WCYC - WEST COAST YACHT CLUB
24312 Del Prado Ave
Join us for a great 3 course Italian Luncheon and celebrate WCYC's Change of Watch Ceremony installing our new Board of Directors
This event will be held, rain or shine, in Luciana's Annex Tent and a 3 couse Italian Lunch will be served (watch for the menu coming soon)!
RSVP's must be recieved by Monday 2/15/21!
Price is $50.00 per person
Once RSVP is received, an invoce will be issued to you. Payment can be made at the door, cash or check, or you can pay via Zelle per the instuctions on the invoice.
Questions: Dave Stancil, Rear Commodore
31891 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano
Cruise Captains: The Sicards
Friday - April 16th
11:00 a.m. - Arrival - Details to follow
Enjoy dinner on your boat or at a local restaurant
8:00 p.m. - 70's Dance Party on the Sadie Mae
Costumes are a must!
Saturday, April 17th
9:00 a.m. - Eye Openers -
Bloody Mary's and Mimosas
Fruit, Breakfast Rolls and Danishes
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Live Music on the Sadie Mae
Bring your dinghy out and enjoy
Enjoy dinner on your boat or at a local restaurant
9:00 p.m. Left Right Center (dice game)
on the Sadie Mae
(Bring dollar bills)
Sunday, April 18th
11:oo a.m. - Departure
West Coast Yacht Club had their first shakedown cruise in Danalina the weekend of April 16th – 18th. We had 12 boats participating in the fun-filled weekend. The fun began with people gathering, mixing and mingling while eating Mindy’s famous hotdogs.
The real party began in the evening with a 1970’s party and our club did not disappoint. All came dressed in their decked out disco costumes and danced to DJ Eddie’s 70’s music.
Saturday morning the attendees enjoyed eye openers consisting of Bloody Marys, Mimosas and a variety of danishes and scones. In the afternoon, on the Sadie Mae we had singer, Rick Sherman to entertain the crowd. In the evening, people reunited on various boats and enjoyed the evening together under the stars.
Sunday we started dispersing around 11:00 a.m. while others stayed and enjoyed the afternoon sun. A fun time was had by all. Thank you to everyone who was able to make the cruise for the weekend or even for part of it. We always enjoy the company of West Coast Yacht Club.
Who has more fun than we do? We do!
Cruise Captains Ed & Mindy Sicard
No Host Cruise
Due to weather conditions and a small craft warning, our Friday departure was delayed until Saturday morning. Sheri had to work that weekend, so my son, Joseph, volunteered to be my co-captain. The journey over was smooth and clear and we were joined by an exceptionally large pod of dolphins as we neared Catalina Island. Once we made it to the harbor, we radioed our arrival on channel 71 to other WCYC members… radio silence. We moored the vessel, made some margaritas, turned up the music, and began to relax. A slight breeze in the harbor kept our WCYC burgee dancing, and the sunshine kept us warm. A dinghy approached our stern and the couple abord asked if we were WCYC members. They introduced themselves as prospective members, Eric and Caroline Tenewck, and that this was their second WCYC event. We invited them back for happy hour later that day, where we got to know them better while enjoying cocktails. We parted ways and Joseph and I went into town for dinner. El Galleon never disappoints.
Sunday started with several Irish coffees and a quick breakfast, followed by more relaxing (a must while at the Island). We then journeyed out in our dinghy and headed up to Moonstone with beers in hand. After hanging out, we then went all the way back down past the Buffalo Nickel before returning to our boat, Sandbar. Dinner that evening was at “M” restaurant.
Monday morning, after a great breakfast at Jack’s, we packed up the boat, turned our backs to Catalina and headed to the mainland. Always a good time on the Island.
Cruise Captains: The Monks
Co-Captains: Drew Von Gremp & Natalie Brown
We are so happy summer is here and we are ready for the year-long postponed Tokyo Olympics. As the games seem to be going forward, we are so excited to be hosting this cruise as the world opens up. To celebrate the Olympics, we will be having a nice homage to our host county, Japan and playing a few of our own games.
