Welcome to Bayview Yacht Club, one of the most storied and historical sailing clubs in the nation.  Founded in 1915 in a small boathouse on Motorboat Lane, Bayview moved to our current location at 100 Clairpointe Street in 1935.  In June of 2021 Bayview completed a state of the art 12,791 square foot, $5 million clubhouse featuring multiple restaurants, two bars, flexible banquet space, and a second story deck for outdoor dining.  The clubhouse takes full advantage of the water’s edge location with panoramic views of Belle Isle, Downtown Detroit, and Canada.  Our new clubhouse has been specifically designed as a first-class venue to promote daily camaraderie, the expansion of membership, and the sport of sailing.

Membership Advantages

  • Award winning, world class junior sailing program
  • Competitive racing opportunities from fun local fleets to world championship regattas
  • Cruising activities with organized outings for all skill levels to local and regional destinations
  • Spectacular range of dining and bar facilities
  • Wine Dinners, Seminars, and Special Events to engage members year round
  • Reciprocal club membership opportunities

Membership Application Process

Membership categories are based on sailing experience and age. If you are an experienced sailor, you may apply for membership in the class that is appropriate to your age. Prospective members with limited or no sailing experience may apply as a Supporting Member starting at the age of 27. 

Supporting Membership carries all rights of Active membership with the exception of voting, election to a Board of Governors position, and seasonal well rental while allowing the member to gain valuable sailing experience that will qualify them for Active membership in the future.

Approval of membership requires endorsement by three current Bayview members as well as two current Board members. If you are not acquainted with any Bayview members, not to worry - our Membership Committee will work with you to make introductions.

Bayview Yacht Club has a wonderful facility, an incredible membership and staff that encourage and foster interest in all aspects of sailing.  If you would like to be a part of the tradition, and are ready to apply, please complete our BYC Prospective Member Sailing Background Questionnaire.


Still have some questions? Contact us using the form below and someone from our membership team will follow up with you promptly.


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Membership Contact: 

Communications & Membership Manager

Tracy Rose
[email protected]

313-822-1853 ext. 100 

Membership Chairperson
Jeff Putnam

[email protected]

  • Award Winning Junior Sailing Program
  • Adult Learn to Sail Program
  • Winter Sailing and Seamanship Seminars
  • Club Boat Fleet: Hosted Events, Member Use Programs, Member Event Charters
  • Collegiate Sailing Events
  • Helly Hansen Sailing World Regatta - Detroit
  • Bayview Mackinac Race (Port Huron to Mackinac)
  • Thursday Night “Off the Dock” Races
  • International Match Racing Events
  • Long Distance and North Channel Races
  • Crew Exchange
  • Women on the Water
  • Summer Boat Wells and Dry Sailing Storage
  • Winter Boat Storage (outdoor)
  • Two Small Hoists for Dry Sail (5,000 LB Capacity)
  • One Large Crane Servicing Boats up to 42’
  • Riverfront View
  • Outdoor Patio Dinning
  • New Second Floor Bar and Dining Facility
  • New Second Floor Veranda Overlooking the River
  • Holiday Parties
  • Business Luncheons and Meetings
  • Weddings, Showers, Private Dining, and Family Celebrations
  • Special Events (Up to 250 people)

  • Kayak Storage and Events
  • Summer Golf League
  • Winter Pond Hockey
  • Early Spring Fishing
  • Spring Walleye Fishing Tournament
  • Live Music
  • Social Events by the River
  • Holiday Parties and Activities
  • Easter Brunch
  • Mother’s Day Brunch
  • Father’s Day and Fleet Review
  • Barbeques
  • Junior Sailing Regatta
  • Kids Halloween Party
  • Kids Christmas Party
  • Family Christmas Dinner
  • Kids Movie Nights
  • New Youth Activity Room
  • Family Photo Day