Ahoy from the bridge at the American Legion Yacht Club!  

Your new board of directors took office and got to work on the plans for this coming year, knowing our full schedule will be challenging due to the pandemic that just can’t get out of here fast enough.  Despite the circumstances, the team rolled up their sleeves and approved a 2021 operating budget for the club, and then started on the fun stuff: events!  First up was our annual Change of Watch ceremony, normally held during the Commodore’s Ball.  While a ball was not possible this year, we still enjoyed a formal and festive night via Zoom, complete with a concert from our friends at the M Street Band.  We had over 100 people join in the fun, including singalongs and dancing from our living rooms.  We missed the ball, but it still was a special night and gave us all a much-needed escape.

Our February General Membership Meeting featured three guest speakers that showcased their boat club rental programs for all budgets.  We followed that up with a special Valentine’s weekend social night online, where we played the Newlywed Game.

The Midwinter Regatta was cancelled this year, so we look forward to our Whale Regatta March 27 to kick off our 2021 racing season.  Two weeks later, we head to Dana Point for our first cruise of the year.  Plans are getting firmed up now, so please head over to alyc.com to check out the details and sign up.  We only hold activities when we are certain we can conduct them safely, so rest assured you’ll have a great environment and fun at the same time.

As we move into May and early summer, we will start our summer racing season both for our boats in the harbor, and our model yacht boats over at Mason Regional Park.  We also typically host our Opening Day, and we are eagerly waiting to see if the state’s gathering rules will allow any type of celebration.  If it must be postponed, we’ll look to early fall for a backup date.

To all our members who have renewed with us for 2021, or are just joining for the first time, we thank you for you or your family’s service and your membership to our club.  As we did in 2020, we will work hard to provide connection opportunities for you and your family.  We have such a special opportunity at ALYC to help more veterans and their families get to know the peace that comes from being on, near, or under the water.  We look forward to seeing you—in person—in 2021!

Fair Winds,

Bruce Batcheller

Commodore 2019-21

American lLegion Yacht Club


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