Oceanside is a beautiful harbor with lots of dock and oceanfront to explore. There are some nice restaurants and coffee shops as well. If you can’t bring your boat, the Metrolink Train from San Juan or San Clemente stops in Oceanside. Only a 2 mile journey by Uber or lovely beach/harbor walk to the Jolly Roger docks.
We have dock space so no need to drop anchor, please bring along lines to tie up. If you are able, you may want to bring chairs to sit on the dock as well. We will play a few games and may get a mean cribbage or poker game going as well.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Friday night- Welcome to Tokyo and Opening Ceremonies- Appetizer and Sake Tasting kick-off party @ 5 PM
Saturday- explore the harbor with a great run, walk, paddle or dingy ride. Great cruise to bring your pup!
Saturday night- Closing Ceremonies at Oceanside Broiler @ 7 PM
Sunday- Time to Go Home
BY MONIQUE MONK
As we know, summer is here and we were ready to get our cruise activities on! We want to celebrate the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo with a nod to this beautiful country.
The boats starting arriving at the Jolly Roger dock in Oceanside around noon on Friday. Big Wally was the first to arrive followed by Sandbar, Real Nauti, Sadie Mae and the Harrison’s It’s About Time. The Riddles joined us with their boat on Saturday afternoon. We had weekend guests including Joseph on Sandbar and Ryan on Big Wally.
We enjoyed a nice afternoon on the dock and joined up to hold our Welcome to Tokyo and Opening Ceremonies- Appetizer and Sake Tasting kick-off party. We had some fabulous zensais including sushi, spring rolls, ribs and chicken wings. Ed and others brought some exciting sakes to try. We topped off the night with a karaoke sing along, Mindy, Natalie and Monique got their lead singer groove on while Steve joined in with his harmonicas. Mike, Kevin, Ryan and David tore the mic away from the girls to sing a few of their own.
The next morning we offered a Morning After, Tokyo style. Natalie bought some lovely Japanese cookies and tea cakes. We repurposed the sake for Bloody Mary’s and popped the bubbly for mimosas as well as Japanese teas for those that needed a little pick me up for the morning.
Many took advantage of the lovely weather for morning paddles and walks in the harbor. By late morning, our group grew much larger with those traveling by land to join us on the Oceanside docks. Del, Barbie and Stacy drove down as well as past Commodore KC and Jill. Guests Bill and Bonnie come down to spend the night on Sadie Mae. With growing crew, Mindy got out the blender and made the best Buffalo Milks, reminiscent of the island. A few took a little siesta in the afternoon while others continued to party throughout the day.
We brought the group together Saturday late afternoon for Let the Games Begin for fun, carefree Olympic style relay games. To kick off the games, Big Wally brought out the sushi Jell-O shots, a huge hit! After the warm up, we divided the group into three teams and the madness ensued with curling, water balloon toss, pass the beach ball, chopstick cookie race and a very wet over/under games. The scores were tallied and all waited with anticipation until dinner for the winners.
Some dingied and others walked to Oceanside Grill for dinner. We had a few cocktails while we waited for our table and were joined by our newest members Eric and Caroline TenEke. After we placed our dinner orders, David, our Commodore offered his welcome to members, guests and our past commodores and wished all those born in June a happy birthday. He thanked the cruise captains and shared the upcoming cruises and events including the Cherry Cove Cruise, the world famous Tiki Regatta and the Olympic Pub Crawl.
Shockingly, no Saw Horses were awarded but David did dunk Monique into the water,twice! We may want a recount on that Saw Horse nomination! The wait was finally over and we held the Closing Ceremonies by awarding medals to the teams with Gold going to Team #3 with Sheri, Valerie, Ryan and Ed.
Some had to get out early on Sunday morning, others laced on their tennis shoes for a brisk walk around the harbor followed by a fabulous brunch including more mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. All got off the docks without a hitch and made it to their home port safe and sound. Thank you all for a wonderful time. Can’t wait until Cherry Cove! More Buffalo Milks please!
