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Shark Program 

The Club makes available six identically-rigged Sharks (24-ft keelboats) at no charge to registered and qualified members on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Club Sharks can be sailed for pleasure as well as in club races. Skippers must be certified to use the Sharks, sign up at least one day in advance on-line to reserve a boat and have sufficient crew for the weather of the day.

Certification is a 2-stage process:

First, the 2021 Shark User Agreement and acknowledgement of receipt and abidance with the Sanitation Directive must be signed and returned to the Club office (each year) in order for your name to be entered into the Roster of potential users. All prior signed agreements are void. You can access this new form here (copy and paste in your browser, if necessary): link

Next, if you are not already an approved user, you will need to be vetted in order to be considered eligible to use the Sharks.  Please contact the office to arrange for your skipper certification.

Once approved, your name will be added to the 2021 Shark User Roster. This Roster will is used by the CourtReserve system to validate all requests to reserve and use the Sharks.

Shark Reservations:

The Shark’s reservation system is accessed via the CourtReserve system located the “Members Only” section of the Club’s website.  CourtReserve is a standalone application requiring a secondary log-in.

Please see the following link regarding the steps required for a Shark Reservation.  A confirmation email will automatically be sent to you once your reservation is completed.

You must sign the Shark logbook prior to your departure, as well upon your return, documenting any observations you have made of the condition of and/or damage to the boat before and after your use. The logbook will be kept by the office or in the bar.

The Sharks are secured to the dock and members must obtain the appropriate key to unlock them and, upon return, to relock them. This is managed by the office or, if it is closed, by the bar, if it is open. If neither of these resources is available, and if you have not made prior arrangements to secure a key for your registered time of use, the Sharks may not be used.

When relocking the Sharks, the cable must be inserted only 6-8” into the locking mechanism and the key must be turned to the “LOCK” position. Do not over-tighten the cable. The cable must have sufficient slack to allow for movement of the boat.


  • Because there are no motors or navigation lights on the Club Sharks, they can only be sailed from dawn to dusk, and in appropriate weather conditions, i.e. winds under 18 knots.
  • Sharks can be rigged at the dock only when there is a west wind. When the wind is out of the east, south or north, the boat must be paddled over to the fuel dock and rigged.
  • You must bring a cell phone on board in case you run into a problem. The Coast Guard numbers are listed onboard.
  • Secure the boat to the dock leaving it as you found it: i.e. dry, rolled or folded sails, water removed from the bilge and anchor locker, sheets neatly coiled and then sign the Shark logbook confirming the condition of the boat, leaving the key with the bar or the office. If neither the office nor the bar is open, please store the key in the office mailbox.
  •  BYOE (Bring your own engine)

    Starting this season Shark users will be able to bring and use their own, 6 HP or less ''long shaft'', outboard engine equipped with ''Shark Bite" preventer on the boats.  While you might miss the paddling exercise, your crew will appreciate the added mechanical muscle if the wind dies on you.  The dusk to dawn restriction will still apply. Please know that if you do decide to avail yourself of this option you will need to obtain and show your Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC) at each sign out.    To obtain the PCOC see  While it is not obligatory we encourage you to obtain your VHF license and bring a handheld VHF aboard with you as well in case of emergency.


Failure to complete the logbook and return the key will result in your removal from the Shark User Roster.