Thank you for being a member of the “friendliest club on the bay.”

We would like to welcome you and give some valuable insight on how to get the most out of your membership. Whether you’re a sailor, a power boater, or just between yachts at the moment, BCYC has some­thing to offer for everyone. The best way to get to meet other members is by getting involved in one of our many committees, which are dis­cussed further in this document.

This should assist you with many of the questions you will have about BCYC, so if we left something out please inquire with any of the staff in the club office.

CLUB ORGANIZATION
Commodore

This is the highest-ranking volunteer position at BCYC. This position’s duties include general supervision, direction and control of the business and officers of the club, presiding over meetings of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, appointment of fleet officers and committee chairs, signing contracts and representing BCYC to other yacht clubs and organizations.

Vice Commodore

Acts for the commodore in his/her absence and has overall responsibility for water-based activities and the following committees: Steering, Port Captain, Marina, Dock sub-committee, Power Fleet Captain, Cruising, Junior Activities, Cruiser Navigation, Trophies, Racing Member Advisor, and Sail Fleet Captain.

Rear Commodore

Responsible for overseeing all land-based social and related activities including Membership, Las Commodoras, Officer of the Deck, Activities, The Masthead, House, Showboat, Press Relations, Merchandise, Food and Beverage, Junior Activities.

The Executive Committee

Develops the club’s long-range planning, and consists of the Flag Officers (Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore) and Secretary.

Board of Directors

Consist of ten members who are elected to two-year terms and the Junior Staff Commodore.

BCYC Employees

Our staff is managed by the general manager. If you have a question, comment or suggestion regarding something that can be improved, it is best to bring it to the attention of General Manager Scott Jones. He can be reached at 949-644-9530 or scottj@bcyc.org.

Other Key Staff

  • Controller, Lawrence Pawlak, or Dale Rivas — for questions about your monthly bill
  • Executive Chef, Georges Rapicault
  • Membership Administrator, Amber Vogel — responsible for member relations and orientation, as well as new member applications
  • Food and Beverage Manager, Bob Mitton — special room reservations and events.
  • Junior Sailing Director, Cameron MacLaren
  • Marina Manager, Susie Brodrick

Committees

We encourage you to read about the various committees and attend meetings to help you select the group that interests you most. All committees are staffed by volunteers, and are chaired by a member. Refer to the monthly BCYC Masthead, member roster or club website for current chairperson name and contact information.

Activities

This committee is responsible for organizing and decorating all member events, which include Super Bowl, Commodore’s Ball, Lounge Nights, Halloween, Holiday Events and New Years Eve. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Angling

This committee arranges BCYC fishing trips, fishing tournaments and fishing contests with other clubs in Newport Harbor, in addition to arranging for fishing instruction. The committee meets the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.

Cruise

This committee coordinates all BCYC cruises, including the activities during the cruises. These cruises generally include Dana Point, Avalon, Catalina Island Yacht Club, Long Beach Yacht Club, Isthmus Cruise, Staff Commodore’s Cruise, and Clambake. All cruises are great fun and cruise dates can be found in your BCYC calendar or on the club website. The committee meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

Food and Beverage

This committee acts as a liaison, facilitating communication regarding food and beverage between the membership, the Board of Directors and general manager. Every month there is a “Sandwich of the Month” which this group is instrumental in establishing, along with specialty happy hours. The committee meets quarterly.

Meet Las Commodoras

This fabulous group of women is responsible for planning numerous luncheons and events, such as Las Commodoras recognition lunch, cooking class with the Chef, Fashion Show Luncheon, Progressive Luncheon, Tales of Las Commodoras Luncheon, High Tea Luncheon, Toy Drive and Cookie Exchange and Holiday Auction Luncheon. In addition, they arrange special events that raise money for our military and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. All BCYC women are members of this committee and encouraged to participate in the luncheons. The Las Commodoras Board of Directors meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Sail Fleet

This committee is responsible for planning, organizing and running BCYC’s sailboat races. This is a fun committee and involves work both on and off the water. Sail Fleet begins the year by planning and coordinating BCYC’s sailboat racing calendar with other SoCal clubs through the Southern California Yachting Association. A Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions are then developed and posted for each race. On race day, Sail Fleet’s Race Committee is on the water setting up the race course and overseeing the start and finish of each race. There are few events as exciting as a sailboat race. Sail Fleet generally meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.

