Mailing Address

Bay City Yacht Club
PO Box 872
Bay City, MI 48708


2019 Incentive: 30% discount on any available dock fee for new nembers in their first year.
Membership Information

Bay City Yacht Club

The fastest way to the Bay.

3315 Shady Shores Rd
PO Box 872
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 - 64 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.

Privileges Voting Recreational Social
Club House (Resturant & Full Bar)
   Trailer Storage - Summer Rental $119* $283
   Trailer Storage - Winter Rental $283 $ 283
   Use of private boat launch
   Short-term Dock Rental (daily) $15 $20
   Dockage, per dock-foot (1st Year) $18**
   Dockage, per dock-foot (2nd Year and after) $26
   Seniority and Voting Rights
   One-time Initiation Fee $250 $175
   Annual Dues $420 $300 $100
   Work Hours 10 10

* Voting members' Trailer rate requires rented dock, otherwise $283
** 2019 Incentive

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.

Online Application Form Pricing, Policies, and Constitution

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



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.

Day Hours Menu
Wednesday 5:30 view
Friday 5:30 view

Private Events

The clubhouse and restaurant are also available for members to host private parties, Christmas, retirement, showers, etc. Contact the Vice Commodore for details.

Saturday PHRF Sailboat Race - "Circumnavi" BCYC

Sep 21

Lightning Sailboat Regatta BCYC

June 15

Friday PHRF Sailboat Race - "Tawas Night Race" BCYC

July 28

Saturday PHRF Sailboat Race - "RC Surprise" BCYC

Sep 7

Saturday PHRF Sailboat Race - "Tower Race" BCYC

June 8

Clubhouse open for food and bar BCYC Clubhouse

Every Wednesday at 5:00 pm

Last Wednesday will be September 18th.

Main and Jib Racing BCYC

Every Wednesday at 5:00 pm

Last race will be September 18th.

Lightning Fleet Racing BCYC

Every Wednesday at 5:00 pm

Last race will be September 18th.

Clubhouse open for food and bar BCYC Clubhouse

Every Friday at 5:00 pm

Last Friday will be September 20th.

Tall Ships Open House BCYC

July 18

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.

Connect with us on Facebook to stay in tune with sailboat racing on the Saginaw Bay and the Great Lakes.

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Sailing Program Schedule (Click to expand/collapse)

The Main and Jib series will consist of 18 consecutive race weeks with a Spring, Summer and Fall Series consisting of 6 races each. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to organize informal River Racing on Wednesdays after the regular season ends. These are just for fun, are not scored, and are not affiliated in any way with the BCYC or their racing program.

To view the current schedule click on Series Racing, then All Sailing Documents. There you'll find the top secret Sailing Instructions which contains the racing schedule and other important info on our series racing.

Series Racing (Click to expand/collapse)

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. Races are run in accordance with US Sailing Racing Rules Of Sailing and utilize PHRF handicapping. Participants are slotted into 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.

For information, contact the Rear Commodore

All Sailing 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

For more information, contact the Rear Commodore

Notice of Race

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. Spinnaker, Cruising and Multhull classes are 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, long distance races 20+ nm in length that sail to the outer bay, and one night race to Tawas. PHRF handicapping is used. Race results are posted after the race online. Season awards are presented at the year-end BCYC Sailing Banquet. Registration and entry fees are required.

For information, contact the Rear Commodore

All Sailing Documents

Race Results
*All documents must be downloaded before printing.
Regattas (Click to expand/collapse)

Great Lakes Multihull Championship Regatta

August 24-26, 2018

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 15-17, 2018

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
Crewing Information (Click to expand/collapse)

Using the form below, anyone can make a request to crew and skippers can put out a request for crew. Everyone can view the crewing requests here. This is a self-service portal that is open to BCYC members and non-members alike. Skippers and crew are expected to contact each other to make the connections. Happy Sailing!

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BCYC has proudly partnered with to create an online store which features clothing and accessories, all with the official Bay City Yacht Club logo. There are many products to choose from and new specials will be added to the front page every two weeks. Buy BCYC merchandise for yourself or as gifts for friends and family. All purchases help support the Bay City Yacht Club.

Visit the BCYC Store

You will need to create a new account to purchase items on the store's website.

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