On Saturday, July 10th West Coast Yacht Club celebrated their 8th Annual Tiki Regatta. We had four sailboats who participated in this year’s race.
Our 2021 Trophy Winners this year were:
Club Trophy "Blondie" Awarded to Dino Bellafaire of Running Water
1st Place: Scott Ryan of Carvella
2nd Place: Roger Salway of Clean Slate
3rd Place: Dino Bellafaire of Running Water
4th Place: George Hughes of Three Sheets
There is certainly no “I” in TEAM when it comes to West Coast Yacht Club. A big thank you and shout out to all who helped with this event. Morning set-up crew: Crezlun and John Kossa, Kevin Jones, Ed Sicard, and Dave Stancil.
Thank you to the following for making their delicious Paella, we had enough for the 75 people who were in attendance: Steve and Brenda VandenBerg, Jim and Maggie McNamara, John and Crezlun Kossa, Chip Threlkeld, Dave and Tami Stancil.
Thank you to Christie Threlkeld for collecting all the money. Thank you to Donna Groves for making the two beautiful Raffle Baskets.
Raffle Prize Winners: Cindy Latin and Stacy Mata
A big thank you to everyone who helped with the clean-up. You are all super! Really appreciate all your help!!!
Cruise Captains: The Harrisons
Co-Captains: The Riddles/The Latins
Hi Fellow WCYC cruisers!
On arrival at two harbors you can hail the Harbor Master call on VHF 9 or 310.510.4253.
Also, hail your cruise captains on VHF 71 and we can assist you with picking up your mooring in Cherry Cove.
Itinerary update from your cruise captains:
WCYC Cherry Cove July 16-July 18.
Friday, July 16th -Noon to 5pm
Saturday Morning 11am to 12 Noon
Saturday, Afternoon 12Noon -~3pm
Floaty Event & Games - Prizes and Awards! “Not to be missed for our more competitive members!”
Remember to bring your “floaties” both big and small – “Flat Mats to Swans” for the floating party”!
Dinner is ”cruisers choice” with only one restaurant if the consensus is to book for a group we can discuss Friday Night / Saturday morning and get numbers!
Sunday, July 18th -Recovery and head home.
The mere mention of a cruise to Cherry Cove on beautiful Catalina Island quickens the pulse as we mariners of West Coast Yacht Club recall the adventures enjoyed over the years in this fabled anchorage. This year was no different as sailors and power boaters alike gathered at this favorite destination on Friday, July 16 to Sunday, July 18.
For the weary sailors who cruised for 7 hours or so, the sight of Bird Rock was a reminder that the journey would soon conclude and the partying would begin. And so it was that we cozied up to Steve and Sondra Harrison’s It’s About Time for Friday evening libations and those savory hot dogs. If anyone had chosen to nap that afternoon, they would have bolted upright at 5 PM, risking bodily injury, at the cacophony from ship’s horns around the harbor signaling that merriment could officially begin.
Refreshed, despite a rocky evening, mariners navigated via dinghy the next morning to R&R and Liberty Belle to dine on McRiddles and McLatins (a vastly upgraded version of the Golden Arches breakfast sandwich), Twinkies of some dubious maturity, and real bananas (for those health zealots among us). There were bottomless buckets of Mimosas and an exotic mixture of champagne and peach known as the Bellini to slake even the most parched among the group.
Suitably energized, the aerial games were introduced and participation by our athletes was lively, no doubt as a tune up for the upcoming Olympics. The yachtsmen demonstrated remarkable agility as they soared into the air to snatch the elusive sphere as this gravity defying exhibition wowed the group. This exertion in the heat of the day led some of our lady mariners to cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the anchorage. Before long, there were 8 of these sleek mermaids, seemingly unaffected by the chilly water, clustered around a floating platform as they engaged in stimulating conversation. It was a sight to behold, though some explanation that was offered for their endurance opined that talking animatedly and in high volume generates considerable body heat!
