Shipmates Womens Auxiliary


A Missive from the Shipmates President
Shipmates are a vital organizations that supports the Tacoma Yacht Club.  We were organized in 1937 to promote the sport of yachting and to come together for both social events and charitable activities.  Any woman that is a member of Tacoma Yacht Club is eligible to join Shipmates. 

Shipmates serve in many ways with energy, talent, caring and compassion for each other, the community and Tacoma Yacht Club.

Shipmates support the Club at Christmas time by decorating the Clubhouse, hosting a Children’s Santa Party, and shopping for, wrapping and delivering meals to Tacoma School District families in need.

Shipmates host a Bunny Brunch at Easter where the Easter Bunny arrives to entertain the children.

Shipmates also participate in the annual Daffodil Marine Festival and Parade that Tacoma Yacht Club hosts.  We have a boat in the parade and sell Daffodil Apparel that we design, with the Daffodil Festival logo.  Using this money earned from the apparel, we gift each Daffodil Princess a personalized Daffodil garment and a $1,000 scholarship to Miss Congeniality of the Daffodil Court.

In order for Shipmates to provide funds for our charitable giving, we hold an auction every three years plus another fundraiser on the off years.  Due to the Covid Pandemic in 2020, our auction was postponed to March of 2021.  Shipmates provide funding to Tacoma Jr. Sailing and various Youth Maritime Organizations in Tacoma.

Shipmates support our club with a substantial gift each year plus a gift card to each of the TYC staff for providing excellent service throughout the year.

We also know how to have fun!  We try to host an entertaining evening event quarterly, from Bunco to various outside activities.  Our monthly luncheons come with an interesting educational program with a new guest speaker each month.  All Shipmates are welcome to attend these luncheons and our monthly board meetings. 

For 84 years Shipmates have been an exceptional organization and an asset to the Tacoma Yacht Club.  Please if you aren’t a member yet, come to one of our luncheons and check us out.  We think you will like what you see and want to join us.

President Karen Cameron


Shipmates' Application
Shipmates Brochure
Donation Application

Shipmates provides funding for organizations which support Tacoma maritime and youth marine programs.