Notice of Race: 2017 Fall Series – Tuesdays, September 5, 12, 19, 26

2017 GPSC Fall Series Course Chart


2017 GPSC Fall Series Notice of Race (pdf)

2017 GPSC Fall Series Registration (pdf)

GPSC 2017 Race Committee Volunteer Schedule updated 9/19/2017 (pdf)

The 56th annual GPSC Tuesday Fall Series is open to all DRYA rated or One Design seaworthy Monohull Sailing Yachts. The Fall Series is comprised of 4 races on Tuesday evenings. There will be an overall award for each class. All races start and finish off Windmill Pointe Marina, located in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. Awards are presented in the fall at a party where boats placing 1, 2 or 3 in a class overall receive invitations for the skipper and four crew members at no charge for entry. Extra entry passes may be purchased at the door.

Fall Series: September 5, 12, 19, 26

Management Rules

All races will be governed by the Fall Race Sailing Instructions and The Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020, including US Sailing Prescriptions, except as stated herein. The races will be managed by the GPSC Race Committee, which will have the authority to establish the racing conditions and interpret the racing rules. Registration: All entrants must register for the current year GPSC Fall Series Races. The completed Registration Form, Registration Fee Form, and payment of those fees must be received by the GPSC Race Committee to complete the registration process. No retroactive scoring of races will occur for non-registered boats. You must register before you race. Boats that have raced in the 2017 GPSC Spring/Summer Sundown Race series and whose information are on file must declare their intent to race in the 2017 GPSC Fall series by email to Sailing Instructions and Registration Forms can be found on the GPSC website Questions are to be directed to

Race Results, Changes, Handicapping

Race results (subject to protests) will usually be posted on the GPSC Web Page race results section the day after each race. The QuickScore Race Scoring Program utilizing its high point scoring method is used for calculation of race results and tie breaking. Handicapping is calculated using ‘time on distance’. Any changes to the Sailing Instructions will be posted to the same GPSC website race section. If there are errors or omissions in the results or registration information, contact the Race Chair (

Membership in DRYA is encouraged, handicapping of non-one-design class boats by DRYA is required. Roller furling credits will be consistent with DRYA standards. DRYA information is available at

Classes and Starts

The 2017 class splits and start times will be posted and available for downloading on the GPSC website during the week prior to the first race of the Fall series. Early registration by participants aids GPSC in determining fair and reasonable class splits. Consult the website sailing instructions for any class changes prior to the first race. The sailing instructions have a revision date on them for the purpose of tracking changes.


Course/Class assignments are set forth in the Fall Series Sailing Instructions. An illustrative map of the Sundown course with relevant approximate GPSC or Navigation buoy locations is available for download from the GPSC Sundown/Fall Series web page race section.

Special Signal for Freighter Traffic

The “F” Flag Signal, with an audible alert, will be displayed whenever a freighter or restricted vessel is in the vicinity of the starting line and course. While the “F” signal is displayed, boats waiting to start will vacate the shipping channel. Please note S.I. #1 and #1.1 regarding GPSC responsibility to the U.S. Coast Guard and enforcement of flag “F”. A GPSC patrol boat will be on station to ensure adherence of these rules by all entrants. Race entrants who interfere with commercial river traffic may be asked to immediately discontinue racing based on severity of the infraction. The Sailing Instructions will have more details.

Waiver of Liability

Refer to RRS Appendix K, paragraph 20 and Appendix L, instruction 29. Sailing is an activity that has an inherent risk of damage and injury. Competitors in this event are participating entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race.

