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Canyon Lake Yacht Club celebrates successful year

The Yacht Club’s Learn How to Drive a Boat clinic provided participants with hands-on experience. Photo provided by Ron Wilbur.

The Canyon Lake Yacht Club released its annual report, highlighting a successful 2023 season.

Boasting 338 new members in 2023, the club experienced substantial growth. The average membership averaged 100 members since 2010. In 2023, membership skyrockets to 400 members. 

The club held three clinics in 2023: Get Your Boat Ready for Boating Season/Trick Out Your Boat, Learn to Drive a Boat, and Decorating Your Boat for the Parade of Lights.

Held on Saturday, March 4, the club’s Get Your Boat Ready for Boating Season/Trick Out Your Boat” clinic brought out 30 to 40 Canyon Lake boaters. The event featured service techs and boat modifiers advising and guiding participants in the annual process of preparing their boats for the season. Eight Yacht Club boats were also tied up at the docks to provide examples of modifications and customizations.

Held on June 3, more than two dozen participants took part in the club’s Learn How to Drive a Boat clinic. After a briefing on the basics, participants boarded their selected boat type, were given an orientation and instruction from their boat captain, then started up the boats and headed out on the lake for some hands-on experience. The event was also the initial event of the Yacht Club’s new Auxiliary Fleet, exclusively for youngsters ages 11 to 18.

The Yacht Club’s Decorating Your Boat for the Parade of Lights clinic welcomed residents interested in learning how to decorate their boats for the club’s iconic Parade of Lights holiday boat parade. Photo provided by Ron Wilbur.

The Decorating Your Boat for the Parade of Lights clinic welcomed residents interested in learning how to decorate their boats for the club’s iconic annual Parade of Lights holiday boat parade. The clinic provided an opportunity for first-time participants to learn tips and tricks from parade veterans.

In addition to three clinics, the Yacht Club held five signature events: Blessing of the Boats, Lake Clean Up Day, Commodore’s Ball, Parade of Lights, and Tour of Waterfront Holiday Decorations.

In addition to 23 events for Yacht Club members only, the club held 16 events for the community: seven cruises, three clinics, Opening Day/Blessing of the Boats ceremonies, two Lake Clean Up Days, Parade of Lights holiday boat parade and after-party, Hawaii Day Indoor Luau, Party and Wildfire Fundraiser, and booths at Maui Sunday, Harbor Fest, and Car Show.

The Yacht Club’s philanthropy efforts included awarding $1,500 scholarships to two Canyon Lake students, Faith McCloskey, pictured, and Harrison Rowe. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

The club’s philanthropy efforts in 2023 included awarding $1,500 scholarships to two Canyon Lake students, raising funds for Maui Wildfire Relief, and sponsoring disadvantaged local high school seniors for Grad Night.

In addition to being granted 501(c)3 nonprofit status from the State of California, the club joined the Yachting Club of America. In February 2024, the club will be admitted into the Southern California Yachting Association.

In 2024, Commodore Ron Wilbur will turn the reins over to Rob Mora. Mora will be joined by Dave Carter, who will serve the role of vice commodore. Kat Dimpflmaier will take on the responsibilities of yeoman, while Lynette Rodriquez steps into the position of purser. Gina Lee Allen will serve as membership chair.

Formed in 1990, the Yacht Club is comprised of residents of all ages and all interests. Boat ownership is not required to be a member. Annual membership is $15. For more information, visit www.canyonlakeyachtclub.com.

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