SEMIJim is right; new people coming into 'their' club represent an 'unwelcome' change to some of the 'old guard'. Jews and Blacks have known this about 'Country' and other clubs for some time.
As long as you fit in and like to sail it shouldn't matter if you have long hair or are of recent European descent, but it can. Sure, go sailing and ignore the negativity but find out who the current (and past) club officers are and meet a few people at the bar (there is a bar or drinking area isn't there?). People who like a few drinks are usually pretty talkative. You may find that many of the membership feel the same way you do about the 'old guard', with exceptions, of course. Try to find a past or current Commodore who you like. Most of all, enjoy the sailing and you should be accepted in time.
All of these 'private' clubs need new members coming in to replace those going out, otherwise the club would go into the red and disintegrate.
"The cure for anything is salt water~ sweat, tears, or the sea." ~Isak Denesen
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