History and Mission
"Crescent", as it is known in the world of sailing, is a club exclusively for sailors. The only power boats moored at the club are workboats used for running regattas. The club's man-made harbor juts into the waters of Lake St. Clair at 276 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.
Crescent was founded in 1933 by a determined group of sailing and racing devotees. Their depression-era experiences had a telling effect on the concepts and principles under which Crescent functioned then and now. Founded as a sailing club for "men of moderate means" (which now includes women), Crescent has the tradition that members work eighteen hours annually for the club as part of their membership. Two annual workdays organize the effort to improve and maintain the facility. These workdays also provide the benefit of developing close friendships and camaraderie that extend into Crescent sailing activities.
Distinctive among the twenty-five yacht clubs in the area, Crescent's special mission is to promote the skills and traditions of racing one-design craft.
A Junior Sail Training Program operates Optis, FJs and 420s each summer with 75 students, six licensed instructors and active parental support.
Races for Lasers, Snipes, Thistles, Lightnings, Flying Scots, Stars, Cal 20s and F18 catamarans are held twice a week. Lasers race into December. Other one-design classes active at Crescent include Cal 25s, Express 27s, S2 7.9s, Nonsuch 30w, International Etchells, J35s, Santana 35s and Tartan 10s. Crescent sailors hold national and international championship trophies in many classes.
During the "hard water" season, Arrow, DN, J14 and Renegade iceboats emerge from storage and carry the CSYC Burgee into competition. Crescent also hosts regional and national regattas and an annual DRYA regatta that is typically the best attended of the year. Crescent sailors hold national and international championship trophies in many classes.
In truth, except for time spent earning a living, Crescent sailors devote their passion and energies to just one thing the sport of sailing.