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Detroit Boat Club
The Oldest Yachting Club in the Americas
Established in 1839
HomeLearn To Sail



The Detroit Boat Club offers club-owned sailboats (Flying Scots) which are available for recreational use by any certified member. Sailing lessons are available for members who wish qualify for their skipper’s card. 

Sailing classes are designed for both the novice who has never been in a sailboat as well as for sailors with some experience who want to learn how to sail on their own. Contact us for more information at

For additional details, please review our  Learn to Sail 2020 Brochure

Want more information?

Give us a call and speak with one of our Instructors / members. We would love to speak to you!


Pamela Rupinski
313 719-0501 

Class Schedules  

(Presently suspended due to COVID-19)

Indoor Classes:  TBD.  These classes will review terminology, basic sailing concepts and safety.

Outdoor Classes:  Every Thursday (6:00 to 8:00 pm) and Sunday (4:00 to 6:00 pm) in TBD (weather permitting).

Class Dates: TBD

Class Location


Detroit Community Sailing Center at Belle Isle Boat House
E. Picnic Way, Belle Isle
Detroit, MI

Great view of Detroit River traffic and Downtown.