There are many reasons to join the Orleans Yacht Club, and, as any member can tell you, membership is an active part of their lives. Because of its not-for-profit status and limited revenue sources, the Club depends heavily on volunteerism by its members and considers an applicant's attitude toward service and likely involvement on committees and work parties in the review process. By participating in the Club's functioning, members have a great sense of ownership in "their" Club.

The Club's memberships are divided into four categories, Senior (ages 41 and up), Emeritus (must be 75 years old and have been an OYC member for 10 years), Corinthian (ages 21-40), and Life Membership (OYC membership for 50 years or a Commodore who has been a member for 25 years), each with a ceiling which can fluctuate to meet the Club’s needs. Currently, only the Senior and Life Memberships may vote. The number of each type of membership is set by the Executive Committee and may not be exceeded without their concurrence. A membership of any type represents a married couple or a single individual, and a senior membership, whether a couple or a single individual, is accorded only one vote. In accepting applicants for membership, the Executive Committee is pledged to a strict policy of non-discrimination based on age, sex, race, religious affiliation or sexual orientation.

There are two additional membership classes: Junior and Racing Associate.
Racing Associate Membership: Any person 21 years of age or more, who owns or has use of a class sailboat currently raced at the Club or is a crew member, may apply for a Racing Associate membership when sponsored by two (2) Club members in good standing. This membership entitles the Racing Associate to participate in Club sponsored Sunday races, use of the Club facilities during the racing season and participation in Sunday night Fleet 15 cookouts. The annual dues for a Racing Associate membership is currently $50 per year. Racing Associates have no voting power.
Junior memberships are available to those under 21 years of age and is also automatic for children participating in the OYC's Junior Sailing Program. Junior OYC members are given priority to become Corinthian members upon attaining the age of 21, ahead of new applicants. Junior members have no voting power and pay no dues.

As a member of the Yachting Club of America, the OYC membership also allows for reciprocity with hundreds of other registered Yacht & Sailing Clubs across America and world-wide. Applications for Corinthian and Senior memberships are currently being accepted.


  1. The potential Applicant(s) requires both a Sponsor and a Co-Sponsor who are current Club members. The Sponsor obtains a membership application directly from the OYC Office.
  2. After the Club receives the completed application with letters of recommendation from the Sponsor and Co-Sponsors, the Applicant(s)'s name is posted at the Club for a period of 14 days.
  3. After that period, the Membership Chair (MC) sends the Applicant(s) a letter, copying the Sponsor, Co-Sponsor and Secretary, acknowledging receipt of the application, noting they will be contacted by one of the Membership Committee to arrange an interview.
  4. A member of the Membership Committee and a Member of the Executive Committee will then interview the Applicant(s).
  5. The Membership Committee then presents the applicant to the Executive Committee at their next meeting and makes its recommendation. The Executive Committee votes to accept or reject the application.
  6. The Applicant is notified of the Executive Committee's decision by the Secretary who also notifies the Sponsor, Co-Sponsor and the Membership Committee; the Applicant will then be added to the waiting list if there are no current membership openings.
  7. Applicants are invited by the Secretary to move from the waiting list to Member status as openings occur.
  8. Upon receipt of the Club's dues & initiation payment, the Applicants become members of the OYC.

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