2022 has proven to be a fun and successful year for our yacht club.  We had a bit of a slow start with the lingering interruption from COVID, but we are running full steam ahead now.  My goal is for ALYC to continue hosting fun and exciting events all throughout 2023.  With construction happening on the Post grounds in the beginning of the year we will have to improvise, but we are making plans.

            I would like to thank Jr Staff Commodore Tommy Wheeler and his wonderful wife and Membership Chairwoman Sylvia. They put in more hours than you will ever know to help make the 2022 year a success. Thank you, Tommy and Sylvia!

            One of Tommy’s biggest goals was to increase interaction between our members.  He was great at this, and we will continue hosting our monthly socials this year.  We will have to get a little creative with where to hold these socials in the first couple months, but we will have our Saturday evening socials every 2nd Saturday and eventually they will return to the West Patio.  The Directors are hosting these events and each month you can expect something new and exciting.

            Larry Munro and our sailboat boat masters have done a great job of getting members qualified to take our Cal boats this year.  Let’s keep that momentum going and if you have an interest, get started. The process is simple and detailed on this website under the “members area” tab. We would love nothing more than to have your sailboats underway every day.  As for the Valor, we are looking to increase the number of harbor cruises, whale and dolphin watching, active-duty member and veteran cruises. The only restriction holding us back is the lack of qualified skippers and crew. If interested in getting qualified send an email to info@alyc.com and we’ll have the coordinator get in touch with you.   

            Scott Barnes is our race chairperson, and we need to build a larger group of race committee personnel.  If you are interest in getting involved email me at commodore@alyc.com and I will help you get going. We will once again host another paddleboard harbor race in the fall and plan on offering some paddleboard workshops. We also are planning on another Duffy Rally.  The details are coming together, and we hope to finalize them very soon.   Check the calendar and be on the lookout for email announcements.

            Our events require the help of numerous volunteers.  If you are willing to volunteer, please do so.  When a large event is posted to the website, we usually announce the need for volunteers.  We have begun using a new process of an online sign up called Sign Up Genius.  It’s easy to click on the position you want to volunteer for and sign up.  It’s one of the better ways to get to know your fellow yacht club members.

            I am honored to volunteer on the board again this year. We have an engaged group of board members to help plan your events.  If there is something you would like to see that we don’t offer, please let me know. 

            I hope to see you all at our first big event of the year.  The 2023 Commodore’s Ball will be held at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club on January 14th due to the construction at the Post.  This will serve as our first “social” of the year so check the website and sign up.  It will be a great time.

Very Respectfully,

Stephen Alfano

Your 2023 Commodore


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