Laguna Woods Yacht Club


Ongoing activities include day sails, monthly club meetings with refreshments and special presentations, monthly happy hours and skipper’s committee meetings. The calendar below represents a generic monthly schedule. Apart from skipper’s committee meetings, these activities are open to all members. If you are interested in participating in any given activity, please follow the appropriate procedure listed below the calendar.

Please click on the below link to read the reflections from one of our Skippers, Terry Miles, about the "Joys of Day Sailing":

The Joys of Day Sailing

Yacht club members must reside in Laguna Woods Village, CA, or be initially sponsored by a current resident member of the LW Yacht Club. Laguna Woods Village is a community for adults age 55 and older. Prospective members are asked to fill out a membership application and also to sign the insurance waiver.

Rules of Etiquette Aboard the Hiatus
Take a look at these common-sense  Rules of Etiquette for sailing on the Hiatus

Making Day Sail Reservations
A reservation must be made beforehand directly with the skipper assigned to the day you’re requesting. You may make a reservation by clicking here or you can contact the skipper direct.

If you leave a voice mail message always include your phone number, and do not consider the reservation firm until you have spoken to the skipper. If you later need to cancel, do so as soon as you know. Please always exercise the courtesy of formally cancelling. Please confirm your reservation with the skipper the week of the sail.  Skippers must maintain manageable crew sizes.

Skipper’s Schedule and Phone Numbers:

Monday Skipper: Darrel Vorderstrasse 

949-525-1226 /

 Tuesday Skipper: Wayne Carlson


Wednesday Skipper: Jeff Sadler


Thursday Skipper: Terry Miles


Friday Skipper: Paul Davis

602-284-2297 / 

Reserve Skipper: Pris Givan


Reserve Skipper: Lloyd Chase

925-699-9462 /

Reserve Skipper: Jim Updike


Reserve Skipper: Susan Obermiller


Reserve Skipper: Pat Rojek


Day Sail Information
Afternoon day sails take place aboard the club’s Catalina sloop HIATUS (berthed at Dana Point Harbor, West Marina). Crew should dress appropriately for the weather and sun exposure, and are free to bring snacks and beverages. The sail is subject to cancellation if the weather is inclement, or due to other unavoidable circumstances.

The consumption of alcohol while Hiatus is underway is prohibited.

Guest Policy

Yacht Club members in good standing may invite guests to accompany them on day-sails with the following requirements:

Skipper for the sail must agree IN ADVANCE that space for the guest(s) is available on the requested day.  As a matter of courtesy, plan to give the skipper at least a week’s notice if you want to bring guest(s).  Understand that space on day sails is limited and members have priority.

Guests must sign our Hold Harmless Agreement before the sail and they must follow directions of the skipper during the sail.  If the skipper requires that they wear a Personal Flotation Device, the guest must comply.

There is no charge to the guest for the sail, MEMBERS are encouraged to donate to the Hiatus maintenance fund, the usual and customary donation from the MEMBER is $20 per guest, per sail.

Getting to the Boat
Laguna Woods Village residents usually meet their skipper at the Club House 3 flag pole at noon and car pool together to the dock. Alternately it is acceptable to meet the group at Dock F at 12:30. If you choose to drive yourself, go over the bridge between the marinas, turn right and find a place to park in the last parking area, close to the Dana Pt. Yacht Club. Meet the skipper there and he/she has the key to open the gate onto the docks. The boat is in F-13.  Return time is dependent upon prevailing conditions, season, etc.; but generally, return is late afternoon to early evening.

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