To foster safe boating and the responsible enjoyment of our marine resources by our members and the community at large through educational programs, community outreach and boating-related activities afloat and ashore.


To be a respected member of the Whidbey Island community, valued for our good stewardship of the marine environment, our quality boating education and, above all, our great gatherings.


PO Box 316
Greenbank, WA 98253

The South Whidbey Yacht Club

The SWYC is located on Whidbey Island, Washington. Although the Club does not have a permanent clubhouse, we enjoy the use of the Honeymoon Lake Community Association's clubhouse on the shores of Holmes Harbor, a few miles north of Freeland on Honeymoon Bay Road.

The Club was formed in 2003 by a group of people who were inspired by our founding Commodore, the late Ken Sasson. He was a man with a great passion for education and the ways of the winds and tides. He was also deeply committed to making boating accessible and enjoyable for all ages. The Club has grown rapidly and currently has more than 100 members with a variety of sail, power and human-powered boats. Boat ownership is not a requirement, and our events provide extensive participation opportunities for members without boats. The SWYC Vision and Purpose continue and perpetuate Ken's legacy.

To further the Club's Purpose and provide small boat education and experience for young people, we have assembled a fleet of El Toro sailing dinghies and established a community youth sailing program. Many of these boats were rescued from barns and back yards and were brought back to life through the handiwork of our members. The Club also has accumulated a one-design fleet of San Francisco Pelicans, owned by individual members. The Pelicans race on a regular basis and serve as the platform for our adult sailing classes.

The Club conducts a year-round schedule of activities and events both ashore and on the water. Our monthly programs are chosen for their relevance to the sea, the environment and community interests, and are open to the general public.

Recent Website Updates

Events page updated here (2/11/14).

Sailing class info has been posted for summer 2014 (2/9/14).

Posted links to Commodore's Ball 2013 photos here (2/9/14).

The membership directory on the Members page has been updated (2/9/14).

Fixed broken links and added a new link to the Links page (2/8/14).

Pelican race results and standings as of September 4 posted here (9/5/13).


Officers and Board, 2014

Commodore: Tom Stinson
Vice Commodore: Tom Peterson
Rear Commodore: Debra Richardson
Secretary: Pat Sasson
Treasurer: Penny Harger

Members At Large:
Linda Good (Membership Chair)
Bob Rodgers (Sailing Lessons Coordinator)
Dennis Pittis (Cruise Coordinator)
John Johnson (Social Activities Coordinator)