Berkeley Yacht Club, although a private club, prides itself on being an active participant in supporting the community in which we live. For many years we have been introducing at-risk or disadvantaged youth to boating through our junior program in conjunction with organizations such the Berkeley Boosters and Pegasus Voyages. In partnership with BYC and with many BYC members as crew, the Pegasus Project enables youth to become productive members of a sustainable society through positive outdoor environmental education and by reinforcing life skills.
Programs such as the Safety Day are set up for the benefit of the whole Marina and the boating public, not just for our members. We participate in local community activities such as the Berkeley Bay Festival and Shoreline Cleanup drives. We currently have two members who are commissioners on the Berkeley Waterfront Commission.
Aside from formal programs, BYC has a history of reaching out to the public and fostering community and boating activities, and is thus a lot less insular than many private clubs. For example, the Friday Night Races and Chowder Races are free and open to all, and we have enabled other boating organizations to use our facilities in the interests of the wider boating community. In turn, of course, many of our members find such participation greatly rewarding.