Greetings from the Bridge at the American Legion Yacht Club!
The back half of 2019 has been adventure and activity filled for those of us in ALYC. We kicked off July with our annual Old Glory Boat Parade, with over 40 boats and more than 30 uniformed active duty military personnel enjoying the view from our members’ boats. Summer soon brought us to the early fall, which most mariners know is the best boating of the year in Southern California. We make six cruises every year away from home port, and our signature event this year was a cruise to Emerald Bay at Catalina Island. Our friends at Corsair Yacht Club offered us their private area for our club, and our members enjoyed an epic weekend on and off shore.
ALYC has a very active sailing program, with both training and racing. We hosted our weekly Sundowner Series sailboat races in Newport Harbor every Monday from Memorial Day to Labor Day, culminating with our awards banquet on September 29. We also worked with our friends at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club to support the Leukemia Cup, and also hosted our annual Blue Water Regatta. Our Youth Sailing classes were run throughout the summer to get the next generation race ready!
Our annual May Opening Day ceremony was postponed this year, but we made sure we still “officially opened” the club on September 28. Nearly 250 people joined us to celebrate ALYC and watch us raise our flags and burgee atop the mast. We took advantage of the Saturday evening celebration to enjoy dinner with members and friends, and some dancing well into the evening.
In October we host the annual Sail for the Visually Impaired, an important civic outreach for our community and our veteran brothers and sisters. We have more than 170 people expected to sail aboard 50 member boats. This event is sponsored by ALYC and managed by the entire post family with the help from the Post 291 event staff, Post 291 leadership and volunteers, SALs, and the Auxiliary.
In November we host our Veteran’s Day Weekend raft-up on Nov. 9. Member boats will anchor in the harbor to enjoy the great fall weather, followed by dinner at the post catered by the Sea Gals. You don’t need a boat to participate! Sign up and we’ll shuttle you out to enjoy the day.
We finish the year with our annual Holiday Party on December 5th, followed by our club boat Valor once again participating in the Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade Dec 18-22. Please watch the parade and see if Valor again takes home an award for Best Lights! Even better, come help us decorate. As always, complete information is available on our website or on Facebook @TheALYC.
I hope to see you soon at the Post or at one of our activities!
American Legion Yacht Club