The Classic Yacht Club of America, Inc was created in 1971 for the purpose of promoting ownership, preservation, restoration, and knowledge of classic pleasure vessels. The Club holds dinner meetings in the early Spring and late Fall and four weekend rendezvous at select locations on the Chesapeake Bay during the boating season. These serve to promote fellowship and facilitate the exchange of information among the members.
There are seven ( 7 ) categories of membership:
Historic Member - An individual who owns a boat that is built no later than 1918 and has been restored (interior and exterior) to at least 50% status as evaluated by the Membership Committee.
Antique Member - An individual who meets one owns a boat that was built between 1919 and no later than 1942 that has been restored (interior and exterior) to at least 50% status as evaluated by the Membership Committee.
Classic Member - An individual who owns a boat built between 1943 and up to and including 1984 and has been restored (interior and exterior) to at least a 50% status as evaluated by the Membership Committee.
Late Classic Member - An individual who owns a boat built between 1985 and 25 years prior to the current year and has been restored (interior and exterior) to at least 50% status as evaluated by the Membership Committee.
Associate Member - An individual who meets one of two criteria: a) owns a boat but does not meet the 50% restoration requirement of one of the above categories or b) owns a boat built less 25 years prior to the current year.
Affiliate Member - An individual who does not qualify for one of the above categories or who does not own boat but is still interested in becoming a member and whose interests are compatible with those of the CYCA may apply for affiliate membership.
Honorary Member - Honorary Member status may be bestowed upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the objectives of the Club.
Below you will find a link to the Club's Vice Commodore. The Vice Commodore would be happy to answer any questions you may have about CYCA. If you would like to join the Club, please print out a Membership Application and return it by mail with your check in the full amount including initiation and pertinent membership fees.
1) Initiation Fee $50.00
2) Membership Fee: $125.00 for Historic through Associate categories of membership.
$100.00 for an Affiliate membership
Include a recent 4" x 6" photo of your boat and the location where it may be viewed. Your application will be processed and presented for action at the next scheduled meeting of the Board of Governors.
If you have any questions, please contact the Vice Commodore.
CYCA Burgee, Yearbook and Name Badges — Proudly fly the Club burgee from your vessel’s prow and enjoy inclusion in the Yearbook, containing a Handbook, Member Directory (updated annually, featuring full color boat photographs and contact information) and other useful resources. Your name badge identifies you as a Club member at all functions.
CYCA Newsletter/Memo — Each electronic edition of Commodore's Memo/ Newsletter is emailed directly to your inbox after each rendezvous. Hard copy editions are mailed via US Postal Service upon request for those members without email. Every edition includes news about the club's recent activities and upcoming events.
CYCA Website — Our dynamic website is updated frequently to serve as a pipeline of information to the membership. Read about upcoming Club events and even reserve and pay right online. The Club's auxilliary website on Shutterfly contains member-submitted high resolution photos and video of all club functions as well as a calendar of events.
CYCA Rendezvous and Dinners — The season commences with an “Icebreaker” dinner in late March or April where a preview of the upcoming year’s fun adds to the pleasure of renewing Club friendships. The Fleet Captain organizes four Club cruises each boating season, with destinations from Chesapeake City in the North Bay to Solomons Island in lower mid Bay. The Annual Classic Boat Festival is an opportunity to proudly display your boat with those of other Club members as they vie for the Member's Choice Award in their respective catagories. At the Annual Meeting/Dinner in the Fall, you will receive a full briefing from each outgoing Club Officer on the year’s notable achievements, witness the induction of new Club officers and Board members and enjoy the presentation of awards earned at the Classic Boat Festival.
Technical Resources Available from Other Members — Many members are seasoned classic boaters with a wealth of sea savvy to share. Some members are marine industry professionals and tradesmen who readily surrender their tips and ideas on acquiring and maintaining your dream classic yacht
Bargains on Boating Purchases — Membership in CYCA and attendance at rendezvous affords you many discounts and specially-priced offers! These include: fuel and slip discounts; reduced prices for Boat US membership, Chesapeake Bay Magazine subscriptions, purchases at select West Marine stores and Cape Hatteras Marine. As well as Members Only pricing on merchandise from the CYCA Ships’ Store.
Access to Other Chesapeake and Delaware Bay Region Yacht Clubs — Thanks to CYCA’s membership in the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Clubs Association, our members enjoy privileged access to a wide variety of other area yacht club facilities and services.