You can well understand that these acrobatic feats would eventually wear out even the fittest among our group. So it was elected by some to retire to their vessels to refresh and rejuvenate in order to be properly poised to engage in the evening’s activities. As the evening beckoned and the shadows of the surrounding cliffs bid adieu to the sunlight, the tantalizing aromas that wafted from the yachts yielded ample evidence that, among our group, are some of the most talented chefs.
Revelry continued into the wee hours for some and for others a desire for a restful sleep won out.
All things must eventually conclude and, on Sunday, a number of our yachtsmen made sail for home. Still others, reluctant to return to civilization, elected to remain in the Cherry Cove anchorage and count themselves blessed that another day of sunshine was theirs to enjoy.
Wow! What can I say about the Summer Olympic Pub Crawl except we are a group full of fun and creative people who likes to have a great time!
The costumes were fantastic! A big thank you to Dana West Yacht Club for co-hosting the Olympic Pub Crawl. We began and ended our event at their club. After our first stop, we marched our way to Harpoon Henry’s where we held the medal ceremony.
24 participants paraded around with the traditional Bud-Light torch and Olympic music. Medals were awarded to the following people:
Our next stop was held at Lil’ Skipper’s Snack Shack. Owner, Lisa Thiel was generous in providing us with delicious drinks and snacks. Roulette and Black Jack tables made the day extra fun. Lisa went all out for our club.
After Lil’ Skipper’s, we ventured to Turk’s and then to Wind and Sea where many enjoyed their famous Mai Tais. It was fun having both clubs come together and getting to know each other. After the fun pub crawl, we marched back to DWYC for an evening of live entertainment, dinner, drinks and dancing.
Congratulations to Lisa Thiel who won the 50/50. $200.00 will go towards the Special Olympics. Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket.
Save the date for our next Olympic Pub Crawl – February 2022. Looking forward to seeing everyone in their winter outfits.
Cruise Captains: The Rasulos
Co-Captains: RJ Trevizo & Kevin Jones
Our long- awaited cruise to fabulous Newport Harbor was a great success. This year we chose a Hawaiian theme complete with grass skirts, coconuts and leis upon arrival!
Our member boats began arriving at the Newport Harbor Anchorage on Thursday afternoon. As the cruise chairs, the Rasulos , RJ Treviso and crew of the Genty Lee were the first to arrive. Tom and RJ began setting and marking forward and stern anchors while Karen and crew broke out the Hawaiian decorations and went to work. In all, we had a great turnout with seven boats side-tied and the anchorage in Newport harbor. Many thanks to John and Crezlin Kossa for all their assistance with that. Vice Commodore Mike Sandler stood careful watch over all the activities to make sure we didn’t break any rules and to keep our entire group safe. We had several weekend guests including three teen-age cousins of the Rasulo’s from their Iowa Farm who’d never seen an ocean before! What an eye opener! … They learned quickly. Trial by fire!
On Friday evening we enjoyed Mai-Tais on the Rasulo’s boat and many members brought Hawaiian themed finger food. What a delight! On the Sandler’s boat we maaaaay have had a very late and high-spirited poker game till the weee hours. Our potential new member, Tom Henley, robbed …errr… umm …WON the majority of the money. His lovely bride Maureen had the good sense to stay away from this questionable game. Your Board of directors will vote on them on September 2nd.
The next morning, Saturday, began with a group of dinghies cruising to breakfast with bottomless mimosas at Woody’s Warf, so the ride back was scattered to say the least. Fortunately all members and guests were accounted for by lunchtime.
That afternoon, member RJ Treviso and his girlfriend Sahar Asadifar arranged a challenging Dingy Treasure Hunt. This took members all over the harbor to take selfies in some places and retrieve coded pirate gold at others. The winning dingy received a $50 gift card for dinner and a movie. Racing back for the first prize win were Chip and Christy Threlkeld assisted by their crew Karen Rasulo & Iowa visitor Emmaly Derschmidt.
