Joining the Bellingham Yacht Club

Who We Are

The Bellingham Yacht Club is made up of a variety of people from all around Bellingham and beyond who love boats and/or boating. In fact, it’s likely that you know many of us already. We’re people who enjoy the company of others and like to share good times. Through our programs and sponsorship of periodic local events open to everyone, the Bellingham Yacht Club serves our community. By hosting regional, national, and international boating regattas, we help showcase our city and county to others world-wide. While the focus of the Club is on recreational boating activities, we have many social activities which appeal to boaters and non-boaters alike. Owning a boat is not a membership requirement at the Bellingham Yacht Club. All you need to belong is a desire to have fun and get acquainted… it’s that easy!

A Well Financed and Organized Club

The BYC is a membership association incorporated in Washington. Governance includes the Club’s Officers and a Board of Trustees elected by the membership. All Club activities are run by volunteers (except our Junior Sailing coaches) and by committees appointed annually. We own the large waterfront clubhouse, and substantial equipment including a junior sailboat fleet and several “mark boats” for racing and cruising events. We have substantial income from the rental of part of our building to a local catering company which has allowed us to dramatically increase our net worth in recent years, as the building mortgage … our only borrowing … gets paid down long before due. Many BYC members believe that soon, our success will dictate a substantial initiation fee so that new members “pay their share”, another reason to join now!

Stop by and visit the club (newly remodeled in 2009 and 2011)! We are open in the fall and winter months at 1700 (5:00 p.m.) on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings and also for Monday Night Football.