Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Agreements provide clubs continued use of Emerald Bay and Big Geiger Coves
JUNE 26, 2013, (Avalon, Calif.)—The Santa Catalina Island Company (SCICo) has signed new long-term license agreements with Corsair Yacht Club (CYC) and Blue Water Cruising Club (BWCC) for their continued use of private coves near the village of Two Harbors on Santa Catalina Island for many years. The agreement secures CYC’s continued use of the facilities in Emerald Bay and BWCC’s use of Big Geiger Cove. The agreements coincide with both clubs’ 50th anniversary of island activities.
“At their request, we provided the yacht clubs a long-term agreement that provides real security and enables them to attract new members as well as to help justify capital improvements to the premises,” says Randall Herrel, CEO of the Santa Catalina Island Company. “It also helps SCICo establish closer working relationships with these clubs because they and others are very important in providing input to our long-range plans for Two Harbors and the West End of Catalina Island.”
Corsair Yacht Club, which was established in 1937, is based out of Emerald Bay at the West End of Catalina Island. Official club cruises are held at Emerald Bay about nine times a year and an annual sailing race is held at Catalina Island. It hosts cruises to other Catalina coves and the mainland and monthly dinner meetings for its 75 members in Long Beach. Its members come from all over Southern California and actively engage in fishing, diving, hiking, kayaking, navigation and other nautical recreation.
“SCICo and the Corsairs share the common goal of promoting boating activities at Catalina Island, specifically at Emerald Bay,” says Gary Fowler, Corsair’s lease committee chairman. “The terms of this agreement keeps our membership at a reasonable rate, which allows us to attract new members and continue to have a strong boating presence at Catalina.”
The Blue Water Cruising Club, a non-profit corporation founded in 1945, has leased the shore facilities at Big Geiger Cove since 1953. The club maintains the cove facilities for its members and their families. The small club is limited to 55 boats and their owners to ensure equal access to the cove and the facilities, even during the busiest summer weekends.
“We are very happy to have a long-term agreement in place,” says Bill Lewis, Junior Staff Commodore of the Blue Water Yacht Club. “Catalina is our oasis where our members can escape the big city and crowds and go hiking and relax.”
Boaters coming to Catalina Island can reserve moorings at Two Harbors, Emerald Bay, Big Geiger Cove or any of the Santa Catalina Island Company’s other mooring sites using the new online reservation system at http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com.
About Santa Catalina Island Company
Located off the coast of Southern California, Catalina Island is a popular resort and outdoor recreation destination also known for its vibrant history as a glamorous retreat for Hollywood celebrities. SCICo offers a wide range of services and amenities such as the newly renovated Descanso Beach Club, Pavilion Hotel, Atwater Hotel and Avalon Grille. SCICo’s expedition operator has added new adventures to its menu of 25 expeditions and tours with the Zip Line Eco Tour, Eco Hummer Tour, Dolphin Quest, Sea Trek and many more, which are designed to introduce visitors to the island’s rich history, wildlife and backcountry. Other activities include hiking, bicycling, fishing, boating, kayaking, snorkeling, golfing or relaxing on the beach. SCICo has operated much of the island’s lodging, dining and tour options for over 118 years. www.VisitCatalinaIsland.com