Becoming a member —
Levels of Membership
Resident Membership: Open to any boater having a boat permit to moor in Lake Michigan harbors. Membership includes member, spouse, and dependent children at same address.
Associate Membership: Persons demonstrating an interest in the purpose activities, and affairs of the Club, and/or is a crew member of a Resident Member's yacht, and may have a partial interest (ownership) in a yacht. Membership is an individual membership (i.e., does not include family members).
Water Sports Membership: Open to anyone age 26 and over; Ownership of a water craft, jet ski, canoe, kayak, kite board, SUP, dinghy sailboat under 16’.
Non-resident: Former Resident or Associate Member who permanently keeps a boat in a Lake Michigan harbor in Illinois or Indiana, and who resides more than 75 miles from the Club.
Junior: Person not less than 12, not more than 20 years of age and may own a yacht or interest therein.
Intermediate Membership: Person age 21-25.
Senior Members: Over thirty consecutive years of membership. Resident Members pay Non-Resident dues. After forty-plus years of membership, you are exempt from dues.
There are also Intermediate and Honorary memberships.
Click here to download a JPYC Application. (PDF)
Becoming a member of the Club offers many advantages:
Friendship and camaraderie - Make new friends who share your passion for boating. From time to time members share winter trips to the Caribbean or ski resorts.
Social events and food service - We enjoy social events throughout the year. On the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, the Club holds its Opening Day ceremonies and fleet review, followed by lunch. During the season breakfast and lunch are available in the galley on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, and there are cookouts on Wednesday evenings. Once a month during the season there's a Saturday buffet dinner with entertainment. The lunches held during the spring and fall work parties have become a special tradition. A festive dinner is held each December. There are also occasional pot-luck dinners during the off-season.
Sail racing - We have a low-key racing program for sailboats including Wednesday night Beer Can races. Those who'd like to try racing are invited to learn by crewing for more experienced skippers. Skippers looking for a more relaxing experience enjoy cruising Lake Michigan with other JPYC boats.
Reduced fee mast stepping and removal - $50 per mast, each time, as opposed to the $4.50/foot non-members are charged. The savings on raising and lowering a 35' mast would cover almost a third of the annual dues.
Mast storage - For a small fee, members may store their masts during the winter on racks owned by the Club.
24-hour access - During the season, members have 24-hour access to the clubhouse, the workshop, and the ice machines. At other times access may be arranged by appointment. The facilities include restrooms, lockers, and showers. There is a TV/VCR unit in the dining room. The club is equipped with #WI-FI, inside and outside. If you are on your boat in the summer you can use the wireless access - for members. At times when the space is not being used for Club activities, members may use the facilities for private parties. There is a modest fee to cover maintenance.
Use of club equipment - Qualified members may use the Club's equipment including keelboats, sailing dingies, bikes, kayaks, paddle boards and more.
Reciprocal privileges - Through the Club's listing in the "Register of American Yacht Clubs" of the Yachting Club of America, our members are welcomed at over 200 yacht clubs throughout the United States. Visit a local club when vacationing or traveling on business.
Representation - Club representatives meet regularly with Westrec, the Chicago Yachting Association, the Chicago Police Marine Unit, and the Coast Guard. Members' concerns are voiced at these meetings
Help and Advice - Many members have broad boating experience and expertise. There's always someone to share knowledge and opinions about choosing a boat or marine equipment; operating or storing a boat, places to cruise, local shopping and dining opportunities, and things to do in the neighborhood and City in inclement weather.
The Club relies on volunteers for the many tasks needed to keep the Club operating efficiently and to keep dues at a reasonable level. There is one full-time employee, supplemented with part-time help as needed. The board of directors is elected at the annual meeting in December, and there are many committees to plan and execute the events which make for an enjoyable year. All members are encouraged to help with the governance and operation of the Club.