Welcome Sailors and Skippers!
This is a place for you to connect through PCYC's Monday and Wednesday race nights, as well as weekend regattas. Individuals can express their interest in racing with PCYC members who own a boat and are looking for additional racing crew, and members in need of crew can search and be matched up with interested individuals.
PCYC's Crew Bank is run by the lovely Linda Clarke. Linda will ask for basic information like how to reach you, your availability, and what some of your current sailing skills are (if any). PCYC members looking for crew can connect with Linda to fill in crew positions as they need them. (And they are always looking for crew !)
Who do I contact about joining or making use of the crewbank?
Linda Clarke is PCYC's Crew Bank Captain. For questions, contact Linda by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there an info session I can attend?
Yes! Each spring we have a "Mixer", where we invite Skippers and Crew to kick-off the season and mix and mingle – its an informative, social evening, designed to introduce novice and seasoned sailors with skippers looking for crew.
You’ll receive information on everything you’ll need to know – from the gear and clothing required – to working with the Race Committee. You'll of course meet Linda, and other members, race committee, and racing skippers. Watch this page for the date of 2023's Mixer event!
I'm not sure all the ins and outs involved in being crew ... What do I need to wear, bring, know about...?
The PCYC community has created a presentation to help answer exactly these types of questions. Here's the link - have a look!
And if you have more questions, don't hesitate to ask Linda and any PCYC racer - We're happy to help!
Do I need to be a member to join the crew bank?
To crew regularly on a PCYC boat, you’ll need to become a member of the club. A CREW membership fee is very affordable at $285.01 (plus HST) and allows you access to our Club for racing activities.
Do I need previous sailing experience to join the crewbank?
Some knowledge of sailing is certainly helpful, but many boats will be willing to work with you to learn if you are keen to.
If you have little or no sailing experience, you might consider taking the Adult Keelboat Course offered at PCYC.
This course provides an invaluable introduction to the fundamentals of sailing and, though it isn’t mandatory to crew at PCYC, you (and your future crewmates) will find the experience much more enjoyable if you have acquired some basic sailing skills and knowledge of terms and equipment.
If I am signed up with Linda, can I just show up and crew on a boat?
Yes! Linda makes every effort to fit every potential crew member with a skipper.
She'll meet you by the flagpole (or you'll find her set up at a table on the patio) before 5:30pm on Monday and Wednesday nights, and she'll do her darndest to get you racing!
Goal: NO crew left behind!