MEMBERSHIP Information 2022-2023

Edison Sailing Center welcomes any student ages 8-17 who has completed one or more summer sailing sessions, comes from another US Sailing-affiliated organization, or can demonstrate his/her ability to rig/sail to an established standard of ability (equal to or above a beginning level of sailing).

Membership fees for all boats and programs, per semester:

$325 for first child
$200 for 2nd child
$175 for 3rd child in same family

What does a membership include?

  • Memberships run September 1 – December 31 and January 1 – May 15, and provide sailor(s) the use of ESC sailboats, instruction and equipment as assigned for practices and sanctioned regattas.
  • Membership does not include associated regatta costs &/or fees for sailors wishing to participate in competitive sailing.
  • Memberships are $325 per semester for one child; second child in the family $200; third child $175. Memberships are available through a link to Regatta Network on the ESC website. Families who may have been adversely impacted by the pandemic and may not be able to pay the full membership fee(s) should contact Treasurer, Ross Webb, for information.
  • Sailor Members may attend (weekly) practices, volunteer in ESC outreach activities, are eligible for summer staff positions, participate in the U.S. Junior Olympic Regatta (River Romp), and (based on skills) sign-up for special sailing trips.
  • Boats & equipment are assigned based on sailor’s skill development and level of active participation. Those who do not attend regularly may use a designated “club” boat and equipment. Attendance is recorded weekly. Experienced youth sailors are expected to mentor the younger, inexperienced sailors. ESC will schedule Family Days when possible. Families may have use of our sailboats and kayaks. Check the Yearly/Monthly Calendars for updates.
  • High School sailors will have scheduled practices weekly. These students will sail the 420, double-handed sailboats. Semester fees for the 420 program are the same as all other sailors. Students participating in High School sailing will be working toward competition and may travel out-of-town for regattas. Regatta costs are not included in membership. HS420 sailors may also sail Club420 (C420) after high school season. The C420 sailors use a spinnaker; HS420 does NOT use a spinnaker.
  • All families are required to read ESC’s revised Policies & Procedures with their participating sailor(s) and electronically sign indicating that you’ve reviewed the document. This document is one of the documents uploaded to the Membership system through Regatta Network.
  • In addition to the Policies & Procedures, families will be asked to read and sign (electronically) the COVID Illness Policy & waiver provided in the Membership documents on Regatta Network.
  • A list of boat parts and replacement costs will be provided as needed. Breakage and Loss beyond “normal wear and tear” is the responsibility of the sailor/family for items assigned to the sailor. General maintenance is the responsibility of the sailor. All damages and repairs are to be reported to Mike Burby, Operations Director.
  • Membership fees are considerably lower than many other sports and to maintain this fee structure, we need every parent’s help. All Parents are expected to participate in the operation of the sailing center: as volunteers at River Romp & other scheduled events, and work days at ESC.
  • Youth members should attend practices regularly; participate in community service days with other agencies, work days at the sailing center, and sail in local events hosted by ESC when it is advisable to do so.
  • Edison Sailing Center is a community-based sailing center operated and supported by volunteers – parents, sailors, and community volunteers/sailors.
  • Questions regarding memberships and parent issues, training, and events may be addressed to Stephanie Webb at [email protected]. ESC may be closed some Saturdays (please check the monthly calendars for updates).
  • Youth members in good standing will have priority for selection to serve as Blue Shirts in the summer programs.
  • Those who have achieved US Sailing Small Boat Instructor or Powerboat Instructor certifications and who are members in good standing may be eligible for salaried positions.
  • The Edison Sailing Center is registered with the State of Florida as a Charitable Organization, established in 1983 and a registered corporation on

Royal Palm Sailing Club, Inc/dba Edison Sailing Center
a 501(c) 3 corporation not for profit

Mail to: Edison Sailing Center
1420 Del Rio Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33901

As part of membership in Edison Sailing Center, all sailors, instructors, volunteers, Directors, & families are to review the corporation’s Policies & Procedures annually. Once you have read and reviewed them with your family, please download, print, complete the information requested, and return pp. 11 & 12 to Stephanie (or the designated person) via email or at practice