Yacht clubs aren't just for old "fuddy-duddies" anymore. From
youth sailing programs, to club cruises, to parties, Yacht
Clubs appeal to a diverse crowd these days. If you think joining
a yacht club might be for you, don't hesitate to contact your
local club. While some have waiting lists that may require
literally decades to obtain entry, others may have membership
availability right away. In any case, it is never too early
to get the process started.
Go Sailing -
Perhaps the most obvious purpose of a yacht club is to promote
sailing. Many yacht club members own their own boats and go
sailing on a regular basis. Some sailors join a yacht club
simply to go cruising with fellow sailors in the area, while
others join with an emphasis on racing. In addition to members
who own boats, there is usually a significant percentage of
yacht club members who do not own their own boats. For these
would-be mariners, a yacht club can be a perfect vehicle for
getting out on the water. Club members are frequently looking
for crew, so if you are looking to learn the ropes before
plunging into owning your own boat, yacht clubs are great
Yacht clubs are also hubs of social activity. Most clubs are
centered around a clubhouse that hosts most club events from
club parties, to regatta award ceremonies, to regular dining.
Yacht clubs can be a great place to meet new people, or hang
out with old friends.
Learn How To Sail -
Although most people don't know it, many yacht clubs offer
sailing lessons, and they are frequently open to the public.
Although youth programs are the mainstay of these sailing
lessons, adult programs are offered in many cases as well.
Youth programs typically use dinghies for boats. These dinghies
are usually 2-man, but they can be single-man as well. Younger
kids will often start out on single-man optimists, and then
graduate on to larger 2-man dinghies. Typical 2-man boats
include 420's, JY-15's, and Laser 2's. Adults classes are
taught either in 2-man dinghies or small keel boats such as
Yacht Club - There are literally thousands of Yacht Clubs
around the world. Find one close to you.
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- Not a complete list, but fairly comprehensive