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Appreciate comments about sailing in the Seattle area and whether that is a good way for young professionals who own a nice cruiser to meet other young professionals. I am thinking about general day sailing, races, regattas etc.

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I don't live in Seattle, but you might try searching for a local Meetup group (or start your own). Local sail clubs might be an option.

You have some parameters in your query that I think might limit you in finding a lot of people in your demographic. In this economy, especially, it might be tough finding a lot of young people with "nice" cruisers who aren't more worried about taking care of their families rather than investing in sailboats. They are out there, I'm sure, but enough to form a regatta?

I'm only guessing at your definitions of "young" and "nice," however, so maybe you could clarify.
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Appreciate comments about sailing in the Seattle area and whether that is a good way for young professionals who own a nice cruiser to meet other young professionals. I am thinking about general day sailing, races, regattas etc.

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The post is clear when it refers to young professionals who now own a boat. Note the present tense. Also I think that asking me to parse the definitions of "young" and "nice" given the context is a bit much.
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We're not in Seattle either, but I'm sure some will chime in.. Sailing is rather social esp when casual racing or flotilla cruising is involved. There may well be a group in your own marina that you could get to know that might fill your needs.

We belong to a 'virtual' YC.. but that I don't mean and on-line group, but rather a club organized strictly for the social aspects - monthly meetings and rendezvous, the club has no assets, no marina, no obligations or financial issues. This simplifies the organization tremendously and eliminates most of the politics of such organizations. Our clubs motto is 'cruising under sail' and membership is only open to boat owners who have sailed across the Strait of Georgia, stayed overnight and returned at some point. That and $100 is the qualification requirement. It's a relaxed fun group that spends a lot of time just sailing around and 'socializing'... Seattle may have something similar available. Ours is the Gulf Yacht Club. (Sad to say we are not so much a 'Young professionals' group anymore...)

http://gulfyachtclub-bc.ca/
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ok i am young, ie; not dead yet and i have a nice boat "Nice she floats" and i am a professional, or rather the government try's to place that tag on me, i like to meet people like minded as i am but don't what my Viable ($$$) worth to be the bench mark that will allow others to allow me to interact with them. your post leads me to think you have Class issues and that your looking for the right class to crawl into, go check out the Yacht Club.


ps nothing wrong with the Yacht Club, just not my cup of OOLong
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I'm only guessing at your definitions of "young" and "nice," however, so maybe you could clarify.

Based on his response to this query, if you've got to ask, you likely don't qualify.
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If you are interested in races and regattas, you may have better luck going the yacht route. The Seattle area has many that range from the upscale (Seattle Yacht Club) to the very user friendly (Port Madison Yacht Club). Washington Yacht Clubs

The PNW has a very good race program from shorter fun races like the Duck Dodge to Swiftsure, Van Isle 360 and Vic_Maui.
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Appreciate comments about sailing in the Seattle area and whether that is a good way for young professionals who own a nice cruiser to meet other young professionals.
it's a good way to meet a lot of nice people, but most of them are regular riff-raff. The kind that will show up at the boat yard with a cooler of beer and another paint roller to help with the bottom paint.
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it's a good way to meet a lot of nice people, but most of them are regular riff-raff. The kind that will show up at the boat yard with a cooler of beer and another paint roller to help with the bottom paint.
See my kind of OOLong
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There are frankly LOTS of different types of clubs in the greater seattle area for sailors to congregate around or in etc. depending upon the who you want to affiliate with.

For singles, "Seattle Singles YC", yes, that is the name of the club. Not sure I would call them ALL young........some are in there 60's....... They meet monthly or weekly at the Chinese restaraunt on westlake/west side of Lk Union.

Beyond that.......what are you willing to spend on dues/initiation fees? You can go from low cost at $65 per year, to Meydenbauer and Seattle YC at 1800-2400 a year, with initiation fees in the 3K to 15K range. Meydenbauer is 3K, SYC varies based on age. 18, then its pretty cheap, if over 45, then it is $15K!

IIRC there are at least four clubs that call ShilShoal home. Name a marina in the area, there is probably a YC in it!

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