Whether you are a
member, a guest from another yacht club, or someone considering membership,
welcome to Southwestern Yacht Club.
Yacht Club (SWYC) is such a remarkable place. Over the last several years, this
Club has been blessed by having strong leadership from our Commodores and our
Boards of Directors. We have a lot of members who understand the importance of
giving back to our Club by volunteering. We have an excellent reputation. Visitors
agree that we are a very friendly Club, and we are held in high regard within
the yachting and San Diego communities. Plus, we are financially sound.
It was in 1925
that visionary yachtsmen, looking for ways to enjoy each other’s company and
share their enthusiasm for boating, formed Southwestern Yacht Club. In a brief
history written in 1947 by Graham Shand, one of the charter members, he stated,
“May we say that we have lived up to our ideals of many years ago. A Corinthian
Yacht Club, where regardless of station of life, we meet on common ground – favorite
pastime – yachting. May it ever be so!” S/C Shand, I’m pleased to let you know
that it still is today.
The SWYC Anglers
are a very active and enthusiastic group of men, women, and juniors. Whether it
is fishing together in tournaments, volunteering to help with events, filleting
fish or weighing in fish, they always have a great time. Just one thing they do
that really stands out is the White Seabass
Grow-out facility. We host it on
our property and run it in conjunction with Hubbs-Sea World Research. A species
that was almost fished out is now making a comeback. The fish are raised in our
pens. Then they are tagged and released. When the Anglers hold one of their
potlucks or fish fries, you definitely don’t want to miss it.
We have earned
the right to be proud of our racing sailors. We had not one, but two Olympians
at the Rio Olympics. Winners in the last two Trans Pacs have sailed under the
SWYC flag. Our Club boasts formidable competitors in Southern California and
international yacht racing. A few of our races that sailors look forward to
include the Cabrillos, our Charity Bay Race, Three Mark Fiasco, and the Little
We boast a superb
Junior Program that runs all year. In addition to teaching them seamanship, the
program helps to develop them into fine young men and women. Our program is
open to everyone, not just members. We have university and high school teams
that train at our Club as well. As best as we can tell, we are the only yacht
club that has folded a Juniors Anglers piece into our Juniors Program. It is
quite exciting to see our young sailors now learning about angling.
year the Club holds various events or activities that help raise funds for nonprofit
organizations. The largest is our annual Benefit on the Bay. It involves three
events; a fishing tournament, sailboat racing and a gala. I welcome you to be a
part of it.
I am honored to be the Commodore of
Southwestern Yacht Club. This Club has a great foundation. I want to build upon
that. This Club has a great vibe. I want to keep that going. This Club is on a
good course. I want to keep steering it in that direction.
See you around the Club.