Thank you all so much for your patience during these difficult times. We are all vulnerable and feeling somewhat insecure with all of the recent, and ongoing, developments.

Please know that the BCYC staff is paying close attention to every detail and are always at the ready to make sure our club is safe. They have been very flexible and cooperative whilst still having fun!

So much goes on behind the scenes to ensure that your safety and enjoyment of the club is at the forefront. We are a family – we all care and we will always be here for each other. Together, 2022 will be a great year.

Kari Konapelsky, Commodore


BCYC members, I hope this finds you all well in 2022. The last almost four years at BCYC have been a blessing and I can’t thank the membership enough for their support and passion.

Even through the global pandemic, BCYC Junior Sailing has thrived, ascending into one of the premiere junior sailing programs in the country and we had a lot of fun on the water in doing it!
Over the past few years, BCYC’s Naples Sabot participation has skyrocketed. This year BCYC coached 23 boats at the Sabot National Championship hosted by Mission Bay Yacht Club, more than any other club, and five boats placed in the top 10. Mark Gaudio continues to be a pillar in the Balboa Bay Naples Sabot community and an incredible leader to our sailors, families and coaches.

BCYC operates the most successful C420 and CFJ racing team in the nation and we have the results to prove it! We call this racing team NB4T, or the Newport Beach Club 420 Team, and we coach not only the top junior sailors from every yacht club in Southern California, but also top junior sailors in other parts of the country, including the Midwest and Atlantic Coast. The team is built on the philosophy that a rising tide lifts all boats.

Top C420/CFJ results in 2021 include:
· C420 National Champions (3rd and 6th) out of 140+ boats
· Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta C420 Champions (1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th)
· C420 US Sailing Bemis National Champions
· 2nd, 3rd, 5th at C420 Team Racing National Championship
· 3rd at C420 Midwinters and C420 North Americans
· CFJ National Champions

In concert with BCYC’s NB4T Racing Team, BCYC hosts the top high school sailing team in California — Mater Dei — which won two state titles in 2021 and finished in 2nd place at the National Championship by one point, with several BCYC junior members on that team. BCYC also supports several junior members who sail for other high schools in Southern California very successfully, including Corona del Mar, Newport Harbor, Point Loma, San Marcos, Santa Barbara, Dos Pueblos, Palos Verdes and more.

BCYC sailors and coaches also competed well in other disciplines, such as match racing. BCYC junior member Reade Decker won the Youth Match Racing National Championship (Rose Cup}. BCYC NB4T coach Jeffrey Petersen won the Rose Cup the 2021 Governor’s Cup. And BCYC Head Coach Max Mayol won the Youth Match Racing World Championship!

These are also examples of some of the types sailors and coaches who roam BCYC’s halls, participate in chalk talks in the junior room, look after BCYC assets, represent BCYC at big national regattas, teach your kids how to sail/love the water and invent new, dynamic ways for them to pursue the sport they love. Along those lines, Mayol recently started an Optimist Team (NBOT) and took eight sailors to the Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta in Miami over the Christmas holiday, which had never been done before at BCYC. Way to go Max!

BCYC’s Junior Program is not limited to only racing; we also have the most popular Adventure Sailing Program on Balboa Bay in Berkley Green’s, Junior Mariner Program. Our Starfish Program for our 5-7-year-old kids is making fantastic progress and we look forward to carrying our momentum into to the Spring and Summer at BCYC.

Due to the fact that our program has grown and become widely known around the country over the past few years, we are now able to hire coaches from all over the country and, as a result, are looking for a few BCYC members to volunteer to house these great coaches during the summer. If you have the ability to offer housing or have any leads for us to follow up on, please contact at [email protected] Thank you and I can’t wait to see you all on the water!

Aubrey Mayer, Junior Sailing Director


It is time to set sail (or power up) for 2022 BCYC cruising! We want to thank Vice Commodore Rolf and Ronda Rolnicki for years of commitment to the Cruise Committee and many great memories on the water and land. In 2022, they pass the leadership torch to this year’s new co-chairs; Director Jeff and Julie Granbery, and Scott Vernier.

We are excited to kick off 2022 and look forward to sharing the exciting lineup of awesome cruises! We wrapped up 2021 with some adventurous winter cruising with new and seasoned BCYC cruisers. Director Granbery celebrated a milestone birthday in November and was fortunate to celebrate with fellow BCYC pirates…I mean cruisers. Check out the photos from the west end and see if you can find the BCYC boats. Here is a shoutout to Ian Hardy and Nesrine Cherkaoui for their new boat’s maiden voyage and mooring in Catalina!

The BCYC-favorite Desert Land Cruise is March 4-6. Sign up now by calling the club office or registering on the land cruise webpage (under the cruise button on the club website homepage)! You can also grab a room at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas, before they sell out, on this same webpage — special BCYC pricing is only valid through Feb. 11, 2022. This is the best time of year in the desert and there are a lot of great activities planned. Enjoy a VIP BCYC poolside cabana, dinner at Chaparral Country Club, happy hour, great meals, golf, polo and general good times with friends! Thanks to the Rolnickis for organizing.

Lastly, your Cruise Committee is busy planning awesome events for 2022. Look for some local fun with a Newport raft-up and Desert Land Cruise, and cruises to Long Beach, Emerald Bay, Avalon and more! We welcome any volunteers or ideas to help make our BCYC cruises the best. Reach out to Julie, Jeff or Scott with ideas.
Scott Vernier, DIR Jeff & Julie Granbery, Crusing


Every day is a great day for fishing. Cool, sunny days of flat water over the rock piles and pipes just outside the harbor are producing bass, perch and more. Dark, rainy nights are the best for Spiny Lobster and the season is open through March 16! Many of you have told us you want to fish with, and a few “Columbia Room brave souls” against, Lorie and me. We are accepting the challenge through the introduction of the BCYC Full Year Tournament. Check it out and sign up at BCYC Angling to participate in our 2022 yearlong fishing tournament.

We have real-time scoring and leader boards with catch reports, photos and much more. It’s simple to log your catch and photo with your phone while on the water, and rack up points. You even earn points for each day fished, regardless of catch. If you are out for a day sail, drag a jig on a hand line and you’re fishing!

We have individual, team and boat scoring, with bonus points based on location and if part of a club function. Do you want to up your boat score? Register your family and friends. Do you have the ace team in mind? You better lock them in to your team before someone else lands them! This tournament is about the fun of fishing. Catching, and telling fish stories is a bonus.

Need help? We’ll be here for you with information, support, training and tackle. The new BCYC Angling site includes fish identification, suggested tackle, training videos, fish locations, Department of Fish and Game rules, charts, license information and much more.

We look forward to sharing a great year of fishing with you.

Jim & Lorie Buchanan, Angling