I hope your summer was as fun and rewarding as mine.  The high point for me was the Fourth of July celebration at the Post starting with a great pancake breakfast followed closely by the ALYC Old Glory Boat Parade.  Neil Hardin’s Mallika again led the parade, this year with Newport Beach Mayor Kevin Muldoon aboard as Grand Marshall.  And we had many boats from past parades along with a couple of unique new entries including one classic wooden Chris-Craft with a brass band on the bow and a working cannon at the stern.  If you missed the parade or watched it and simply want to refresh your memory, there is a video link in the ALYC calendar.  Here is the URL for the calendar page: http://alyc.com/event-2387823.  Thanks to all the Old Glory volunteers along with those from Post 291, the Auxiliary and the SALs who contributed to a very successful Fourth of July celebration.

One of the other ALYC activities making this summer memorable was the Sundowners Race Series.  This year we have over 40 boats registered for these Monday night sailboat races.  Principal Race Official Dan O’Sullivan and the ALYC Race Committee members lay out courses every week depending on wind conditions and available daylight (no racing after sundown).  After each race, there is an awards presentation with dinner served by the SeaGals.  Thanks to Dan, the Race Committee, the SeaGals and our A/V support volunteers for hosting this popular ALYC activity.

The season’s first Cruise to Two Harbors was August 4 through August 6.  Vice Commodore Doug Green and his wife Melanie hosted the cruise and by all accounts all had a great time.  The weather was perfect for all the water and land based daytime activities and the organized meet, greet and eat in the evenings capped off relaxing days. 

The ALYC, along with the Woman’s Sailing Association of Orange County (WSA-OC), hosts Sailing for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SVI) event each October.  The August ALYC General Membership Meeting held with WSA-OC members, launched preparations for this year’s event with the viewing of Sense the Wind, a documentary about blind sailors preparing to compete in an international race for visually impaired racers.  The evening was all the more interesting as the film’s producer/director, Christine Knowlton, was on hand to answer questions after the screening.  This year’s SVI is scheduled for October 7.  Boat skipper and on-shore volunteer updates will be posted to the ALYC Calendar at alyc.com.

Upcoming ALYC activities include the September 8, 9 and 10 Cruise to Two Harbors, the September 9 and 10 Blue Water Regatta (an open water sailboat race), a September 23 fishing tournament and our next General Membership Meeting in October with an entertaining and informative presentation by Dr. Wendy Marshall of Ocean Quest.

If you are into boating or other on the water activities consider joining the American Legion Yacht Club.  We are a group of supportive sailing, power-boating and SCUBA diving enthusiasts who strive to make all of our activities fun and memorable.

Mike Berdine

Commodore and Communications Guy

American Legion Yacht Club


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