Balboa Yacht Club


There are few yacht clubs on the Pacific Coast which can boast of the combined facilities available to the membership of BYC. The recently enlarged clubhouse contains two decks of meeting rooms which include areas for the governing board, various committees, social and yachting events and Junior member activities.

The main dining room, with its outstanding view of Newport Bay, features full course meals prepared and served by BYC's own chef and staff. There's also a snack bar on the lower level open during the summer. And the Burgee Bar, spectacular at sunset, is also known by yachtsmen from coast to coast for its famous firepit, which is always available after a rugged sail for "drying out".

"Closest to the jetty" best describes BYC's choice location to the Bay entrance, making access to the ocean both fast and convenient. BYC also has an extensive mooring area on the bay directly in front of the Club. Regular shore boat service provides prompt access for members to and from their boats.

Adjacent to the Club on the north is the Balboa Yacht Club marina which provides fully-equipped slips for boats up to 80 feet in length. Full docking privileges are available to members. The large, dry storage areas on both sides of the Clubhouse now accommodate over 250 day sailors and runabouts plus 160 sabots. Each dry storage area has its own power hoist to facilitate launching. All port facilities are supervised and maintained by BYC's Port Captain, together with a professional Dockmaster and his crew.

For those members who like to cruise, BYC has its own out-station on Catalina Island at beautiful Whites Cove. The anchorage, known as "Hen Rock" is one of the most protected on the island. Called the BYC Catalina Station, it is available to all members, complete with heads, showers, barbeques, picnic and game areas, and a broad sunbathing beach.

BYC cruisers regularly take long individual and group cruises, visiting yacht clubs up and down the coast and throughout the world. Using the "reciprocity" agreement which BYC sailors enjoy, members are welcome at other facilities as visiting yacht skippers and crews are welcome at BYC.

Many BYC members serve as directors of major boating associations* lending their expertise to the development of properly run events, good seamanship and safety at sea. 

* SCYA (Southern CaliforniaYachting Association), NOSA (Newport Ocean Sailing Association) and RBOC (Recreational Boaters of California).