There have been a lot of changes on Kwajalein over the last few years. The population is changing and so has the Yacht Club. We are working our way through new government regulations and focusing on making the Yacht Club a place where you can enjoy your time off. Last year we had an increase in membership and many of the new members were new to our island. We welcome all residents of Kwajalein to come on down and enjoy what we have to offer.

Our new facility is now complete. Twice the size of our old building it is now the nicest place on island. It was a long project that took a few years thanks to the due diligence of a great group of volunteers who put in many hours of their own time. As usual we are open at 4:30 for Sunset Thursdays. Come by enjoy the sunset, relax and I promise that you won’t be disappointed. The building is getting more and more use and word is spreading quickly. We have hosted concerts by visiting artists, weddings, birthdays and of course the island ritual PCS parties! Please check out the reservation tab on the home page for your event.

Sailing is still a major part of the yacht club. Though the fleet of private yachts is not what it was a few years ago there is still some fun sailing to be had. Our fleet of new Sunfish are very popular with the community and we are looking to schedule a regular race program and regattas in the coming year. We also have our Hobie Cat and Bahia for those who would like a little more challenge.

As usual the KYC will be hosting and sponsoring some of the major events this year. It will begin with the Commodores Social Evening in March, The Spring Break Music Fest in April, the Swashbucklers Ball in October and the Christmas Parade of Lights in December. Once every other month we are planning an Open Mic Music Jam. So far we have hosted a couple jams and it is popular with the musicians on island. This year we have 5 visiting bands coming out to Kwajalein. We are hoping to host a couple of concerts when they come out. So check our calendar and bring down whatever you play and enjoy the sunset and sounds by the lagoon.

Our website will be updated and improved this year. You can always check things out at www.kwajyachtclub.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KwajaleinYachtClub/?ref=hl. I look forward to serving as your commodore for 2016. Please contact me if you would like to be involved with KYC activities or have ideas that will bring more enjoyment to the Yacht Club

Komol Tata and fair winds

Tim Roberge

Commodore 2016