The Thunderbird Sailing Club is a nonprofit corporation established in 1969, and is affiliated with both the United States Sailing Association and Central States Sailing Association. Membership is open to anyone of “good moral character” interested in sailing and water safety. Boat ownership is not required.Read the club by-laws by clicking here. Membership types are described below the form.
Note: Membership runs from Jan 1st to Dec 31st. If joining after July 1st, dues are half the annual amount.
RENEWING MEMBERS: It is only necessary to fill out your name and any information that has changed.
Please see Bylaws and Standing Rules for complete information concerning dues and membership.
A. Regular Members/Family Members. A regular member has privileges to hold office, to vote, and all other rights and privileges of membership including participation in Club activities, and the right to wear the Club Patch and fly the Club Burgee. Regular members must be twenty-one. Family members shall include all the dependents of the member. Family members have the same rights and privileges as a regular member; however, there can only be one vote per family or one elected officer per family in office at the same time. Family members must be at least twenty-one to hold office.
B. Associate Membership is open to individuals who are interested in sailing, and who crew with boat owners. This membership does not include voting privileges, or the privilege of racing as a boat owner or skipper. The Associate Member would receive all publications put out by the Thunderbird Sailing Club, such as the Mainsheet, and would be welcome to participate in all club racing and social events. Annual dues would be set by a vote of the club.
C. Student Membership is open to full-time students. This membership does not include voting privileges, but does include the privilege of racing as a boat owner or skipper. Students who regularly crew with Sailing Club members would be encouraged to join. Student members would receive all publications put out by the Thunderbird Sailing Club, such as the Mainsheet, and would be welcome to participate in all club racing and social events. Annual dues would be set by a vote of the club.
D. Group Membership This policy is to cover organized GROUPS that wish to acquire Thunderbird Sailing Club Group Membership. Examples of organizations are the Navy ROTC and OU Sailing Club. The Executive Committee will make final rulings on qualifications for each ‘group’ membership. The members of the GROUP will adhere to all Thunderbird Sailing Club Bylaws and Standing Rules. Membership fees are the same as one full voting membership in effect at that time. There is no pro-rating of dues for GROUPS. Full annual dues are due at the time of membership and there shall be no refunds should membership be dropped. There must be one person who will represent the GROUP and who will be responsible for casting any votes on behalf of the GROUP and for keeping their membership notified of Thunderbird Sailing Club activities. Mailings will be sent to the representative. All members of the GROUP are invited to attend Thunderbird Sailing Club meetings, regattas, and social events. GROUP members who wish to race must pay the same fees for racing as regular members.