Strength In Numbers: Why Is It Worth Joining a Boat Association?

For a long time now, we have found the necessity to defend the existence of boat associations. While this debate is frequently mentioned in the media, this is something that is directly relevant to us and our members so we wanted to discuss it. Today, we wanted to talk about why is it worth joining a boat association.

Don’t let our personal bias speak for us; here are a few things that we have received through member feedback:

Planned Group Outings

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One of the things that we personally have enjoyed is the fact that boat associations make it a point to organize group outings and gatherings for members and their families. A strong sense of community is always important for boat associations.

This can be better obtained through planned group outings.

Lessons and Classes

boat-classes Boat Associations care very much about the working knowledge of their members and those that care to learn more about boats, sailing, and all that good water sport stuff. They (like us) regularly hold classes which can help improve the understanding of those that want to try out being on a boat and even competing one day.

There aren’t a lot of sources wherein organizations outside of schools have active classes that teach more about going on boats.

Insurance

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When it comes to anything that has any risk to your health and safety, it is always important to have proper insurance for it. While there are big insurance firms that do not like providing policies for those that enjoy risky sports, you can always rely on boat associations to have you covered.

After all, they need to make sure that those that sail, row, or zoom around under their watch are well protected.

These are just a few reasons why we think it is worth joining a boat association. What about on your end? What benefits have you experienced from a boat association?

In the Realm of Giants: Notable Boat Races around the World

If you’re trying to see if you have a future in boat races or what you can sort of expect from them, drawing knowledge from preexisting and notable events would be good. Thankfully, there are several notable boat races that are held around the world.

Here are some of them:

Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race has been around for quite a while. In fact, it sprung up in Spain around the early 70s. What is quite interesting about this race is the fact that it is one which involves yachts and world travel.

They were not kidding about the ocean race part of the name. Competitors will have to toughen out at least 9 months out at sea in order to complete the set ports that they’ll need to go through. This race takes place around every three years or so.

Harvard-Yale Regatta

This particular boat race is one that is held annually and involves two of the well-known universities around the world: Yale and Harvard. If yachts are not really your think then you’ll appreciate the fact that this race involves rowing teams.

This is a race which has a deep history that is rooted back in 1852. It continues to this day with Harvard holding a massive number of wins over Yale.

Fastnet Race

If yachts are really something that interests you, this is one race that you will want to tune into. The Fastnet Race is often held around twice in a year and is not as long as the Volvo Ocean Race. It did actually start before the Volvo Race though—which makes it one of the older yacht races that are held around the world.

These are some races which can really help you determine what you can expect from a boat race. What other big water races do you know of? Let us know the details!