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Rose City Yacht Club is one of the oldest and largest yacht clubs in Portland, Oregon. We currently have about 150 active members, individuals, couples, and families who enjoy the convenience and security of a private moorage, gated parking, and floating clubhouse. 

Commodore’s Welcome

Tod and Deedie Bassham

Welcome! Since our beginnings in 1932, RCYC has grown steadily to a 150-slip
member-built and owned marina with concrete docks and a floating clubhouse. We do
not allow live-aboards (but members often do spend the weekend on board their boats,
and we have shower facilities for members and reciprocal guests).

We perform all of our own repair and maintenance of Club facilities, which means that
dues and fees are very affordable. Moreover, our work parties are true “parties” with
social aspects taking on equal importance to the work. To ensure that all members
participate in maintaining the Club, we require a minimum of 16 work hours per year.
Many members, of course, choose to volunteer additional hours on special projects.

The Club has its own pump-out dock, and there is a commercial fuel dock located at the
next door marina.  The Clubhouse has a full galley, and a current capacity of 84
persons. Recently, the Club constructed a new floating patio, with a covered roof,
which offers a delightful venue for many a summer BBQ.

We enjoy one of the newest all-concrete marinas in the NW, with pressure water and
all-GFI power to slips. Our marina is strengthened to withstand winter winds, and we
maintain depth with our own member-operated Dredge, the “J Randall”. 

Depth is maintained at approximately minus 7 feet at zero on the Columbia River
gauge. Note that this can diminish to minus 6 feet in the fall during low tides. Our slips
are sized for boats up to about 12 feet of beam pretty easily, and some accommodate
boats a foot or two wider. Dock tie-up lengths vary from 30 feet to 42 feet. There is
normally a six- month to over a year’s wait for a slip, after being sworn in.

We offer multiple cruising opportunities and sponsor local races. Members have
trophied in ocean races regularly. Our cruising members voyage everywhere from BC
and Washington waters, down to California, Baja, the South Pacific, and beyond. 

We host many organized cruises on the Columbia River, as well as informal gatherings
at nearby docks and anchorages. For our “Lazy Daze” cruise, we explore the lower
Columbia River estuary, with many stops at island anchorages and small towns along
the way.

We are family oriented and traditionally have social activities year around. During the
pandemic, we scaled back social activities considerably, but currently there are no
particular restrictions on Club events. The Club conducts a monthly Board meeting,
usually by Zoom, and a monthly General Meeting, usually a hybrid meeting with some
members in person in the Clubhouse, and others participating by Zoom.

The Club conducts many educational events and seminars. We cooperate with CRYA
and our sister yacht clubs, and enjoy reciprocal privileges with many yacht clubs in
the NW United States, BC Canada, and beyond. Our breakwater hosts reciprocal
guests from other yacht clubs who are exploring the Columbia River basin.

But the most important feature of the Club are its members. Building long term
friendships with conversation, laughter, and shared food and beverages is what we do

Commodore Tod Bassham and First Mate Deedie Bassham