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post #11 of 29 Old 01-22-2009
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The "Get Lost" is the Sail net way of doing things. If this was SA, it would be STFUN!

With that in mind, time for work..............

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I know it was in jest but YEAH, LIKE THAT!!!!

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Locked gates and doors are another unfortunate sign of the times. We've had to do that due to vandalism, theft and a$$es trying to launch boats like they're at a public ramp. We didn't know they were a$$es until we remined them that it was a private club and they'd have to launch the bass boat elsewhere.
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We have a big chain and lock across the top of the ramp to prevent stupid people from using it...

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The rule of thumb that I use is this: If the club has a swimming pool, the members with thier brass buttoned blazers are usually non too friendly towards the real sailors that don't mind getting the "unclean" ocean water on them.
No pool (or green pool ) these have more importand things to do (sailing) than petty caterwalling with their fellow fauntleroys.
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Pool: stay away
No pool/other: Okay

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Yacht Clubs, etc.

I would guess that the reason no one answered the intercom, etc. is the no one was there! Many, many smaller to even medium size YC's are volunteer staffed, may have no office staff at all, and are only open for limited hours and days. As has already been mentioned, the phone or even old fashioned snail mail are a better way to contact such a club. As has also been already mentioned, most sailing calendars are set a year in advance, in coordination with other local clubs, and adding a new event really isn't all that easy.

The fact that you couldn't get a response doesn't necessarily mean that they are snooty.
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I had a totally different experience at the Buffalo Yacht Club. I went there to meet the owner of a boat that I was interested in buying. I walked straight in, up to the bar, and told the bartender I was meeting this person and proceeded to wander down to the boat. Well, when I walked back to the bar I was greeted by the Club Commodore (Timothy Hunt). He knew who we were to meet, and actually looked up his nephews number because he wasn't answering his phone. Anywaym while waiting for the seller to call back he bought us beers, and was happy to answer any questions we had about the club.

So long story short, it was the total opposite of what I was expecting, and we plan on joining the club later this year, despite the high cost it seems like meeting more people like that will be worth it, also the amenities are very nice as well.
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I've noticed many of the yacht clubbers are second and thrid generations so they do not know what its like to want to learn since there parents introduced it to them and it all came easy with no searching or anything. So they don't think about how they felt because they were just given the oppurtunity. Personally yacht clubs aren't my thing with the whole lets go hang out by the pool and what not if your gonna have a YACHT club then actually sail it rather then watching the detailer work on your brightwork. Atleast thats what I get out of some of the local clubs.

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The rule of thumb that I use is this: If the club has a swimming pool, the members with thier brass buttoned blazers are usually non too friendly towards the real sailors that don't mind getting the "unclean" ocean water on them.
No pool (or green pool ) these have more importand things to do (sailing) than petty caterwalling with their fellow fauntleroys.
So
Pool: stay away
No pool/other: Okay
In Honolulu, at least, the club with the pool is much more friendly than the one without. In fact, we once went to a "Membership drive open house" at the non pool club and were invited to "Check out the bar" When we tried to order drinks we were turned away - "Members only" don't you know. Great way to run a membership drive.

At the club with the pool they have an outrigger canoe race team which my wife joined for one season. We were always welcomed there even though we were never members of the yacht club. When we later joined a yacht club on another island they honored our card even though no formal recip agreement existed.


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Kind of interesting, the responses to this thread. I just pointed out that I was at a yacht club to promote a regatta but the regatta wasn't the issue. Check out the response about the regatta. If there are "recipricals" between clubs shouldn't there be some interest in attending different events? Then I notice not one comment about how the people going in and out of the gate reacted when I just tried to stop one to ask a question. No responses at all to that. Does it seem like that kind of makes a statement about why the popularity of our passion is declining?

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