Bayview Hitchhiker Thursdays

Are you interested in a new adventure?
Would you like to meet new people while enjoying fresh air and sunshine on one of Detroit's gems - the Detroit River?
You’re Invited to “Hitchhiker Thursdays” at Bayview Yacht Club.

Attendance is limited each week and pre-registration is required.


  • Hitchhiker Thursdays is a program to welcome new people interested in sailing and get existing sailors out on the water.
  • Thursday races, which happen right in front of BYC, are a perfect opportunity to test the waters of our sport or try racing on a different kind of boat.
  • The evening will start with a gathering at Jerome’s on the Dock between 6 and 6:30PM. This area is attached to the bath house down past most of the docks on the left when coming in.
  • Non-member guest parking is just inside the first gate before the "Members Only Parking" sign. Allow extra time to walk down to the bathhouse where the boats are docked.
  • Each week 2 volunteers are needed to assist with Race Committee to record starts and finishes of the race and monitor the race. Without race committee help the Thursday night races could not happen! No experience required. This is a great way to get involved off the water!
  • Hitchhiking participation is limited for each race/night. Hitchhikers must be over 15 and RSVP through SignUpGenius to participate. Preference is given to first-time hitchhikers. More spots may be added throughout the summer as we gain more boats participating.
  • Skippers, boat owners, and/or crew of boats racing will come down and introduce themselves or you will be escorted to a participating sailboat by a Hitchhiker/Membership Volunteer (Bright Green Shirts).
  • Timing depends on Mother Nature but plan to be on the water for about an hour. The racing starts around 7PM. Boats leave their wells around 6:45.
  • Sailboat racing occurs in all weather conditions. If a race is cancelled due to weather it is usually just before the start of the race. We typically do not send notice of cancellation. It is at the discretion of the participant if they would like to cancel due to the weather forecast.
  • Spread the word!! Thursday’s races are a GREAT time and an awesome introduction to what Bayview Yacht Club has to offer! SAIL OR HELP WITH RACE COMMITTEE!
  • Thursday race dates are can be found here. NOTE: There will be no Hitchhiker Thursday on May 25th and July 27th.
  • Email if you would like more information.