Greetings from the Bridge at the American Legion Yacht Club!

As we wrap up this bizarre year of ups and downs, we look to next year as a beacon of hope for us to get back on the water and socialize again.  At ALYC, we made it through this year by adapting our methods of gathering to online, and we kept as many activities on the calendar as possible.  We still enjoyed cruises to Catalina and Dana Point, and hosted the Old Glory Boat Parade on July 4th.  We also launched our Model Yacht program, which we were able to manage very safely, and continued our regular summer sailing series.  We had a record number of attendees for Youth Sailing, bringing more of our youth into the ranks of our sailors.  And our experienced sailors haven’t missed a beat with our club-owned boats, which we have safely managed all year and kept available for use every day.  Most recently we held the first ever Harbor Challenge fishing tournament, in combination with the Reel Warrior Foundation.  Over 50 veterans joined in the fun and received some fantastic donated prizes.  We owe many thanks to the Post 291 SAL squadron for their help and contributions with this event.

Since March we have conducted several General Meetings and social nights via Zoom, and these went surprisingly well.  We know it’s not the same, and we miss seeing everybody in person, but your health is most important!  We will continue to make the best of it, so please join us at our upcoming online events such as our Social Night on January 9 our annual business meeting and Change of Watch on January 16.

We are in the midst of renewing memberships for 2021, so please get on that by the end of December so as not to have a lapse in your membership.  If you have questions on renewing or joining, please contact us at

We held our annual elections November 12th, and elected a new slate of officers to help lead this club for 2021, including six members who are serving on the board for the very first time.  These elections were held entirely online, which proved to be very simple, accurate, and convenient, and also permitted some of our members who live outside the immediate area to participate.  These new members are sworn in to office in December to start serving their 12-month term.  We expect your 2021 board to continue on the great traditions of past leaders to bring all of you the best opportunities to connect with other veterans and their families, online, on water, and in the club.  

We look forward to our members re-joining us for another great year with ALYC, and if you’re reading this and have considered being part of ALYC, there is no time like now to start building those new friendships and connections.  Our club brings veterans and their families together, and we enjoy meeting new friends from other clubs as well as many civic opportunities to help our community.  Please contact us anytime by email at or read about the club here on the site.

Hope to see you all soon on the water or at the club!

Fair Winds,

Bruce Batcheller

Commodore 2019-21

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