Fourth of July Yacht Club


Commodore's Report - February 2017

Dear Friends,

Happy 2017! This year we celebrate Fourth of July's 45th season.  I've been fortunate enough to have been a part of the club for 38 of them, and, during that time, much has changed over on the mainland.  But our club, our traditions and our cove have thankfully remained largely untouched.  To celebrate that constant, Kellie and I decided that "26 Miles Across the Sea, FJYC is waiting in 2017" would be a fitting theme for this year.  We hope that everybody will make that crossing often this summer so that we can enjoy another fun-filled summer!

The year started with our Annual Meeting and Installation on Saturday, January 28th at Long Beach Yacht Club.  We introduced our three new Associate Members and our newest Junior Member, all of whom will be wonderful additions to our Club.  We are currently at 154 members with room under our current membership cap to add a half dozen or so more, so we have re-instituted the Preview Membership program that enjoyed such great success in 2011 and 2012. We look forward to welcoming new applicants that love boating and fun and are willing to participate in the volunteer nature of our club.

It takes a lot of work to keep this club maintained, stocked and scheduled with events and parties.  So I encourage everybody to continue to pitch in as many hands make light work and ensures the success of our truly unique organization.

But with a little work comes a lot of fun. We have many fantastic events scheduled for the rest of the year, such as the March Mainland Porch Party, The Ladies Spring Event, Mid-Winter Cruise and Survey Weekend, Clean-up Weekend and our annual Opening Day Celebration over Memorial Day Weekend. We then move into the season with the ladies Fat Camp, Fourth of July Weekend, Fizz Off, New Fish Party, Kids Rule Weekend, Labor Day, Annual Dinghy Parade and the Isle of Man to wrap up our season in Catalina and cap it all off with the Fall Mainland Porch Party. Of course, the weekly porch parties will keep us all entertained throughout the season.  We also will be continuing the fun new traditions started last year such as the season-long Commodore's Cup Fishing Derby that is open to all ages, and several other group activities such as the classes, games and dances.  Please feel free to contact me or any of our Board members with any suggestions of what could make our club better for everybody while still remaining true to our roots.

We will continue to communicate through our weekly email blasts, so please make sure that you are receiving those to stay up to date. In addition, our website contains valuable information regarding the history of the club, By-laws, Roster, Sparklers, and all of the Assignments (Cabins, String Tie, Storage Boxes, Kayak and Dinghy Racks) after they have been finalized. ‚Ä®Please make sure to familiarize yourselves with the House Rules located in the most recent Roster as they can be revised year to year.  You are responsible for your family and guests while at the club.  

I appreciate the opportunity to be your Commodore for 2017 and look forward to creating with everybody a summer of lifelong memories.

Here's to clear skies, fair winds and following seas, Cheers!

Drew Davidson