The afternoon was filled with fabulous live music from artist Zach Churchill. Before we knew it we were surrounded by Kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards, Small Boats and Jet Skis lined up to listen to his talent. We thank Zack for the memories he helped us create and look forward to seeing him perform again. (Rumor has it that he’s releasing an album soon with this reporter’s son Tom Rasulo, JR… shhhh)
We brought the group together Saturday evening at the Lighthouse Café’ for a well-earned meal. The dingy ride back in the dark was a real treat on such a beautiful night.
Sunday everyone slept it off … I mean slept late and departures began in the late morning. A very special thank you to my yellow shirt crew Jackson & Rylee Quade, and Emmaly Derschmidt who’d never been on a boat before. Nice work!
Finally, RJ and Sahar went above and beyond to help prepare the weekend’s activities. They crewed and drove the Genty Lee to Newport, arranged the dinghy treasure hunt, brought goodies from many stores and did so much reconnaissance. Thank you both from the bottom of our hearts. You are such assets to WCYC.
Only one more cruise left this season. Avalon Catalina Sept 17-19. See you there for more memories in the making.
Cruise Captains: The Kossas
Co-Captains: Rod Covarrubias & Tammy Huntley
Friday, September 17th
Arrivals. Use channel #71 for assistance or additional information.
4:00 - 6:00 pm Nautical Happy Hour host boat “BOX OFFICE”
CAPTAIN JOHN & CHIEF STEW CREZLUN will supply light horsdoeuvres & a cocktail.
On your own for dinner
Saturday, September 18th
9:00 - 10:00 Eye Openers on “BOX OFFICE”
CAPTAIN JOHN & CHIEF STEW CREZLUN will supply a morning snack, Mimosa’s or Greyhounds
10:00-12:00 Rest up you have a long day ahead of you.
12:00 - 5:00 Fun in the sun aboard "DIADEM"
Join CAPTAIN ROD & FIRST MATE TAMMY for free flowing cocktails and lunch.
Wear your nautical themed bathing suits, cover-ups, shirts, skirts, hats, floaties etc…
7:00 Dinner at the El Galleon
Prize awarded to the best couple dressed up as Captain and First mate.
We will be in the private room upstairs.
Cash only for dinner, bar and raffle
Sunday September 19th
Arrival, Friday Evening, & Saturday Morning on "Box Office" - Crezlun Kossa
The cruise captains arrived in Avalon early on Thursday morning and as the morning went on, so had several members. 10 out of the 12 boats in fact. The Sand Bar ( Vice Commodore Sandler) their boat seemed to be where the party had started. Thank you Mike & Sherrie for being such gracious impromptu hosts. Several groups had decided on different locations for dinner. Then found each other at the Marlin Club after dinner.
Friday morning several members were told they needed to move to another mooring, but luckily the ones that were almost sent to Descanso, were able to side-tie with another members boat in Avalon. As Friday evening approached the Nautical Happy Hour was beginning on The Box Office. Captain John & Chief Stew Crezlun we’re ready to entertain with Fog Horn cocktails(Gin, ginger ale, & lime juice) antipasto spears & crudité cups. For those with a sweet tooth we had red vines or M&M’s. Members were on their own for dinner & entertainment. I did hear rumors of a extremely fun dance party that might have or might not have happened at Big Wally.
Saturday morning was a bit chaotic, several boats had to move again & nautical help was required. Captain John was off helping, but Chief Stew Crezlun had the 9:00-10:00 eye openers handled. Mimosas, Greyhounds or Bloody Mary’s. ( Thank you Chip & Christie for the extra bloody mix!) Croissants, yogurt parfaits & fruit spears were served as well. Luckily the members came over in waves, as the boats went to their new locations, members slowly came over for refreshments. I’m sorry to report that there isn’t any photo evidence, I was too busy being a bartender to take pictures of all the fun. I can tell you that obviously our club doesn’t believe in leftovers, because by noon there was nothing left.
Next stop is Diadem out at Descanso for Lunch & Lounge......
