Race, even if you don’t own a boat!

National Yacht Club has a highly popular Racing Crew Bank for those members who want to race, but don’t have a boat. Experienced sailor or complete novice – all are welcome to join the Racing Crew Bank, which is included in the cost of membership and runs from May to October. Sailboats of all shapes and sizes participate, so you have the chance to find the boat and crew that’s right for you!

Weeknight Racing Crew Bank

Days of Operation
Our weeknight Racing Crew Bank operates on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, based on the National Yacht Club Mid-Week Racing calendar, weather permitting.

National Yacht Club offers a Crew Bank for Club members. Sign up on the day-of racing on our posted sign-up sheets. Lists of ‘crew looking for boat’ and ‘boat looking for crew’ are posted outside the north doors of the Club on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday race nights and for occasional regattas. It’s manned by a club member who will help place you on the right boat to match your skill level.

Participants are asked to arrive no later than 5:30 pm. The Crew Bank moderator normally starts around 5:20 pm in front of ODD and runs the bank until Grand National fires its gun at 5:50 pm. All boats leave the dock no later than 6:00 pm sharp.**

Dress Code
Members and guests are asked to respect the volunteers’ boats and wear only non-marking-soled shoes when participating in the racing crew bank. Dark soled shoes leave hard to clean marks on boat decks. Bare feet are not recommended. Also recommended are sailing gloves and your own PFD (personal flotation device).

Minimum Age Requirement
The minimum age of any crew bank participant  is 16 years of age or older.

Crew Etiquette
Every boat takes work to set up and shut down. Ask your skipper how you can lend a hand to prepare for the race! Arriving early is a good way to get familiar with the job you will be doing and a great opportunity to meet the skipper and crew of the boat you will be sailing on. Remember that your help is also needed in derigging the boat after racing. Assistance is always appreciated!

**These times may vary and are dependent on the season.