Commodore's Message

Lakewood Yacht Club (LYC), in Seabrook, Texas, situated on the shores of Clear Lake and Galveston Bay, is celebrating its 66th year as a private, member-owned yacht club. LYC is an exceptional place, one of the few yacht clubs in the United States sitting on its 38-acre property with its marina of greater than 300 rentable slips. As Commodore for 2021, I welcome you to LYC, and I am looking forward to a great year.

Our Club provides a family-friendly atmosphere, and our members consider Lakewood as part of their family, their home away from home. We know that members come here to have fun and enjoy themselves, so we provide a wide array of entertaining activities for everyone to enjoy or get involved in. New this year is our Club-owned fleet of 12 RS21 sailboats for the members to use.

One of the things that make this Club and boating on the Gulf Coast so special is that it is a year-round operation; LYC runs full-throttle almost all year long. Included among the many entertainment events hosted by LYC each year are major occasions such as the Commodore's Ball, Blessing of the Fleet, and the annual Commodore's Cruise. Members find that LYC provides a comfortable atmosphere to relax with family or entertain guests. Throughout the year, our members are enjoying the signature events in the Clubhouse, conducting business meetings in one of our beautiful meeting rooms, racing in one of our competitive regattas, or simply enjoying a relaxing day on their boat. You may enjoy an excellent meal, prepared by our Executive Chef, in our dining room, or you may choose a more casual venue in our bar and lounge area or the poolside Upper Deck.

While the LYC's elected Board of Directors implements policies and rules, the Club's lifeblood is its committees. The annual calendar of events scheduled guarantees you can be as involved as you desire. This year will be no exception as the Entertainment, Cruise, Captain's Roundtable, Race and Book Review Committees each have special activities planned all year. The Ladies Association and Mosquitos also have an active calendar of events. The Club will host the annual Concours de'Elegance Classic Car and Boat Show, commonly known locally as "Keels & Wheels." And then there are the Seahorses, our junior sailing program. Our Seahorses stay busy year-round competing in youth regattas worldwide and bringing home the "hardware" from the four corners of the globe. Finally, we have several non-committee "clubs" such as the bridge, poker, fishing, and SCUBA Club to keep you busy. Other committees are part of the "management" of the Club, including Membership, Sheds, Piers & Harbor, House, Planning, Race, Race Sponsorship, Finance, and Growth & Retention.

We strive to exceed our members' expectations at every visit with excellent service, a caring and friendly staff, outstanding amenities, and boating and social activities that foster relationships that last a lifetime.

We invite you to visit our Club and find out for yourself why our members say, "Life is better at Lakewood."

Mike Downs
Commodore, 2021