Fall greetings from the bridge at the American Legion Yacht Club! In this pandemic-challenged year, we’ve recently had some bright spots with our club.
As we closed out our summer sailing sessions, we were able to pause and reflect and appreciate our racers that sailed with us throughout the summer. Our annual Sundowner Race series, based in Newport Harbor, runs from May through August. We had a slow start but finished strong, with a great field of enthusiastic and healthy racers. The Race Committee opted for some personalized awards this year, and have handed those out to the winners individually.
New this year we launched our Model Yacht program, and we held a weekly race series from June through September. Winners received inaugural plaques commemorating their achievements with our emerging program. Managed by Jr Staff Commodore Doug Green, and mentored by Post 291 Historian and ALYC member Richard Frauenzimmer, this program was a big success, reaching our intended goal of finding new enthusiasts of all ages. Our youngest sailor and award winner was Mason, age 9, grandson of Post 291 Sergeant At Arms Bob Grundmeyer. We will have more events throughout the year, so please look for these new opportunities to have some fun at a safe and fun venue.
The weekend after Labor Day was our third annual trip to Emerald Bay on Catalina’s west end. We reserved the wonderful facilities from the Corsair Yacht Club. Look for a more detailed look back at this epic weekend inside this issue of the SeaBreeze.
We have more opportunities ahead of us yet this year. Our fall cruise takes us to Dana Point Harbor for some extra fun in the sun, on the water, and out to dinner. November is election month, of course for our local and national elections, but also for ALYC. Our election committee has been working on solutions to conduct the vote in compliance of our bylaws, and it looks like they have it figured out. We have a bit more testing to do, but the goal is to bring the election to you via an online election, on our regularly scheduled day and time November 12 at 6:30PM. Please look for final confirmations on that soon. Also, you may review the nominated officers and directors on our home page at alyc.com.
Also in November we have started up a program we’ve long wanted to do: member cruises aboard Valor. Since we now have six certified captains, and a growing roster of crew, we are able to keep Valor in service more often. Also, with our current COVID safety protocols, we feel we can safely conduct these cruises as well, and give back something extra for our members. This events are up on our calendar so please take a look. If these cruises prove popular, we will expand this pilot program.
December brings another opportunity for Valor to compete in the Newport Christmas Parade of Lights. Assuming we get enough volunteers to decorate and staff her for the parade, we plan to enter and yet again compete and enjoy this incredible parade.
Your new officers and directors will be sworn in to office in December, and get right to work figuring out what activities we can manage early next year. A January Commodore’s Ball may be a challenge right now, but we’ll keep working and hope for a turn of events with this virus.
We look forward to our members re-joining us for another great year with ALYC, and if you’re reading this and have considered being part of ALYC, there is no time like now to start building those new friendships and connections. Our club brings veterans and their families together, and we enjoy meeting new friends from other clubs as well as many civic opportunities to help our community. Please contact us anytime by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or read up about the club on our website at alyc.com.
Hope to see you all soon on the water or at the club!
American Legion Yacht Club