Ahoy from the bridge of The American Legion Yacht Club!  Our early season race schedule has begun, and we’re now preparing for our second big open water race, the Whale Regatta on March 14.  These open water races test the skill of our mariners, as they must strategically plan their route and work through changes in the conditions.  Their reward is some recognition, but also a fun post-race dinner with friends.  And that brings up my favorite reason to be in ALYC—the connection opportunities you gain with fellow veterans and their families.  We put together a full calendar with a diverse set of events, with the sincere hope that we can reach each and every one of you at some point during the year.  While we have a steady group of regulars, the club is always looking for new members to come experience events.  Please make a goal this year to try at least one new activity.

And we have a few great options coming up soon.  We are just launching our inaugural monthly social night, held the second Saturday of each month.  The first one is March 14, following the Whale Regatta.  Our first cruise of the year is to Dana Point Harbor, April 3-5.  While some members will cruise by boat, most will actually cruise by car and join us for dinner or request a shuttle to come out to Valor during our raft-up.  Details can be found online by going to our home page at alyc.com.

Another new opportunity this year is Model Racing.  These sail boats are about three feet long, and function just like a full size sail boat, except you control all movements via remote control.  We own three of these boats so you can start with no cost at all.  Meetings, practice and regatta schedules are posted up online.

The club also owns two full-size sailboats that are available for member use.  More than half the time, they sit idle, and we’d prefer them in use!  You must be a certified skipper to check them out, but it’s not too difficult to get certified.  Email portcaptain@alyc.com and we’ll get you squared away and on the water in no time.

We’ve also begun preparing for our 54th annual Opening Day ceremony, held Sunday May 3rd.  This year’s theme is “The Good Old Days,” with a nod to tradition and appreciation for our 54 years of heritage as a program at Post 291.  We will feature our traditional ceremony, plus some fun classic music at lunch, followed by our ceremonial cruise through the harbor.  Please sign up online and join us.

I look forward to seeing you at an ALYC event soon!

Fair Winds,

Bruce Batcheller

Commodore 2019-20

American Legion Yacht Club


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