Clubs & Boat Associations
on Yacht Clubs
Clubs are mostly located by the sea, although there are some
that have been established at a lake or riverside locations.
Many[who?] yacht or sailing clubs have either a marina or
a delimited section of the beach or shoreline with buoys
marking the areas off-limits for swimmers as well as safe
offshore anchorages. On shore they also include a perimeter
reserved for the exclusive use of the members of the club
as well as a clubhouse with attached bar, café or
restaurant where members socialize in a pleasant and informal
Although the terms Yacht Club and Sailing Club tend to be
synonymous, some general differences regarding the recreational
use of boats can be broadly outlined. Historically a Yacht
Club tended to focus on a membership composed of yacht owners.
This type of club often was extremely exclusive, attracting
the aristocracy or the high class and leaving small boat
owners out of the circle. On the other hand, a Sailing Club
tended to focus on a membership composed of owners of smaller
boats such as dinghies. These became very popular towards
the end of the 19th century when small boats began to be
produced on an industrial scale.
Unlike the classical clubs where the membership is the focus,
certain clubs are run on a commercial basis. They may be
owned by individuals or a company to provide a service and
generate a profit. Often they are associated with a particular
marina or port. Objectives are usually very similar to members
clubs but the social side maybe more dominant.
of the world's most renowned Yacht Clubs are located in
the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and the United
States. The first yacht club in North America was the Royal
Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, located on the Northwest Arm
in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada established in July 1837.