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RFBYC Sees Membership Growth as People Stay Close to Home

In 2021, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club (RFBYC) experienced a rise in female participation from younger age groups; a shift from the influx of “Over 30s” in the previous year. This rise is reflective of the quality of the Club’s programmes aimed at female sailing introduction, tuition and participation at all levels. The Dinghy and Training Centre and its Sailing Pathways Program played a significant role in making sailing more accessible and credit must go to the Club’s coaches, trainers and instructors for their hard work.

Male membership numbers rose substantially in the Under 16, 21–24, 31 to 36+ and Associate groups. A moderate reduction was experienced in the 16–17 and 18–20 groups. Numbers were static in the 25–27, 28–30, Country, Reciprocal and Special groups.

Female membership numbers rose substantially in the Under 16, 21–24, 36+, and Associate groups. Growth was static in the 25–27, 28–30, 31–35, Country, Reciprocal and Special groups.

The Club held eight New Member Nights in 2020-21 including a Youth “Transition to Ordinary Membership” night, celebrated in the Members’ Bar where 23 youth members celebrated their shift into adult membership.

The Club’s membership numbers over the last five years by Category can be compared in this table:

Member Type April 2017 April 2018 April 2019 June 2020 April 2021
U16 186 198 202 194 244
J16 69 68 60 59 57
O18 65 69 83 72 67
O21 63 66 64 58 70
O25 33 31 27 29 28
O28 24 25 25 25 25
O31 33 33 33 25 35
O36 817 781 771 751 800
Senior 240 253 258 255 262
Special 35 34 35 33 33
Life 9 9 7 6 6
Associate 257 259 269 286 333
Country 196 191 191 184 187
Dist Hon 73 68 74 70 69
Reciprocal 44 49 53 54 55
TOTAL 2144 2134 2152 2101 2271

 

The Club has worked diligently on strategic planning for Membership and recognised the importance of increasing member numbers. The strategic planning included a review of membership of the 15 membership categories and found that they remained relevant.

Focus in 2022 and beyond will be on developing other forms of membership that may fill perceived gaps and create new opportunities.