My what a wonderful opportunity we have been presented with for 2022. We are coming out of a less than opportune past few years and have a chance to expand our programs and increase the activities. All of which is to support and open up this beautiful community to our veterans and their families.

I must first salute my predecessor, Jr Staff Commodore Bruce Batcheller and his wonderful wife and Club Crew Chairwoman Debbie. They were instrumental in getting this club through some very rough years. Bruce has the privilege of being the only three-year Commodore in this club’s history. A job well done sir! Your guidance and leadership were invaluable in building this current Board of Directors and Program Leadership.  Thanks to his leadership we have a very high level of expectation as to the broad range of activities we will be offering our veteran families.

One of my goals this year is to increase the level of social interactions. To me it's not enough to put on an event or offer an avenue for gathering. People must interact! Get to know each other and find out what common interests we share, laugh and have fun. We want you to want to share the news and spread the word and of course come back and bring friends.  We are having our Saturday evening socials every 2nd Saturday on the West Patio.  The Directors are hosting these events and each month you can expect something new and exciting.

We are working hard to increase the use of our Yacht Club owned boats and have high hopes that more of you will come to get cleared to take out the sail boats or perhaps get qualified to crew or skipper the Valor. 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 and we’ll have the coordinator get in touch with you.   

We are also excited about our sailboat racing program this year. We have the pleasure of working with some very talented and experienced Principal Race Officers from Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club and California Yacht Club this year. They have kindly offered to work with us on expanding our level of racing knowledge and they will be putting on some basic introduction classes on how to get involved in racing. The first class is coming up in April so check the calendar and get in early. In addition, we are creating a racing series to include all our open ocean races. Hopefully this will entice more racers to participate.

Following up from last year we are sponsoring another paddleboard harbor race and offering some paddleboard workshops. Also coming back this year is a 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

Finally, we have hired a part time Administrative Assistant to help get the massive number of electronic communications and social media activity under control. Kim Perez has accepted this challenge and is moving forward with updating our website to include racing results, pictures of events, more eye-catching flyers, and announcements.  Kim is also updating our Facebook site, theALYC. This is just a small collection of items that Kim has set her sights on updating. Make sure that you say “Hi” and introduce yourself when you see her around the post.

In closing, let me say how honored I am to be able to serve this military organization again this year.  I get great pleasure in sharing my time with the veteran families, both young and old.  I believe we can all contribute some small part of our time in making all veterans feel welcome and appreciated. Just remember that a gesture as insignificant as saying hello might just save a life. We as a club will do our best to provide a financially obtainable resource for our families to enjoy the wonderful waterfront community that we belong to.  My moto for this year is “If you aren’t having fun, we’re doing something wrong.”

Hope I’ll see you on the water. As always, if you don’t see an activity offered that you feel should be available, please let us know and we will research the possibilities.

Very Respectfully,

Tommy Wheeler

Your 2022 Commodore

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