The yacht club community sets high standards of behavior and works hard to meet them because our clubs, our boats, and the waterfront are a haven where we can relax in fun and friendship.
We join these clubs and often volunteer for projects, offices, and committees because of the positive and enjoyable results. Success in our clubs has been achieved for many generations based on a strong foundation of courtesy and respect to all people, all the time.
Divisive displays, declarations, or actions are unacceptable. Rude, obnoxious, or aggressive behavior is unacceptable.
Extra consideration of others taken around piers and slips because of being in "close quarters". After 11 PM, noise is kept to a minimum.
Other than commercial businesses that have "yacht club" in their names or seek to provide similar services and amenities, yacht clubs are non-profit member owned and operated organizations of people working together and combining resources for the common benefit of members and guests.
For the majority of clubs in YCM and around the Bay, the person serving or cooking your dinner is most likely a member, spouse, or friend of a member who is doing their best for the good of the club and occasion. Similarly, professional staff or caterers you may encounter are serving you on behalf of the host club and its members.
If you have a problem at a club with a member, a volunteer, the professional staff, or a caterer, the proper action is to talk to the senior club officer present. That officer will then take it up with the necessary people and get back to you. Talking to the person in charge of an event is also proper if your issue is event related. When in doubt, find a club officer.
To make ends meet, clubs routinely hold fund raising events or host events for other groups and organizations, but make no mistake, when you visit a yacht club or attend an event held at a yacht club, you are a guest, not a customer. Those who do not see or accept the difference need to go elsewhere.