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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 are between boats – 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 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

You are sponsored into the club by two existing members.  You will find our members glad to invite you to join them at the Club and get to meet other members.  We encourage participation as a guest in several events to really get to know us.  If you don’t know any current members contact our membership chair, Vice Commodore Mike Nachlinger at, who can help make connections with existing members for you.

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. It also describes some aspects of the Club and outlines the financial implications of membership. 

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