Cdre Denise Cotter: Principal Race Officer

Cdre Peter Baumann: Race Chair Fall Series

Notice of Race: Annual Ladies Race – Friday, August 25th, 2017

2017 GPSC Ladies Race Course Map (click to enlarge)


Notice of Race


2017 GPSC Ladies Race Notice of Race (pdf)

Forms and Flyers

2017 GPSC Ladies Race Flyer (pdf)

2017 GPSC Ladies Race Registration and Rating Form (pdf)

GPSC 2017 Race Committee Volunteer Schedule (pdf)

Course Map

2017 GPSC Ladies Race Course Map (pdf)

Notice of Race

Grosse Pointe Sail Club Annual Ladies Race.  Friday, August 25, 2017.  Detroit Regional Yacht-Racing Association Lake Saint Clair

The Annual GPSC Ladies Race is open to all seaworthy monohull sailing yachts. It is comprised of:

  • One (1) Race on Friday, August 25, 2017. Warning signal scheduled for 1855 hours

The race starts and finishes off Windmill Pointe Marina, located in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan.


The Races will be governed by the Sailing Instructions (SI) and The Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020(RRS), including US Sailing Prescriptions, except as amended by the Sailing Instructions. The Race Committee shall have the authority to establish the Racing Conditions and to interpret the Racing Rules.


All entrants MUST register for the GPSC Ladies Race. The 2017 Registration Form and a fee of $10 for boats owned by GPSC club members or $20 for boats owned by nonmembers (checks made payable to the Grosse Pointe Sail Club), must be received to compete in the Ladies Race. The Registration Form is included herein. Forward the Registration Form and Fee’s (payable to the Grosse Pointe Sail Club) to:

GPSC Ladies Race
Holly Kerslake Burns
97 Muir Rd
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 480236


The GPSC website ( has complete Sailing Instructions and a copy of the Notice of Race / Registration Form for the Ladies Race.


The race includes a single Jib and Main (JAM) class with warning at 1855 and start scheduled for 1900. Starting Class flag shall be code pennant 1. The start can be postponed at the discretion of the Race Committee to accommodate weather conditions or Race Committee preparations.


Courses (Standard and Shortened) are set forth in the Ladies Race Sailing Instructions (S.I.). The standard course is 6.7 NM and the shortened course is 4.6 NM. Start and finish are off of the corner of Windmill Point Park Marina. The course extends roughly NE into Lake St. Clair.


Race results will be available on the DRYA web page ( Awards will be given for first, second and third place in each class at the GPSC Awards Party, held at the Tompkins Center at Windmill Pointe Park during the Annual GPSC Awards Party on Friday, November 3rd. Further details will be available in October via the GPSC website (


The Grosse Pointe Sail Club cordially invites the skippers and crews of competing yachts, and their guests, to an informal gathering at Windmill Pointe Marina, Grosse Pointe Park after the regatta. There will be beverages, hot dogs, and snacks available starting at 2100 hours for a nominal charge. Limited mooring available, please hail Channel 68 with intent.

Questions or comments:

2017 GPSC Ladies Race Course Map (click to enlarge)
2017 GPSC Ladies Race Course Map (click to enlarge)

Notice of Race: 65th Annual Regatta Saturday, August 12, 2017


Notice of Race


Sailing Instructions


Notice of Race

Detroit Regional Yacht-Racing Association Lake Saint Clair

  1. RULE
    1. The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020. These include the 2017 DRYA Sailing Instructions (available at as modified by the GPSC Sailing Instructions (available at
    2. DRYA SAILING INSTRUCTIONS FOR “A” AND “C” COURSES will be changed as follows: Paragraph 2, ENTRIES, add: sail yachts owned or skippered by members of the Grosse Pointe Sail Club may register and compete in the GPSC Club JAM Class. Registration forms may be obtained from and submitted to Registrations for this CLUB Class must be received no later than Wednesday, August 9, 2017.
      1. Paragraph 6, CLASS FLAGS is changed to add the GPSC Club Class on “C” Course.
      2. Paragraph 8, COURSES & MARKS: The course description for “A” Course and “C” Course will be a Modified Olympic Course as described in the GPSC Sailing Instructions.
      3. Paragraph 9, STARTING: Starts and courses sailed by each class for “A” and “C” Course will be as described in the GPSC Sailing Instructions, including the WARNING SIGNAL FOR THE FIRST CLASS WILL BE AT 1030 HOURS FOR BOTH COURSES.
      4. Paragraph 15, TIME LIMITS: The time limit for each class in the Grosse Pointe Sail Club Regatta, an Olympic Style Course Regatta is four (4) hours after its starting signal as modified by the Sponsoring Club’s sailing instructions. Any boat finishing within its time limit shall qualify all classes within its division for any overall results, even if a class within the respective division did not qualify individually for the race.
        **** LOCATION CHANGE FOR COURSE “A” ****
        Approximate course location: 42° 21.75′ N, 82° 49.05′ W. The starting area bears approximately 91° magnetic, 4.44 nm from Peche Island Range Rear light.
        The modifications will appear in full in the GPSC Sailing Instructions. The Sailing Instructions may also change other racing rules. 

