Spring greetings from the bridge at the American Legion Yacht Club!

We are a bit tired of saying “despite the challenges of the pandemic,” so I’ll just dive right in and tell you what we’ve been doing, and are about to do with spring, and soon summer upon us.  What we are most excited about, is your club boat Valor was just recently one of the start-line boats for the 73rd running of the Newport to Ensenada international yacht race.  She was standing tall, thanks to the work of our many volunteers that keep her in top shape, led by our Valor Boatmaster Ray Armstrong and Port Captain George Shinrock.  George recently completed some repairs and maintenance on the top deck of Valor, so she was looking great as we hosted the race committee from NOSA, the Newport Ocean Sailing Association that manages the race.

Earlier this month we hosted our first cruise of the year, to Dana Point harbor.  We hosted members aboard Valor to cruise down and back up the coast, as well as some day trips out from the harbor.  Valor hosted happy-hour Friday night and a big group assembled Saturday night to hang out at Baby Beach and enjoy takeout from Dana West Yacht Club.  If you missed it, you can catch another cruise soon.  We are headed to Avalon May 21-23, with several group activities and meals on the plan.  We put this cruise on the calendar with the goal to get more of our non-boat owners to attend, since you can easily book a ferry to come across, plus there are many options for lodging.  Please check it out on our calendar and event pages on alyc.com.

The first Sunday in May is typically our annual Opening Day.  Last year was our 54th, so that one was postponed to 2021.  May is still too early for large events, so we have rescheduled Opening Day to August 21 starting at 2:00PM.  Please mark your calendars for a fun afternoon and evening!

May also kicks off our annual summer Sundowners Race series, held every Monday evening in Newport Harbor.  We will have a post-race dinner and reception, with pre-registration required.  If you are not yet registered, please do so on Regatta Network.  We also now begin our Model Yacht racing season the next night, Tuesday May 4th at Mason Regional Park in Irvine.  All details are on our web site.

As we get into June and summer, we have many more events on the calendar including our first fishing tournament and a Raft-Up to help kick off summer.  If all goes as planned, we’ll soon be meeting in person and enjoying some normal summer life at the club.  I hope to see you in person soon!

Fair Winds

Bruce Batcheller

Commodore 2019-21


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