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Re: Yacht club advice for a complete beginner?
If there's only one local YC you have no choices. But if there is more than one, make a point of checking them out. Some YC's are full-blown country clubs that cater weddings, run summer camps, how sit-down restaurants (and often a mandatory dining fee, to make sure the members do patronize the restaurant), are very organized and formal.
Some are more in line with "boat club with a cheap bar", not fancy at all. Some have mandatory labor contribution, i.e. each member has to volunteer ten hours a year at SOMEthing that needs to be done.
There's quite a variety, very much the way you can choose airbnb or a five-star hotel suite.
Many of us never had any interest in racing. But going out on club races will expose you to lots of boats, lots of different ways to do things, and sooner or later, when you are just out for a sail and someone says "If we can make it to xxxx before six o'clock, they've got one slip left and we can stay overnight" and then you find that every racing skill you've learned pays off for cruising, too.(G)