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This Week’s Spotlight: Sailing at Toyon Bay Yacht Club

Sailing with the Toyon Bay Yacht Club, or TBYC for short, is a quintessential part of the Catalina Sea Camp experience.  From the ‘yachties’ who run activities in the yacht club to the courses taken out on the open water learning to sail single and double hull crafts, the Yacht Club embodies more than just the opportunities for campers to learn to sail. When campers come to the Yacht Club they can be anyone they want. As part of the opening ceremonies out on the yacht deck, campers choose ‘Sail Names’ that are often goofy, sometimes part of the campers past, and always solidified as their new identity over the course of the next few days learning to sail. They then write these sail names on miniature sails to be hung in the roof of the Yacht club, next to those of past campers and amidst memorabilia commemorating the rich, warm history of decades of past yachties. The whole experience is unique for campers, encouraging a light-hearted experience in the midst of challenging learning experiences.

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At the helm of the whole enterprise is Cupcake (pictured above), who has spent the last two years as director of the Yacht Club and the last five years as part of its staff (in case you hadn’t guessed, that’s her Sail Name). She picks only the best sailors for her team, looking at a combination of personality and experience to ensure that not only the courses are successful, but also that the experience as a whole is an amazing chance for campers to come and be a part of something special for their time here at camp.

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The Toyon Bay Yacht Club encourages campers to be themselves, to learn out on the open water, and relax in good company on the sunny Yacht Deck or in the shady Yacht Club. By pairing together time spent out on the open water and time spent in the unique atmosphere of the yacht club, Cupcake and her team work to ensure that campers can have an incredible, memorable summer.  

Sailing into the Sea Camp Family

I joined the Sea Camp sail staff in 2012 after USC’s School of Cinematic Arts accepted me into their Film and Television Production program. Before coming to Catalina, I worked for ten years as the Assistant Sail Director for a day camp in Coconut Grove, Florida for children ages 7-13. I also sailed competitively throughout high school, traveling around the country to various regattas.

My first summer on the island was filled with new experiences, exciting adventures, and lifelong friendships. I earned the sail name Ripple Dill my very first week at camp after reading a label on a bucket and it immediately became part of my identity. Check these camper sail names: What would your sail be?

It has been an incredible privilege to be part of the sail staff and we have created our own little family. We collaborate to create the safest and most enjoyable program possible for our campers, we plan trips together for our days off, and reunite regularly when we are off the island. In particular, the Tubbs family, who have had all three of their children work at Toyon Bay, have welcomed me into their family, which is a great resource for someone from the east coast.

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I have also enjoyed watching our campers share my passion for sailing and grow from children into young adults. This past spring, one of my favorite sailors was accepted to my alma mater, Bowdoin College, and will be attending in the fall. When I return to Los Angeles at the end of the summer, I will graduate from my masters program and plan to pursue a career at a talent agency. I know that the lessons that I have learned here will serve me well for the rest of my life and Toyon Bay will always be a place that I call home.

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