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  • What are the differences between Active, Associate and Affiliate Membership?
    • The separate classes of WVYC membership confer different obligations and privileges for members 19 years of age and over.

      Active Members, the largest group in WVYC, have all the privileges of belonging to the club, including the right to vote and hold office, and to have assigned moorage at a slip within the club.  Qualifications to become an Active Member include a transfer from Associate Member status; either after 24 months as an Associate, or if you currently own a boat moored elsewhere and be on the waitlist for moorage.   

      Associate Members enjoy access to Club privileges such as the four outstations, temporary seasonal moorage, and the club’s elevator and mast tower.  Associate Members pay discounted monthly fees, but they do not have the right to vote or hold office or be assigned moorage. Associate Members can be on the moorage waitlist.

      When a slip becomes available for your boat, you will need to convert to be an Active Member at that time.  

      The limit on the number of Associate or Active memberships is 500 members. Both Active and Associate Members in good standing earn seniority, which is the key to assigning moorage to WVYC members.

      Affiliate Members have restricted privileges and is commonly referred to as a "social membership".  This membership category, at reduced monthly fees, is designed for those who enjoy the food and beverage services at the clubhouse, as well as the variety of events on the WVYC social calendar. Affiliate Members can volunteer for Club events. Affiliate Members are often parents of Junior members, or sail as racing crew on WVYC boats.  Affiliate Members may also book our fleet of stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and dinghies. This category is ideal for those who want to join our friendly and community-oriented club and be part of the fun, but do not want to have moorage, utilize the outstations, or access the boating amenities in the basin.

      Affiliate Members do not earn seniority and cannot vote or hold office.  Affiliate Members do not earn seniority.  The Affiliate membership category is capped at 30 members. There is a waitlist for the Affiliate membership. If you are interested, please contact admin@wvyc.ca. 
  • How long does it take to be assigned moorage?
    • Moorage is somewhat constrained all over the lower mainland. The Club's prime location and attractive mooring rates relative to commercial options make it no exception. Moorage is assigned on the basis of seniority as a Club member and on the availability of slips to match your boat length and beam measurements.

      Our recently completed replacement and reconfiguration of docks has resulted in fewer but larger slips to better match demand. 
       
      Recent experience has had boats under 25' be assigned in 3-4 years, boats 26'-29' in 4-10 years, boats 30'-35' in 7-12 years, boats 36'-40' in 10-15 years, and for boats over 40', in 15-20 years.
  • Is there temporary moorage?
    • Temporary moorage is available when members are absent from their slips, which is mostly in the summer season. This is assigned first-come reservation basis according to the club regulations.
  • Does the club have an in-house charge system?
    • The Club has an in house system whereby members can sign a chit for goods and services and then receive a monthly statement.  Increasingly, bookings can be made online for certain events, and these are booked directly to your account.
  • Which members of my family does the membership include?
    • Active, and Associate memberships include legal spouse and dependent children under 18 years of age. Spouses of Active members may apply for "Joint Spousal Membership" to allow either spouse to vote on club affairs. Joint Spousal category also provides for either spouse to be eligible to hold office. Only one vote, one moorage space and one office can be held by Joint Spousal Members.
  • Who is responsible for food and beverage charges on my account?
    • The member of record is responsible for all charges including those of family members who may use his/her account.
  • Do all children require a membership in the Club?
    • Children active in club affairs receive discounted rates for junior training programs.  Junior Members range in age from 4 years to 18 years of age. Junior Members can switch to Intermediate Members at age 16 and can enjoy the rights and privileges of the club, except voting, holding office and moorage.  
  • What privileges do Associate Members have?
    • Associate members have all rights and privileges of the Club except the right to vote, hold office or be assigned moorage. These privileges include full use of four outstations, the boat elevator, workshop, and mast tower.  
  • What privileges do Affiliate Members have?
    • Affiliate members have the following privileges:  

      - Use the food and beverage services of the Galley and Bar
      - Volunteer for Club activities
      - Participate in Club social events
      - Rent the Clubhouse and/or Yachting Centre
      - Receive Members rates for Club courses
      - Access the Club-owned recreational stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, and dinghies offered through the "small vessel fleet" online booking system
      - Access Club-owned dinghy storage at the Club facilities, as available, after priority assignment to moored members

      Affiliate members may also visit an outstation (e.g., Elliott Bay) using the "Outstation Guest Program" process, for a maximum of two weekend visits in total, during the entire period of the Affiliate membership. The purpose of this privilege is to expose the Affiliate member to what the outstations have to offer. An Affiliate Member can transfer to Associate Member status to use the outstations on an ongoing basis.

      Affiliate members do not earn seniority, cannot vote, cannot have Club moorage (nor access boating amenities in the basin), and do not have access to the Boat 2 Go program or other shared Club boats. 

