Welcome to King Harbor Yacht
Membership in a yacht club is one
of the best ways we know to get the most from your boat and/or your
interest in yachting. The purpose of this information is to help you
determine if King Harbor Yacht Club is the right club for you. Then,
if being a member of one of the West Coast’s most respected, most
active, and friendliest clubs appeals to you, let us know. We'll
take care of the rest and help to make you a welcome addition to the
Brief History of King Harbor
First named Win’ard Yacht Club,
the Club merged in 1960 with Redondo Harbor Yacht Club to become
King Harbor Yacht Club. The original facility consisted of a little
trailer on the beach with a few member-built boats. Due to the
construction of King Harbor Marina, the members met at the Elks
Lodge on the Esplanade. After many negotiations with city planners
and some shrewd and cautious planning by early members, a new
facility was formally dedicated in 1964. It was the dawn of a new
era for members: No more using the city’s public hoists - we had our
own! No more schlepping dinghies across the sand - just roll them on
the dock carts down the ramps and slide them into the water!
Today, King Harbor Yacht Club is
highly respected up and down the coast, not only for our yachting
activities, but also for our enthusiastic participation and
leadership in the yachting community activities. This enviable
reputation is primarily due to a membership that is warm, friendly,
active and willing to go that extra (nautical) mile on behalf of
others. If you’re that kind of person, we know you’ll be happy as a
member of King Harbor Yacht Club.
For a more detailed history of
the Club you can go to Club History.
King Harbor Yacht Club Facilities
A Clubhouse with a Million dollar
view! The King Harbor Yacht Club building is a two-deck structure
with scenic views from each side upstairs. The
lower deck has a professional galley and a member's galley,
a large multi-purpose room and a smaller cozier room with a fireplace,
as well as dressing rooms and showers. The office adjoins the front
entry hall, which is lined with trophies attesting to the boating
prowess of the members. The upper deck has a cocktail lounge overlooking
Santa Monica Bay and Palos Verdes and a general activity area where
monthly meetings, social functions and entertainment are held. Two
decks command a "million
dollar" view of the ocean and marina. An outdoor patio is also used
for yachting activities by the Juniors and adults as well. Both the
upper and lower decks house a collection of burgees gathered by
members and from visitors from all over the world.
club facilities include guest and rigging docks, Sabot and Laser
racks and dry boat storage for trailerable boats. Two jib boom cranes,
with 3,000 and 6,000 pound lifting capacity, provide easy access
to the water for your boats. Two sheltered activity areas next to
the clubhouse offer ample space for cookouts with gas barbecue, tables
KHYC has a very active racing
boats race on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer and
provide entertainment for onlookers. The Handicap Racing Fleet holds
Thursday night Twilight races from April to October and is open
to all sailors in the area. Participants are invited to have a drink
and enjoy dinner at the club afterwards. This has been a great way
to introduce prospective new members to KHYC. Weekend handicap, one
design class, and multi-hull racing is held year-round. One of the
major events is the annual Santa Barbara to King Harbor race. Sponsored
by Santa Barbara and King Harbor Yacht Clubs, this event typically
draws over 120 boats. Another annual event is the Tom Collier Memorial
Regatta, a benefit regatta to provide funds to the George Burns and
Gracie Allen Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Class championships, both area
and national, have been sponsored by the club over the years. The US
Sailing/Rolex Junior Sailing Championships, US Match Racing
Championship, US Men’s Sailing Championship, Women’s Adams Cup
Championship, Alter Cup for multi-hulls (area and national events)
and several Southern California Yachting Association regattas have
all been held here. KHYC has its own racing buoys and race committee
boat and well trained race committees to hold these championship
During the summer, KHYC holds
youth sailing classes for anyone interested from the Community.
Boats are provided. This is a very popular course and fills up
quickly with juniors who have an interest in sailing. In addition,
KHYC’s junior racing team has made an impact around the junior
racing circuit and provides several classes of competitors at these
events. An adult sailing class is just getting underway and will be
taught by professionally trained instructors.
If racing is your interest, King
Harbor Yacht Club is the club for you.
KHYC offers both a PowerBoat Fleet and a Cruising Fleet for your
cruising enjoyment. Both organizations offer club cruises to
Catalina Island, San Diego, Channel Islands and many other long
range trips. Shorter cruises to Marina Del Ray for brunch or Long
Beach are scheduled throughout the year. Members have taken their
boats from the east coast to the west coast and vice versa. Many
have gone to La Paz and points south. Usually they have crew made up
of club members. In 1997, 33 members chartered six sailboats out of
Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. If you are into cruising,
KHYC is the place to be.
For the fisherman, KHYC offers a
Fishing Fleet for your enjoyment. The Fishing Fleet sponsors fishing
activities locally and throughout Baja California. In addition, they
plan and coordinate fishing expeditions throughout the world. The
fishing fleet is known for its fish tacos at various club functions.
This fleet is for both the experienced and beginning fisherman.
KHYC sponsors many educational
seminars through the year covering topics such as race management,
racing rules, diving and safety and we host USCG Auxiliary classes.
Various speakers are invited to our general meetings to provide our
members and the general public opportunities to improve their skills
and knowledge of boating.
Most social events are sponsored
by KHYC Fleets. Throughout the year the club holds annual events
that include the Commodore’s Ball, Opening Day, Christmas Party, New
Years Eve party and Commodores New Years Day Brunch. Other
events include casual lunches on
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Fleet sponsored parties such as St.
Patrick’s Day Party, Easter Egg Hunt for kids, Halloween Costume
Party, Christmas Boat Parade and summer events round out a great
social calendar for KHYC.
King Harbor Yacht Club
Officers & Staff
Board of Directors
Junior Staff Commodore
Bar & Galley
King Harbor Yacht Club is a
member owned mutual benefit corporation, which operates under a set
of bylaws and is governed by a set of administrative and operating
policies within the Corinthian spirit of yachting. As such, members
assume many of the obligations of administration and operation.
Prompt payment of dues and
Service as KHYC Officer of the
Day approximately once every two and a half years;
Participation in as many KHYC
activities as possible, including attendance at general membership
Service on one or more
committees whenever possible.
Most KHYC members find these
responsibilities very rewarding.
How to Join King Harbor Yacht
Visit the club any Friday between
the hours of 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm and host members will show you our
facility and submit your name to our membership committee. You may
also contact the club manager during normal working hours to set up
a tour of the facilities and meet members.
If you find that the club is what
you have been looking for in Yachting, you can fill out an
application and we will start the process. Upon review and approval
by the membership committee and the board of directors, you’ll be
asked to attend a general membership meeting, where you’ll be
introduced and welcomed and receive a club burgee. This process
takes about a month for final membership approval.