WYC honors the long-standing tradition of installing its officers and directors at an annual Change of Watch ceremony. Yacht clubs are organized like any other club or organization with officers and directors comprising a Board of Directors, and with committees and chairpersons. Due to the connection with the sea, and hence the Navy, some posts use naval terminology. For example, the chairman/CEO is the Commodore.
The WYC Bylaws provide that four officers are flag officers, the Commodore, Vice Commodore and two Rear Commodores – one for sail and one for power. Each has his or her own flag which represents the officer’s rank. Out of respect, Past Commodores also have a flag, but are not flag officers. These flags, which are generally recognized in yacht clubs around the country, are passed from the retiring officer to the incoming officer of each rank at the Change of Watch. Again, following naval tradition.