Welcome to the Pontiac Yacht Club

2018 Lightning Women’s, Junior and Master North American Championship hosted by the Pontiac Yacht Club - National One-Design Regatta Award

The 2018 Lightning Women’s, Junior and Master North American Championship was the largest regatta in class history, with 67 boats. Its goal was to build one-design racing by recruiting new junior and women participants. Pontiac Yacht Club (PYC) recruited a highly professional race management team to ensure top-notch racing. To maximize participation, it provided free lodging, competitive charter boats, a crew brokering service and much more.


The Pontiac Yacht Club sits on tiny Cass Lake in southeast Michigan and boasts the largest Lightning fleet in the world. The founders of the club understood that having multiple fleets of one-design boats, each with marginal participation, was not a winning formula, so they declared that PYC would race only Lightnings.


Compared to typical yacht clubs, PYC is a bare-bones operation. It has no paid staff, kitchen or dining facilities and no bar. Approximately 100 family members run all aspects of the club. It is this kind of outstanding effort that contributes so much to one-design racing.

Source: https://www.lightningclass.org/content.aspx?page_id=5&club_id=93488&item_id=44569

Hello PYC Members,

    Sailing season is approaching! The spring work party, dock in, hoist in, and Spring Recall have been scheduled. All members are expected to participate in the work party or request an alternate work assignment.

April 23th, 2022

8:30am Work Party
Dock in
Hoist in after dock in is complete
Food will be served 

April 24th, 2022

9:00am Hoist In (completion if necessary)
Spring Recall – will be held at PYC along with the Lightning MI District meeting