Sailing boat

Full Member Categories

Membership at the Royal Hamilton Yacht club provides you full access to club and her facilities. As a member you receive a vote at the Annual General Meeting, as a member of the club with a boat, you receive two votes at the Annual General Meeting. The initiation is a one time fee. Membership allows you reciprocal privileges at other clubs the RHYC is associated with. A list of clubs is listed on our website. Children and dependence under the age of 18 are included in the membership.

Ages: 65 and older

•    Initiation: $500 
•    Annual Dues: $853
•    Food & Beverage Quarterly Minimum: $150

Ages: 40 to 64

•    Initiation: $500 
•    Annual Dues: $1,219
•    Food & Beverage Quarterly Minimum: $150

Ages: 19 to 39

•    Initiation: $500 or $83.33 over 5 years
•    Annual Dues: $401
•    Food & Beverage Quarterly Minimum: $75

Full Time Student Ages: 19 to 24 

To support student attending school full time
•    Annual Dues: $244

Able Sail

Able sailors in any of the above age groups 
•    Initiation: 50% off 
•    Annual Dues: 50% off
•    Food & Beverage Quarterly Minimum: same amount as in age group

$40 for Ages 39 & Under

The $40 for Ages 39 & under program for members 39 years of age and under. Members of this payment program are considered full members.  The payment includes the initiation spread over 6 years and the annual membership fees. The food & beverage minimum is $75 per quarter. It is the same membership as the Ages: 19-39. If you turn 40 years of age during the membership year, you will move to the next membership category.

Junior Member

A Junior Member has full access to the club and facilities. The membership does not include a vote or reciprocal privileges and is an individual membership. The greatest benefit for joining the club as a Junior Member is after 10 years of belonging to the club, a Junior Member does not pay initiation to continue with the club. 
•    Ages: 18 and younger
•    Dues: $244

Other Membership Categories

Introductory Social Member

This category is "ageless"  and is for singles as well as families, designated partner and children under 18, who are living at the same address.  This membership is for non-boaters but renting a rack is allowed for a kayak, stand up paddleboard or windsurfer. Crewing on race nights and volunteering  on committees are great ways to meet other members.

If the Social member decides to become a boat owner, they would be required to change categories. A social membership would be suitable for current members who are no longer boating or are aging out of the intermediate category. When upgrading to a full membership, you would then have a vote at our membership meetings, can serve on the Board or Bridge, and would receive reciprocal privileges. 
  • Initiation: $500
  • Annual Dues: $601
  • Food & Beverage Quarterlies: $150 
A Social Membership includes a spouse or designate living at the same address, and children under the age of 18.


A non-resident member refers to a person who resides and works outside a 75km radius of the Club. While a non-resident is considered a full member, this member does not have the same opportunity to use the club due to the proximity to the club. 
•    Annual Dues: $365

Crew Member

As a Crew Member participating in club racing, access to the club is limited to Tuesday and Thursdays evenings during the racing season. In addition, the crew member is invited to participate in any regatta sponsored by the RHYC. Crew hasn’t any reciprocal to other club or may bring guests to the club. 
•    Annual Dues: $121

Learn to Sail 

The Learn to Sail membership is a 6 month membership with an adult dinghy or adult keel boat lesson included. After the first year, the membership would roll into a full membership category at the appropriate fees. A great advantage of learning to sail at the RHYC is your ability to join the Adopt-A-Boat program. The seasonal fee is $500 and you use the boats you learned to sail on. Please ask us for all the details. 
•    Annual Dues: $1,219
o    One Adult Learn to Sail Program included.

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