FAQ

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Sorry - no clubhouse, and no docking facilities. We put all our effort into our training and racing programs, rather than maintaining property. Our members keep their boats at a variety of local marinas and yacht clubs, including Erie Basin Marina, RCR Skyway Marina, Small Boat Harbor, First Buffalo River Marina, Buffalo Yacht Club, and China Light Yacht Club. If you are looking for a traditional Yacht Club you might take a look at the Buffalo Yacht Club, The Buffalo Canoe Club, or the Youngstown Yacht Club.
You may join or renew on-line or download an application to print. To join or renew on-line, please go to the tab "Club Programs" and select the program you are registering for. There is a submit button that will take you to the on-line form of choice. You can find a membership application to download under the "Downloads" tab.
Yes, the club carries a club insurance program through US Sailing. In addition, each race boat is required to carry insurance.
The US Coast Guard requires that all boats carry a life jacket for every passenger. Your skipper may have a life jacket you can borrow but most sailors prefer to own a life jacket that fits properly and carry with them from boat to boat. You should bring your life jacket with you every race day.
We have numerous social gatherings during the year which will help open doors for you. Your crew mates will help make introductions and you shouldn’t hesitate to volunteer to sail on other boats when they need help. Our club averages over 500 sailors. Lots of opportunities.
We have a variety of programs that start you in the club. Please go to the tab "Club Programs" and select the program that best suits your needs. Select "Sign Up Now" or "Membership Application" which is at the bottom of the page program descriptions.
There is no limit on how much you can sail in the club. Skippers are always looking for crew. Ask around and someone will be happy to add you to their crew list not only for weekdays but also for weekends if you like.
We do! The club has a designated race director who is experienced in race management. The rest of the race committee are club volunteers. The BHSC has always been volunteer supported. There are no outside services nor paid staff.
Prepare yourself! Membership brings you a whole new circle of friends. Every June the club sponsors a Summer Sailstice Party on the Wall. This shrimp boil is free to members. You gain access to race results online and receive discounted regatta party tickets. If you sail one night a week, your contribution divides to only $3.05 per race which includes 15 weeks of racing and 3 weekend races. If you race two nights a week, your expense is $1.66 per race. Your dues offset the costs incurred in maintaining the committee boat, supporting our educational programs and the costs of club communication. Everyone agrees, it’s the best deal in town.
Our recommendation is to join our crew bank. We gather some information about your experience and distribute your application to the skippers. If you need further assistance, our membership director can assist you.