Portage Yacht Club is one of the leading inland lake sailing centers in the Midwest and one of the oldest sailing clubs in Michigan. Located on 650-acre Portage Lake, 17 miles northwest of Ann Arbor, it provides a venue for sailors of all skill levels. The sailing season runs from early May through late September. We invite you to come to learn about sailing and join us in sailing and racing.
We offer the US Sailing First Sail Program which gives folks curious about sailing a chance to get out on a sailboat for maybe the first time;
We offer junior instruction for ages 14 and under, and the “under” is not as age sensitive as is the youngster’s mental age, and an adult learn-to-sail program;
We offer moorings for both single- and multi-handed sailboats and boat rentals.
Midwest Sailing, located on the site, provides boat sales as well as boat parts and accessories.
The Club is known for its sailboat racing program which has produced National and North American champions in several sailing classes as well as prestigious US Sailing national championships. Innovations in the rules of racing first used at PYC have been adopted internationally.
Races are held on Tuesday evenings for single-handed boats including Lasers, MC Scows and Sunfish and on Thursday evenings and Weekend days for multi-handed boats including 18-ft Interlakes and 19-ft Flying Scots. Invitational regattas are held for the PYC sailboat classes in August and September. The Club has also hosted national and regional championship events. The Club is open to other similar boats joining the respective night fleets in a Open Fleet.