About WYC - 75th Anniversary Celebration - 2019


Waikiki Yacht Club (WYC), situated at the edge of Honolulu’s Ala Moana Beach Park and the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor, is one of the premier yacht clubs in the Pacific. It has been the home to sailboat racers and fishing enthusiasts since 1944. The club welcomes sailors to its docks and extends reciprocity to visiting yacht club members from around the world. This year marks WYC's 75th Anniversary! 
WYC was founded by yachtsmen who had grand memories of the excellent sailing and yacht racing conditions in Hawaiian waters prior to World War II. The bombs that fell on Pearl Harbor also disrupted organized yachting; during the war, non-military craft were banned from potentially dangerous waters. As the war drew to a close, a small group of sailors began refurbishing their boats. Their goal was to re-establish yacht racing in Honolulu and to organize a yacht club to support it.
And they did so, with 37 charter members that first year. George Over, Jr. was the club’s first commodore. The original board of directors included Duke Kahanamoku and Dick Soelberg, with other key roles played by John Child, Bob Miller, Art Myhre, and Guy Rothwell.
Three years later, in 1947, the club established one of the first junior sailing programs in Hawaii. The program is still dedicated to teaching sailing skills to Hawaii's youth, and many excellent sailors have graduated from the program. Club members Dave McFaull and Mike Rothwell went on to win silver medals in the Tornado class in the 1976 Olympic Games.
WYC offers a full suite of amenities, including a waterfront bar and lounge, evening dining, Sunday brunch, daily casual menu selections, a swimming pool, showers, meeting areas, and facilities for catered private events. Members often relax on the wide boardwalk that fronts modern floating docks, which accommodate up to 150 boats, ranging in size from 20 to 160 feet in length. Visiting vessels and their crews can stay at the club’s aloha slips, access water, power, and wireless Internet service, and enjoy the facilities.
Waikiki Yacht Club members actively participate in paddling competitions and sailing regattas for youth and adults, as well as fishing tournaments and organized short cruises. Friday night pau hana casual races and live music are enjoyed year ‘round, and seasonal social activities provide camaraderie and fun for members and their children.

We hope you will visit and join our club.

Waikiki Yacht Club   •   1599 Ala Moana Blvd   •   Honolulu, HI 96814