How to Join Skerries Sailing Club
To encourage new members, Skerries Sailing Club has decided not to charge a joining fee for this year. In addition it is offering a reduced rate of 50% of the base subscription for newcomers.
(Please note that other charges may apply).
You will need proposers and seconders but, if you are new to us and have no existing contacts, just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange for you to meet people who can sponsor your application. Or drop into the bar after sailing and ask to be introduced to a committee member who will help you. Alternatively you can print and fill in an application form mail it or drop it into the bar for the attention of the Membership Secretary who will guide you through the rest of the process.
Please note that you do not need to be an expert sailor to join. Skerries warmly welcomes newcomers to sailing and, indeed, sailing schools strongly recommend that you join a club sooner rather than later so you can put into practice what you may learn in classes. Even if you do not own a boat you can still get sailing practice. New members are given the opportunity to try different types of boat.
Skerries also owns three sailing dinghies (one is pictured at left) which are available for the use of new members to improve their sailing skills. A series of coaching days for new members is held on Saturday afternoons throughout the season (see the Calendar). Occasionally, boat owners are looking for new crew members and often find them among new members.
The club also puts like-minded sailors in touch with each other to discuss the possibility of forming a syndicate to share the costs of boat ownership. Also, should you decide to buy a boat, we strongly advise that you discuss it with members who have expertise in this area (any member of the committee will put you in touch with one of our local experts). In the past we have been able to save members money by helping to negotiate keener prices for boats and, by spotting drawbacks, to steer them away from unsuitable craft.
SKERRIES SAILING CLUB TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP
TYPE 2 – FOR FAMILIES OR MORE THAN 1 PERSON JOINING.
A family membership consists of a married or common-law couple with all of their children under the age of 18 years on January 1st or, one or both parents and all of their children under the age of 18 years on January 1st of the year of membership. In this type of membership, each parent/guardian becomes an Ordinary member and each child becomes a Cadet member. All members of the group will also become members of the ISA as part of their fee. The parent/guardian members are also entitled to vote at an AGM/EGM and to go forward for election to the Committee ? For 1st year membership a 50% discount is available. ? For 2nd year members, a 25% discount is available. ? From year 3, the full membership fees apply
YOUNG FAMILY MEMBERS
This membership offers a family (as defined above) wherein both parents/guardians are under 30 years on January 1st of the year of membership. All children must also be under 18years. All members of the Young Family Membership become members of the ISA included in their fee. The parent/guardian members are also entitled to vote at an AGM/EGM and to go forward for election to the Committee.
FAMILY OF VETERAN MEMBER
In cases where one of the senior parties of a family membership qualifies for Veteran status (i.e. 15 years membership and aged over 65 years), the remaining family members including any children under 18years on January 1st become eligible for this reduced family membership rate. All members will also become members of the ISA as part of their fee. You are also entitled to vote at an AGM/EGM and to go forward for election to the Committee.
ADDITIONAL SAILING CLUB FEES
For those members (excluding Shoreside & Offshore) eligible to partake in water-based activities such as Club racing, Regional/National/International competitive events, Powerboating, Cruising etc, an additional fee will most likely apply to your membership.
This additional fee permits the member to participate in all club-racing (Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays) and all open racing events held at Skerries Sailing Club. In addition, for those members with boats kept on moorings, members are entitled to use the Club’s punt/water-taxi service which operates throughout the main sailing season.
BOAT PARKING FEE
For dinghy owners, boat parking is permitted throughout the year and a seasonal fee (summer or winter) is applied depending upon the size of the dinghy. For cruiser owners, boat parking is permitted during the off-season only and the fee is dependant upon the size of the boat.