  • What are the benefits and qualifications of converting from Intermediate to Associate to Active membership?
    • An Active membership allows the member (or their Joint Spousal Member) to vote.

      They must also be Active members to have moorage at the Club.

      The eligibility for Active membership status, is to meet at least one of the following requirements:  
      -  Have had at one time been assigned Club moorage (this would apply to someone who resigned and rejoined)
      -  Have a boat moored elsewhere and be on the waiting list for a Club moorage slip (note that you need to convert to Active status before you can be assigned moorage)
      -  Have been an Associate or Active member in good standing for 2 years.

  • I am not sure I follow the details of what is involved in moving from Intermediate to Associate status.
    • Perhaps an example would be best.

      Assume two members of the same age:

      A, who joins as an Intermediate Member at age 16, becoming an Associate Member at age 27, and
      B, who joins as an Associate Member at age 27.  

      When they both become 31 years of age, and each has a similar boat for moorage purposes, say 30ft in length, they would likely require 15 years of seniority to be offered a slip.

      The difference is that member A would get moorage at age 31 (11 years as an Itermediate and 4 years as an Associate), while member B would have to wait an additional 11 years to have 15 years of seniority at age 42. Comparing current membership fees and dues and then take into account that member A has a reduced rate for moorage at the Club, then member A is over $28,000 ahead than his friend member B who would be mooring at a commercial marina in the interim.
  • What are the benefits and qualifications of converting from Associate to Active membership?
    • An Active membership allows the member (or their Spousal Member) to vote. They must also be Active members to have moorage at the Club.
      The eligibility for Active membership status, is to meet at least one of the following requirements:

      • Have had at one time been assigned Club moorage (this would apply to someone who resigned and rejoined)
      • Have a boat moored elsewhere and be on the waiting list for a Club moorage slip (note that you need to convert to Active status before you can be assigned moorage)
      • Have been an Associate or Active member in good standing for 2 years.
  • If I am away for a Club Meeting can I still vote?
    • You can assign your vote for an Annual or Special General Meeting to a Proxy using a form available at the Office. A Proxy can cast one Proxy vote in addition to their own. Time limits for filing the proxy form are stipulated in the Notice of Meeting


Junior Membership FAQs

  • Who can be a junior member?
    • A child older than three and less than 19.
  • Does a parent need to be a member?
    • Parents do NOT need to be a member. A junior member can be the only person in a family who belongs to the club, but we encourage the whole family to join and be involved in an exciting and engaging Club. For juniors, whose parents are members, the annual dues are lower (see Question on dues below).
  • If my child is a Junior member can other family members use the Club?
    • No, Junior memberships are individual only.
  • What does a junior get to do with his/her membership?
    • • The ability to participate in junior activities and make some lasting friendships while having fun with events such as the Pumpkin Bowl regatta.
      • As a club member, reduced rates on our junior learn-to-sail lessons
      • The sense of belonging and the chance to socialize with kids with similar interests.
      • Eligibility for Corinthian Fund support for competitive sailboat racing
      The junior membership does not include assessments nor quarterly minimum billings, and seniority begins when a junior members becomes an intermediate member (can occur as early as 16 years of age).
  • How does being a junior reduce the membership (initiation) fee when they become an associate/active member?
    • The membership (initiation) fee is due upon application to become an Associate or Active member. The Junior membership contributes significantly to reducing the fee potentially down to zero.

      When calculating a membership fee, the fee will be reduced by:
      • All dues paid by the member as a junior and/or intermediate member
      • 5% of the membership fee multiplied by the number of years the member was a junior and/or intermediate member (to a maximum of 10 years).
      If the sum of the above two points are greater than the membership fee, then the fee will be zero.

      For example:
      Rachel joins as a junior member at the age of 6. At 16, she becomes an intermediate member. At 24, she buys a San Juan 24 and wants to become an Active member. Her membership (initiation fee) would be as follows:
      Membership fee (for 19-24 year olds):                             $3082.73
      Minus Junior Annual Fees (whose parent is a member)      $428.30 (10 X $42.83)
      Minus Intermediate Fees (while a student)                      $2163.20 (8 X $67.60 X 12)
      Minus 50% membership fee                                            $1,541

      Membership fee due:                                                      ZERO

      Bonus: She already has 8 years of seniority that began when she joined as an Intermediate member, which helps in acquiring moorage in the club for her boat.
  • How does the junior membership application process work?
    • It’s easy and straightforward. Simply complete the application form. An authorized Pre-Payment form with a cancelled cheque is required. A meeting with the Director of Junior Activities may also occur.

  • What are the annual dues for a junior membership?
    • Click on "Fees and Dues" in the menu on the right 
  • My child is in school is there a different fee structure?
    • There is a reduced fee structure for full time Intermediate students.
  • Who is responsible for my child's Junior member account?
    • Their parents; all Junior members are required to be on the Pre- Authorized payment system linked to their parents banking system.