alt         Membership Frequently Asked Questions


New Member Information:; (410) 798-4098


How many members does the club have? Currently, SOS has over 700 members.


Where do the members live? Members live predominantly in Maryland, Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania.


Are all club members single and unattached? No. You must be single when you join, but some members subsequently marry and are still members of the club.  Some members are single and unattached, some members are involved with sailing and non-sailing individuals and some members are involved in long term, committed relationships. SOS is a sailing club, not a dating club.


How is the club organized and run? Entirely by volunteer effort. There is an elected 9-member Board of Directors led by our Commodore. The Commodore and Board appoint the Chair of each of 16 Standing Committees.  The respective Chair staffs his/her committee and conducts business as appropriate for that committee.


What sailing skills do I need to join the club? None. Anyone who is agile, has good balance, is in good health and is interested in actively participating in sailing is welcome.


Will the club teach me how to sail? No. Although there are many educational opportunities offered by the club, they are intended to enhance your skills rather than create them.


How many boats does the club have? The club does not own any boats, but uses boats owned by member/skippers. During the cruising season, there were over 100 active boats in the SOS fleet.


How does a club member become a club skipper? A club member with an appropriate sailboat submits an application to the Safety Committee who qualifies the boat as Active. Once a boat becomes Active, the skipper can sign up for cruises and participate in the Cruising Committee's coordination process.


What kind of boats does the club use? The boats are as varied as the members. Most boats are cruising monohull sloops ranging from 26 to 50 feet. The majority of boats are between 32 and 42 feet.


Where are the cruising grounds? Most trips take place on the Chesapeake Bay, where the boats are located. The club's Bareboat Cruising Committee offers trips once or twice a year to exotic destinations such as Greece, Tonga, the Caribbean, Maine and the Pacific Northwest.


How much does it cost to sail with SOS? The club collects a $17 per day administrative fee from each crew member. Skippers supply their boats, at their expense. Crew members also provision (bring food) for the trip.


How can I get more information? Come to an unofficial Happy Hour and meet some folks. Or, email:; (410) 798-4098


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