Ahoy from the bridge at ALYC!  We’ve done our best at ALYC to continue hosting events to keep our members engaged, and also to offer something out to the community.  Our biggest event of the summer was hosting the Old Glory Boat parade in Newport Harbor.  Please look for a separate story on that event in this issue of SeaBreeze.  This summer, we’ve also continued our “Sundowner” summer sailboat race series, racing every Monday night.  The racing is still as intense as ever, but we all miss gathering for good food and drink post-race.  We have another month of racing ahead, and then we’ll have an online Awards Ceremony to honor our racers.

New this summer we kicked off our Model Yacht racing program, racing every Tuesday evening at Mason Regional Park in Irvine.  ALYC owns three boats that are available for members to come try their hand at this emerging sport.  We race on an officially sanctioned course, so there is both an opportunity to just try it out and also race competitively.  We have all ages sailing the boats, so bring your friends and family and come join us any Monday at 5:00PM.

Our Youth Sailing Program has seen a surge in students this summer, as parents sought new opportunities for their children during the pandemic.  We took extra safety precautions to ensure the safety of the children, and feel privileged to provide this essential outlet for our youth.  ALYC Staff Commodore and US Sailing Certified Instructor Dan O’Sullivan leads the sessions held at ALYC weekdays during the morning or afternoon.  The last session begins August 17, so call us at 949.973.5002, or email at info@alyc.com.  More details are available on our home page at alyc.com.

We hosted our summer fishing tournament July 25.  SAL member Benny Hallock and his crew aboard “Keep It Quiet” took home top honors for the biggest haul.  We’ll have another tournament in November, so watch for an update on that and come compete on shore or on boat.

As we head into fall, sadly many of our events have dropped off the calendar.  The biggest is we made the difficult decision to postpone our annual Sailing for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  Events we can conduct safely are still on the calendar, including one more open-water sailboat race, the Blue Water Regatta over 9/11 weekend.  During the 9/11 weekend, we also have our signature cruise event of the year to Catalina Island.  Our home base will be the shoreside camp of our friends from the Corsair Yacht Club.  It will be a great opportunity to come say hello to old friends and make new connections.  Due to the spacing of this site, and the separate moorings for boaters, we can manage this event very safely and stay within all regulations.  Information is on our web site at alyc.com.

We have other connection opportunities this fall, including online social events and our general member meetings.  While we can’t see you all in person, we can still see your faces!  Please make sure you sign up online and register for our online events.  There are plenty of great stories to hear from our sailors, racers, power boaters, kayakers, paddleboarders, and fishermen.  I look forward to seeing you online or hopefully on the water at one of our events soon!

Fair Winds,

Bruce Batcheller

Commodore 2019-20

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