We all know that there is nothing better than “messing about in boats” as Kenneth Grahame wrote.  That must have been the thought in 1952, when a unique group of visionaries met over a kitchen table and created what is today one of Southern California’s premiere yacht clubs, focused on family-friendly yachting and the Corinthian spirit.  Now in our 67th year, Del Rey Yacht Club continues to value the traditions, culture, and spirit passed down to us by our founders. We are an equity organization focused on making decisions for the mutual benefit of our community. We are proud to be a not-for-profit club managed and directed by our members, supporting an engaged community of cruisers and racers.

Our club has been recognized many times as Club of the Year by Southern California Yachting Association.  There is always something going on; the club hosts a wide variety of activities including movie nights, Monday night football, live music nights (with some great jazz performances) and themed parties throughout the year.

Every year, from April through October, DRYC members of all shapes, sizes and ages are drawn by the lure of the sea and head out on our cruises to Catalina, Long Beach, Newport Beach, and more. Families gather together at our Cat Harbor facility, grilling together or enjoying food from one of our catered cruises.  Many an evening DRYC becomes a home away from home for our members, with a bar, lounge and dining room full of friendly faces, tasty food delicious cocktails.

We are a community of yachting enthusiasts. Our SeaVenturers group meets monthly, and is a fantastic resource for those interested in learning from the experiences of seasoned mariners who have cruised the world.  If you love sailboat racing, you will be right at home here.  We are famous for our William Berger/William Stein Racing series, consisting of five races during the year starting in January and ending with an overnight race from Marina Del Rey to our facility at Cat Harbor in June. We also sponsor predicted log racing for the powerboating community. We have a Duffy electric boat for use by members as well as some Lido 14 sailboats.

Our award-winning Junior Sailing Program is one of the best in the country—a great 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 eight.

We have something for everyone with club-sponsored groups/social activities for many different interests including our Auxiliary, anglers, boater education, book clubs, community outreach, cyclists, ham radio, hikers, Pilates and more.

“The Lure of the Sea” is my theme for 2019.  As Heinrich Heim said “I love the sea as my soul. Often, it seems to me that the sea really is my soul.”  Del Rey Yacht Club sort of weaves into your spirit, like the waves of the sea lap into your soul.  Join us if you are seeking a home in our yachting community, in our sanctuary by the sea. Visitors from our reciprocal yacht clubs are always welcomed.

Laurie E. Romanak