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MEMBERSHIP

The Sint Maarten Yacht Club is a small club, with a very informal atmosphere, making it a welcoming "home" to many. The membership consist of 150 members. Many of whom live off island for part of the year. 


WHY BECOME A MEMBER?

The foremost reason why people join the Sint Maarten Yacht Club is to support the Youth Sailing Program, and allow us to introduce more local youngsters to sailing, offering them a fun and active way to develop themselves and broaden their horizon. 

As a member you can enjoy the following advantages:

  • Take out one of our boats, you have the choice of Lasers, RS Quests, Picos and Optimists.

  • Get discounts on sailing lessons.

  • Enjoy the social events organized for members only.

  • Show your membership card at the SMYC bar/restaurant and receive a 10% discount on your check.

  • SMYC Member Benefit Card: when you show your SMYC member card you will receive discounts at local stores and tour operators! Check the participating companies here. 
     

HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER

If you want to become a member download the Membership application form that can be found at the top of the page. 

Below is an explanation of the different types of membership. For full members there is an initiation fee that applies. There are some exceptions that apply which can be found here

 

If you have any questions regarding which membership is for you contact us.

MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS

Resident (over 6 months on the island per year)

Non-resident (less than 6 months on the island per year)

Temporary

Membership (up to 3 months)

Individual member

Individual Full Membership:

$200 (annually) 

+ a one-time initiation fee of $200 = 1 vote

Individual Supporting Membership:

no initiation fees!

$200 (annually) 

= no voting rights

Individual Temporary Membership:

$75 (for up to 3 consecutive months max)

 

No initiation fee but does not confer rights for permanent membership.

Family member

Family Full Membership:

$300 (annually) + a one-time initiation fee of $200 = 2 votes

Family Temporary Membership:

$100 (for up to 3 consecutive months max)

 

No initiation fee but does not confer rights for permanent membership.

Family Supporting Membership:

no initiation fees!

$300 (annually) = no voting rights

Corporate Membership

$1000 for 5 "named" individuals within a corporation.

No initation fees = no voting rights

INITIATION FEE

The standard initiation fee of $200 with the following conditions:

  • Initiation fees are waived if the party was part of a family membership before

  • If the party was previously a member of a yacht club in another jurisdiction, was a current member for at least 5 years and can show proof of such, the initiation fee may be waived at the discretion of the SMYC Board of Directors. 

  • If the party wishing to be considered for membership considers themselves to have made substantial contributions to yachting in the past and on that basis wishes to have their initiation fee waived, then may apply in writing to the SMYC Board of Directors.

  • Parties who resign from the club for reasons specified in a letter to the SMYC Board of Directors and are considered to be reasonable; when wishing to become members again they may apply and their initiation fee may be waived on that basis. 

  • In respect of the interpretation of Family Membership and voting, both members of a couple are assumed to be voting members and full members of the club. Family members (children) above the age of 18 years are not included in Family Membership. 

  • Initiation fees can be refunded to persons in the first three years after having paid the initiation fee if they leave the island. Up to the end of the second year, they can receive a return of 75% of the initiation fee. After the end of the second year and until the end of the third year, they can receive a return of 60%. After three years, there is no refund possible.