Saturday Afternoon Lunch & Float Party on "Diadem" and Dinner - Tammy Huntely
A quick rest and the day picked back up aboard “Diadem”. Moored outside Descanso Beach was no problem for her wide beam. If there was any rockin’ and rollin’ it was due to the bottomless Mai Tai’s. Hosted by Captain Rod and First Mate Tammy”. It was a beautiful sunny day, large flotilla, great music and best of all a large group of old and new friends.” A few dinghies tried to run away but they were no match for our captains who dove into action and retrieved them all. Pulled pork sliders, coleslaw and pineapple wrapped up the day but not before George Hughes performed his famous knot tying prowess.
Arrangements were made for our large group to gather at El Galleon restaurant for dinner. The limited menu was personalized for us. Our Nautical theme continued with a costume contest. We all (ok some of us) dressed up as Captain and First Mate. Everyone agreed that Chip and Christie were the big winners, Mike and Sheri Sandler came in a close second. Commodore Dave delivered the cruise notes above the buzz of the restaurant, including the winners of the raffle. As always nicely done Donna, putting together an amazing nautical themed goody basket. Oh, and congratulations on winning it. All in all another successful cruise to our own little island paradise.
Cruise Captains: The Threlkelds
Co-Captains: The Hepners
Due to the devastating oil spill in our beloved ocean, we need to move the October cruise to an "in harbor" cruise. Meet at Dana West Yacht Club at noon for lunch.
We will head to our 90th Year as a club decorated dinghies to cruise the harbor. Dress up and have fun! Please be ready to get at least a little wet at the raft up after - we have some fun games planned.
Bring extra clothes to stay behind Sadie Mae from 7:00 till ???? as the disco ball just may have to come out after the light music.
Looking forward to seeing you all Saturday!!
OCTOBER CRUISE REPORT
Evil forces conspired to cancel the WCYC October Long Beach Cruise. Restaurants were disorganized in the wake of the LA County Covid environment. Beaches and harbors were being closed in Orange County due to the oil spill off Huntington Beach. However, the cruise captains wished to salvage the weekend. We reasoned: “What is more fun than a day with friends in a group of dinghies?” A Dana Point Dinghy Day was born.
The weather gods smiled upon us, delivering a beautiful day for the mini-cruise.
The day began with lunch at Dana West Yacht Club. DWYC was forced to cancel their Avalon cruise, scheduled for the same weekend as the WCYC Long Beach Cruise, and a number of DWYC members joined WCYC in our day of celebration.
Lunch was followed by a large dinghy flotilla which cruised Dana Point Harbor before rafting up behind Sadie Mae for an afternoon of fun and games.
At Sadie Mae, Junior Staff Commodore Ed Sicard addressed a mixed group of WCYC and DWYC participants, extolling the virtue and spirit of the boating community. Commodore Dave Monk shared some good words in celebration of the 90thanniversary of the founding of West Coast Yacht Club.
Special thanks to those who transformed the cancelled Long Beach cruise into a great day in Dana Point Harbor: Ed and Mindy Sicard for making Sadie Mae available as a home base for the dinghy fleet; Dana West Yacht Club for making their club house available for lunch; Christie and Chip Threlkeld for coordinating the alternate plan on the fly.
P.S. A great piece of news: The oil spill, which was termed “catastrophic” at the time it occurred, turned out to be not as large and destructive as first feared. So, while the spill disrupted our cruise plans, it appears that it was less disruptive of the environment than first anticipated. Thank Neptune!
32431 Golden Lantern
Laguna Niguel, CA
Thank you to everyone who came to our November Commodore’s dinner to celebrate our Commodore, David Monk, and West Coast Yacht Club’s 90th birthday.
We all had a wonderful time seeing friends and meeting new ones. The guests enjoyed a variety of appetizers, dined on their dinner of choice and finished with sticky toffee dessert. Hendrix Restaurant was very accommodating and did an outstanding job making sure our drinks were always full.
The beautiful Flamingo raffle prize was presented to the winner and six others went home with a “Cheers to 90 Years” centerpiece.
San Juan Hills Golf Club
San Juan Hills Golf Club