Becoming a Member and Renewal

Boat_PetitMembership is limited to a maximum of 277 individuals/families. 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).

Priority is given to applicants with an interest in sailing, which may be demonstrated by:

  • Previous sailing experience.
  • An interest in learning to sail at the GRYC and participating in the GRYC Sailing program including races, regattas, and casual events, as a sailor, crew, race official, crash boat operator, or other supporting role.
  • Having children enrolled in the Youth Program (summer sailing camps).

Benefits of Membership

  • Seasonal access to GRYC boats, facilities, participation in weekend races, the Annual Regatta, and other great events.
  • Participation in the free Learn to Sail Program offered to all members. This weekend clinic provides instruction ranging from tying knots to rigging boats, from the basics of sailing to advanced racing techniques.
  • Reduced fees for Youth Program registration. The Youth Program offers CYA-accredited sailing instruction for children aged 9-16 in a fun, safe summer day camp atmosphere.
  • Social activities including Wednesday night BBQs, dances, and other fun events.
  • Voting rights for Primary and Secondary members at AGMs.

Responsibilities of Membership

  • Care of the islands and Club property.
  • Compliance with Club bylaws, regulations and policies.
  • Compliance with standard safety practices.
  • A minimum of two full days of volunteer service to the Club per season for each family member over the age of 16.
  • Payment in full of all initiation fees, annual dues and other miscellaneous charges.

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.

2021 Fee Schedule

Membership is due April 1st, 2021.

Membership Type Annual Fee
Family $637
Single $398
Junior $160
Retaining $145
Membership Initiation Fees
Membership Type Payment
Family $836 (one payment)
$882 (two payments of $441.00/year)
Adult $420 (one payment)
$445 (two payments of $222.50/year )
Administration Fees
Late Fee $50
Boat Disposal $150
Non-volunteering fine (Adult) $240
Non-volunteering fine (Family) $400
Boat/Mooring Fees
Mooring Type Seasonal Fee
Boats may be stored on the island or in the parking lot during the winter and items stored in lockers for the winter at the member’s own risk.
Finger Dock (Catwalk) $215
Island Dock $215
Laser Rack / Dolly $80
Canoe/Kayak $66
Windsurfer/SUP $66
Locker Fees
Locker $40
Small Locker $25

Provisional membership period

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 where new members will demonstrate their interest in the Club by participating in a variety of activities. They are required to complete at least one item from each of the following four categories:

  • Sailing Program: Participate in a sailing-related activities such as the Learn to Sail program, Sunday races, regatta weekend, crash boat operator or race official, and more.
  • Social/Other Activity: Participate in a non-sailing program event from Club birthdays, to Sailorama, Club nights, Awards Night, and more.  
  • Volunteering: Complete volunteer requirements (a minimum of two days per adult member).
  • Governance: Attend the Annual General Meeting in November or serve as on a committee (regatta, sailing, youth, social, harbour, facilities, etc.).

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.

Applying for membership

Thank you for your interest in our volunteer-run sailing club. Due to the high volume of people on our waiting list, we are not accepting new member applications at this time. Once the waitlist drops below 30 individuals/families, we will reopen the application process. Check this site periodically or, reach out to us at any time. Thank you.