        For further information please contact GPSC Regatta Race Chair, Holly Kerslake Burns at 313-523-7546 or or GPSC Regatta Chairman, Mark Minor at 248-761-9651 or

    In consideration of being permitted to enter this regatta and being fully knowledgeable of the risks of sailing as a competitive sport, all competitors, crew members and guests aboard voluntarily assume all risks associated with participating in this regatta. Competing boats shall in all respects be ready for sea and sailed by an adequate and capable crew. It shall be the sole and inescapable responsibility of the skipper and crew of the boat to decide whether to start or continue a race.

    1. We have read RRS 4, Decision to Race and hereby acknowledge and agree that we are participating in this event entirely at our own risk.
    2. We acknowledge and agree that neither the organizing authority nor the race committee, nor their members, will be responsible for (a) any damage to the entered boat or my other property, or (b) any injury to myself or my crew, including death, sustained as a result of the participation of myself, my crew and the boat in this event.
    3. We hereby waive any rights we may have to sue the race organizers (organizing authority, race committee, protest committee, host club, sponsors, or any other organization or official) as well as the City of Grosse Pointe Park as owner and operator of the Windmill Pointe Park and marina with respect to personal injury or property damage suffered by the skipper or crew as a result of our participation in this event and hereby release the race organizers and other personnel from any liability for such injury or damage to the fullest extent permitted by law.
    4. We have taken all necessary steps to ensure that the skipper and crew and the entered boat are adequately prepared for all possible contingencies, including appropriate safety equipment as may be required by the United States Coast Guard or that a prudent seaman would consider advisable.
    5. We understand this document has important legal consequences and have consulted such legal and other advisors as we deem appropriate before racing.

Grosse Pointe Sail Club 65th Annual Regatta with a Champagne Finish

65th Annual GPSC Regatta Champaign Finish

The GPSC will host an optional Champagne Race

immediately following the finish of the regular Regatta. Boats wishing to participate shall hail the ‘Windmill Pointe Finish Line’ on channel 68 at any time after 1230 hours and declare their intention to participate.

Please note: To qualify to participate and win a bottle of champagne, one must be registered in the current Regatta. (See sailing instructions for more information)

GPSC Lake Huron Cruise Race 2017

If you are interested in getting North for cruising or you are interested in a “Fun Casual Race,” this may be of interest. The Grosse Pointe Sail Club is continuing the tradition and will get the race started on Sunday, July 23, 2017 from Port Huron. The race has two stop-overs (Harbor Beach and Harrisville) and finishes at Presque Isle Harbor. There is no need to sail all night or in extremely bad weather. No need to sit with no wind or sail on a stripped out boat. You can even tow a dinghy or run your engine. All the boats rest each evening for cocktails, dinner, and a good night’s sleep. The next race segment will start the following morning. The finish is at Presque Isle Harbor with a celebratory awards brunch the morning after the finish. Following the awards everyone is only 30–40 nautical miles from De Tour Passage or False De Tour Passage (the North Channel entrances), or a short hop to Mackinac Island.

Click on the following link to view all details.

2017 GPSC LHCR NOR & SI (pdf)