What to do if you are not a member and just want to try us out for size?
Breaking News for 2021 - our increased membership will allow a reduction of fees for 2021.
Effective for our fiscal year Feb 1, 2021 the Full Membership fee will be $75 per year (reduced from $150)
The Associate Member fee will be $25 (reduced from $50).
Also existing Associate Members will get FREE membership for 2021 in recognition of the fact that the pandemic prevented them from sailing as crew most of the time in 2020.
New members are encouraged to sail with us whether or not they have a rating for their boat. However we do encourage people to get a certificate to ensure fair and competitive sailing. We can help you measure sails, etc. to apply for a rating.
They are issued by BC Sailing (see www.bcsailing.bc.ca ) and cost $45. For new members joining the club in 2020 who do not have a PHRF cert. we will refund the $45 paid on a one time basis - this refund policy is discontinued for next year since the fee reduction more than covers it.
We will accept a rating certificate for a period of 3 years from date of issue provided no significant changes have been made to the boat, rig, or sails.
For more information check the Sailing Instructions on our Club Racing pages.
We welcome new members.
If you are a skipper, not a member, and want to race your boat in one of our races there is no charge if you want to race a time or two to check it out. If you want to do that please send us an email or contact the Fleet Captain or one of the Exec members (See Contact Us page) who will advise you what to do.
Before racing for the first time you must sign a liability waiver (the form is available on this link) before racing. It is helpful if you already have a rating certificate for your boat, or at least know what the usual rating is for like boats - but if you do not have one we will attempt to allocate one to you for your first race.
If you want to volunteer to crew for somebody you do not need to be a member at all - just come down to the Skippers Meeting, (held in front of the Gibsons Marina office at 10:30am on race days) identify yourself as wanting to crew, and we will do our best to find a skipper for you. Please bring your own life vest. If there are more people wanting to crew than boats to take them we have to give preference to those who are Associate Members.
NOTE: DURING THE COVID EMERGENCY WE WILL NOT BE HAVING ANY PHYSICAL MEETINGS SO IF YOU WANT TO CREW YOU WILL HAVE TO BE IN THE BUBBLE OF A SKIPPER WHOM YOU KNOW.
When life returns to normal after Covid we plan to build a virtual crew circle, provide on and off water training, and hopefully welcome many new members to our club
Full Membership is for skippers of boats who wish to race their boat in our regular races.
Associate Membership is for sailors, or wannabe sailors, and which gives them first priority in crewing, plus free attendance at special events, and regular emails about races, etc.