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Thank You! (from Gary) Print E-mail
Written by Gary Reinheimer   

Arlene and I wanted to say thank you to our PYC family for the parting gifts presented to us at the Annual Banquet in November. To our surprise and delight Arlene received a coupon for a day-at-the-spa and I was presented with an electronic photo display which contained pictures taken during my years as commodore. Both gifts were greatly appreciated.


Article from the Macomb Daily Print E-mail
Written by Andy   

I grew up in Oakland County.

I lived in Commerce Township and from my house, I could skip a stone to a handful of lakes, none of which were more than 15 minutes away. The summer dress code never swayed too far from swim trunks, T-shirts and sandals.

We swam. We fished. We went water skiing.

We got spoiled.

John Mathers was spoiled, too.

"I'm 47 years old, and I've been a member for 46 years," said Mathers, laughing. "My dad joined the Pontiac Yacht Club when I was one, so I basically grew up there."

The Pontiac Yacht Club has been around since 1934. It's a family club situated on Cass Lake. There are more than 100 members and many of them are involved in sailing whether it's for racing or pleasure.

Article from The Oakland Press Print E-mail
Written by Andy   

Reprinted from The Oakland Press - Sunday June 28th 2009.


In 1934, a group of 22 sailors broke away from the Oakland County Boat Club, where most members operated motor boats, and set up their own group — the Pontiac Yacht Club for Sailing Craft Exclusively.

Now called the Pontiac Yacht Club, the sailors are getting ready to celebrate their 75th anniversary on Saturday, July 4, with a party.

Based on the shores of Cass Lake, the group, which has 150 families enrolled, relies on volunteers to keep up the docks, grounds and boat house. Races take place on Cass Lake.

Members come from all around Oakland County.

Rick Dishaw of Orion Township enrolled his two sons in the club’s Junior Sailing instruction class last summer.  “That’s how I found the club, and then over the winter I decided, already being a sailor, that I need to do this on a regular basis and decided to join,” Dishaw said. “I started crewing with a boat skippered by Mike Hecker for the regular Wednesday night and Sunday morning races, which is turning out to be great fun.

2017 Pontiac Yacht Club Board of Directors  Print E-mail
Written by Matt Warner   
PYC Board Of Director Officiers
Commodore: Geoff Nelson
Vice Commodore:    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Rear Commodore:  Karl Aavik
Past Commodore: Chris Longe
Secretary: C. Burns
Treasurer: S. Korn

Committee Chairs
Harbor Master: Mike Hecker
Fleet Captain:
Entertainment Chair
Grounds Chair: Joan Green
House Chair: 
Dock Chair: Andy Monique
Club Boats Chair: Gary Reinheimer
Alternate Work Assignments: 
Junior Sailing: Charlie Hess, Eric Ellison
Adult Sailing: Matt Warner
Web Master: Matt Warner
Tribute Print E-mail

As you relax on the PYC porch and gaze out at beautiful Cass Lake, there is an addition to this view. Between the sidewalk and the play structure a white birch tree has been planted and if the tree could talk to you, it would say “I am here in memory of Max Clixby.”


This year PYC lost Max, a longstanding and enthusiastic member. 


He joined the club in 1969 and sailed his Lightning, Wee Heather with his wife, Jean and their two sons, David and Gerry. The club was the setting for many family gatherings and, as Max settled into the club, when he saw a job which needed to be done he took the initiative and went right ahead and did it.

Max had a great sense of humor. When the Clixby’s and friends chartered a bareboat in the Caribbean, he appeared on deck the last day dressed in business suit and tie as if that was the only outfit he had packed and not worn He was fun to be with and you never knew what he was going to do next.

Max represented the expertise, willingness and humor which are part of PYC’s history.


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