In April, your Yacht Club’s activities included the annual Cruise to Dana Point.  Turnout for the cruise was held down by the threat of bad weather, but the enthusiasm was high and participants had a great time.   

Thanks to ALYC members Greg Roosevelt, Karen Nugent, Joany Berdine, Dan McIntyre, Charles Polce, Bill Badenoch, Donald Wise, Tom Lorenz, John Donahue, David Levey, Steve Sawdon, Beth Totin, Dennis Heck, Ron Woods, Keith Collins and Jim Updike for helping our Swift Boat visitors during the Post 291 Vietnam weekend.  

And, once again, the ALYC Seagals organized the annual Easter Egg Hunt, an event requiring hours of planning that lasts 63 seconds or so.  Thanks to Rick Galliand, Vicki Lorenz, Randie Starling and Joany Berdine as well as the egg stuffers for another successful Easter event.  

Our April General Membership Meeting presentation by Tom Griffen about cruising in the Pacific Northwest Puget Sound and San Juan Islands was well attended and very informative.  We’re planning another great presentation for the June meeting.  

This year, your ALYC along with American Legion Post 291 again hosted the PreRace Party for the Newport to Ensenada International Sailboat Race.  Velvet Thunder kept the place rocking all night.  Thanks to Rich Puccini and the registration crew for welcoming our guests and the Seagals keeping the Quartermaster sales moving during the evening.  John Hoover, Tom Lorenz, Dennis Heck and Bruce Batcheller earned a shout-out for keeping order on the guest dock for the event.

Our ALYC Opening Day will be Sunday May 7, starting at 10:00AM.  The formal ceremony will be followed by lunch and a boat parade around the harbor.  Registration is open to ALYC members via the website.

The Monday night Sundowner Sailboat Series starts May 8.  This series runs through the summer with breaks for holidays.  We’re striving to make the series bigger and better this year.  If you plan on participating, make sure to sign up on line ASAP. 

We are planning a cruise to Alamitos Bay May 19 through  May 21.  This is always a fun cruise, with great entertainment and dining.  Please plan on joining us either by land or by sea.  Check the online calendar for details and to register for the cruise. 

The next Dive Club meeting is scheduled for May 31.  The speaker will be Dr. Wendy Marshall, who will speak about citizen science with a focus on the White Sea Bass Project in Newport Harbor.  This promises to be an informative and entertaining meeting.

ALYC branded merchandise is available online at alyc.com under the “About Us” menu choice at the Quartermaster Online Store.  Also, remember all of your yacht club information is online, so check alyc.com regularly for any updates and changes to our plans.   

Mike Berdine

Commodore and Communications Guy

American Legion Yacht Club


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