Membership

The ASC is a membership organization, and you need to have a current membership in order to use club facilities and boats, take classes, and bring guests.

This section of the site captures most of what you need to know to be a member of the Alaska Sailing Club, including:

Ready to Join?

If you’ve reviewed all of our membership information and would like to become an ASC member, just click on the button below.

New Member “Quick Start” Guide

New to the ASC? This quick start guide will help you get your bearings, but we still recommend reading through all the membership pages.

The Alaska Sailing Club is busy, informal, and has a long history with plenty of unwritten traditions. This combination can occasionally make figuring out “how things work” a bit daunting for our brand-new members. But if you can remember a few basic rules of the road, you’ll fit right in. Following are a few suggestions for new members trying to “learn the ropes”:

Stop by on an event weekend

Members and their guests are welcome any time during the season, including both “non-event” weekends and weekdays … but if you’re new to the club, we encourage you to schedule your first few visits during one of our events. That way, you’ll have plenty of other members around who can answer questions and help you safely rig and launch boats.

You’re always welcome to stay overnight. We have a lovely camping area with plenty of tent space and parking for three to four RVs. If you bring your RV, please review our transient RV parking guidelines before heading out.

Check the website

This website contains most of the information that prospective, new, or returning members need to participate in the ASC community. If you are looking for the answer, you can probably find it somewhere on this site.

We also maintain a members-only Google Group for communication between ASC participants. The ASC also uses Google Workspace for group collaboration and document storage. Our Google Shared Drive contains valuable documents and spreadsheets, including a member directory, boat and trailer owners’ contact lists, yearly budgeting info, and more.

We’re serious about kids and lifejackets

We love kids at the ASC, and many of our memberships are families with children. But all kids twelve and under must always have life jackets on while on club grounds. There are no exceptions to this rule. Our insurance policy dictates this requirement, but more importantly, it’s a matter of safety since we can’t always have eyes on kids. We’re pretty relaxed about most things at the club, but we will ask folks who can’t observe this rule to leave the grounds.

We love (well-managed) dogs

We also love dogs at the club and the ASC in an off-leash environment. We like to think it’s one of the great things about the club, but it’s also true that dogs are a frequent source of member complaints. So please carefully read Rule XIX: Dogs and Pets. As long as you observe that rule, you and your canine companion should fit in!

Lend a hand

ASC culture puts a significant premium on helping out. We don’t have any paid staff, so volunteers do all the work at the club. That includes fixing docks, teaching classes, cleaning up after potlucks, maintaining club boats, mowing the grass, weeding the flower beds, splitting and stacking firewood, cleaning up after regatta weekends, and much more. We can get most of this work done during the Spring Work Party and the Fall Work Party, but plenty still needs to happen during the season. So, at minimum, we ask all members to attend at least one of the two annual work parties. We hope all of our members will find a small project or two to work on every time they come out.

Respect your fellow sailors

We ask that you treat your fellow sailors respectfully. We welcome all current or aspiring sailors regardless of the color of their skin, their gender, their country of origin, their politics, their religion, or their sexual orientation. Heck, we even welcome folks who like to jet ski! We’re a remarkably diverse group, united by a passionate love of sailing. So, you’ll fit right in as long as you’re respectful, responsible, and safe while at the club.

Membership Evaluation Criteria

Before providing a recommendation to the ASC board, the Membership Committee will confirm that the applicant:

  • Has read and understands the ASC rules;
  • Has accepted the ASC liability policy;
  • Is not a registered sex offender;

Additionally, for returning member applications:

  • Has positively participated in club volunteer activities, including at least one work party or a project approved by the ASC board;
  • Has made a reasonable faith effort to follow the ASC rules; and
  • If necessary, has been willing to work to correct any behaviors not following ASC rules.

ASC Non-Discrimination Policy

The Alaska Sailing Club does not and shall not discriminate based on race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status for its activities or operations. These activities include but are not limited to the application for membership, the appointment to and termination from its Board of Directors, hiring and firing of staff or contractors, selection of volunteers, selection of vendors, and providing services.

More Information

Prospective members should also review the following pages before applying for membership: