The SWYC is located on Whidbey Island, Washington. Although the Club does not have a permanent clubhouse, we hold the majority of our monthly meetings and club events at the Deer Lagoon Grange Hall (5142 Bayview Road, Langley) overlooking Lone Lake which is also the site of some of our sailing classes and many of our Dinghy Racing events.
The Club was formed in 2003 by a group of people who were inspired by our founding Commodore, the late Ken Sasson. He was a man with a great passion for education and the ways of the winds and tides. He was also deeply committed to making boating accessible and enjoyable for all ages. The Club has grown rapidly and currently has more than 100 members with a variety of sail, power and human-powered boats. Boat ownership is not a requirement, and our events provide extensive participation opportunities for members without boats. The SWYC Vision and Purpose continue and perpetuate Ken’s legacy.
To further the Club’s Purpose and provide small boat education and experience for young people, we have assembled a fleet of El Toro sailing dinghies and established a community youth sailing program. Many of these boats were rescued from barns and back yards and were brought back to life through the handiwork of our members. The Club also has accumulated a one-design fleet of San Francisco Pelicans, owned by individual members. The Pelicans race on a regular basis and serve as the platform for our adult sailing classes.
The Club conducts a year-round schedule of activities and events both ashore and on the water. Our monthly programs are chosen for their relevance to the sea, the environment and community interests, and are open to the general public.