There are many opportunities for boating in the Puget Sound. Whether you are a power boater who enjoys cruising or a sailer or who enjoys the wind in the sails, there are several clubs you can join to begin sharing your boating experience with others.
The Tollycraft Boating Club welcomes anyone that loves the Tollycraft yachts. You can download a membership application for their yacht club at www.tollyclub.com. After filling out and submitting the application you will be contacted by the club secretary for further instructions.
Another great yacht club that is currently looking for new members of sailboats or powerboats, individuals or families, is the West Seattle Yacht Club. WSYC is a very fun and outgoing group that hosts 12 annual cruises to different destinations from the San Juans to Port Orchard and includes a large seafood and steak dinner each year along with monthly meetings and dinners. The initiation fees are low but fun and laughter are high. If you’re interested in the West Seattle Yacht Club, you can call 206-790-6495.
If you are an enthusiastic sailor, another great yacht club is the Northwest Riggers Yacht Club. WSYC meets on Northlake Way in Seattle at Ivars Salmon House for happy hour on Tuesdays. Meet at the first raised table area of the restaurant. During this hour, there’s planning for members of their boats and the cruise locations. There is a potluck dinner and a business meeting once a month at a members home. Presently, once a month there are overnight cruises during the summer. They are also daily sailings during the week and on weekends. Annual membership is very inexpensive. Their website is www.nwriggers.com. At this time they are actively seeking new members whether for power boating or sailing. There is a fun race during the winter called Goose Bump Races. For more information you can contact Dale at 425-747-8106.
If you lived in in the north end of the Puget Sound a great yacht club you can also join is the Edmonds Yacht Club. They are currently welcoming new members. This is a very active cruising club for powerboats and sailboats. There is a wide variety of members including boaters from families with young children to grandparents that are retired. The yacht club cruises to destinations in the Puget Sound and Canadian waters. If you are a member of the Edmonds yacht club you will have reciprocal moorage rights at 50 participating yacht clubs and marinas. The club has a new clubhouse for events including their monthly dinner meetings and many different fun activities such as dances, wine tasting and several holiday celebrations. If you’re interested in the Edmonds Yacht Club, you can contact Terry at 425-281-8427.
Yet another great yacht club in the Puget Sound is the Puget Sound Cruising Club, which is a group of sailors that are interested in local and long-distance cruising. The PSCC started in 1973 and it brings together people from all over the area that are interested in sharing their stories, pictures, cruising and sailing. This very talented group of folks at the PSCC will help you get out and start cruising. The meetings for the Puget Sound Cruising Club are in North Seattle at the community college on the third Fridays of the month. For more information about the Puget Sound Cruising Club, you can contact Judy and Paul at 206-963-3560.
Are you single? There’s a great club for single boaters also. The Seattle Singles Yacht Club meets Mondays at the China Harbor restaurant in Seattle on Westlake Avenue. Their meetings start at 7:30 p.m. and there is a $10 admission. For more information about any of their activities, which include volleyball, dancing, boating etc., you can visit www.SSYC.com.
If you’re a South sound boater there is also a club for you. The South Sound Sailing Society meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. on North Simmons at the Olympia Yacht Club. At every meeting, they have a featured guest speaker or presentation for their members. For more information, you can contact www.SSSS-club.com/SSSS.
There are many yacht clubs in the Puget Sound. These are just a few that might get you started on your way to your boating or sailing dreams.