Commodore's Message

 
In 1952, a forward-looking group of visionaries met over a kitchen table and laid the foundation of what is today one of Southern California’s premiere yacht clubs. Now in our anniversary 65th year, Del Rey Yacht Club continues to value the nautical traditions, rich culture, and Corinthian spirit passed down to us by our founders.

We are an equity organization focused on making decisions for the mutual benefit of our diverse community. We are proud to be a not-for-profit Club managed and directed by our members, with many volunteer committees and a long list of fun and interesting social events unrivaled by any other local yacht club. And we warmly welcome visiting yachtsmen/women from reciprocal yacht clubs around the world.

Our unique private facilities in Cat Harbor, on Catalina Island, include showers, rest rooms, barbeques, picnic tables and our own moorings that are provided year round for the exclusive use of visiting Del Rey Yacht Club members. From April through October, our very active Cruise Committee organizes many themed weekend trips to the facility and beyond. These organized club cruises are an especially beloved tradition, cherished by many generations of DRYC members. Picture a large flotilla of boats all traveling over to Cat Harbor together for a shared weekend of sun, fun, and professionally prepared meals! Examples of some of our cruises include Memorial Day Weekend, July 4th Family Cruise, the Commodores Cruise over Labor Day Weekend and the Rear Commodore’s Lobsterfest (yes, lobster is served to all). We also cruise as a group to other yacht clubs such as Long Beach YC, San Diego YC, Shoreline YC and many more. And, there's also our SeaVenturers Cruise where we anchor off Santa Cruz Island and kayak to Painted Cave!

Our Hospitality Committee produces a wide variety of activities every month. Including movie nights, Monday night football, live music nights, and a themed holiday party for just about every holiday throughout the year!

Of course, above all we are a community of extremely knowledgeable sailors and power boaters. Our SeaVenturers group meets monthly, and is a fantastic resource for those interested in learning from the experiences of seasoned mariners who have cruised all over the world.

If you fancy yourself a sailboat racer, you will be right at home at Del Rey Yacht Club. We are famous for our Berger Stein Racing series, consisting of five challenging races during the year starting in January and ending with an overnight race in June from Marina del Rey to our facility at Cat Harbor and return leg the following day. 

Our award-winning Junior Sailing Program is one of the best in the country. This is the absolute best place for your children to learn the art of sailing. Some of our junior sailors not only learn to sail for fun, but also go to compete on a national level! Generations of lifelong mariners got their start right here, at ages as young as 8! These are some of the reasons we were (once again for 2016) named Southern California Yachting Association’s Yacht Club of the Year.

Even after 65 years, we are always changing, growing and evolving into the best organization we can be. Though The Tradition Continues, our quality and our warmth never changes. Join us if you are seeking a home in our yachting community. Del Rey Yacht Club is truly a special club for us…and just maybe, a special club for you.


Norman Magidow
Commodore