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Q: Can I pay my subscription on a monthly basis?

A: Yes, our fees are annual, but if you prefer you can pay the annual fee in monthly instalments via PayPal. 

Q: When does the membership year start?

A: The membership year starts on the 1st March.  For members joining from the 1st September, fees are reduced by 50%.

Q:  How long will it take to process my application?

A: As soon as you pay, your membership will be active allowing you to book onto courses.  However, it will be provisional as all applications need to be approved by the committee which meets once a month.

Q: What sailing sessions do you run?

A: We run club racing every Saturday all year round.  From April to September our regular sessions include club racing on Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings, Social Sailing on Sunday mornings, a fun session on Friday evenings supported by experienced club members,  and Go Racing on Monday evenings for those seeking to increase their confidence in racing.  Club boats are available to hire at a small cost for all these sessions (providing you have your RYA level 2 or equivalent). Lots of opportunities to sail!

Q: I am new to sailing, what kit do I need?

A: If you have joined to do a learn to sail course, our Training Team will be in touch before your course advising what to wear and what to expect.  There is also lots of useful information in their section of the website.  However please get in touch with the membership secretary if you need help or advise.

Q: I want to sign up to a Learn to Sail Course, do I need to be a member?

A: Yes, our courses are only open to our members.

Q:  What are the dates for your Learn to Sail courses?

A:  As soon as our training calendar has been confirmed it will be added to our website.

Q:  How do I book onto a course?

A: First of all you need to, apply for membership and once a member you will be able to register for courses.

Q:  I have never been to the club before; can someone show me around?

A: Of course, please contact the membership secretary,, who will arrange for someone to show you around.

Q: I have never sailed at the club before, what is your launching process?

A: Please contact the membership secretary,, who will arrange for someone to take you through the process.

Q: How do I find out what events are running?

AAll  events at ELYC , sailing, power boating, social are listed on our website.  You currently need to register online before attending any event.

Q: Do you have club boats?

A: Yes, we have toppers, Zests and 2000s.  Club boats can be hired for a small fee by members who have their RYA Level 2 (or equivalent experience).

Q: May I use club boats to go free sailing outwith organised sessions?

A: No. For insurance reasons club boats may only be used when an appropriate level of safety cover is in place on the water.

Q: What is the dinghy parking fee and how do I get a space?

A:  The Dinghy Park and Harbour moorings are administered by North Berwick Harbour Trust Association.  Fees and the application process can be found on their website.

Q: When are the bar and café open?

A: The café is open all day on Saturdays, the bar after racing.

Q: How can I access the club house?

A: You access the club house using a fob.  Your welcome email has instructions on how to purchase a fob. Unless the café of bar is open this will normally only give you access to the ground floor facilities.

Q: How do I access the changing rooms?

A: Your welcome email gives you the code for the changing rooms. All members are asked to contribute to club security by ensuring the changing rooms are always locked.

Q: Can you store masts and spars at the club?

A: Yes, we have secure storage. All members are asked to contribute to club security by keeping our buildings locked.

Q: How is Safety Cover organised at ELYC?

A: During club events our ribs are driven by club members on a voluntary basis.

We also offer opportunities for members to take the RYA PB2 course to enable them to assist with safety cover. Members can volunteer as Assistant Cox without a PB2 certificate. Our more experienced members volunteer as Officer of the Day and are often looking for an assistant OOD to assist them in the Watch Hut. Helping out in the Watch Hut is a wonderful vantage point to learn more about racing at ELYC.

Our club is run by members, for members and it is expected that all members will volunteer in some capacity; on the water, manning the bar, helping at social events, assisting with boat maintenance, Beachmaster, helping to run regattas etc. You will have no difficulty in finding a role to suit you.

East Lothian Yacht Club | 36-40 Victoria Road | The Harbour | North Berwick | East Lothian | EH39 4JL

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