haven, MI 49417