Long Beach Yacht Club is located on a promontory east of Naples Island in Long Beach, California. It was founded in 1929 for the purpose of planning a powerboat race between Long Beach and San Francisco. Today, the Long Beach Yacht Club runs a full schedule of yachting, educational, social and public-outreach programs. The LBYC Youth Program, offered to more than 100 participants, is focused on sailing, swimming, surfing and fun!
The Congressional Cup, known as the Grandfather of Modern Match Racing, was established by LBYC in 1964 and attracts internationally renowned skippers and crews to race in Catalina 37s sailboats donated to the Club by Catalina Yachts in 1990. Recently the 51st Congressional Cup is re-joined the World Match Race Tour as the opening event for 2015.
In addition to the Congressional Cup, the Club sponsors: Long Beach Race Week, the largest keel-boat regatta on the West Coast; the Campbell Cup, featuring 70s class and Farr 40); the Catalina Island Series, a Wednesday night summer series; and numerous other graded match races, including the Ficker and Butler Cups. In 2015, LBYC will also host the Farr 40 Worlds.
The Club has an active cruising section. There are six local weekend activities, one annual long-range cruise along the California coast and, later this year, a sponsored charter excursion to the British Virgin Islands is planned.
Long Beach Sailing Foundation
A group at the Club that understood the many rewards sailing offers created the Long Beach Sailing Foundation to make the sport more accessible to potential sailors.
Foundation activities feature the 11 Catalina 37 yachts used for the Congressional Cup. Training and instruction are offered to children and adults from all walks of life, who compete on an amateur basis. Financial assistance is offered through donations that offset the costs of equipment, training, entry fees, travel and lodging.
Along with the main dining room, the Club has a lounge, private dining facilities, a quarterdeck with a balcony views of the marina, library, pool and the 400-foot Long Dock.
Last updated Wednesday, August 12, 2015