ASYC always enjoys welcoming new members. Our club is over 200 members strong of which nearly half are under 18. Dinghy racing with a strong family feel. If you would like to join Aberdeen & Stonehaven Yacht Club, please complete a membership application form.
The membership year runs from 1 January to 31 December but you are welcome to join at any time during the year. All full members are expected to help with both rescue and OOD duties at least three times per year as the club cannot run without this support. Membership can be paid in quarterly installments. There is no joining fee. Membership fees are £110 adult member (plus 3 duties); £35 Students (under 25 in full time education); £35 Juniors (under 18); £150 restricted family (one sailing adult plus all their kids and students); £220 (two sailing parents plus all their kids and students). Students who are already a member of a sailing club elsewhere are free to join - help with rescue boat duty would be much appreciated. Dinghy storage at both Loch Skene and Stonehaven is £35. Harbour dues for Stonehaven are £80 - this goes to Aberdeenshire Council. For the membership application form, new members information pack and privacy statement use the links provided on this page.
What can we offer you
Join us for a test sail
Are you interested in joining and want to find out more? Why not try a test sail with one of our more experienced sailors. We no longer have a single Open Day - instead you and your family and friends can come and try out sailing when it suits you in one of the larger club boats throughout our sailing season from April till September on a Saturday afternoon. Come and be part of one of our club racing sessions. We can probably even find some sailing kit and buoyancy aids for you. To book these sessions and find out more about the club. email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sailing at two very special venues
We are very unusual for having two venues that we sail at. From beginning of March till the end of May we sail at Loch Skene near Westhill using a gatehouse with tower and portcullis. The entire club, boats, sailors and ribs then move to our fabulous club house at Stonehaven harbour where we sail till the end of November.
There is regular club racing from the beginning of March till end November. April to mid September we race on Wednesday evenings as well as Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Club boats can be hired for these sessions. Dates for these can be found in our diary on the home page, as well as checking out the link below.
After sailing on Wednesday nights we usually get together for a meal - at "The Shepherd's Rest" at Loch Skene and in our club house at Stonehaven where we lauch at our sailing exploits over Fish & Chips. After sailing on Sunday we also share tea and cake. At least once a month we try and put on social events such as Ceilidh, quizzes, films and talks on sailing exploits ober the winter - bring a friend sailing and BBQs over the summer. Check out or diary and facebook streams for upcoming events.
Free membership to students in full time education
University students traditionally sail when we hibernate, from late October till late February. Stonehaven bay is just too wild over these months. ASYC hopes to welcome any student sailors to our club to join in with club racing. It's FREE, for students under 25 years of age and in full time education. We would love to welcome more boats on the start line. If you come regulalry some help manning the safety boats would be much appreciated.
New to 2020 - we look forward to welcome club members with young families. Events take groups wee ones out in our bigger boats (such as Laser Stratos) are planned as well as a sailing kit exchange and wee play area in the galley. Watch this space for more news...
Junior lesson program
ASYC has a hugely popular and active Junior sailing program. We offer one set of 9 lessons a year between Easter and the Summer holidays, a Junior regatta and a Junior summer week in either July or August. Our more experienced sailors are encouraged to join in with club racing and many turn into sailing instructors. We ahve recently become a full Duke of Edinburgh centre and future dinghy cruising expeditions are planned. These sessions are for all the family. We are RYA certified and hand out certificates regularly. Check out our Junior section for more information.
ASYC work very closely with the charity Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust who offer sailing lessons for beginner adults sailors (as well as many other types of sessions). In the spring from April to the end of June they teach at Loch of Skene where we share the facilities there with them. They have evening and day time sessions on offer.
Among our membership we have many experienced sailors who gladly pass on some of their knowledge. These special sessions will be advertised on our facebook stream and are listed in the diary too. These cover a huge variety of topics such as Sailing with spinnakers, team racing, sailing your RS200 faster, Laser clinics and much more.
For the less experienced sailors we offer light wind sailing sessions with small sprint races. These run in conjunction with Aberdeenshire sailing Trust at Loch Skene on Monday nights from mid April. Once in Stonehaven these change to Tuesday nights till early September and the Saturdays till end October. Open to all who can get around a course and very popular with families and young sailors.
RYA Powerboat certificates
The best safety boat cover needs expereinced and trained drivers. Sevreal times a year we offer RYA Powerboat Level 2 and RYA Safetyboat courses. These certificates are restricted to club members only and we ask participants to committ to an additional 3 safety boat duties in exchange for a very low course price.