Application for Membership

GRYC Mission Statement

The Gatineau River Yacht Club is a family-oriented, volunteer-driven, cooperative, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to promoting and encouraging active participation in the sport of sailing and other water-related recreational activities. All activities at the GRYC shall respect the environment and the ability of the Club's Islands and the Gatineau River to sustain those activities on a long-term basis.

Admission of members

Membership is limited to a maximum of 277 adult members.

The Board of Directors will determine the number of spaces available once the deadline for renewal of existing memberships has passed (normally by early May).

Under the by-laws, priority is given to applicants with a sincere interest in sailing, which may be demonstrated by:

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Provisional membership

New members are subject to a two-year period of Provisional Membership before becoming full members.

Provisional membership is a period of up to two years in which new members will demonstrate their expressed interest in the GRYC by participating in a variety of club activities. They are required to complete at least one item from each of the following four categories within their first two years of membership:

At the end of the provisional membership period, new members who complete of the above requirements will have the provisional status removed and become full members.

If at the end of the provisional period the requirements have not been completed, the membership will not be renewed for the following season and half (1/2) the initiation fee will be refunded.

Benefits of Membership

Responsibilities of Membership

The GRYC recognizes that family priorities may shift over time. We offer a Retaining Membership to existing members who for personal, economic or logistical reasons will not be using the Club facilities for a season or more.

Membership Fees

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Application for Membership

  1. Download the Application Form.
  2. Fill it out using Adobe Acrobat then print, or print then fill out by hand.
  3. Obtain Sponsors' signatures.
  4. Send by post to:

       Membership Application
       Gatineau River Yacht Club
       P.O. Box 1766
       Chelsea, QC J9B 1A1

  5. You will be contacted by phone or email when your application is received.

Information for Applicant Sponsors

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Sponsors for GRYC membership will be asked to sign the following declaration:
"I hereby recommend this applicant (and their family) for membership at the Gatineau River Yacht Club and can attest to their understanding of the volunteer requirements of all members. I believe this applicant (and their family) will make a valuable contribution to the spirit of the Club and its activities."

Responsibilities of Sponsors

As a sponsor, you agree to:

Explain to applicants how the Club operates, including volunteer requirements and other responsibilities of membership.

Attest that the applicant, as an individual or a family, has a sincere interest in sailing. A 'sincere interest in sailing' includes:

Assist the applicant in obtaining a replacement sponsor if your own membership lapses.

Once the applicant becomes a member, introduce the new member to the Club and encourage their participation, for example by taking them on a tour of the island, inviting them to participate in sailing or social events, assisting them in finding opportunities to volunteer, and introducing them to other members, board members, volunteer coordinators and staff.

If you do not think you can commit to the responsibilities of being a sponsor, we recommend that you decline. You also may wish to help the applicant find an alternate sponsor.