Thank you for your interest in the Santa Barbara Yacht Club. Founded in 1872, SBYC is the second oldest yacht club on the west coast.  We are a family-oriented club, rich with history and tradition in a spectacular beachfront location.  We’re devoted to promoting and managing yachting activities, advancing the art of seamanship, preserving maritime tradition, and providing for the social and recreational needs of our members, while being mindful of our important role in the community.

To become a member, one must have a Proposer, two Sponsors, a boating experience letter and the full amount of the initiation fee.  You don’t have to own a boat to be eligible for membership. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in participating in and promoting the development of yachting.

How to Join

  • If you know a member that will volunteer as your Proposer, please email to get a copy of the membership application packet.  Be sure to state the name of your Proposer and Sponsors in the email. The application may be filled out and signed via Adobe Acrobat. You may email a signed copy to or drop it off in person to our Front Desk.

For more detailed step by step information regarding the membership process please contact, Membership Coordinator, Barbara Hernandez at