Greetings from the Bridge at the American Legion Yacht Club!
We began 2020 celebrating some accomplishments from 2019. Your club achieved the high distinction of “Club of the Year,” awarded by the Southern California Yachting Association (SCYA). This award is won through objective criteria, with a complex set of scores that are only maximized through a full and active schedule, supportive membership, and community involvement. Another accomplishment is our club vessel “Valor” won an award in the Newport Christmas Boat Parade! Thanks to our group of volunteer decorators, we received the Third Place for Best Use of Lights award. Many members participated in the parade and experienced the joy of touring the harbor and hearing the cheers from shore.
As we look to 2020, we’ve added even more activities by launching our first Model Yacht Racing program. We purchased three model yachts, each about three feet long, and they race via remote control, functioning like a full-size sail boat. These boats will be available for member use soon. Look for an announcement shortly on the first meeting for this program.
We always kick off the year with our annual Commodore’s Ball and change of watch ceremony. Over 160 people attended the gala and enjoyed gourmet food and live music well into the night. Our racing schedule commenced February 15 with the annual Midwinter Regatta, our first open water race of the year. Next, our Dive and Snorkel group has a team of volunteers heading to Avalon for the annual Underwater Cleanup February 22nd. March brings our next race, the Whale Regatta, followed by our first cruise of the year on April 4th, where we will visit Dana Point Harbor and enjoy the hospitality of our yacht club friends.
May brings our annual Opening Day and the start of a very active racing and boating calendar. ALYC brings people together for fantastic social and community activities, providing opportunity to build new connections and friendships along the way. In addition to our club activities, we also offer two sailboats available for member use. Check out the full schedule online at alyc.com or on Facebook @TheALYC, and join us for some fun in 2020.
American Legion Yacht Club