Sail Nauticus Membership
Become a Sail Nauticus member and join a vibrant, diverse and inclusive community brought together by a passion for sailing and our local waterfront. For new sailors and seasoned skippers, the membership program removes the stress of boat ownership and makes the joy and beauty of sailing in the Elizabeth River a reality for everyone.
How Membership Works
- Join today and explore your Sail Nauticus member perks for a full year!
- Enjoy unlimited access to our fleet of Harbor 20 sailboats.
- Bring family and friends sailing for free.
- Participate in weekly social sails and seasonal racing series.
- Register for instructor-led Skill Clinics for small-group practice.
- Enroll in our Mentor Program to work towards Skipper level.
- Receive 15% off our US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification & 25% off Nauticus Membership.
Put your skills to the test at our
seasonal racing series!
Take part in weekly sails and enjoy potlucks with our members!
Expand on your skills to become
a Skipper level member!
Crew and Skipper level memberships cost the same. Quarterly and Yearly payment plans are both an annual commitment.
How to Join
A. Start as a Crew Member
Enjoy access to our weekly social sails, Skill Clinics, Mentor Program, and coordinate your next sail with a Skipper. Crew members must always have a Skipper in their boat.
Become a Skipper Member after passing our written/practical Skipper’s Test. This provides additional perks including the opportunity to skipper a boat during our racing series, plus reserve a boat any time during our open sailing hours – just be sure you have a guest or Crew Member with you.
To join, fill out the form below and expect to hear back in 1-2 business days to complete your transaction and onboarding process. Can’t wait? Call our office (757) 823-4242, to check if a staff member can assist you today.
B. Try a Two-Week Member Trial
Start your trial below and you’ll hear back from us by the next business day to register for our upcoming social sails. Your two-week window starts on the day we register all your sails – please be prepared give us the dates/names of all social sails you wish to attend. Two-Week Trial payment cannot go towards a Crew Membership.
To guarantee you get sailing, please make have a sail scheduled with a Skipper, or sign up for one of our scheduled sails. Skippers, please make any boat reservations at least 2 hours in advance.
Friends/family/coworkers, anyone is welcome to sail with you at no added cost. When you register for a social sail, include them in your reservation. If coordinating a sail with a Skipper, confirm with them whether they have room for your guest(s). The only programs strictly open to members-only include our Skill Clinic classes, and our Mentor Program available to all Crew members. Each participant must wear a life jacket when on the docks/boats, and signed our one-time waiver. We have life jackets for infants starting at 3 months old into adult.
Each Harbor 20 sailboat can comfortably fit 1 Skipper with 3-4 Crew. We cannot fit more than 5 adults per boat.
Yes! We are open all 12 months of the year for 7 days a week (exclusions apply), and adjust our sailing hours according to sunset times.
No, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. All members must join as Crew level and come sailing a few times on our sailboats to become familiar with our Harbor 20s and safety procedures. After passing our required Skipper’s Test you can take a boat out yourself, as long as you have another person on the boat with you (guest or Crew level member).
This all depends on how quickly you learn and how often you practice. We have had some members with no previous sailing knowledge reach Skipper level after just a few months due to their determination and time commitment to practicing.
Your membership is an annual commitment, regardless of your payment plan. If you need to cancel before this, your remaining payments will continue to support our Sail Nauticus Academy program – thank you!
Crew: Sign up on our Event Calendar for our scheduled sails, coordinate a sail in our Facebook group, and check boat reservations that list they have room for extra crew.
Skippers: Sign up on our Event Calendar for our scheduled sails, make a boat reservation at least 2 hours in advance, and post in our Facebook group if you’re looking for crew to sail with.