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Pequot Yacht Club’s very existence depends wholly upon its membership, and new members are its lifeblood. New members do more than just fill the ranks; they bring new and diverse ideas and perspectives to the Club and allow our members to expand their horizons and make new friends and acquaintances. It is important that we all participate in growing and sustaining a vibrant club of members that can share our enthusiasm and interest in sailing. Members are encouraged to introduce prospective candidates to other members, as well as members of the Membership Committee and the Board of Governors, prior to the formal application process. We also continue to promote the encouragement of Corinthian membership for those young, committed, enthusiastic sailors age 18 to 36. These are the potential senior members of the future. In addition we continue to enjoy an active Special Activity Member (SAM) program, which gives prospective new members an introduction to the Club for a trial period.

Membership Preference

Membership preference shall be given to a candidate who is an active sailor, has children and is desirous of having them participate in the Junior Yacht Club program, and is willing to be active in club affairs and is active in the community.

The Membership Process

Members wishing to propose a candidate will initiate the process by contacting the Membership Chair. The formal process begins with the submission of required documents by September 15. The process continues over the next few months as candidates meet the Membership Committee and BOG at informal club gatherings. Candidates are voted in at the February Board of Governors meeting. The Membership Committee also reserves the right to hold a special membership cycle.

Special Activity Membership (SAM)

Pequot Yacht Club offers limited participation to adult non-members in two groups throughout the year; The Summer SAM program runs from April 1 through October 31, and includes the option of membership in the One Design Sailing program. The Winter SAM program runs from November 1 through March 31, and includes the option of sailing in the Frostbiting program. Members wishing to propose a SAM candidate begin the process by contacting the Membership Chair for the proposal form. The candidate’s proposal is reviewed and approved by the Membership Committee and the appropriate sailing committee (One Design or Frostbiting), and voted on at a Board meeting prior to the respective season. The deadline for the Summer program is March 1, and for the Winter program October 1.