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Old 10-13-2011
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Brian, I am currently a member of Encinal YC and I highly recommend it. Membership in the right club can add a tremendous amount to your sailing experience. For example, our reciprocal privileges with the other major clubs in the Bay gives you the ability to use their docks which is important as there is precious little public guest dock space out here. EYC has one of the most active Jr programs in the state Our pool is an asset for young families as is our “movie nights” for the kids while their parents enjoy our bar and restaurant. We have a very active cruising fleet, which does about fourteen cruises a year including a week in the Delta. We have an extensive racing program, hosting numerous races and regattas such as Master Mariners, Jack Frost, “Second Half Opener” and the Coastal Cup. Several of our members are national champions in their class as well as other local luminaries. We also do many social functions at the club house. Although we keep our boat on the island, we will bring the boat over to the club for the weekend. We also have members from as far away as Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. If you would like I tour of the facility, I’d love to show you around.
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I'd suggest you check out the Vallejo Yacht Club. The VYC has a reputation for the most friendly members. The harbor is one of the least expensive in the entire bay area. There is an active club racing program. The club also hosts the YRA season opening race to over 300 boats (including the biggest party in the bay area), and the Vallejo 1-2 race in October. The club is the closest to the Napa valley, and it's close to the delta AND the bay. AND it's warmer than the bay but cooler than the delta. There is a great club house with a family atmosphere. Stop by and check it out before you make a decision--you'll be glad you did.
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I have always wondered how you go about joining a yacht club. I thought a fair bit about joining Richmond. I keep my boat next door at Brickyard Cove. The membership application documents say you have to have several current members sponsor you. I don't know any current members. Am I out of luck?
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From what I have read most clubs are very friendly (isn't that the point?) and have certain times you can stop by to meet people. I would imagine that you would meet a few nice people and go from there. I don't know this from personal experience (yet!) but seems logical. I am sure someone with more knowledge than I will respond with more information.
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I have always wondered how you go about joining a yacht club. I thought a fair bit about joining Richmond. I keep my boat next door at Brickyard Cove. The membership application documents say you have to have several current members sponsor you. I don't know any current members. Am I out of luck?
Chris--

If you are located in Brickyard Cove, then I suggest you walk over to the Club, stop by the office and tell Antonia or Judy you have an interest and I'm sure they can/will be happy to introduce you to some of the members and get you connected to the head of the membership committee. The letters of recommendation are required to ensure that the folks that want to join the Club have the same goals and objectives as the members and will fit in and become a part of the community (and particularly so because the number of memberships are limited). The "exclusivity" of the Club is/has nothing to do with social status or anything of that nature but is intended to ensure that there is common ground among the members and, as RYC is a working club--i.e. the members perform most of the work needed to operate and maintain the club on a volunteer basis--that everyone is prepared to lend a hand.

While you are at the Club, look across the channel to the east of the small boat yard and you will see a house somewhat like a Pyramid. We lived there for awhile in the late '70's when I had an office in Pt. Richmond, and used to keep a sailing dinghy on the float behind the house. I spent many enjoyable hours after work sailing that dinghy around the basin.

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I'd suggest you check out a few clubs. Just go to the door and tell them you may be interested in membership. There will usually be a manager or someone who can show you around and tell you about the club. Spend some time there . . . at least a couple hours, and try to get a vibe.
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I am going to be a grouch. I found a club that seemed on the up and up, even had their own private marina with a 20' draft at low tide. Curious, of the 50 slips, only about 5 boats ever left. The flag officers were not among them. Seems the prime reason for being a member was 'cheap booze' and a view of derelict boats. Every three months new fees imposed to help balance the books, got real tiring.

About the recips, I have several times had to pay while visiting other clubs because they don't own the marina, only twice have I been welcomed for free, Loch Lomond, one night and Alameda YC at Fortman. Those two free nights cost a whole lot dollars to be a member at my home club.

Talk boats at the club, not likely. Politics, yes

Cruise outs were better attended by land yacht than sea and always involve going to another club to get falling down drunk.

I have moved my boat back closer to home and will not renew at this club. However, I did visit two of the three local clubs. I asked the commodore of each "Why should I join this club" Answer; cheap booze. Seriously.

I did make two friends that are just about worth the membership, so it wasn't all bad. And I participated in various activities and work days. I suppose if all I wanted out of the place was a deep water slip I would still be happy.

That said RYC, or any club that has active, on the water, programs would probably be a worthwhile investment.

Since I left the club, I found sailing partners for crew, no one wanted to sail at the club, and have used my boat so much more because I am not active at the club. From my perspective, with time I have available, any yacht club is likely to be a waste of time and money. Recips will worthwhile when I start coastal cruising.

What should have been a red flag is when they looked at me and said how badly they need younger members. I am 57. My next club will have kids, not grand kids.

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