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Sail Nauticus Membership

Become a member of the vibrant sailing community in Downtown Norfolk! Members enjoy full access to our fleet and activities throughout the year. And that’s not even the best part! Membership dues help fund our Sail Nauticus Academy, a free after-school program for middle school students in Norfolk Public Schools. Learn More about the Academy program here.

Seasonal Racing Series
Skill Clinics & Lectures
Social Sails
Lighted Boat Parades
Full Moon Sails
Potlucks
Discounted US Sailing Certifications
Special Events


Sail Nauticus Membership Levels

Crew Level

$245 / year

No experience necessary
Sail with Sail Nauticus Captain + your guests

Captain Level

$395 / year

Experience required
Captain a boat and bring your own guests

*Plus a one-time, $100 Initiation Fee is required from all new members.


Yes! You can download it here: Member Handbook

Unless you are a confident keelboat sailor, you should join as Crew. Crew can upgrade to Captain after passing the tests. Your membership dues will be pro-rated if annual, and change in the next month if monthly.

Unless you are a confident keelboat sailor, you should join as Crew. Crew can upgrade to Captain after passing the tests. Your membership dues will be pro-rated if annual, and change in the next month if monthly.

There are many planned sails (social sails, racing) as well as boats that are free sailing every day. The most popular ways to sail are:

  • Attend a social sail
  • Join a reservation
  • Meet and contact a captain and coordinate a reservation date and time

There are many different routes:

  • Learn from the many different captains by sailing and talking with them.
  • Attend free member skill clinics and work your way up the track. Once you have demonstrated each skill in a clinic, your instructor will sign off so you can sign up for the next one.
  • Pair up with a member mentor. This free program encourages Captain level members to volunteer to personally train a Crew member until they are ready to take the Captains tests.
  • Take private lessons with one of our instructors. These are two hour one-on-one sailing lessons with an instructor on board. They cost $120 for the session.
  • Attend our 20-hour US Sailing Basic Keelboat class. This class is an intensive weekend that provides a foundation of knowledge.
  • Crew level members that have graduated to captains in the past have often completed a combination of these to get a fully rounded-out education.

It boils down to how quickly you learn and how often you practice. We have had some members graduate from zero knowledge of sailing to Captain level in just a few months because of their determination.

Please click here for the Sail Nauticus Member Handbook.

Four to five comfortably.

No, guests are free as long as they come with a member.

Yes, and we encourage you to!

As little as two hours beforehand is often enough, but the more notice, the better, especially if you are looking for crew or a captain. We have 12 boats, so there is almost always one available!

Yes, everyone is required to wear a lifejacket while on the dock or boats. We are happy to provide everyone with a lifejacket, but if you want to purchase your own, any US Coast Guard approved jacket that is not a “fanny-pack” type inflatable is acceptable.