Summer greetings from the bridge of the American Legion Yacht Club! Yes, we do have a summer season and we kick it off with our summer Sundowner’s Race series, starting June 1st at 6:00PM. This traditional summer race series, sponsored for many years by ALYC, represents the first organized activity for the club since mid-March.
All interested racers, please sign up via the link on our web site alyc.com. Weather and pandemic permitting, we will still have 14 races this season. Each month will be a race series followed by an awards dinner. The first dinner is planned for July 6, so please cross your fingers that we get clearance to open the Post.
Next up is the Independence Day celebration at the Post and the Old Glory Boat Parade. While there is still uncertainty surrounding group activities in Newport Beach, we have petitioned the city to approve the permit for the parade. We know we can manage the parade even with social distancing restrictions, so we are hopeful the city will agree and all of us at Post 291 and ALYC cheer on our flag as we celebrate our nation’s Independence Day.
In this year of cancelled events and missed opportunities, we have a lot on the schedule yet for the back half of the year. We have two open water regattas, monthly social events, general meetings, cruises to Catalina, and our annual Sail for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SVI). We are staying optimistic on fulfilling our fall schedule and getting all of you back together!
In the meantime, we are doing all we can to maintain open communication and connections. We are planning our fist social event via Zoom video conference in June, and also hosting a New Member Orientation online. Our club sailboats, available to members who become certified skippers, have continued to be in use. We adopted more stringent cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and our members are happily cruising the harbor and enjoying some much-needed sun and time on the water. If you are interested in learning more about sailboat certification, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALYC is all about fellowship and building lifelong relationships with fellow veterans and families that enjoy being around or in the water. The quarantine has tested all of us, but these relationships are what helps us all through the tougher times. We appreciate all of you and can’t wait to see your smiling faces and get that salt spray back in our eyes.
American Legion Yacht Club