If you’re not a hip-hop mogul or the son of a wealthy financier, odds are you don’t own a yacht. Don’t fret, though: You can still join a yacht club and gain access to a rarefied world of seafaring lassies, waterfront boozing – and, perhaps, a bit of sailing.
Young, Tanned and Female
A stone’s throw from Liberty Village, the National Yacht Club allows non-boat owners to crew race nights. Non-sailing drinkers can head to the post-race BBQ on the expansive waterfront patio, and mingle with tanned crewing goddesses, who outnumber the males. 1 Stadium Rd., 416-260-8686, From $345/year (plus initiation, from $100).
The Country Club
More country club than yacht club, The Boulevard Club offers tennis, badminton, a gym, pools, golf, lawn bowling and croquet. Score an invitation to Slip ‘n’ Sip night, and you can come on deck for cocktails…and cougar-hunting. 1491 Lake Shore Blvd. W., 416-532-3341. From $756/year (plus initiation, starting at $2126).
The old money crowd has been enjoying denim-free summers at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club – Canada’s oldest – since 1852. Cocktail at the Yorkville clubhouse year-round, or take the private ferry to the island, home to magnificent views of the city skyline, and – at “roaring 20s” parties – irresistibly snobby trust fund babes. Island Clubhouse, 263 Queen’s Quay E., 416-967-7245. From $335/year (plus initiation, from $2900).
Sailing for Sailing’s Sake
Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club attracts a relatively mature crowd looking for leisurely sails more than competitive racing. Non-members can join the crew-bank for daytime sailing or racing nights; non-sailors can join raucous pub nights on Wednesdays. 30 Ashbridge’s Bay Park Road , 416-698-4498. From $150/year for first year, from $350/year thereafter.
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