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Privateer Yacht Club was organized on July 25, 1940, in order to promote sailing in the Chickamauga Lake area and particularly in Chattanooga; to teach its members to talk the language of the sea and build up a marine tradition for "The Great Lakes of The South"; to help promote water safety and a code of ethics for the waterways; to form a social and activity nucleus for people in the area interested in sailing; and to develop an active relationship with other sailing and boating  organizations to promote racing and other boating activities.


Privateer Yacht Club has 4 levels of membership:

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Family Membership

To qualify for family membership, you are encouraged to:


• Be active in some form of sailing activity, including skippering, crewing and participating on race committee when assigned. Race committee assignments     will be delegated by the Race Committee Chairperson

• Participate in work parties at a reasonable frequency.

• Participate in organized social activities at a reasonable frequency.

• Make full use of club facilities.

• Become acquainted with and interact with other club members. Attend a Board of Directors meeting and introduce yourself to the Board members.

• Participate in "Learn to Sail" programs, including enrollment of children in Junior (summer) Sail Camp.


In order to become a Family Member of PYC, you must go through a one year period as an Associate Member.  This is a period of evaluation.  PYC has a statutory membership cap of 150 Family members.  As we near that cap, we are selective in accepting new family members.  Family Membership is only offered to individuals who participate in PYC activities and contribute to the overall well being of the Club.  In order to be accepted as an Associate Member, one must be sponsored by two Family Members. 


Dues Structure 


Family Member            - $1,000  One Time Capital Assessment 

                                                - $150 per quarter plus $14.00 sales tax


Wet Slip Fees

 Wet slip fees are charged at $1 per foot per month.  You must be a Family Member and have paid your capital assessment in full.  Limited to Sailboats only.   There is a waiting list for wet slips.


Dry Storage Fees

Sailboats and their trailers may be stored in PYC's storage lots for a fee of $7.50 per dry slip per month.  Family Members, Associate Members and Junior Members are eligible for a space.  A Family member in need of a dry space may bump an Associate or Junior Member.  Restricted to Sailboats only.


Out of town members are not eligible to store any equipment on PYC property.

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Associate Membership

Associate Membership is established as a 12-month trial membership prior to acceptance of Family Membership. It will give you an opportunity to determine if you have a real interest in sailing and club participation before committing to the initiation dues which is referred to as the Capital Assessment.  Associate Membership also gives the Club an opportunity to determine the degree to which you are willing to participate in club sailing, club volunteering, and other club activities. Participation in all activities is encouraged. Associate member participation is monitored so that active results can lead to the offering of a family membership.


There is a ceiling of a total of 150 Family memberships. Associate members who meet the guidelines for participation may be offered a full family membership at the end of one year, or as soon thereafter when a family membership becomes available.


To qualify for a family membership, you are encouraged to:


• Be active in some form of PYC sailing activity, including skippering, crewing, and participating on the race committee when assigned. Race committee assignments will be delegated by the Race Committee Chairperson

• Participate in work parties.
• Volunteer at Social Events

• Participate in organized social activities at a reasonable frequency.

• Make full use of club facilities.

• Become acquainted with and interact with other club members. Attend a Board of Directors meeting and introduce yourself to the Board members.

• If applicable, participate in "Learn to Sail" programs, including enrollment of children in Junior (summer) Sail Camp.


IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTEMPORANEOUSLY RECORD YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE ASSOCIATE MEMBER'S LOG BOOK LOCATED IN THE CLUBHOUSE. YOUR PYC SAILING-RELATED ACTIVITY IS THE MOST HEAVILY WEIGHTED CRITERION FOR FAMILY MEMBER'S ACCEPTANCE. YOUR PYC VOLUNTEERING IS THE NEXT MOST HEAVILY WEIGHTED CRITERION



These guidelines have been established to promote activity and fellowship among PYC members.



Financial Obligation: 

As an Associate Member, you are obligated to pay quarterly dues at the rate of $150 per quarter plus TN sales tax of $14.00. The Club Treasurer will send you a bill every quarter payable within 30 days. As an Associate Member, you are allowed to keep a sailboat on a trailer in a dry sailing area if an opening is available.  However, Family Members get 1st priority and can “bump” an Associate Member. The cost of dry sailing is $7.50/month and will be included in your quarterly billing. Wet slips are available only to Family Members. Other than Club owned RC and work boats, only sailboats may be stored on club property. The Dockmaster assigns all locations for boat storage on Club property. Contact the Dockmaster for the availability of wet and dry slips. At the end of one year or as soon as a Family Membership becomes available, Associate Members are eligible for Family Membership. Once approved for family Membership the member is obligated to pay the Family Class Initiation Fee (also known as the Capital Assessment) of $1,000.  



Wet Slip Fees


 Wet slip fees are charged at $1 per foot per month.  You must be a Family Member and have paid your capital assessment in full.  Limited to Sailboats only.   There is a waiting list for wet slips.



