March 11 through May 19, 2022, join the Bellingham Yacht Club and the $310 initiation fee is waived and the annual membership is pro-rated. Neither sponsorship nor boat ownership required.
With so many social and boating activities throughout the year and season, BYC offers a great way to meet people and have fun. Our motto is, "Friendships, Boats and Fun-Filled Experiences! Come join us. Apply today.
Bellingham Yacht Club members hail from both Whatcom County and everywhere else summer members originate. While we enjoy boats and the company of each other, neither boat ownership nor sponsorship is required. We are a social bunch and work at welcoming new members, such as offering a new member orientation.
Racing and Regattas: Over 45 adult races including Wednesday Nights, Around the County, Anacortes Race Week, WOW (Women on the Water), Dale Jepsen One-Design Regatta, regional PITCH Regatta and more
Cruising: Mixed power and sail cruises, weekend and week(s)long to the San Juans, Puget Sound, Canada and Alaska for both beginners and experienced cruisers
Inati Bay: Lummi Island BYC Outstation exclusive use for members
Annual Boat Parades: Holiday Lighted Boat and Opening Day
Youth Programs: Sailing camp basics through racing programs for ages 8-18
200-foot guest dock: In front of BYC for day moorage at no cost and limited longer term rentals
Reciprocity privileges with yacht clubs around Puget Sound, BC, and more
As a volunteer club, members run activities from regional, national, and international regattas, cruises around Puget Sound, Canada and Alaska and hold numerous social events at our clubhouse on Bellingham Bay. We value serving our community and host fund-raising events for various charities. Volunteering is encouraged and a great way to meet fellow members and entirely up to you.
BYC bar regular hours Wednesday through Friday
After races and regattas bar open and food available
Friday Night Steak Dinners once a month
Commodore’s Ball annual dinner- dance
Jazz Dinners featuring local and regional jazz bands
Opening Day party, blessing of the fleet, and “parade of boats”
Educational programs with speakers and videos
Fridays at Five with refreshments
Rental discounts for Marina Room, Ward and Commodores’ Rooms
|Membership Class||Initiation Fee||Annual Dues|
|Senior: Active member, age 70+||N/A||$474|
|Junior: Up to Age 18||N/A||$25|
|Junior: Age 19-20||N/A||$50|
|Intermediate: Age 21-29||N/A||$190|
Club-Year and Dues Proration:
Note, our club-year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. First-year dues upon joining is prorated quarterly depending on when you join. Prorating is as follows by joining month: Sep to Nov = 100%; Dec to Feb = 75%; Mar to May = 50%; Jun to Aug = 25%. So if you see a dues charge that is different than the full annual dues noted, it is due to prorating. The full annual dues is then charged to all members at the beginning of the club-year in October.