How to Get Involved

We are a student run club here on campus, so all help is welcome. Even if you're brand new to our club we'd love your help.  All of our instructors, officers, and most committee members get free membership!

Teaching
Instructors get a free membership the quarter that they are teaching. You only need an Intermediate rating to teach, and anyone can become an Assistant Instructors. Contact the vice commodore at: vicecommodore@washingtonyachtclub.org, to let them know you are interested.


Work Parties

Every week we have regular work parties to keep our fleets in good running order, eat some BBQ, and socialize. Even if you don't know anything about boat maintenance, we encourage all new members to come to work parties. You can learn how to do a lot, from simple sail repairs to extensive fiberglassing, and there's always something to do for all skill levels. 

Stay tuned to the wyc_info list (sign up on our Email Lists page) because each work party will be announced.


Club Meetings

Meetings are usually held every 2 weeks.  At the meeting we discuss where the club is going, you can propose changes, voice your opinion, and all student members can vote!


Chiefs & Officers

Chiefs are members who are knowledgeable sailors and are passionate about the club. Both students and Alumni are chiefs. They enforce club rules and hold authority in all matters regarding the safety of all club operations. 

We also have 3 main officers: 

  • Commodore (in charge of the club as a whole) 
  • Vice Commodore (in charge of teaching)
  • Rear Commodore (in charge of social events) 

We always welcome new students who are interested in becoming a chief or an officer. Check out the list of our current officers, chiefs, and how to contact them! (coming soon)


Committee Members

Don't want to be an officer but still want to help? As a student club, we rely completely on volunteers, but as a 'Thank-You', we give free memberships to position holders in our "Committees." If you're excited about teaching, boat maintenance, or helping out with the administrative side of our club (e.g. event planning, publicity, etc), look below for a description of positions.  Contact an officer, or just come to a meeting, if you are interested in a position.

 Fleet Captains Each fleet captain is in charge of a particular type of boat. They give tasks to people during work parties to keep the boats in their fleet in working order.

 Publicity Chair Advertises for the club. Make posters, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and whatever you can think of

 Program Director Oversees the day-to-day operations of the club, processing memberships, etc.

 Social Committee Chair Hold events for club members to hang out, sail, and have fun!

 SNC Chair This person is in charge of the Quarterly Snooze n' Cruise event

 Quartermaster In charge of purchasing supplies for the boats

 Purser Our accountant. This is a paid position and a great opportunity. The purser takes care of the Yacht Club's taxes and payroll

 Media Curator This person writes our newsletter and maintains the club's library and photos

 Ratings Examiners These are multiple people that hold Supervised Sailing Hours and have the ability to administer tests and sign people out on boats.

 Webmaster Maintains the club site

 Faculty Advisor Our staff connection to the University

 Reciprocal Moorage Keeps the reciprocal moorage data up to date