Bay City Yacht Club

The fastest way to the Bay.

3315 Shady Shores Rd
Bay City, MI 48708
(989) 686-1130
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Welcome to the Bay City Yacht Club

Since 1954 the Bay City Yacht Club has provided its members with premier access to the Saginaw Bay and the Great Lakes.

At the Bay City Yacht Club, our mission is to:

  • Foster and stimulate interest in all forms of boating activity and related functions.
  • Aid members in improving their knowledge of boat handling and navigation.
  • Extend the facilities to persons of moderate means through active, cooperative efforts.


The Bay City Yacht Club (BCYC) is a member-managed, member-owned club located on 24 spacious acres at the mouth of the Saginaw River just minutes from Saginaw Bay. We have 264 slips ranging from 26 to 50 feet located in two basins. Our South Basin is deep-draft with nominal 9 foot depths and our North Basin is shallow draft with depths maintained to 6 feet. We offer members many amenities including a Clubhouse with a seasonal restaurant and full bar, a private launch ramp, shower/bath facilities, ample parking for guests, a gin-pole, pumpout facilities, wireless internet access and secure gated access to facilities. The Clubhouse is available to members for private events.

We are a club made up of power and sail boating enthusiast who love to enjoy the bounty of the Saginaw Bay. Our club prides itself on being family friendly and respectful towards each other. Whether you are new to boating or a seasoned veteran, BCYC has a lot to offer.


Bay City Yacht Club est. 1954 - 60 years and counting!

In 1954 a group of enthusiastic and very determined Saginaw Bay boaters pooled their talents and resources to begin the new Bay City Yacht Club at the mouth of the Saginaw River. From this auspicious beginning along what is now known as the Waterway, the Club developed both the North and South basins during the ‘60s. Improvements continued into the ‘70s with the Grand Opening of the new Clubhouse in 1977. During the ‘80s the South Basin was further developed and enlarged into what we have today – the best deep draft harbor in the region. The BCYC has historically been operated as a cooperative with members coming together to work on the facilities and manage the Club - all to offset the cost of doing business and keep dues and fees affordable. We continue to stay true to that original Mission to this day. Today’s Bay City Yacht Club is the result of decades of cooperative effort to continuously improve the grounds and facilities. As a result, BCYC members now enjoy very affordable membership and services surrounded in a park-like setting with close, easy access to the Bay. Join us and make your own history at the Bay City Yacht Club.

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BCYC has a lot benefits not found at any other marina or club on the Saginaw River. Our location is ideal so you spend more time enjoying the Bay and less time getting to the Bay. Our grounds are expansive and well maintained with large grassy areas and mature shade trees. We offer onsite storage for trailer boats and a private launch ramp. While others wait in line at the public ramps, you'll be enjoying the water! We also allow limited transient docking for members. Our restaurant has a great view of the Bay and has a full bar so you can keep the good times going after getting back to land.

We are also a member of The National Association of Yacht Clubs which allows our members to receive reciprocity benefits for transient dockage and discounts at over 700 YCA Registered Yacht & Sailing Clubs.

How to Join

BCYC is currently seeking new members. We have 3 membership options for new members: Full membership provides dockage rights and full access to BCYC facilities. Recreational / One Design Memberships are for boating enthusiasts who require full access to club facilities but do not require floating dockage (includes use of launch ramp and storage of trailer-launched boats on site). Social Members have Club House and Restaurant privileges. Our member-owned/member-managed model allows BCYC to offer low cost dockage and amenities that represent great value to Great Lakes Bay area boaters. We are eager to share with you all that BCYC has to offer the boating enthusiast.

Download our Membership Request Form; or view our pricing, policies and constitution here.

See how BCYC's prices compare to Bay Harbor Marina.

If printing documents, make sure you download them first for the best quality.

Questions? Please email our Membership Committee or call the Club at (989) 686-1130.


The clubhouse is open to members at all times for relaxing or hanging out with friends to play cards or watch one of the many large screen TVs. It's a great place to get out of the sun or the rain.

Clubhouse Dining

The restaurant is open seasonally and serves a variety of meal choices based on member feedback. Members can invite their non-member friends to join them for entrees ranging from burgers to planked whitefish. We also have a full bar which is open during restaurant hours. All alcoholic beverages must be purchased by a member.

Hours (Starting May 28, 2014)

Day Hours Menu
Wednesday 5-10pm view
Friday 5:30-9pm view
Saturday 12:00-8pm view

Private Events

The clubhouse and restaurant are also available for members to host private parties. Contact the Vice Commodore for details.

Dock Raising Party BCYC Clubhouse

October 25, 10am

A Dock Raising Party has been scheduled for Saturday, October 25th from 10:00 a.m. to ? We are in need of members to come out and help with this process (and earn some volunteer hours). Some lifting equipment is already on-hand, and we will be purchasing additional equipment based upon the number of members that RSVP to help. Initial efforts will be focused along the waterway (Docks 150-219), beginning with the lowest docks and working upward. Docks that are low but not in danger of being caught under ice will be raised this winter once the waterways are frozen solid, as this is quicker and easier than working over water.

This need not only impacts current dock users, but the potential damage to the facilities and resulting expenses will impact EVERY member of BCYC, including Social, Recreational, Voting and Non-Voting memberships alike. Please support YOUR club, and come help with this project.

Fall Work Party Clubhouse

October 11, 9:00am

Fall Clean-up Day

Bring gloves, tools, and a willingness to work Coffee and doughnuts/cookies a.m. Chili and potluck lunch (bring a dish to pass)

Bay City Yacht Club - 60 Year Anniversary Celebration!

