OYC is an organization of Men & Women dedicated to the enjoyment of boats & boating in the PNW. It is composed of pleasure boaters who seek to enjoy the sport with the gay men & lesbians who make-up our membership. We are dedicated to engaging in safe & enjoyable boating activities and occasional social activities. Through this organization, we can share our expertise and learn skills in all aspects of boating - both power & sail.
OYC plans a yearly schedule of activities. These can & do include; dinner meetings with speakers & programs, social potlucks, raft trips, boat outings and a Christmas party. The monthly outings & cruises are very popular, and occur on Puget Sound, Lake Union and Lake Washington. The events enable members, or prospective members, to get to know one another. Members are urged to make suggestions about outings, and have the opportunity to be the Fleet Captain (or host) for their favorite event.
OYC is served by a board of directors chosen by the membership. All officers are appointed by the board and include a Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, Yeoman and Purser. The officers and board members meet monthly to review the activities of the club. OYC is governed through by-laws which spell out the structure & responsibility of officers & members. Communication is maintained between members through the OYC Blog, OYC Facebook page, and OYC Twitter account. New members receive the OYC burgee, which serves as a means of identifying club members' boats at Rendezvous and while cruising the Salish Sea.
OYC is open to all men & women boating enthusiasts, whether or not they own a boat. While by-laws dictate that at least one-third of members own boats, there has never been a need to turn anyone away. Experience is not a requirement for becoming a member. Even the most inexperienced new boater is welcome to join. While the club does have many experienced and competent boaters, the club also recognizes that all boaters started with limited knowledge and have built their skills & abilities through experience. OYC expects there will be a willingness to learn from more experienced captains and crews.
If you have an interest in becoming a member or learning more about the club, we recommend that you attend an outing or social event. If you wish to proceed with membership please fill out our application. Open PDF with Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click Join OYC!