Visiting Other Yacht Clubs
by Nick Mockridge
One of the most exciting benefits you get by belonging to the Arizona Yacht Club is a chance to use some of the West Coast’s most glamorous yacht clubs. Because of the efforts of some of our members, relationships with many of the southern and south central California yacht clubs have blossomed into full-fledged reciprocal agreements that permit AYC members in good standing to have temporary access to these clubs’ basic services.
When you consider that many of these yacht clubs have fine premises, restaurants, bars, launching and boat storage facilities (and membership dues that reflect all this luxury), it’s clear that reciprocal privileges are a perk to be treasured, nurtured, and cultivated. Abuse them and we could all lose them.
To maintain goodwill between the AYC and these reciprocating clubs, it’s important to follow these guidelines:
- Make sure you bring your AYC membership card in good, legible condition. Duplicates are available from the AYC membership directors for a nominal charge, but make sure to ask at least two weeks before you need the card.
- Be prepared to present your membership card as soon as you arrive at the reciprocal club. Many clubs have barriers or security guards to prevent unauthorized access, so simply explain that you’re visiting under their club’s reciprocal agreement. Please do not try to enter without your card, and if access is denied for any reason, please do not argue. Disappointing as that may be, just plan to return later, and notify AYC membership directors of the problem to see if they can arrange a more favorable welcome next time.
- Once you’re cleared to go in, ask the gate security guard, reception desk or another member whether they have a guest book you should sign and track down the club secretary or other appropriate official and introduce yourself. Non-club members are likely to get the third degree if discovered wandering about, so introducing yourself and “checking in” should prevent any awkwardness.
- Needless to say, be gracious and courteous. You are an envoy for the AYC and our entire club will be judged by your actions. Encourage their members to visit us in the winter. Tell them about our great Birthday Regatta, our Spring/Fall race series, and our two primary sailing locations (Lake Pleasant and Tempe Town Lake). Offer our Web address.
Which clubs offer reciprocal privileges? Most of the clubs listed in the directory, Register of American Yacht Clubs. Here is a link to their slightly-clunky website. Click on the “Members Only” link and enter this information: User name: club1040. Password: y100446c.
For further information on which clubs participate in this reciprocal program, or if you know of any Southwestern clubs that you think might want to participate, please contact Membership or our Commodore.