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Who We Are


We are an inclusive group of people with a connection to the San Juan Islands who are interested in boating and our marine environment.  We welcome members with sailboats, powerboats and human-powered craft, even people who have non-boating interests in our unique island home – owning a boat is not a requirement of membership. 

The Clubhouse is a focus of the San Juan Island social scene and a great way for new or seasonal residents to make connections with active community members and find common interests while enjoying an unmatched view of Friday Harbor from our infinity deck.  Twice a week or more the Club is open to members and guests for dinner and drinks.  We host movie nights, costume parties and galas. We sponsor Opening Day each May – the San Juan Island “4th of July on the Water” – with the participation of dozens of community groups.  

Club volunteers lead 8-10 cruises each year to destinations as near as the San Juan and Gulf islands and as far as Barkley Sound and the Broughton Archipelago. We sponsor fishing contests. We have sponsored the Shaw Island Classic sailboat race for nearly 50 years.

Benefits of Membership

  • Meet active, fun, engaged people connected to organizations across the community
  • Participate in fun social events on land and sea
  • Cruise to interesting destinations with the support of other experienced boaters
  • Free access to boating education and safety program
  • Reciprocal privileges at over 120 yacht clubs from Mexico and Hawaii to British Columbia, Canada
  • Deep discounts on rental of the SJIYC facility for private functions and wedding
  • And, of course, an attractive burgee to fly and represent the SJIYC when you visit other ports of call

How to Join the SJIYC

Memberships are available.

You can download a complete application package by clicking one of the links below which provide a comprehensive description of the process and the necessary application forms.

We encourage you to come to the club as our guest for one of our 2-3 meals each week (check the calendar on this website) to get to know us. You will find our members and officers glad to invite you to join them.  We will then connect you with two members to sponsor your application. Your sponsors commit to support you in meeting other members and getting value from your membership.  If you would like any help with the process contact our membership chair, Vice Commodore Mike Nachlinger at

Membership Application

Junior Member Application (Under 21)

Mail your completed application along with a check for the application fee of $580 to:

Mike Nachlinger, Vice Commodore
P.O. Box 67
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

The Membership Chairperson will contact you for a meeting to provide you with an opportunity to discuss your membership interest.

Your application will be processed per the By-laws of San Juan Island Yacht Club.

The initiation fee into the Club is $2,500.  New members can pay the fee, less the $580 application fee, when inducted. You also have the option of paying the initiation fee via an installment plan of $500 a year plus a nominal interest charge on the outstanding balance.   Annual dues will be pro-rated based upon the month of your induction.  Dues may be paid in a single installment, quarterly or monthly.

Annual Dues:
Couple: $890 
Single: $535

Non-Resident Members:
Couple: $625
Single: $375