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Michigan High School Sailing

Twenty-five Michigan high schools offer the opportunity to compete in the sailing arena. These schools belong to the Midwest Interscholastic Sailing Association (MISSA), a division of the Inter-Scholastic Sailing Association (ISSA), and are governed by their policies. Schools. The schools compete throughout the Midwest (Sept.- Nov., May/June) in either 420s (for crewed events) or Lasers for single person events. The highest ranked Michigan team at the end of the Spring 2016 season was Grosse Pointe South High School, which was ranked 10th among 53 Midwest teams.   

The teams below are currently listed with the MISSA. Please contact the schools directly to obtain current status information.

Michigan High School Sailing Teams

The following are active teams according to MISSA for 2016-2017. There are 106 recognized active high school teams overall located in MI, IL, WI, OH, IN, and MN.


School Location

2016 Ranking

Black River Public School Holland, MI N/A
Brother Rice Bloomfield Hills, MI 49
Cranbrook Kingswood Bloomfield Hills, MI 26
Detroit Country Day School Beverly Hills, MI 18
East Grand Rapids High School Grand Rapids, MI 19
Forrest Hills Central High School Grand Rapids, MI N/A
Grand Haven High School Grand Haven, MI 48
Grand Rapids Christian High School Grand Rapids, MI 40
Grosse Ile High School Grosse Ile, MI 31
Grosse Pointe South High School Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 10
Grosse Pointe North High School Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 21
Groves High School Beverly Hills,  MI N/A
Hamilton High School Hamilton, MI N/A
Holland Christian High School Holland, MI 53
North Farmington High School Farmington Hills, MI N/A
Novi High School Novi, MI N/A
Oxford High School  Oxford, MI N/A
South Christian High School Grand Rapids, Mi N/A
Spring Lake High School Spring Lake, MI 13
St. Mary's Prep Orchard Lake, Mi N/A
St. Francis High School Traverse City, MI 23
Traverse City Central High School Traverse City, MI 34
Traverse City West High School Traverse City, MI 30
University Liggett School Grosse Pointe Wood, MI N/A
West Bloomfield High School West Bloomfield, MI 33
* Rankings provided by MISSA. N/A indicates not ranked.

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