Message from Commodore Lovell Regarding Limits to Clubhouse Access, 3.18.20

Dear Members,

In support of our government's effort to limit the spread of Coronavirus, the Board has come to the conclusion that it is appropriate to turn off the electronic key system that grants owners unlimited access to our building.  This is not a decision that was made without careful consideration by your Club's Board. In the long run, doing everything that we can to slow the spread of this virus and putting the health and wellbeing of our members and staff foremost, outweigh the rights of ownership that we have in our building.
Executive order 2020-9 does allow our employees access to the building in their professional capacity. To that end, Jordan and Chris will be doing a deep cleaning of our Club during this period of lockdown. If a member absolutely needs access to the building,  Jordan will be around, and I will have a key, to allow you access on a limited basis. The Club's phone number remains active to reach us.
Thank you for your patience and perseverance, and I leave you with this thought from Norte. "Outside is not cancelled."
Keep active and get outside when you can to enjoy nature's natural energy and immune system boost.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors,

Commodore Rob Lovell

Message from Commodore Lovell Regarding GTYC & COVID-19, 3.16.20

Dear Members,

With March 16th's Executive Order 2020-9 signed by our Governor, the Yacht Club will be closed through March 30th. It appears as if we, as owners, are now barred from even entering the Club. 

The Governor's executive order states in part that for a period starting today at 3:00 PM until March 30 at 11:59 PM, places of public accommodation, specifically including private yacht clubs, are closed to ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public. 

Should this lockdown continue into April, we may need to adjust our Club's Calendar beyond canceling Trivia and other scheduled meetings. Specifically, we will most likely need to postpone the Club Clean-up day, presently scheduled for April 18, and the Spring Membership Meeting on the 24th.  The Flag Officers and our Club Manager will continue to discuss, at a safe distance from each other, the scheduling challenges that face our Club this spring. We will keep you up to speed as decisions are made. 


As we watch and read the news, there is an important message to remember: "Don't stop living your life, and don't live your life in fear." That is not healthy as stress increases one's likelihood of becoming sick. The best thing most can do is stay active to keep your immune system active and strong. Eat well, get sunshine, exercise and maintain a positive mental attitude as these are all things that keep your body in the best shape to fight infections, whether from the common cold, influenza, or a novel coronavirus.

Finally, if you feel the need to self-quarantine and find yourself short on food or other supplies, please reach out to your yacht club family. We will all be there for each other to make a run to the store, deliver food, water, or needed medicines. It's what we are as a Club, as a community, and as Americans.  

Stay healthy my friends. Live life!

Commodore Rob Lovell

Traverse City's Home of Sailing 

Since 1960

The purpose and mission of the GTYC is the promotion, protection, and encouragement of boating for pleasure and sport, and to encourage the development and cultivation of good fellowship among its members.

The Grand Traverse Yacht Club was formed in 1960 as a small boat sailing club. Today, the club has grown into a year-around community based in the shared enjoyment of the water and good company. Racing remains an important focus of club activities with PHRF and one-design competition on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights and weekends. The Cruising fleet is composed of sail and power boats that explore the Great Lakes and beyond each summer. Youth sailing is promoted through a partnership with Traverse Area Community Sailing and local High School sailing teams. The GTYC clubhouse is open to members all year for social activities and rentals; check the calendar for details.

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