The Club has many different functions. The primary functions include sailboat racing, cruising, fishing, social events, and a fantastic junior sailing program. Some of the major events held at the Club include the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Benefit Regatta, one-design races, SCORE (Santa Cruz Ocean Racing Extravaganza), the West Marine Fun Regatta which benefits junior sailing, as well as local national, world, and Olympic class regattas. The Club also hosts the Lighted Boat Parade during the holiday season.
Member privileges include the use of a private club, participation in regattas, reciprocal privileges with other yacht clubs, social events, fundraising events, dinners, camaraderie, networking with other boaters, the use of the hoist and showers, a discount for dry storage, and the option to rent the clubhouse for private parties. Members of the Santa Cruz Yacht Club enjoy a casual environment, comfortable surroundings, a convenient location, a friendly and accessible Board of Directors, and the opportunity to explore new boating ideas and to learn or fine-tune old ones.
The clubhouse has a large deck overlooking the harbor, a commercial kitchen, bar, dining room, stereo, television, fireplace, barbecue, and shower facilities. Adjacent to the clubhouse is a large dry storage yard. The Club owns a safety boat and various classes of small sailboats.
The Santa Cruz Yacht Club charges initiation fees and annual dues that vary depending on the type of membership. The most common membership categories are Regular, Corinthian, Non-resident, and Junior.
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