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About Nanaimo Yacht Club

Established in 1931 to encourage the sport of yachting, to foster seamanship and navigation, and to provide and maintain a suitable clubhouse and moorage facilities for the use and recreation of its members.

A historic maritime city located in central Vancouver Island, Nanaimo is closely associated with the sea. The Nanaimo Yacht Club is an integral part of this community, with approximately 750 members who enjoy benefits such as a modern clubhouse and first rate moorage. By volunteering for administrative and maintenance positions, the members have achieved a 1st class facility and very attractive rates.

The Nanaimo Yacht Club is clearly indicated on the Nanaimo Harbour chart at the south end of Newcastle Channel and just north west of the main anchorage.

Applications for membership are being accepted from anyone who has attained the age of 19, who resides in the area defined as School District 68 or School District 69; who followed the prescribed procedure, paid the prescribed fees and has been accepted for membership by the Executive Committee.

Associate memberships now available per the following criteria.

ASSOCIATE MEMBER – a person who has attained the full age of 19 years, who has followed the prescribed procedure and has been accepted by the Executive committee. An Associate member shall not vote, hold office, chair any committee, have moorage, or acquire Seniority with respect to moorage, and shall have not interest in any property of the Club. They shall be entitled to attend all General Meetings and enjoy all other facilities and functions of the Club, with the exception of Reciprocal clubs and outstations. An Associate Member may fly the club burgee and may apply for Regular membership upon request, and payment of the appropriate fees.

Current News

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Friday, April 24th, NYC’s own “Dock Rats” Live music in the bar lounge, Bar open at 7:00

Nanaimo Yacht Club's Annual Newcastle Island Easter Egg Hunt

Another huge Success

Salt Spring Marina 2015 Update

To Our Club Members,

Summer 2015 has now begun and we’re very excited to give you the inside scoop on our marina.

The pub and restaurant ‘Mobys’ is doing wonderfully, great food, great service and amazing views, In the evenings some nights you’ll also get to experience some of the islands best live music!

Unfortunately we no longer have the Queen of de Nile but don’t worry because Island Pathways are just now completing a great lit pathway from our marina to lower Ganges road so you no longer have to worry about walking on the busy road. We also have, for S/S Marina guests only, an amazing taxi voucher to and from uptown center (which includes stores like Country Grocer, Pharmasave and uptown Liquor store)

We can’t wait to see you this summer!
-S/S Marina

Looking for SIN Social Event Coordinator

Hi Everyone

This year’s Snake Island – Nanaimo (SIN) regatta is on July 4 & 5, 2015.

Getting involved in the planning for our annual SIN regatta is a great opportunity for either new or long-standing members of the NYC.  This is a fun event that brings in locals and visitors from as far away as Anacortes & Seattle.  Over the years, our SIN regatta has evolved and adapted to the changing culture of sailboat racing on the water, and shore side there is plenty of opportunity for creativity and showing visitors how great of a host the NYC is.

This is a fun opportunity that involves working with other volunteers on the shore side of the event - planning a few meals and entertainment, as well as assisting the Race Chair (David McCallum) and NYC staff with registration, and administration of one of the NYC's big annual events - the SIN regatta.

We would like to thank Dave Maudie for his tireless work for the past SEVEN YEARS heading the social side of the SIN weekend.  Unfortunately he is stepping down from these duties this year, so we desperately need someone to volunteer to take on this very important position IMMEDIATELY, as time is of the essence to get everything planned and in place for the July weekend.

 Please if you are at all interested in helping fill this position contact me as soon as you can. 

NYC Fleet Captain 

Al Fairhurst, BC Parks "Community Partner of the Year for 2014

G.A. “Alvie Fairhurst  March 12, 1920-November 30, 2013


Al (Alvie) Fairhurst went to work for BC Parks as a forest engineer in 1958. This was the same year that he joined Nanaimo Yacht Club. In 1962 he transferred to the Planning Dept. and about that time proposed a system of marine parks along the BC coast to Alaska. The parks would be spaced about 20 miles apart, or an easy day’s sail. During summers Al spent much time cruising the coast and exploring many of the anchorages that became parks on board the Grey Goose. Prior to these summer cruises, Al prepared an itinerary which was shared with a group of friends who would accompany him, or meet sometimes, for at least part of the cruise. During some of his earlier cruises he found Desolation Sound to be an ideal cruising area and put together a proposal that lead to the formation of Desolation Sound Marine Park. Al also had a hand in Pirate’s Cove Marine Park ensuring that the anchorage would not be  lost by including the narrow strip on the west side so private docks could not be built there by the upland owners.

After retiring from BC Parks in 1981, Al continued his summer cruises for many years. As a delegate to the Council of BC Yacht Clubs he continued to recommend safe anchorages and potential park sites. In fact, when Al was invited to a CBCYC meeting at NYC to receive a plaque in honour of all that he had done, he showed up with a roll of charts and suggested some locations in the Broughton Archipelago that the CBCYC should work towards preserving.

When you talk to anyone about Al there is always stories about him encouraging young people to become involved in sailing, kindly offering navigational advice or just letting someone use his dinghy.

Any comments about would not be complete without a mention of his dog Burgie. There were several Burgies and it was rare to see Al without also seeing his companion with him.

Pender Harbour, Fisherman's Resort Outstation Reinstated

During the January General Meeting, the membership voted and passed the reinstatement of our Outstation in Pender Harbour.

Our members can stay for two nights per season from June to September.

Reserve ahead by calling: 604-883-2336

WebSite: www.fishermansresortmarina.com

Cruise Notice Symphony Splash 2015 (Date Sensitive)

This is an early notice for anyone interested in attending the Symphony Splash in Victoria next summer.  Symphony Splash, for your information, is a performance of the Victoria Symphony, on a barge in Victoria Harbour, the evening of Sunday August 2nd.  It’s a huge public event; tens of thousands of spectators jostle on shore to observe the show.  As boaters, we have the opportunity to get moorage on the same dock the Symphony barge is moored to.  Being on a dock gives us moorage with secured access, right in the center of the action.  To secure moorage at the Causeway Dock (in front of the Empress Hotel), participants need to get their reservations in as soon as reservations open on January 2nd at 0900 hrs.  Either phone in to the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (250.383.8326 ex 265), or email; they need the information that is on their online form at: http://gvha.ca/reservations.php.   Moorage is limited, rafting may be required.
Shelley and I will act as Cruise Leaders for this event.  We plan to have a potluck appetizer and a dinner over the weekend, otherwise leaving attendees to enjoy the event, friends, and downtown Victoria. If you are cruising southern waters next summer, and feel you can commit to attending this event (this event requires commitment, it is a 10 to 15 hour trip for most folks), we’d like you to join us.  Please sign the sheet in the Clubhouse, and we’ll start a group email to keep everyone connected and informed (and I can send you the contact info by email!).   You can call me with questions at 250-753-0868.
Rob Wiebe, and Shelley Boese

Learn to Sail at NYC!

Have you always wanted to learn to sail? Did you know NYC offers Sailing programs for Adults, Children and Youth ages 5-18!

Click here to see all the courses we are offering this year.

Recreational Dinghy Sailing
Non-structured sessions provide those with Basic Sailing Skills with an opportunity to sail purely for fun in a safe and supportive environment. An instructor will be on hand to help with equipment and to monitor safety. This is NOT a Learn to Sail Program. Participants must be able to self-manage and follow directions to participate.

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