Why do our member yacht clubs stage Opening Day ceremonies even though members can sail year-round?

The custom traces back to the practices of climatically challenged clubs on the East Coast. It doesn’t really matter that yachting season never closes in Southern California. Every yacht club must have its Opening Day, or it just wouldn’t be, you know, a yacht club.   In sunny Southern California it’s a chance for club members to deck themselves out in formal attire, have a few drinks, celebrate camaraderie and welcome prospective members.

So Opening Day ceremonies at the county’s dozen or so clubs began in January and continue in earnest through April and May. As usual, they’ll feature cannon shots over the water (to cut the ice we don’t have), the seasonal debut of white pants and blue blazers, visiting “dignitaries,” regattas, great food, Champagne, masts adorned with colorful flags, and bagpipes (some believe the tradition began in Scottish waters).

So to find out when your favorite Yacht Club is holding their calibration please CLICK HERE. 

The schedule is also posted under a tab in the members section and any updates will be posted there.

Opening Days