LGBTQ+ Sailing Around the World 

We have links to LGBTQ+ sailing clubs around the world.  If you're travelling, why not get in touch with the local sailing club?  Occasionally, members of other clubs have joined us for S&CA club events when they're visiting the UK (if you're a member of a sister club, you can apply for short term 'associate membership' of our club).  Here are some of the LGBTQ+ clubs with which we have established links, in no particular order:


Yankee Cruising Club 

New England, USA - The Yankee Cruising Club was founded in 1983 to bring LGBTQ boaters together to meet, make friends, and get out on the water together. We strive to be an open and friendly place for people to socialize and be themselves. You don't need a boat or any boating experience to join.  We have members and events that stretch from Maine to New York


Knickerbocker Sailing Association

New York, USA - Knickerbocker Sailing Association is a non-profit gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender boating club, now in its 23rd year. We encourage members who support diversity and enjoy getting out on the water of the greater New York area.


Australian Sailing and Cruising Club

Sidney, Australia - The Australian Sailing and Cruising Club is a club for LGBT people and their friends in Sydney and across Australia. We welcome boats and boaters of all types – sail, power, dinghy, windsurf, kite, kayak – if it floats, you’re welcome to join in!  The Club is based in Sydney and organises regular events during the year both on the water and the land – guests and visitors to Sydney are welcome – you don’t have to own a boat to be a member.


Voile et Croisière en Liberté

France -  For over 30 years, the VCL (Sailing and Cruise in Liberty) helps gay and lesbian people connect through their passion for the sea, cruising and water sports; welcoming beginners through to experienced skippers.  The S&CA as a long shared heritage with VCL, with many joint cruises in the early days of both clubs.


GLORY - the Gay and Lesbian Organisation for Racing and Yachting

International - The Gay and Lesbian Organisation for Racing and Yachting (GLORY) is a global organisation dedicated to promoting, co-ordinating and supporting gay and lesbian sailing and racing around the world.


Pacific Rim Yacht Club

Vancouver, Canada - We are a gay and gay friendly yachting group with members from Vancouver and Vancouver Island, including the Gulf Islands. Our Rendezvous Schedule has a number of events throughout the year, many of which can be reached by land.  The boating experience of our members ranges from the venerable 'old salt' to the complete novice. While it's not a requirement to own a boat at present there are few crewing opportunities.


Toronto Gay Sailing Club

TGSC welcomes all members of the LGBTQ community to experience the open waters of Lake Ontario! Sailboat owners and crew welcome!



Markermeer & Ijsselmeer, The Netherlands - PINXEEL is a water sports association of and for gay men. Founded in the 80s and has grown into a thriving association with many activities, both on water and on shore, with more than 80 members.  PINXEEL (Dutch corruption of the English Pink Sail) is a national association, but because most members have their boat in a harbor around the Markermeer or IJsselmeer, most activities take place there.


Olympic Yacht Club

Seattle, USA - Members and supporters of the Seattle area’s LGBTQ community who enjoy boating together in the Pacific Northwest. Established in 1979, its primary purpose is to provide safe and fun boating activities for its members, along with their families and guests.

The Barbary Coast Boating Club

San Francisco & Northern California, USA - The Barbary Coast Boating Club is Northern California's premier LGBT boating experience - a club for those interested in all aspects of on-water fun. Their goal is to provide a safe environment that fosters camaraderie, fun and the enjoyment of boating and other water activities in the company of the LGBTQ & LGBTQ friendly community. Established in 1982, the Club has been serving boaters in Northern California for more than 35 years. We have members from all nine counties bordering San Francisco Bay and in many cities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Our members share a love of boating. 


San Francisco Sailing Team

San Francisco, USA - Experience sailing with other LGBT sailors in the San Francisco Bay Area, a premier destination for both exciting sailing and a vibrant LGBT community. They race and cruise, both day sails on the Bay or opportunities to sail in places around the world, on chartered boats and privately owned boats.


Open Seas Yacht Club Chesapeake Bay

Virginia/Pennsylvania/Washington DC, USA - The Open Seas Yacht Club was founded over three decades ago by a group of gay men and women who share a love of boating and the Chesapeake Bay. Their goal is to provide a safe yachting club that fosters camaraderie, fun and the enjoyment of boating and other water activities in the company of gay men and lesbians.

Boys with Boats

USA (multiple locations – a LGBT non-profit social boating club promoting boater education, safety, and environmental stewardship. With chapters in Fort Lauderdale (FL), Nashville (TN), Tampa / St. Pete (FL), Daytona Beach (GA/FL), Lake Travis Austin (TX), Washington DC / Annapolis / Philadelphia, Great Lakes Chicago / Milwaukee / Detroit, Newport (RI), Southern California (CA), and Pittsburgh (PA).


The Silver Strand Boating Club

San Diego, USA - A LGBT group for fun active adults (couples and singles) with a passion for sailing, the outdoors and meeting like-minded people! They enjoy day sailing, harbor cruises, trips to Catalina Island and much more.



LGBT+ Organisations in the UK


Pride SporTs

Founded in 2006 and was the first, and still one of only three organisations in the UK working solely to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sport and improve access to sport for LGBT+ people.


Royal Navy Compass

The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity of the Royal Navy.  We had the privilege of taking part in their 2020 Compass conference which celebrated 20 years since the lifting of the ban of LGBT people serving in the armed forces. 


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