Q: Who can join?
A: Membership is open to the general public.
Q: What is a membership year?
A: From April 1st to March 31st next year. All memberships expire March 31st.
Q: How much is the membership fee?
A: Membership costs are detailed on the Membership Application.
Q: I just took my sailing classes in August and want to join the club to sail more. But it’s already close to the end of season. Do I get any discount for the membership fee?
A: If you join after September 1st there is a significant discount off the full membership cost. Membership costs are detailed on the Membership Application.
Q: How can I get a membership application form?
A: Here is a link to the Membership Application. Click on the link and print the form. Once you have completed the form and signed and dated it, please mail it, with your check to the mailing address at the bottom of the form.
Q: Can I bring guests other than my family members to sail?
A: Yes, you can.
Q: What else do I get with the membership?
A: In addition to all the sailing and other community activities you'll get a new Google account, login credentials, a Gmail inbox with <you>@rentonsailing.org email address, and full access to Google's G-Suite of applications. Club communications are sent to your new @rentonsailing.org email address.
Q: How do I access emails sent to me at my @rentonsailing.org account?
A: You can use your new Gmail account as a separate and fully functional email account. Some members prefer to forward their @rentonsailing.org emails to a different inbox. You'll find forwarding instructions on the Club Email and Forwarding page.
Q: How can I qualify for the intermediate or advanced skills rating? How are the skills of experienced sailors who have not participated in classes assessed?
A: All new club members are beginners by definition. The only way to become intermediate and then advanced sailor is to demonstrate proficiency in accomplishing all of the skills tests. The skills test needs to be signed off by a Dock Master or Instructor. Copies of the skills tests are on a web page. RSC classes are not required.
Q: How do I get a rating?
A: All new members who intend to sail club boats must pass a series of practical tests to demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge and ability to operate the boats safely in a variety of conditions. This is to ensure that the members who take a boat out without supervision will be able to exercise good judgment and be able to self-rescue in the event of a capsize. The primary consideration is safety first. The tests are designed to establish a standard level of performance that is consistently applied to all members.
Q: I have been sailing for years. Do I still have to take all the tests?
A: Essentially, yes. You must pass the practical exam and demonstrate your ability to handle a Capri 14.2 sloop rigged dinghy. If your experience has been largely keel boats, you will find that sailing an Capri, although theoretically the same, requires more attention to things like the balance of the boat, shifting your weight properly, etc. You must demonstrate the requisite skills to the satisfaction of the examiner. The practical tests are designed so that you can pass them in stages, or, conditions permitting, all at once.
Q: How do you track service hours?
A: Each person gets them signed off and initialed as they do the service work on their checklist by the person who is responsible for the work project.
Q: How can I get more involved to the Club?
A: Come to a monthly meeting posted on the club web site, volunteer your time and expertise to the Club, and join your fellow sailors at our social events!