Dry Storage Fees


Sailboats and their trailers may be stored in PYC's storage lots for a fee of $7.50 per dry slip per month.  Family Members, Associate Members and Junior Members are eligible for a space.  A Family member in need of a dry space may bump an Associate or Junior Member.  Limited to Sailboats only.




Out of town members are not eligible to store any equipment on PYC property.

Voting: Associate Members have no voting privileges.


General Club Policies: The Club facilities are provided for the convenience of all members. Each member should use them and enjoy them to the extent that the member does not infringe on the right of others.


• Respect the property of others.

• Clean up your own debris. The Club has no full time employees.

• Parents should insure that children conduct themselves with decorum, particularly in and around the Clubhouse.

• Exercise good judgment in use of the telephone. It is provided for convenience and emergencies, not entertainment. Long distance telephone calls are at your own expense.

• Clubhouse supplies are provided for Club facilities and functions and are not for personal consumption.

• No smoking is allowed in the Clubhouse.



General Rules:


• Members are legally responsible for their actions and the actions of their children and guests while on Club property.

• Minor children will not be permitted in the Clubhouse or on the grounds after 9 pm unless escorted by a parent or adult Club member.

• Do not board other people's boats without permission.

• Children are not permitted in the storeroom and are not to handle the stereo system, a marine base station (radio), or computer equipment.

• Dogs are not allowed on weekends from May through September. Dogs must be leashed at all times while on Club premises.

• Lock the gate on the way in and out. The Clubhouse telephone number is 877-9411.



Swimming Rules:


• Since the Club has no lifeguard, members are responsible for the conduct and safety of

   their children and guest.

• No running or horseplay on docks.

• Swimming off other people's boats without permission is prohibited.

• Swimming is prohibited between the inboard dock and the ramp and boat rack area.

• Children are not permitted to swim off the front dock without adult supervision.


Activities: Social, racing and junior activities are scheduled on a regular basis. Normally a club social is held once during a month and may coincide with scheduled regatta socials. As an Associate Member you will be requested to provide assistance at socials. Some of the traditional socials include; New Year’s Eve, New Year's Day, Burning-In Party for outgoing Commodore, St. Patrick's Day, Fourth of July, Christmas Party and the Annual Awards Banquet in January. The schedule of social and racing activities is posted on the PYC web site. The web address is www.privateeryachtclub.org . Check the web page often for the schedule of upcoming events. The web page also has a membership directory and copies of the minutes of the Board of Directors meetings in the newsletters, "The Private Ear."


Racing: Racing is the foundation upon which PYC is built and is the most important activity at PYC. Races are held throughout the year.


Race Committee: The race committee is the official person who starts the races, conducts the races, and records the finishes. All members who are physically able are required to perform Race Committee duties. The Racing Chairperson on the Board of Directors delegates this responsibility. Seminars on the performance of RC duty are held from time to time, but the best way to learn is to participate with someone who knows what to do. It is a practice to pair up experienced members with inexperienced members for this duty. If you are unable to perform this duty when assigned, it is your responsibility to find another qualified member to be there in your place.


Racing is scheduled year round. Keel boats race on Saturday afternoons with a 1 pm starting gun depending upon the racing season. Beginning in mid-April and continuing through October One-Design dinghies are raced on Sundays with a starting time at 2:30 pm. As daylight permits, usually from mid April to the end of August, Wednesday & Thursday nights races are scheduled at 6:45 pm. Race committee should arrive at least one hour early. Race committee instruction is offered aboard the RC boat during the year, or just volunteer to help out to get experience for your turn.


Historically one-design dinghy fleets have included; Snipes, Highlanders, Flying Scots, Optimists, Lasers, CR914 (RC model boat), MC Scows and the Melges M14s. Most of these fleets still have some level of activity today. We have also had one design activity in a few keel boat classes including Catalina 22, J24, and S2 7.9. Participation in one of the Fleets is encouraged and Associate Members should contact the Fleet Captains. PYC is a member of the Dixie Yacht Racing Association (DYRA). DYRA posts regatta schedules of all member clubs, helps organize educational opportunities, promotes junior sailing activities, and helps sponsor U. S. Sailing “Ladder Events”. Traditional annual regattas at PYC include; The Chattanooga Challenge (Catalina 22’s); Choo Choo Regatta (Flying Scots), The Scowabunga Regatta (MC Scows), Spring PHRF Regatta, The Dog Days Regatta (single handed regatta), The Halloween Regatta (Keel Boats) and the Pig (Keel Boat pursuit race).



Racing is PYC’s most important activity. Associate members are highly encouraged to participate in racing activities either as skippers of their own boat or as a crew member of someone else’s boat.



Most skippers sail short-handed and welcome additional crew. Experience is not necessary as long as you are willing to learn. Make yourself available to skippers by being on the clubhouse porch before race time. If you are a new skipper racing is the quickest way to learn how to handle your boat. Experienced skippers are willing to go with you on your boat to improve your experience and confidence level.


