The 31st Annual Jack Kelley 8+8 Cruising Rally
& Parade of Boats

31 years ago, Jack Kelley started a yearly tradition called the 8 + 8 Cruising Rally. It's not a race, it's a rally! The idea was to do a light-hearted cruise on a reach...with a buoy to round and a finish line at the end.

Over the years it has evolved to be one of the most popular events hosted by the Grand River Sailing Club. Course direction and distance are determined at the start of the race and according to what the weather permits. The idea is to have fun. There are no first place trophies, just awards for the top five finishers in no-particular order. Depending on conditions, participates may run their engines, run a spinnaker, or just run the main sail. It's all calculated at the end of the race to determine the top 5 finishers.

Preceding each 8+8 Rally is the annual parade of boats. We do this celebrate sailors and club members that we have lost over the years. It's a beautiful sight to see all the sailboats flying all of their flags as we head down the Grand Haven channel and into the beautiful Lake Michigan.

After the rally, competitors and members gather at the clubhouse for a potluck dinner. It's a wonderful time filled with great food and great friends.


This year's rally will be held on June 16th, starting at 11:00 AM with the Parade of Boats.

If you are interested in participating in this year's rally, Click Here to download the entry form and waiver.