I am pleased to serve as the Commodore of Southwestern Yacht Club and I would like welcome you to our Club. Southwestern Yacht Club (SWYC) was formed in 1925 by visionary yachtsmen looking for ways to enjoy each other’s company and to share their enthusiasm for boating. Since then, the Club has developed into a full-service operation with over 700 members embracing all forms of boating and social activities and earning a reputation as being the “friendliest club” in the area. At our core, the Club revolves around its members, their love and respect for the water.
Our early founders’ do-it-yourself philosophy continues today and is evident in the volunteer spirit of our members. The Board of Directors, Flag Officers, Standing Committees, and a host of volunteers are very active to make sure the Club and its programs are enjoyed by all our members and their guests. This includes organizing a wide range of racing, fishing, and cruising activities; coordinating educational programs, social events, speaker events; and hosting our annual charity event Benefit on the Bay.
The Club’s full time management team and staff are the best in the industry and are eager to ensure a favorable experience for our members and their guests. We are extremely proud to have a number of staff members who have been with us for over twenty-five years and many with well over ten years with us.
Our year round Junior Program is second to none. Its purpose is to teach seamanship as well as help develop them into fine young men and women. We have programs that teach both sailing and fishing activities year round. The programs are open to everyone, not just members. Our Juniors compete both locally and nationally and have won many national titles. We have two new Olympians who grew up in our Junior program. Briana Provancha, sailing in the Women’s 470 Class, and Caleb Paine, in the Finn Class, both competed in Rio. Caleb won a Bronze, the only US Medal in sailing. On the Angling side, Kal’ea Woodard has set several International Game and Fish Association World Records. And it is not uncommon to find several of the Juniors fishing on their lunch break during Juniors Summer program.
Our racing sailors are very successful in local waters, but also in offshore racing. In 2015 Harry Zanville and Team Celerity were first to finish in the Trans Pacific race. They finished almost a day ahead of the next boat. The SWYC Predicted Log racers are also always at the top of the Fleet in Southern California. Additionally, our Anglers show well in all local fishing contests. One of the lesser known things is that the Club supports a White Seabass Grow-Out Facility, which we host on-property in conjunction with Hubbs-Sea World Research. It is an amazing program with much success. In the 70’s white seabass were almost fished out, but now they are making a comeback. The fish raised in our pens are tagged, and when caught, researchers are able to track where they started. Over the years SWYC has released over 40,000+ white seabass. This program would not be the success it is if not for the many volunteers from the SWYC Anglers.
Southwestern Yacht Club is the friendliest club in Southern California, enjoyed by generations of members from all parts of the world. Now in our 92nd year, our future is as bright as our past. The Club truly offers something to everyone who has a love of boating and the ocean.
New members and guests are always welcome! Please contact us for further information. Or simply drop by for a visit and ask to be shown around. A member of our administrative team or Club Member would be happy to show you our fabulous facilities.
I am proud to be the Commodore of Southwestern Yacht Club and look forward to seeing you at our Club.