Welcome to the Astoria Yacht Club


AYC Presents - An Educational Series

The Astoria Yacht Club is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a series of educational talks related to boating each month on the first Thursday of the month in our clubroom

This month's presentation will be held on Thursday, November 2nd at 6:30.  The topic for the evening will be Diesel Engines and will be presented by Mark Woosley of Coast Diesel.  Mr Wosley will discuss maintenance, troubleshooting and a selection of small marine diesel engines.  There is no charge for the event but donation towards facility expenses will be accepted.


"Downtown Rally" Continues This Thursday!! - Aug 24th


Thursday evening the 24th of August Astoria Yacht Club is hosting it's Downtown Rally for all boats, power or sail, members and nonmembers alike. The Rally has proven to be a great evening on the water and we've been having a great turnout.  All that is necessary is Coast Guard required safety equipment and liability insurance,  (which is required by the marina anyway).

The goal of this rally is to simply get boats on the water and away from the dock.  We are looking to have a fun, low-key event where everyone can get out on the water and have a good time.  No stress of racing and racing starts.  Power boats, sailboats, sailboats under power, they are all welcome and encouraged.

Signup begins at 5:30 in the Yacht Club clubroom, and the rally gets under way at 6:00. There will be a nominal registration fee per boat ($5) to cover the cost of the post-activty food and awards. The course and (non) rules will be announced at signup.

Bring your friends, or go on a friend's boat, and join the fun. Let's have some fun!

AYC Open House

Saturday April 22nd, 12:00 - 5:00

Astoria Yacht Club will host its annual Open House at the Yacht Club room from noon to 5 pm on Saturday April 22nd. The Clubroom is located upstairs in the Chinook Building at 300 Industry Street at the West Mooring Basin in Astoria.

Since 1931 the Yacht Club has provided social and boating activities for pleasure boaters on the lower Columbia.  At their current location overlooking the marina and river at the west basin, the Yacht Club continues to offer educational and group boating activities such as navigation and sailing classes, sail racing, cruising groups, paddle adventures and crewing opportunities on the popular Thursday evening Downtown Rallies.

Those who enjoy (or think they would enjoy) experiencing the lower Columbia from the deck of a boat can meet other skippers and crewmembers, and learn about the Club and the area.  Club members will be on hand all afternoon, and will host the following discussions:


  • Sailing lessons 1:00
  • Local boating conditions 1:30
  • Paddle group and activities 2:00
  • Thursday Downtown Rallies 3:30
  • Sailboat Racing 4:00
Anyone interested in discussing the formation of a dinghy racing program is also invited to sign up at any time during the afternoon.

For more information call 503-784-5072 or check the website: astoriayachtclub.com. On Facebook: Astoria Yacht Club



Prime Rib and Travelogue

It’s Prime Rib time again at the Astoria Yacht Club

 What: AYC Annual Prime Rib Dinner

Where: At the Yacht Club Room

When: RESCHEDULED!! Saturday April 1st at 6:30 PM

How much? Still to be determined along with what food items, deserts, hors d’oeuvres etc. we need to bring. Stay tuned for those details.

Socializing will be at 6:00. Better weather is coming so we can all talk about what wonderful things we will be doing on our boats this year and tell tall tales about what we did on them last year.




Saturday September 10th and Sunday September 11th

Come and join us at Lois Island and Cathlamet Bay. Dinner and social on the historic Salvage Chief.(http://www.freddevinedivingandsalvage.com/company_files/The%20Salvage%20Chief%20web%20brochure%20pdf.pdf)

More details to follow. Main dinner will be prepared on board.

Bring your boat and overnight in beautiful Cathlamet Bay or just drive out to the Salvage Chief for dinner.


Commodore's Comments

May 15th 2016, Posted by Bruce Faling

Rules Refresher for the upcoming sailing season.

Today we are going to chat a little about the Rules of the Road. It has come to my attention that there is a great need to review these from time to time. This becomes very evident to me as I dust off the boat and go out to do some spring sailing and discover that many of the boaters out there have no idea in the world about how to avoid a collision with other boats despite owning Oregon Safe Boater’s Cards that require a test on these rules to obtain.

Every time you untie yourboat from the dock you are considered to be under way at that moment even though you are not yet making way (moving). At that point you are immediately fall under the jurisdiction of the 38 Federal Laws known as the Rules of the Road. There are an additional set of 38 International Rules that mirror almost exactly the Federal Laws that come into play after you cross the bar and venture out into the Pacific Ocean. We will leave those for another time, but if you are familiar with the Federal Laws you pretty much know the International ones as well.

These rules are set up to do one thing. That is to prevent collisions between vessels. All of you who have your Oregon Safe Boater Cards have been exposed to these rules when taking your test. While I am not going to go over all 38 rules, I will highlight those that you are most likely to encounter on your first day of the season out on the water.

The first two are more informational stating that these rules apply to ALL vessels and that you cannot use following the rules as a defense for a collision occurring. The first actual Rule that is really important is rule Number 5 that states you will keep a lookout AT ALL TIMES. Remember to look behind you as well. We get so focused on what is in front of us that we miss the 10,000 ton freighter coming up from behind. I will try and be brief lest I turn this article into a multi-page book. Your speed needs to be safe for the conditions so slow down in traffic, big waves and when you have poor visibility. When vessels are crossing the vessel on the starboard quarter crossing right to left in front of you has the right of way.  A vessel being overtaken has the right of way over the vessel that is overtaking it even if the vessel being overtaken is a power boat and the overtaking vessel is under sail. When possible boats meeting head on should pass port to port.

The sailboat rule is in three parts. First a sailboat on a starboard tack will have the right of way over a sailboat on a port tack. If the boats are on the same tack the boat to leeward has the right of way. If you cannot tell what tack a sailboat is on assume that it is on starboard. Of course if you are on leeward and on starboard you still have the right of way. Changes of heading to avoid collision should be evident and made early enough to signal to the vessel with the right of way (the stand on vessel) that you have seen them and are maneuvering to avoid a possible collision. The stand on vessel is to maintain course and speed until such time as it is determined that the vessel without the right of way (the give way vessel) has made it evident that they have not seen you and are not making a correction to their speed or course to avoid a collision. This goes back to the first rules I spoke of saying that the rule says I was supposed to maintain course and speed and we only collided because the other guy failed to do his part. You would then bear a portion of the fault in a Federal court.

A sailboat has the right of way over a power boat unless it is overtaking the power boat. However the sailboat is quite a way down the line in the hierarchy of who has the right of way. A vessel not under control therefore in distress has the right of way over all vessels. This is followed by vessels restricted in their ability to maneuver (the big ships for example). This is then followed by ships constrained by draft. They cannot go where you can because it would be too shallow for them (This is actually an International Rule, but is added here for completeness). Then comes a fishing vessel (That is a vessel with commercial gear such as long lines, nets or outriggers in the water and NOT a charter boat with fishermen fishing. That is just a power boat). This is followed by sailboats, powerboats and finally by seaplanes on the water. A word of caution here!!! Once a sailboat has engaged its engine it is a power boat whether it has its sails up or not.

There are several other rules for such things as lighting, fog signals day shapes and more. But these should suffice to cover the rules you need to know when venturing out into the Columbia for a day of sailing. I covered the sound signals in a previous segment of Commodore’s Corner. By the time tis is published in April the equinox will have passed and we will be enjoying spring sailing. So get  out there on the water safely and follow the rules.

Have fun,