The Officers and Board of Directors includes the following positions


• Commodore

• Vice-Commodore

• Rear-Commodore

• Secretary

• Treasurer

• Four Board Members

   (two serving staggered 2 year terms and two serving staggered one year terms. )

• Past Commodore


Areas of responsibility are assigned to the Board members by the Commodore depending on their individual talents or areas of expertise. Assignments usually include Racing, Membership, Clubhouse & Grounds Maintenance, Dockmaster, Club Boat Maintenance and Social.


Dues Structure


Associate Members    - $150 per quarter plus $14.00 sales tax

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Out of Town Membership - Limited to former Family Members

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Junior Membership - Non Family member under 25 years old.



Junior membership is open to sailors Ages 8 to 24 years old. Children of Family and Associate members living at home are considered to be Junior members. Otherwise, to be come a Junior member, you must submit an application and a check for $39.33 annual dues (which includes $36 membership plus TN sales tax). The purpose of the Junior Membership is to provide affordable access to the club grounds and facilities at an early age


Benefits of Junior Membership:


Be listed on PYC’s membership roster and receive monthly copies of the Private Ear, our monthly newsletter and all club announcements.

Have access with user name and password to the members only section of the PYC web site.

A Junior Member may get qualified to sail Club owned Sailboats. They and any friends or crew must wear a Type III PFD at all times when on the docks or sailing. (Note: A Junior Sailor under the age of 21 must be supervised by an adult PYC Member at all times while on the property or when sailing either a club or privately-owned sailboat. The club has a check off procedure which qualifies members to use club owned boats which also applies to Junior Members. Being in Sail Camp still requires a check off to sail Club owned sailboats.)

A Junior Member may apply and pay for 1 dry slip boat storage space but cannot lease a wet slip.

At age 25 a sailor may apply for Associate Membership and once they are accepted as a full Member they can apply and pay for a wet slip. (Associates Members cannot lease a wet slip.)

Once a junior member reaches the age of 25 they must become an Associate member to continue their PYC membership status.

Junior Members may not schedule the use of the clubhouse for functions. This can be accomplished by using a PYC Family Member to apply and be on site during the function.

Junior Members must conform to all the rules, regulations and bylaws set forth by Privateer Yacht Club Inc.
Dues StructureJunior Members          - $36 per year plus $3.33 sales tax


Choosing your First Boat!

Choosing the right boat for you is a highly personal decision. Your perfect boat will depend on your physical characteristics, your sailing style and your intended use for the boat. We recommend that everyone delay the purchase of a boat until they have been a associated with the Club for a while and get an opportunity to try a few different types of boats and meet the people who sail the different them. We also recommend that you participate as crew in our weekend and Wednesday night Club Races.   However, most people are understandably anxious to own and sail their own boat. We have seen many new sailors make very big and expensive mistakes by purchasing a boat that is inappropriate for their intended use or is inappropriate for the inland lake conditions under which we sail. In order to help new members avoid such mistakes we have made a short list of three recommended boats for use at Privateer Yacht Club. All of these boats perform very well in Lake Chickamauga and all have active fleets in Privateer Yacht Club.

Purchasing a boat that has an active fleet has several advantages. The fleet will help teach you about the boat and how to sail it. They will also encourage your participation in fleet and club activities.

All of these recommended boats can be purchased new or used at a reasonable price and all have good resale value and a ready market if you decide that you would like to move on to another boat.
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MC Scow

The MC Scow is a very popular inland lake boat. It is 16 feet in length and weighs 420lbs. It is usually sailed single handed, but is large enough to take along one other person. It is the newest fleet in PYC. Reasonably good used boats can be purchased for around $2,500 and up. The list price on a new boat is $10,975. The boat is very easy to trailer and the fleet regularly travels to regattas around the region. The MC Class web site is http://www.mcscow.org/ . The MC Fleet captain at PYC is Steve Sherman 423-875-4040 steve@optistuff.com

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Flying Scot

The Flying Scot is a 19 foot boat usually sailed by two people, but sometimes in very strong winds is sailed by three. It weighs 850lbs. It is large enough to carry as many as four comfortably. It is a very stable and very comfortable boat. The Flying Scot is very popular in the Southeast and there are many regattas held around the region. It is very easy to trailer. Used boats are available for around $2,500 and up. The list price on a new boat is $29,900. The Flying Scot class web site is http://www.fssa.com/ . The Flying Scot Fleet captain at PYC is Orenda Gregory.

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Catalina 22

The Catalina 22 is the only self righting keel boat listed here. It is also the only boat that has any interior accommodation. It is 22 feet long and weighs 2,275 lbs. It is usually raced with two people, but can carry four or more. Although not as easy as the lightweight boats listed above, it is still very easy to trailer with a pick up truck or other large vehicle. C 22’s are actively sailed all over the United States and there are several active fleets in Tennessee and Georgia. Fleet 95 at Privateer is the largest fleet of Catalina 22’s in the country and sponsors lots of racing and cruising activities. It is very versatile and can also be used for overnighters. Used boats are available for as little as $1,000 and up. A new Catalina 22 sport lists for $28,498. The Catalina 22 web site is http://www.catalina22.org/ . David Bergevin is the PYC fleet captain.

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