Commodore's Message


As Commodore, I am honored to welcome you and yours to Southwestern Yacht Club, well known as San Diego’s “friendliest yacht club.” Now in our 97th year, Southwestern is larger, more active, and more diverse than it has ever been throughout our history. Regardless of whether you own a sailboat, power boat, something with oars, or no boat at all, and whether your passion is racing, angling, or just enjoying boating and being on the water, you’ll find the comradery of a group of like-minded boaters at our club. Our Board of Directors and I welcome you to our traditions of Corinthian yachting, fun and community service.

We have a long history of Corinthian yachting in San Diego. Southwestern Yacht Club was established in 1925 by a group of San Diego yachtsmen who came together to embrace their mutual love of yachting and the sea. After starting near downtown at the foot of Grape Street. The club briefly moved to Harbor Drive, before moving again in 1951, this time to its permanent home off of quiet Qualtrough Street in the idyllic Point Loma neighborhood of La Playa. Today Southwestern and its more than 950 members enjoy a state-of-the-art clubhouse completed in 2010 along with a 385 boat marina at an ideal location for boaters, close to the entrance of San Diego Bay and walking distance to Shelter Island. Our clubhouse, bar, and restaurant are open 7 days per week, and boast a warm and friendly atmosphere including the chartroom bar, full dining room, and fully furnished 270-degree outdoor deck areas overlooking the marina and Shelter Island.

In addition to the core member services, Southwestern supports many activities in support of boating and the local community. The club hosts one of the largest and most successful junior programs in Southern California, with more than 70 total boats, a large junior facility, and multiple classes of boats. In addition to having produced generations of top-notch sailors including world champions and Olympians, the club was the first in the country to including competitive angling in it’s junior program, something that has now been duplicated at many clubs around the country. The club also runs a series of yearly events, including sailing, angling, and auctions, in support of Elder Help of San Diego, for whom we are the largest single donor. Local artists and authors use our club for displays and seminars, and the club hosts many local community service organizations.

Southwestern is first and foremost a member-driven club. Nearly 30 volunteer committees manage, organize, and largely run most of the activities and core services at the club. Whether it’s monitoring the club finances, long range planning and facilities improvements, social events, or running angling and sailing events, the members truly run the club. As a new member you should plan to get involved right away to help. The great thing at Southwestern is that it’s your club, and much of the spirit of family we enjoy comes from that simple approach.

So come on in, meet the members, look around, and let us show you why Southwestern Yacht Club is truly the friendly club.

Gary Jorgensen

Commodore