The membership process starts with a Regular Member sponsoring an applicant and two additional Regular Members seconding that person. The membership candidate completes an application and gives it to the Sponsor who in turn signs the ap and writes a Sponsoring letter. The Sponsor should also arrange for two other Regular Members to write their seconding letters and then should get the application and all three letters to the Membership Chair at least a week prior to the Membership Committee's meeting (schedule below).
Then the Membership Committee interviews the membership candidates and recommends to the Board those candidates it would like to extend an offer of Membership to. If the Board concurs, the applicants are posted for one month for comments from the members at large. At the following Board of Governors meeting, the Board will consider the input it has received and make a final decision on each candidate.
Successful candidates aged 33 years or older are invited to join the Club as an Associate Member, a one-year membership with most of the privileges of Regular Membership, everything except voting, sponsoring new members, and automatic renewal of membership. That gives the Associate Member an opportunity to see whether the Club is right for them and their family, and the Club an opportunity to evaluate the Associate Member's participation in racing, race management, social activities, and other contributions to the life of the Club. The Membership Committee will discuss continuation of each Associate Member's membership, or possible upgrade to Regular Membership, after the end of the sailing season and make recommendations for the Board's consideration.
Younger candidates are invited to be Junior (age 16-25) or Young Adult (age 26-32) Members, with the same privileges as an Associate Member but at a reduced cost.