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Non-Member FAQs

How do you determine what non-members are accepted into the Junior Program?

Riverside Yacht Club is a community sailing club. Juniors from the local community who have an interest in learning to sail or advancing their sailing skills and register for the sailing program during the open registration period are admitted into the program where space is available after priority is given to its membership.  Non-members applying for the Morning Program are accepted in the same fashion with priority given to siblings who have also registered for the sailing program, are in process for membership at the club, and have participated in the program in prior years, not necessarily in that order.

How long is the wait to become a member?

Riverside Yacht Club seeks to accept members of the community who share a passion for nautical activities, are active in the community, and have a strong familiarity with the current membership. An applicant is admitted by the Board upon a positive recommendation by the Admissions Committee assuming there is an open space in the capped membership. There is no set timeframe for the admissions process. Please click here for more information regarding membership.

If competing in a regatta, can I bring guests down to the club to use the pool/snack bar?

The use of the club and its facilities are restricted to its members.  This includes the use of the pool, snack bar, tennis courts, main and junior clubhouse, beach and docks.  Non-members will be given a charge number to use on specific occasions at the club to participate in Junior Program activities.  Regattas are not one of the designated events by which non-members can use the charge number or use the club facilities.

Can we attend the banquet, what is the dress code and can our younger siblings attend?

Traditionally, on the last day of the Junior Program, a banquet is held to celebrate the juniors who participated in the program.  The participating juniors and their parents are invited to attend.  The dress code for juniors is dresses for girls and dress shirt, tie, blazer, shorts, belt and boat shoes for boys.

Are we able to use the beach?

The use of the club and club facilities are for member use only including the beach.

Can I buy lunch in the main club or snack bar while my child is at camp?

Non-members will be given a charge number to use on specific occasions at the club to participate in Junior Program activities.  These events will be communicated upon your acceptance into the program when given a charge number. Non-members are not permitted to use their charge numbers outside of the specified events.  Non-members can enjoy the club and club facilities when invited as guests by members of the club.

Can I volunteer as a non-member?

Riverside Yacht Club is a volunteer driven club and throughout the eight-week Junior Program, there will many ways to volunteer.  Be sure to attend the orientation meeting(s) for the program(s) your junior(s) have been admitted to find out more.

Does my child need a boat?

All children registered for the Junior Sailing Program will need a boat with the exception of children in the Recreation program, Intro to 420, Taste of Sailing & Big Boats.

Where do I rent a boat?

Dinghy Locker at Landfall Navigation and Boat Locker are local retailers who sell and lease all class of boats that are sailed through the Junior Program at Riverside Yacht Club.  In addition, please reach out to your Riverside Yacht Club sponsor members who can check our monthly newsletter and RYC Classifieds for individual boat sales.

What is the dress code at opening ceremony and is food included in our program fees for the opening ceremony?

The Opening Ceremony is one of the events non-members are invited to use their charge number to purchase food and beverages from the club.  The dress code at Riverside Yacht Club is smart casual.  Collared shirts are required in the evening, except that t-shirts may be worn in the evening after racing on sailing evenings. Neat blue jeans are acceptable, except in dining areas that may be designated as formal from time to time. Since the Opening Ceremony takes place on the pool deck, non-members are welcome to bring bathing suits. Bathing suits are prohibited in the Clubhouse and on the deck and lawn surrounding the Clubhouse unless wearing suitable covering. Hats and caps shall not be worn in the Clubhouse. Footwear must be worn at all times in the Clubhouse and on the deck.

Is the banquet included in the junior fees?

The Banquet Ceremony is one of the events non-members are invited to use their charge number to purchase food and beverages from the club to participate in the event. 

Does the club have a trailer that takes boats to regattas?

The club does not own a trailer to transport boats to and from regattas.  Depending upon the boat class and location of the regatta, some boats can be transported by other means.  Non-members are responsible for transporting their boat to and from regattas, however, the Junior Program Sailing Staff and membership will provide knowledge and assistance to facilitate the process.

Are there different pick-up policies for members/non-members

Parents/Guardians of junior members and non-members participating in the Junior Program must be signed out by their Sailing Instructor or Counselor every day. There are departure permission forms parents can sign before the beginning of the program to permit their age eligible junior to be dismissed without a parent/guardian present.

Are my children allowed to attend special events and can their siblings attend? (i.e. social, BBQs, etc.)

Non-members will be given a charge number to use on specific occasions at the club to participate in special Junior Program activities with their participating junior.  These events will be communicated upon your acceptance into the program when given a charge number. Non-members are not permitted to use their charge numbers outside of the specified events.  Non-members can enjoy the club and club facilities when invited as guests by members of the club.

Are you allowed to stay on club property after program hours and pay a pool guest fee if your sponsor family is not there?

Non-members can enjoy the club and club facilities when invited as guests by members of the club. Non-members are not permitted to use their charge numbers outside of the specified events.

I am late picking up my child. Can they hang out with friends by the pool until I arrive?

Parents/Guardians of junior non-members participating in the Junior Program must be signed out by their Sailing Instructor or Counselor every day. There are departure permission forms parents can sign before the beginning of the program to permit their age eligible junior to be dismissed without a parent/guardian present.  If a parent/guardian is late for pick-up, the Sailing Instructor/Counselor will remain with the junior until the parent/guardian arrives.  Fees will be assessed for repeated tardy pick-ups.

Are non-member juniors eligible to win trophies?

Yes.  As participants in the program, non-member juniors are eligible to receive trophies at the various award ceremonies for sailing regattas as well as at the end of the Sailing and Morning Program award ceremonies.  At the Awards Banquet, there are a few distinguished trophies designated for members.

How can I get a copy of The Burgee?

All communications related to the Junior Program will be communicated and distributed to non-members.  To access other club communications, such as, The Burgee, non-members are invited to ask their sponsors for a copy.

Am I allowed to order Riverside Yacht Club apparel?

Specific Riverside Yacht Club apparel and accessories created for the Junior Program are available for purchase by junior member and non-members families.

Can my child serve as a Junior Instructor or Junior Counselor as a non-member?

 The role of Junior Instructor and Junior Counselor are for junior members only.