• The 2024 Spring Season is Upon Us!

    Sign-up is at our host program, the Community Sailing School  with support from Pontiac Youth Sailing Education Foundation

  • Welcome Aboard!

    Students from Mercy and University of Detroit Jesuit compete as a combined team under the name MUDJ Sailing (Mercy U Of D Jesuit).

    Our team of courageous sailors is unofficially referred to as the MUDJies.


    Students from Mercy and UDJ formed the combined team as a member of the Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA) and compete against other high school teams from across Michigan and the Great Lakes region.


    There are no gender distinctions for most regattas with exception of the women's national championship held in the fall which the Mercy girls competed in 2018 and 2019.


    While team members compete as students of their respective schools, the MUDJ Sailing team itself is formed as an independent student-run group.


    The program runs in two seasons, fall and spring and consists of competing in regattas on weekends and training during the week.


    For training, MUDJ participates with the Community Sailing School at Pontiac Yacht Club which provides professional coaches and all the requisite equipment. Practices are two days a week after school on Cass Lake and regattas are generally on the weekends, mostly Saturdays, but sometimes travel for the weekend is required.


    There is no requirement to attend every regatta or every practice. You can go at your own speed, but once you get the hang of it you'll likely be begging for more chances to get on the water.


    Make no mistake, when we race, we race to win. But there's more to sailing than racing. The majority of the sailors on our team (and really most high school teams) join with little or no prior experience. Through the program at the Community Sailing School at Pontiac Yacht Club, students are taught everything they need to know to safely sail and compete.


    People learn through our weekday practices on the water, where members develop the skills and confidence needed to enjoy themselves and handle the boat with confidence. Plus you'll be with friends and meet a ton of new folks from other schools. It becomes a kind of family.


  • Home Port

    MUDJ trains out of Pontiac Yacht Club (PYC) which is on the banks of Cass Lake in Keego Harbor, Michigan. Check out the footage of a past race at PYC.

  • Leadership

    MUDJ Sailing partners with Community Sailing School at Pontiac Yacht Club to bring a comprehensive approach to sailing development


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    Head Coach Eric Ellison

    Program Director and Head Coach at Pontiac Yacht Club Youth Sailing

    Eric is the Director of youth sailing programs at Pontiac Yacht Club and the Community Sailing Center of SE Michigan. Coach Eric is a US Sailing Certified Level I & II sailing instructor and U.S. Coast Guard 100 ton Licensed Captain. Coach Eric is also PYC’s Waterfront Director and runs the club's summer junior sailing program.

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    Dr. Lynn Frikker

    Coordinator and Founder, Community Sailing School

    Dr. Frikker coordinates the youth sailing programs at Pontiac Yacht Club and the Community Sailing Center of SE Michigan. Dr. Frikker is the brains and workhorse that keeps the both the high school and summer program growing. From coordinating regattas to fostering the growth and development of young sailors, Dr. Frikker is one of the backbones of the Community Sailing School

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    Rachel O'Byrne

    Parent Volunteer, MUDJ

    Rachel O'Byrne inherited the coordination role of the MUDJ team from founder Roy Lamphier after Roy's last kid graduated from U of D. Rachel's son, Graham Rebain '25, has been sailing with MUDJ since Freshman year. Rachel grew up with some junior sailing experience but has spent most of her adult life racing on keel boats, including local DRYA and Mackinac races.

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