We are in peak boating season and your American Legion Yacht Club has hosted several events over the last weeks and is planning a calendar full of surefire entertaining future events.  

Our May 7 Opening Day was well attended and a fun-filled party.  Dennis, Uly and the Post staff once again presented a great meal, and our volunteers made sure all of our guests felt special.  My thanks to all who helped make the day a success. 

The ALYC Summer Sundowner Race Series started May 8.  The races and post-race ceremonies, dinner and slide shows have been popular again this year.  Like all ALYC activities, the Sundowner volunteers make things happen.  Thanks to Dan O’Sullivan for being the PRO, Neil, Allan and Leonard for lending us boat support, the Race Committee members for officiating and the ALYC SeaGals for all the Monday night general support. 

Our June General Membership Meeting presenter, Retired USCG Master Chief Boatswains Mate Ronald Mealey, literally kept us in knots for the better part of an hour.  Ron started the evening by passing out a dozen or so lengths of line to audience members and then gave us a knot tying class, all the while speaking about some of his Coast Guard experiences.  All this made for a memorable and entertaining evening.

June 11 marked the first Fishing Tournament of the season.   Dan O’Sullivan again made sure all the attendees had a good time.  We have two more tournaments scheduled this year in September and November.  ALYC members and their guests are invited to sign up through the ALYC website calendar pages when registration opens.

Our next cruise will be to Alamitos Bay August 4 through 6.  The Alamitos Bay Cruise offers some top notch dining options, so save the date and join the fun.  Like all of our cruises, you need not arrive by boat to attend.  Drive up for a couple of hours or book a hotel room and stay for the weekend.  Club members can register through the ALYC website.

Our next General Membership Meeting is August 10, and you don’t want to miss it.  It will feature a showing of Sense the Wind: Blind sailors race across open water.  This hour-long documentary will be followed by a Q&A with NY based Producer/Director Christine Knowlton.  Six years in the making, Sense the Wind, follows the journey of four blind sailors as they train and compete in national and international regattas.  The ALYC will hold this meeting in cooperation with the Womens Sailing Association Orange County, one of our partners for the October Sailing for the Blind and Visually Impaired event.  

Mike Berdine

Commodore and Communications Guy

American Legion Yacht Club


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