Commodore's Message



As Commodore, I am honored to welcome you and yours to Southwestern Yacht Club! We are often thought of as the “Friendliest yacht club in San Diego.” In this era of pandemic and uncertainty, Southwestern Yacht Club seeks to offer a place of community, unity and solace. Boating has proven it can be a safe, family friendly activity that allows some respite from everyday worries. I and our Board of Directors welcome you to our traditions of Corinthian yachting, fun and community service, especially during the trying times we are all experiencing.

Southwestern Yacht Club was formed in 1925 by a group of San Diego yachtsmen who came together to embrace their mutual love of yachting and the sea.  Our first clubhouse was located near downtown along the bayfront at the foot of Grape Street.  With the onset of WWII, and the nation’s need for the Grape Street location, the Club moved to a new location along Harbor Drive in 1941.  Then in 1951 Southwestern Yacht Club moved again, this time to its permanent home in the idyllic Point Loma neighborhood of La Playa.  We have a desirable location for boaters, close to the Bay entrance and the great Pacific, walking distance to Shelter Island, with scenic views and a serene setting. Once you arrive, you may not want to leave!

Our elegant Clubhouse and attentive staff support a first-class food and beverage program, and an overall excellent membership experience. Thanks to our engaging Members and culture of volunteerism, we host myriad Member driven social events and activities throughout the year.

Whatever your boating passion, I am certain you will enjoy being welcomed into a group of like-minded new friends as you take part in what we are most famous for; Being fun and Friendly!

Beyond camaraderie, we offer a first-in-the-nation Junior program which emphasizes a combination of both sailing and angling programs on a year-round basis. We also support local high school and collegiate sailing programs so juniors can progress their skills as far as they wish, some as far as the Olympic Games!  All of this is rooted in our belief that opportunity for our younger generations is critical to our community, so our Junior program is open to all, no membership required.  

As much fun as we all enjoy at Southwestern Yacht Club, we take our commitment to our community and spirit of giving back to those who need assistance to heart.  We are very active in supporting local, non-profit organizations through our Benefit on the Bay series of events and through direct fundraising. I think you will be proud to be part of our place in the community.

Whether you are a member of a reciprocal yacht club interested in tying up to our guest docks for a visit or a potential new member who is interested in joining, I invite you to visit and see why Southwestern Yacht Club is the friendliest club in San Diego!

Steve Frailey

Commodore, Southwestern Yacht Club