All of us want a peek behind the curtain.
In Long Beach, we have several clubs and groups that require membership for entry. According to Seal Beach Yacht Club (SLBYC) Commodore John Caldwell, in many cases, it is because of their tax status as a not-for-profit.
But there are ways to join activities before committing to membership — generally by establishing your guest status with the club by calling prior to visiting.
Caldwell suggests trying a club on for size by attending a dinner or joining a cruise. The club is located at 255 N. Marina Dr. in Alamitos Bay Marina and their number is 562-594-6337
Alamitos Bay YC’s Commodore David Schack said his club plans an open house from noon to 4 p.m. June 8. According to the flyer, there will be membership incentives, tours of the clubhouse, sailboat rides and complementary food and drinks. The clubhouse is at the end of the Peninsula at 7201 E. Ocean Boulevard and the number is 562-434-9955.
“We have a couple of great ways non-members can get involved; both involve our sailing program," he said. "One way is through our junior sailing program where we will be offering learn-to-sail programs through to advanced sailing. New this year is an adventure program which will include kayaking, paddleboarding and fun sailing days including pirate day, destination sailing, try-a-boat, and a lot more fun stuff.
“The other way non-members can get involved is through our adult learn to sail program, which is a great way adults can get out on the water, learn how to sail, and have fun.”
Shoreline Yacht Club (SYC) Commodore 2019 Einar Lorentzen says, “Since we are a private club, most of our activities are not open to the public, but we have two items that may be of interest: On July 4th, we have a pancake breakfast open to the public from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and this summer’s beginning sailing classes taught on Cal 20s are open to non-members.”
SYC is located in the downtown marina at 386 E Shoreline Drive, they can be reached at 562-435-4093.
Cerritos Bahia Yacht Club (CBYC) mostly caters to boat owners in the adjacent marina near the Golden Sails — and the club welcomes guests who are interested in joining. The address is 6291 E Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach; the telephone number is 562-493-2292.
Commodore Jay Warner said, “We have many activities planned ranging from golf tournaments, a Del Mar Opening Day trip, multiple club cruises to Catalina Island as well as Dana Point, Cabrillo, and Newport Beach.
“We have coordinated a September weekend trip to Cabrillo Way Marina the same weekend as the Los Angeles Harbor Boat Show. In October, we get together and cruise out for the Great Pacific Air Show in the waters off Huntington Beach. These are just a few of the events and activities we have on the 2019 calendar.”
Long Beach Singles YC welcomes guests to their meeting on May 28 at the Crab Pot Restaurant near gangway 5 in Alamitos Bay Marina. Social hour runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a short meeting.
According to Commodore Bruce Clark, “The next dock party is on gangway 22 on June 15 at 5 p.m. "Bring your own beverage and a potluck item that will serve 10. Often members bring musical instruments and a combo plays old time songs.”
Long Beach Rowing Association is hosting “Learn to Row" day from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 1. The free event includes a tour of the boat house and history of the club and the 1932 Olympic Marine Stadium, expert instruction on the rowing machine on how to refine your stroke, and an opportunity to get in a boat and row in a sculling (two oars) or sweep (one oar) boat on the water.
It is a great way to learn the terminology of rowing and names of the parts of the boat and hear about the lessons and team practices. The event takes place at Pete Archer Rowing Center, 5750 Boathouse Lane.