General Membership Information

General Information

The Silva Bay Yacht Club (SBYC) is a relatively small but enthusiastic club with one of the largest and most diverse club cruising schedules of any BC yacht club. We are active, with activities both on and off the water year round and enjoy the social aspect of our club, having fun while promoting safe boating! SBYC operates entirely by the volunteer efforts of many members who give of their time and talents to create the club opportunities that we all enjoy so much. We have no paid staff and no clubhouse. SBYC is a  member of the Council of BC Yacht Clubs and accordingly is recognized as equal within the fraternity of all the other BC Yacht clubs, big and small.

If this sounds like the type of yacht club that you would like to become an active member of, we encourage you to apply for membership. Priority is given to residents (full or part-time) of our local community on Gabriola Island as well as small neighbouring islands. Consideration is given for membership to nearby off islanders if they can show a strong commitment to active participation in the club.

There are two types of membership application:  New Member; and Reinstatement of Lapsed Membership.  There is also a form for making changes to existing membership information.  For the appropriate information and/or form please refer to the applicable tab under “Membership” above.  The New Member Application and the Reinstatement of Lapsed Membership form is available in both printed form and online for your convenience.  The Changes to Membership Information form is only available in the online version.

The Marine Parks Forever Society was established by the Council of BC Yacht Clubs to assist in protecting recreational boating interests and it represents the recreational boaters in British Columbia. It is a nonprofit organization that secures and improves BC provincial marine parks whose funding comes from various entities not the least of which is the members of the Council of BC Yacht Clubs. All members of all BC yacht clubs are asked to contribute $10/year to the Society. SBYC does this on a voluntary basis by asking prospective members to consider adding the $10 to their new membership fees or having existing members add the $10 to their annual membership dues. 

Member Advantages

As a member, if you show your card to most marine supply stores, you will receive a 10% discount especially at the Harbour Chandler in Nanaimo. 

Did you know that as a member, you will receive a fuel discount at the gas docks in Silva Bay (seaplane dock). Note: minimum 100L purchase. 

As a member you can proudly fly your burgee and receive reciprocal moorage throughout the Gulf Islands, Vancouver and the San Juans. 

Don’t forget, as a member, you also get a spiffy name badge, so everyone will know your name! 

Join the club, as a member, you share boating experiences. We have over 115 family memberships to date and we continue to grow. 

Did we mention we are a fun group?