August 16, 4pm - Midnight

Open to the Public

Join us at the club to celebrate with a Pig Roast, BBQ & All the Fixens

$25 at the door or $20 if purchased by August 13th ($10 child under 10, 3 & under free)

Live Band: “In Two Deep”

Reminiscing on club history

For information on discounted tickets contact:

Bruce Niederer: 989-751-8568

Joe Shotwell: 989-684-9881

Terry Hart: 989-598-0849

Barb at the bar: 989-686-1130

Nautical Flea Market Yacht Club Grounds

Saturday June 7 8:00am to 1:00pm

Come out to the Bay City Yacht Club and sell those unused nautical items you have in your basement or garage. Or you might be in the buying mood. Either way, you won’t be sorry for taking part in our yearly flea market on the yacht club grounds. There’s always something to see at this event that is held rain or shine. Any questions, contact Jon or Evelyn at (989)631-0119

Plan on Being there!

Follow the signs on Patterson Rd. to Shady Shores Rd.

Mother's Day Brunch Clubhouse

Sunday May 11, 11:30-3:30

Join your fellow BCYC members for a Mother's day brunch. We will put out a buffet from 11:30 till 3:30 p.m. The buffet will have 3-4 meats, potatoes, vegetable, full salad bar, fruit, dessert table with coffee, juice, pop, and mimosas.

Adults $16.99, Mothers $12.99, Kids 10 and under $8.99, Kids 4 and under are free.

The bar will also be open at noon. We need reservations with a time and number of people that plan to attend by Wednesday, May 7. Please call 989-684-9881 for reservations.

BCYC Spring Work Party Bay City Yacht Club

Saturday May 10, 9:00am

We encourage all members to come out to Opening Day at the Bay City Yacht Club. We are a member owned and maintained club. We need volunteers to help start up the water system, clean up debris and prepare the grounds and clubhouse.

Refreshments will be provided.

Remember, members must have their work hours completed by September 30, 2014 and you cannot count working on your own dock unless approved by the Facilities Captain.

The Bay City Yacht Club is the center of inner Saginaw Bay sailboat racing. We are home to Lightning Fleet 216, have an active Wednesday Night fun-racing program as well as a more competitive weekend series. We frequently host regional regattas and welcome inquiries to utilize BCYC facilities to host sailboat racing events.

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View the 2015 Wednesday Sailing Program Schedule here

View the 2015 Weekend Sailing Program Schedule here

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Wednesday Night Main and Jib Series

The BCYC Main and Jib series runs from May to early October each year. The season is split into 3 series: Spring, summer and fall. Races are held Wednesday evenings. Late season starts move to Sunday afternoon. Races are run in accordance with US Sailing Racing Rules Of Sailing and utilize PHRF handicapping. Participants are slotted into 1 of 5 fleets based on PHRF rating and boat type. Race results are announced at the BCYC clubhouse and online after each race. Season awards are presented at a festive, fun BCYC Sailing Banquet held in late October, early November of each year. Registration and entry fees are required.

The 2015 Season starts on Wed May 20th with a Skipper's Meeting on May 6th.

For information, contact the Rear Commodore

Notice of Race

Sailing Instructions

Registration Form

Sailing Reference Documents

Race Results
*All documents must be downloaded before printing.

Wednesday Night One Design Lightning Fleet #216

The Saginaw Bay Lightning Fleet #216 has been located at the Bay City Yacht Club from the very start of the club in the 1950's. At BCYC, the fleet consists of over 12 boats who are active in the fleet racing program which occurs on every Wednesday night from May to September. The Bay City Lightning One Design Series involves a closed race course within a mile of shore and typically consists of 2-3 races each night. The results of each race is recorded and scores are tallied at the end of the season and awards presented.

The Lightning, a 19-foot trailerable centerboard sloop is an affordable family “day sailor” and racing boat. She has evolved into one of the most popular and competitive one-design racing classes in the world for crews of Men, Women, and Juniors alike. The Lightning is easy to launch and sail with a crew of 2-4 people and raced typically with a crew of three, it is also light enough to trailer with ease. You can visit Fleet #216's website at

The 2015 season starts on (TBD).

For more information, contact the Rear Commodore

Notice of Race

Sailing Instructions

Registration Form

Race Results
*All documents must be downloaded before printing.

Weekend Series

The BCYC Weekend Series runs from June through September of each year. For 2015, 5 races will make up the series with Spinnaker, Cruising and Multhull classes being offered. The weekend series is the more competitive series hosted by BCYC and consists of a mix of courses: short distance races within the BCYC Racing Buoy Course and long distance races 20+ KM in length that sail to the outer bay or Tawas City. PHRF handicapping is used. Race results are posted after the race at the BCYC Clubhouse and online. Season awards are presented at the year-end BCYC Sailing Banquet. Registration and entry fees are required.

For information, contact the Rear Commodore

Notice of Race

Sailing Instructions

Registration Form

Sailing Reference Documents

Race Results
*All documents must be downloaded before printing.
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Great Lakes Multi Hull Regatta

August 28-30, 2015

During August of each year, the BCYC looks forward to hosing the Great Lakes Multi Hull Championship Regatta. This regatta draws some of the best multihull sailors in the Midwest and frequently draws national competitors as well.

Regatta Documents

BCYC Lightning Regatta

June 13 & 14, 2015

BCYC is home to International Lightning Class Association Fleet 216. Fleet 216 hosts an annual invitational regatta as part of the Michigan Lightning District traveling schedule.

For information on Fleet 216 or Lightning One Design racing, visit

Notice of Race

Sailing Instructions

Registration Form

Regatta Results
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