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Galilean Yacht Club
Christian Cruising in the Northwest
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A Yacht Club for Christians Who Love Cruising

The Galilean Yacht Club (GYC) was founded in 1978 by a few Christian friends and boating enthusiasts who wanted to enjoy boating in the Great Northwest with other Christians. Members own or lease boats of all sizes and types, large and small, power and sail, and some have no boat at all.  But all share a love for the Lord, and for enjoying His creation on the water.


Most club members belong to Christian churches in communities from South Puget Sound to British Columbia, while some also come from communities across the nation and come to the Northwest for the wonderful cruising opportunities.  We are Christians first who love the Lord, and also enjoy the fellowship of Christian boaters.


We would like to answer your questions about the Galilean Yacht Club and cordially invite you to consider joining our membership.  If you are a Pacific Northwest boater and a Christian, we think you’ll agree that this is a great boating club.  We hope to see you on our next cruise.


A Christian Witness on the Water

The club burgee is easy to recognize, with its bright blue background and white Christian fish symbol.  Flying it often results in an opportunity to witness to others in the boating community about your faith and about our club.

An Easy Way to Enjoy Your Boat

Each cruise is hosted by one or two club members who arrange moorage at the destination and plan activities such as potlucks, hikes, outings, games, and church services.  Worship services are held on the dock, a boat, nearby marina shelters, or at a local church.  We have many opportunities to share the message of Jesus Christ in the ports that we visit.  We strive to be visible witnesses of our faith in Jesus.

A Full Season of Weekend Cruises

GYC’s primary activities revolve around the club cruises.  Our annual schedule offers weekend and holiday cruises at least once each month from March through September. Cruises are planned often in the Central and South Puget Sound to such places as Poulsbo, Blake Island, Kingston, Port Orchard and Gig Harbor. Cruises in Northern Puget Sound frequently head for Blakely Island, Friday Harbor, Fisherman’s Bay, Deer Harbor, LaConner, or Anacortes.

Longer Summer Cruises

The club sponsors one or more long cruises from one to three weeks duration (sometimes longer) each year, usually in July or August.  One to two week cruises often have destinations in South Puget Sound or the San Juan and Southern Gulf Islands, while the three-week and longer cruises may go north to Desolation Sound and beyond.  Ports of call include a mix of marinas and anchorages.  The cruise maintains a group float plan, but individual boaters often come and go on their own schedules, making side trips and joining the club off and on.




A Time of Fun and Fellowship

Our club cruises are lots of fun, and since we boat as a group there is always someone around to help with any boating problems or just with general repairs, maintenance, advice or exchange of ideas.  (Christian boaters are always ready to offer advice!)  We also enjoy touring each other’s boats, or just dropping in for a chat, a friendly game, or a look at the latest addition or improvement to the boat.   Above all, we enjoy Christian fellowship while boating in God’s most beautiful waters here in the Pacific Northwest.


Other club events include the annual meeting, a weekly Bible study, and occasional potluck dinners in the off-season.