Olympia Yacht Club membership is open to all boaters. Enjoy the benefits and privileges of belonging to a private club. This is your opportunity to meet and cruise with one of the best clubs on the West Coast. Joining us will be one of the best membership decisions you will ever make.
For more than 116 years Olympia Yacht Club has managed to hold on to its basic principles. The goal of our founders was to build a yacht club with a warm and friendly attitude that meets the needs of its members. This attitude exists today just as it did in 1904 and our plan is to have these traditions continue.
New Member Process
Active membership in the Olympia Yacht Club also brings reciprocity to yacht clubs worldwide. Enjoy all the benefits while you are out of town or traveling the world.
On behalf of the Officers and membership of the Olympia Yacht Club (OYC) we want to THANK YOU for your interest in Olympia Yacht Club Membership. Formed in 1904, OYC is one of Puget Sound’s oldest Yacht Clubs and has remained in its original location. OYC is steeped in history, strong community participation, and pleasure boating traditions. Our goal is to provide our members a safe, secure and user friendly marina basin for your boating pleasure. The success and future of our Yacht Club is a direct result of membership participation and working in a cooperative effort towards common goals.
You will find, among other documents, a copy of the club by-laws, rules, and requirements within this Membership Application Packet. It is the Membership Committee’s desire to provide all prospective new members complete information pertaining to our procedures and operations of our club and assist you in becoming a valued and long term member. Please carefully read through the material contained in this Packet. This will give you the opportunity to be better informed, ensure this is a good fit for you, and help in some of the questions you may have in the membership process.
To help new members get acquainted, you will have the opportunity during the process to participate in some activities and with your sponsor’s help learn about what OYC does and how you can be involved. We count on the active participation of all our members in our continued efforts to make Olympia Yacht Club a solid member of the community and a pleasure boat family. The membership process includes your application, an interview and orientation, Board of Trustees approval and general membership vote on each applicant. The final event is your induction and introduction to the membership during a dinner business meeting. The entire time line is generally a 60- to 90-day process. While this may take a little time, just remember OYC is a social club first and foremost, and this process was established in the best interests of the OYC membership and you. During this time, we encourage you to join with your sponsors as a guest at various social events.
Again, we appreciate your interest in becoming an active member of Olympia Yacht Club. Please see the following documents required for the Membership process:
The first packet contains all the materials necessary for membership and includes the following:
o Introduction Letter
o Contacts to Help You with Your Application - Includes Membership Costs
o Sponsor Checklist – Please give this form to your primary sponsor
o Application for Membership - Must be completed in full & Include Check
o CSP (Club Service Program) Participation Form - Must be completed with Sponsor’s help
o Request for Moorage AND Moorage Signature Page - Please include both if requesting Moorage
o Fire Prevention Check List - To be completed annually, and included with your Request for Moorage
o Anchorettes Membership Application – Optional for all female applicants, can join any time
o Safety and Compliance Inspections Sample Report – Informational, no action needed
The second packet contains the Constitution & Bylaws of the Olympia Yacht Club along with the Rules and Regulations. You do not need to print the second packet, but you are expected to review it carefully prior to meeting with the Membership Committee. Specific information also included in the second packet includes the following:
Code of Conduct
OYC Moorage Agreement,
Liveaboard Agreement (requires BOT approval)
Island Home Rules
Main Station Caretaker Duties, and Island Home Caretaker Duties
Club Service Program
Olympia Yacht Club Boathouse Standards
OYC Clean Marina Facility Best Management Practices (BMPs)
CONTACTS TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR APPLICATION
MEMBERSHIP CHAIR: Dennis Royal (360) 259-2113
MOORAGE MASTER: Mark Fleischer (253) 691-9601
Your best points of contact in the membership process will be your two sponsors, the Membership Committee Chair, and the Moorage Master. It is important you receive complete information on the process and requirements to become a member of the Olympia Yacht Club (OYC) and obtain moorage.
SOME REMINDERS TO HELP IN THE MEMBERSHIP PROCESS
You must become a member before you can moor a boat or take ownership of a boat or boathouse moored at the Olympia Yacht Club. If you are purchasing a boat and/or boathouse moored at OYC, it is recommended your purchase be based on your becoming a member. A new moorage agreement between yourself and the OYC is required before you take possession of a boat or boathouse that is currently moored at OYC, if you intend the vessel to remain at OYC.
During the application process the current member or one of your sponsors must be present when you are at the facilities, boathouse, or boat, or otherwise on the docks. If you want to become a liveaboard you must receive prior Board of Trustees (BOT) approval.
By following the steps above and asking for clarification of your questions during your membership interview, most of the common problems that can have a negative outcome on your membership application can be eliminated.
The Membership Chair and the Moorage Master can provide you with the most current information on bylaws and rules regarding your membership and obtaining moorage.
Our goal is to assist you in a smooth membership process.