House

This committee is responsible for any improvements to the club with Board of Directors approval, reviewing suggestions and complaints regarding clubhouse operations, and helping inform membership of rules and regulations being adopted by the Board of Directors. The committee meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Membership

This committee meets to discuss new ideas for attracting members to our wonderful club, in addition to retaining the existing membership. They participate in the interview process of potential new members, review new member applications and recommendation to the Board of Directors for approval. Each year the committee helps to arrange a new member event. The committee meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Merchandise

“Ship’s Store” committee is responsible for purchasing specialty BCYC clothing, hats, license plates, mugs, glasses, shoes and more! They arrange to display the items for all to see and purchase. One of the highlights is the Holiday Sale. The committee meets the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.

Showboat

Fulfill your fantasies. Enthusiasm is the only requirement! The cast, made up entirely of members, perform a dinner show running four nights each year. There is always a need for performers as well as backstage crew.

Trophies

This committee manages the maintenance and placement of trophy inventory, as well as purchasing trophies for various regattas and racing events.

Club Activities

The club has activities scheduled year round. Consult The Masthead, club website, club calendar or the electronic message board for details. Major member participation events during the year are New Years Eve Gala, Super Bowl Sunday, Commodore’s Ball, Showboat, Newport to Ensenada send-off party and race, Closing Day, Opening Day, Mother’s Day Brunch, Member Art Show, Father’s Day Car Show, Fourth of July, Commodore’s Cruise, Provence on the Patio, Junior Staff Commodore’s Cruise, Halloween and Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

Reservations

This committee manages the maintenance and placement of trophy inventory, as well as purchasing trophies for various regattas and racing events.

Cancellation Policy

This committee manages the maintenance and placement of trophy inventory, as well as purchasing trophies for various regattas and racing events.

Name Tags

This committee manages the maintenance and placement of trophy inventory, as well as purchasing trophies for various regattas and racing events.

Attire

This committee manages the maintenance and placement of trophy inventory, as well as purchasing trophies for various regattas and racing events.

Sailboat Racing

BCYC sponsors many ocean and harbor sailboat races throughout the year. Boats from many Southern California yacht clubs participate in our races. Our ocean racing season begins in January and runs through October, with several races each month. Our harbor race, Taco Tuesdays, is held every Tuesday from early May through August. Sailboat racing is one of the most exciting on-the-water activities. You can get involved by entering your boat, jumping on someone else’s boat (skippers are always looking for crew) or getting involved with our Race Committee, which organizes and oversees our races. See our member website for more information – bcyc.org.

Cruises

Cruises are a fun activity where our members take their boats to other yacht clubs or locations like Catalina Island to spend several days together. Typically, the clubs we visit with our boats will visit our club during the same time period (this is called an exchange cruise). It’s great fun making the journey to cruise locations and there are many activities and fun events at the cruises. Our cruises are monthly from about March through October, with Clambake being our largest cruise during of the year. The Clambake cruise takes place over four days in August at Catalina Harbor and is one of our premier family fun events of the year. See our member website for more information – bcyc.org.

Junior Sailing Program

BCYC offers a premier Junior Sailing program. Our program begins with the Starfish program for sailors 5-7 years and progresses to learning to sail and race Sabot sailboats and ultimately CFJ and Club 420 sailboats (for teens). The program emphasizes learning, safety and fun. There is a place for every level of racer in our Junior Sailing program. The program starts in early June and runs for six weeks with different programs depending on age and skill level. We also offer programs in the fall, winter and spring for sailors who want to work year around on their skills. See our member website for more information – bcyc.org.

Reciprocity

One of the fabulous perks you receive as a member of BCYC is reciprocal privileges at other yacht clubs throughout the world. In Southern California alone, there are more than 90 clubs that offer reciprocity. This allows you to use such facilities as their dining rooms and bars; and, at some yacht clubs, overnight docking/mooring privileges. Note that the only local club not offering reciprocity is Newport Harbor Yacht Club. When traveling out of the Southern California area, Shannon Hansen can provide you with a letter of introduction assuring that you are a member in good standing.

Charges and Billings

All purchases at BCYC will be charged to your club account. We do not accept credit cards from members and there is no tipping of the BCYC staff; instead an 18% service charge is included on all food and beverage. You can receive and sign a receipt for any charges you have at the club.

There is a minimum food and beverage charge of $180 per quarter.

You will receive a billing statement for your club dues, minimums (if applicable) and charges at the beginning of each month. This bill is due immediately with late charges accruing if the balance has not been paid by the last day of the month. Credit privileges are revoked for members with balances more than 60 days past due.