Club Policies



Half Moon Bay Yacht Club

Revised January, 2018

Officers and Directors

The Club is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of the Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, Secretary, Treasurer, and two Directors-at-Large. Officers and Directors are elected each year for a one-year term that starts on December 1 and ends on the following November 30. Any Regular or Life member in good standing, not on leave of absence, is eligible to serve as a member of the Board.


Standing and ad hoc committees are responsible for various activities. Examples of standing committees are Sailing Committee and Events Committee. Ad hoc committees include those that are organizing special events such as social dinners, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day activities. Members are encouraged to volunteer for committee service.


Application for membership in the Club is open to any person who follows procedures set forth in the Club’s Bylaws. Applications for membership will be reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors. Initiation fees, dues and classes of membership are established by the Board and are subject to change.

Non-Discrimination Policy

No member, guest, or applicant for membership shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, sex, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other grounds prohibited by law.


Any meeting of the Board of Directors, standing, or ad hoc committee is open to all members. The Board meets on the second Thursday of the month, starting at 1900 hours. Committee meetings are posted on the Club’s website calendar. A General Membership meeting is held once during each quarter of the year. Notices are sent out via the Club’s newsletter and the online calendar; members are encouraged to attend.

Code of Conduct

The primary objective of the Club’s Code of Conduct is to ensure that all Members can enjoy their time at the Club.  Please refer to the Code of Conduct of the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club.

Access to Facilities

It is the Club’s policy to allow access to the Club by members at all times, even when the Club is not open.

A key card which allows access to the clubhouse and the events center is available to members upon payment of a small fee.

Use of Club Facilities

The Club’s physical facilities are primarily intended for the use of Club members. By paying their membership dues, the members are in effect supporting the Club and are entitled to preferential use of its facilities. Rental rates are available upon request from the Club Rental Manager. Note that rental privileges are only extended to current members.

Use of Club Boats

The Club maintains sailboats and other watercraft that are intended for the exclusive use of its members. The primary consideration in allowing use of the boats and other watercraft is safety. Only members who have been certified by a designated Club Examiner are allowed to use Club-owned boats. All persons must sign a liability waiver before boarding any boat or taking out any other watercraft. Club-owned boats and other watercraft may only be used inside the breakwater of Pillar Point Harbor during daylight hours.

Races and Regattas

The Club sponsors numerous races and regattas during the year. At the beginning of each year, the Sailing Committee will publish a racing calendar listing all known racing events. All races and regattas come under the oversight of the Rear Commodore and the Sailing Committee. Those interested in participating should contact the Rear Commodore.

Watch Officers

During regular Club hours or any other time during which the Club is officially open, there shall be a Watch Officer on duty to ensure that policies and procedures are being followed along with applicable laws. Watch Officers are members in good standing who have been trained on all aspects of Club operations. While on duty they are acting on behalf of the Board of Directors and have been granted authority to act in the best interests of the Club.

Bar Policy

The Club is allowed to serve alcoholic beverages only to adult members and guests. The Club is subject to many regulations which if not strictly followed may result in the loss of our liquor license. Accordingly, alcoholic beverages may only be consumed while a current Watch Officer is on duty.

The Club’s policy is to discourage intoxication. Watch Officers are authorized to refuse service to any member or guest who displays signs of intoxication and to order intoxicated persons to leave the Club immediately. Only adult members and guests who have signed the guest book register may be served alcoholic beverages. Persons under the age of 21 will not be served alcoholic beverages or be allowed to sit at the bar.

No outside alcoholic beverages may be brought to the Club.

Drug Policy

The Half Moon Bay Yacht Club maintains a zero tolerance policy with regard to illegal drugs. Any member or guest who knowingly possesses, uses or sells illegal drugs on Club premises will be subject to disciplinary action.

Gambling Policy

In compliance with State laws, no gaming that includes the winning or losing of money may take place on Club property. This includes but is not limited to any form of gambling, such as card games, sports pools, raffles, or other games of chance.

Supervision of Minors

HMBYC is a child-friendly organization and we encourage members to bring their children to the Club. While on Club premises, minors must be directly supervised by a parent or guardian. Children are expected to conduct themselves in a way that is consistent with Club policies on safety and appropriate behavior, and which does not disturb or annoy other members.


Pets, most commonly dogs, are allowed on Club premises. Pet owners are required to keep their animals from annoying other members. Of particular concern are aggressive pets that may frighten younger children, as well as animals that do not get along well with other animals. No animals are allowed in the Club kitchen, behind the bar, or near food serving tables, buffets and/or dining tables.

Lost or Damaged Property

The Club does not accept responsibility for personal belongings left at the Club by members or guests or for loss or damage of any kind to personal property while on Club premises. Articles of clothing and other belongings left on Club premises and unclaimed by their owners for extended periods of time may be disposed of by the Port Captain after posting written notice in the Clubhouse and/or publishing a notice in the Club’s news outlet.