Clubs within the Club

Each committee is made up of members with special interests and are responsible for many of the fun activities in the Club, as well as helping to keep the Club looking beautiful. No matter what your interests and talents, there is a club or committee that will welcome you. Whether your interests are social, service or business oriented, membership offers you the opportunity to be involved in a community.  Our clubs provide a diverse array of interests and include both on and off property experiences and events  for you and your family.

President: Commodore Patricia Thull O'Brien

We are a group of dedicated volunteers who passionately organize and raise funds all year to host an annual Fun Day in the Sun at the DYC benefiting the physically and mentally challenged from our Detroit Metro area group homes. Each year for our special guests we provide food, music, face painting, boat rides and much, much more all done by our member volunteers and others from the community to benefit and bring smiles to our special guests.For more information visit us at

Chairman, Leonard Chapital

The DYC Bike Club is dedicated to leisure bike rides with the goal of exploring Belle Isle and the surrounding areas including the Dequindre Cut, Indian Village, Eastern Market and William Milliken Park Marina just to name a few. In addition to socialization with each other, our motivation is to gain an in depth history of areas visited as well as represent the DYC by participation in other Detroit area riding events.

Chairman, MaryAnn Motyka

The DYC Book Club was started by two friends sharing a love for reading sitting around the pool. Their discussion interested others and it was suggested that they start a book club. So they did. Now the book club meets monthly, year round, and has grown into a vital part of the DYC Family. All topics are fair game except exercise and dieting!!

Chairmen, John and Toni Gibson

The DYC Dance Club provides club members and their friends with an opportunity to enjoy the clubs 6,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom in the manner for which it was originally designed by enjoying Swing Ballroom dancing. Our mission also envisions attracting new members and donating the profits of these dances to the DYC Foundation for the continued restoration of the Clubhouse. Our dance lessons are followed by a dance to a live band and are held three times a year. We hope you can join us. 

Chairman, Pamela Maloney

Mission: To create and maintain splendid perennial gardens throughout the club grounds.  The Garden Club was organized in 2004.  There are eight separate gardens/containers maintained and the club has provided gardening education and seminars for DYC members throughout the years.  

Chairmen, Lisa Bartnik & Hugh Cairns

The Kayak Club encourages paddling on the Detroit River with a focus on building camaraderie, paddling safety and welcoming new kayakers and those who have never kayaked previously.  The club has a variety of weekly dates for kayak outings as well as three kayak tours on the Detroit River.  The club also has a kayak pennant to be flown on the back of the kayak seats with a bicycle pole, intended to provide added visibility.  This pennant is available for general purchase.  Currently we have accommodating kayak storage racks and a wonderful launch ramp.  You need not own a kayak to participate.

Chairman, Nanette Cortese

Chairmen,  Bob Limback & Com. Fred Carr

We offer DYC members and their families a variety of outdoor events throughout the year designed to foster relationships with a primary emphasis on providing instruction and promoting safety. Our interests are many and include fishing,hunting, archery, trap, pistol range and other sport shooting events while enjoying our wonderful outdoors

Chairman, James McGuire

The Detroit Yacht Club invites you to join the Flying Scots,a 19 foot sailboat program offered each summer. The adult sailing program offers instruction and an opportunity to enjoy the out of doors. Sailing instruction includes an advanced class that leads to sailing spinnakers and learning how to race. This instruction often leads sailors to enjoy the fun of sailing on larger boats, either crewing in club races, larger races, or cruising.This introduction often leads sailors to buy their own boat. Some of the yacht clubs big boat owners sail Flying Scots because they enjoy small boat sailing, and they find crew for their sailing teams. The sailing program provides opportunities to make friends in the club and to find sailing partners. To find out more about how you can get involved and how to sign up for the Instructional Program contact me at [email protected] or 313-418-0163. You are also welcomed to come down to the docks and see for yourself what a great program the Flying Scots offers.

Chairman: Mary Ellen McIntyre

The Sea Gulls dates back to 1926! Our purpose is threefold: 1. to stimulate sociability and cooperation within the DYC, 2. to encourage and promote bridge, euchre, and member luncheons and 3. to sponsor fundraisers to support projects that enhance the DYC. All DYC adult members are eligible for membership.We sponsor a weekly duplicate bridge game on Wednesday afternoon with the exception of winter months when club hours are limited. During those months we adapt our day of play to the Club's schedule. We have players whose skill levels range from modest to experienced. A player is paired with another member for the day. There is no commitment to play every week. This is a relaxed and friendly game followed by a fun re-hash of the hands during cocktails on the patio or in the Grill Bar.The Sea Gulls also sponsor a monthly euchre night. Generally held on the third Friday of the month, this game provides a fun evening playing euchre with fellow DYC members and member guests. There is no need to bring a partner. Each player rotates for a round of 8 hands. The fee to play is $5.00 plus a quarter charge per player when a team is euchred. The evening concludes with a cash prize for the first place winner.We hold special luncheons throughout the year: the Past Presidents Luncheon in the spring, Lunch on the Veranda in the summer and a holiday luncheon in the beautifully decorated clubhouse in early December.In addition to monies raised from bridge and euchre the Club sponsors a bake sale and gift basket raffle on the Club's annual election day in November. Funds raised throughout the year are used to pay for a variety of projects within the DYC. Since 2010 The Sea Gulls have contributed in excess of $14,000 to replace holiday decorations, refurbish the ladies locker room, patio and cloakroom improvements, lighting improvements and extensive renovations in the River Vista Room, garden and pool enhancements, exterior signage and financial support of the DYC Foundation.

Chairman: Commodore Patricia Thull O'Brien 

Founded in 1980, the Voyageurs are one of the clubs within the DYC, whose members and officers volunteer in non-paid positions.  We are dedicated to the philosophy of providing creative and innovative social activities of widespread appeal during week nights and weekend hours.  

  • One Riverbank Road
  • Belle Isle
  • Detroit, MI 48207
  • Tel: (313) 824-1200
  • Fax: (313) 824-7962
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