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September Virtual Membership Meeting - Via Zoom

(Open to all)

Thursday, September 24, 2020

(Please note date change)

10:00 am to 11:00 am

Guest Speaker: Captain Sarah Hirsch, OCC School of Sailing and Seamanship

Join Captain Sarah Hirsch for sea stories and a preview into the new Orange Coast College Mariner Training Center, now under construction across the street from the current School of Sailing and Seamanship. Sarah holds an all-oceans Masters License and has led youth and adult sailing programs on an array of vessels, including modern sloops and cutters, open pulling boats, and “tall ships” of many types. She has a passion for sail training and providing pathways for new mariners to develop knowledge and skills on the water. She joined OCC School of Sailing and Seamanship as a manager at the end of August 2019 and is working with the staff and faculty to bring new classes and programs to the community and the Professional Mariner program.  She will share sea stories and photos from her voyages, as well as an update on sailing school happenings despite COVID-19. In addition, Sarah will provide an overview of plans for the new building including a Full Mission Bridge Simulator, Radar classroom, hands-on safety and boat maintenance classes, and of course, the pedestrian bridge over Pacific Coast Highway.

Click here to register: September General Membership Meeting

As you know, we have been able to resume our sailing on Hiatus after taking due precautions including limiting the number of people who can be onboard during the sail. As you can well imagine, being able to get out for a sail has proven to be extremely popular. Therein lies a problem. We have found that many of you, understandably so, have reserved a spot on Hiatus many times during a month and as a result there are many people who haven't been able to sail.

So, here is what we'd like to ask of you. Please limit the number of times you sail to no more than four times each month. If you have already reserved more than four in August and/or September, please go online and cancel those in excess of four.

We appreciate your cooperation in making sailing available to more Members. Please understand that if cooperation does not occur, we will be forced to cancel those reservations in excess of four per month.

Thanks for your understanding!

Questions? Please contact Commodore Wayne Carlson at

We're Sailing Again!

The LWYC Board of Directors has given the go ahead to resume sailing effective Monday, June 22. 

We're aware that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, so we are taking the following precautions in an effort to reduce the risk:

  • No more than five people will be allowed to sail including the Skipper
  • Social distancing shall be observed as much as possible. In those situations where it isn't practical to maintain the distance, the wearing of a mask is required.
  • The cockpit, high-touch points and any shared equipment (PFDs) will be wiped down with a disinfectant before and after each sail.
  • Carpooling is strongly discouraged
  • No sharing of food or drink

Here's what we expect from you:

  • Wear a mask if unable to maintain a 6' distance
  • Bring and use hand sanitizer
  • If you have a temperature or feel ill, please stay home and let the Skipper know as soon as possible
  • If you have your own PFD, please bring it to wear.
  • Everyone who sails will need to sign a waiver

Please be aware that individual Skippers may have more stringent requirements than those noted above.

Here is the report from the Board as well as the waiver:


For those of you who missed the Fundamentals of Sailing Refresher Webinar, here's a link to view the video: Webinar

The LWYC Sailing Academy Staff holding the commencement exercise for the students from the 2020 Fundamentals of Sailing class! Click here to see all the photos


Want to go sailing?

Laguna Woods Yacht Club has its own 30' Sailboat named Hiatus that goes out Monday thru Friday. If you're interested in a wonderful adventure on the open seas, we leave from our slip in Dana Point Harbor at noon. Click here to go the Calendar and make a reservation:

Hiatus Reservations

“Thank you so much for…a fabulous day of sailing the Pacific Ocean… So exciting to see the seals and dolphins… Was truly a day we will always cherish and remember.”  — A recent guest

Laguna Woods Yacht Club is dedicated to the joy and skills of sailing. We provide both on and off the water activities. Members interested in sailing can ride along and watch for dolphins or be more actively involved in sailing the vessel. Members may also choose to participate in our wide range of non-sailing social activities.

Knowledge of sailing is not necessary to be a member. For more detailed information, see the links to the left on Joining the Yacht Club,  and our Calendar. Teaching is our mission. Come learn with us. Go to the Sailing Academy page.

Here's the Social Calendar Summary for 2020 - Social Calendar

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