About Vernon Yacht Club
Vernon Yacht Club’s membership numbers are close to 500 and growing steadily. Power and Sail boaters are evenly represented with boats ranging from 16 to 35 feet in approximately 285 mooring slips. Cruising to other Okanagan Yacht Club Marinas around the lake and visiting their clubs are favorite pastimes of many Vernon Yacht Club members.
VYC also has a very active Sailboat Racing Fleet of 30 boats that holds weekly competitions in the bay. Members of other Okanagan Yacht Clubs enjoy invading the VYC during our “Club Invasion” event and the club’s spring time Okanagan Sailing Regatta is well attended by competitive keel boat sailors from throughout the valley and a few from other areas.
At Christmas and New Years, Vernon Yacht Club sailboats over-wintering on the water have evolved a tradition of dressing the rigging with lights and cruising the bay for enjoyment of Vernon residents. It is reported that some of these die hards sail each week, all winter long, on the almost ice-free lake. Other members volunteer to skipper a pontoon excursion boat “The Heaven Can Wait” for elderly and infirm members from our community. The concrete clubhouse has served us well and is frequently the scene of formal and not so formal socializing. Some members are also Power Squadron members and provide boating courses throughout the year. Recently the club has provided moorage and a meeting place for the Vernon Sea Scouts.
Now on course to its 100th anniversary, the Vernon Yacht Club’s tradition of imagination, hard work, membership participation, and community service will continue to bring together those lively souls who love to mess about in boats.
The Mission Statement of the Vernon Yacht Club is:
“To promote the enhancement of boating as a recreational and pleasurable
pastime, to encourage interclub and intercommunity nautical activities and
to provide facilities for any of the foregoing”