BYC Membership Benefits
Spring 2022 Membership Special

Spring 2022 Membership Special


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.


Why and How to Join the Bellingham Yacht Club

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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.

Benefits of Joining-Boating

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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. 

Benefits of Joining-Social Activities


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 FAQs

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Are there other membership requirements? Do I need to own a boat?
Do I have to be a previous BYC member to qualify for non-resident member status?

2021-2022 Dues and Initiation Fees

Active and Non-Resident Memberships
Junior/Intermediate Memberships
Senior Memberships
Membership Class  Initiation Fee Annual Dues
Active (Resident) $310 $632
Non-Resident $310 $422
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.