Originally used by the Dutch Navy as a fast sailing vessel the yacht essentially consists of two different classes of boats. The sailing yacht and power yacht, are two most common, with the sailing yacht actually having four types, the day sailing, weekender, cruiser and racing with their design and size determining its use.
Power yachts used today maintain the power and luxury found in many of the old style yachts and vary in length from about 36 feet to well over 100 feet in length. They are also equipped to be able to stay at sea for several days at a time. The luxury yacht owned by some of the better-known billionaires may range in the 500-foot length. They also have sufficiently living space for several days at sea as well as offices, meeting rooms and other designated areas to meet the business and personal needs of their owners.
Sailing yachts typically measure between about 20 feet and 100 feet, with the day sailing vessels having to interior cabin space as they are used only the during thee day. Many are used as rental craft by the hour or the day, not designed for overnight use. The weekender yacht style, as the name implies has facilities to provide sleeping quarters and a pantry to sustain use for the weekend.
Powering Yacht Depends On Conditions
Sailboats obviously are powered by sail and many also house an engine, gas or diesel, to help navigate into docks or when there is no wind to fill their sails. Most power yachts will have huge inboard diesel engines to power them through their times at sea. Most are equipped for several days voyage with fresh water tanks, fuel tanks and food supplies to carry them several thousands of miles before needing to stop and take on supplies.
Many of the yacht owners have their vessels equipped for long excursions with the comforts of home such as televisions with satellite dishes, video games and in some cases pool tables and other games. Many also use them as their mode of transport with certain constraints, and employ a crew of experienced sailors to keep the ship in top shape and also to navigate them to their destinations.
There are well-known yacht races that bring sport sailing enthusiasts from around the world to compete in head-to-head competitions. The open sea races involve several days of traveling a specific course as the race is judged on handling the vessel, navigation and speed.
The Sarasota Sailing Squadron is a not-for-profit sailing organization open to anyone interested in the sport of sailing and yachting. It is an organization established for the purpose of promoting all aspects of sailing and, toward that end, the Squadron provides facilities for storage and launching of boats of various sizes, as well as for educational and social activities related to sailing. Its facilities include a club house with snack bar, a pavilion and barbecue, floating and fixed docks, a 3 ton hoist and launching ramps, rack storage for small boats, dinghy storage for boats kept on a mooring in the bay, and dry trailer storage for boats ranging from 14 to 30 feet. According to the Squadron’s lease with the city and club rules, storage space is limited to boats that are actively sailed. The Sarasota Sailing Squadron is an active sailing club, not simply a boat storage or launching facility.
The facility is operated and maintained by the membership, with an operating budget derived from membership dues, storage fees, race entry fees, and the income of the clubhouse snack bar. As a result, the club is able to maintain a well utilized and high quality sailing facility for the Sarasota community.
The club maintains a strong commitment to providing affordable access to sailing on Sarasota bay. Initiation fees, membership dues, and storage fees are kept low in order to maintain the affordability of the club for the widest possible range of residents. The Sarasota Sailing Squadron is the only place on Sarasota bay where one can find inexpensive dry boat storage with easy access to some of the best areas for sailing on the west coast of Florida. Furthermore, it is not necessary to own a boat to be a member of the Squadron or participate in the various programs. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in sailing.
Much of the sailing that is based at the Squadron is casual day sailing. The facilities at the Squadron make it easy for members to launch a boat for even a brief sail. In addition, the club organizes a variety of sailing and instructional activities.
Cruising and Day Sailing
In addition to providing storage and launching facilities for members interested only in day sailing on the bay, the cruising group at the Sailing Squadron organizes monthly group cruises to a variety of destinations around Florida. For members interested in extending their knowledge and skills as sailors, the Squadron organizes lectures and classes on seamanship, marine electronics, outboard motors, and boat handling, as well as lectures on potential destinations for the more ambitious cruisers.
The Squadron organizes a range of social events for both sailors and nonsailors. Traditional events are the Fourth of July picnic, the Halloween costume party, Thanksgiving dinner, the annual Christmas party and New Year’s celebration, and the “Fireside Chat” wine and cheese party.
How to Join the Club
Membership in the Sarasota Sailing Squadron is open to anyone who is interested in the sport of sailing. Over the years, the Squadron has maintained a commitment to keeping the membership fees low enough to be affordable for everyone.The dues and fees are payable in January of each year. If you join in the middle of the year, they are adjusted so that you only pay for the remaining portion of the year. See the club manager for details.