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History of the PYC

The Pacific Yacht Club began in 1957 when two officers assigned to the Far Eastern Air Force Headquarters in Kisarazu, Japan were relocated to Hickam AFB Hawaii.  Col. John Vogt and Gen. Harris Hunter wanted to promote the sport of sailing by developing a yacht club on Hickam.  General Hunter became commander of the Pacific Forces in 1965 and Col. Vogt was promoted eventually to a four-star General and served as Commander of Pacific Forces in 1974.  Both of these men were instrumental in the beginnings of the PYC and Gen. Vogt was the first Commodore.  The yacht club was named after the Southern Cross in the Pacific (which is where the design for our burgee originated).

In the early years club meetings were held in the old parachute building at Bishop Point.  A better location came along when the old Officer's Club, the Golden Anchor, at Fort Kam was moved to its present place and became the Seabreeze Restaurant.  The building was redesigned with an additional wall at the west end to allow for a separate room now known as the Outdoor Recreation Classroom and the Pacific Yacht Club Room.  PYC volunteers and Harbor Staff put together their efforts to organize and decorate the room.  The beautiful table in the room was donated by the Hickam Legal Office years ago.  A Mr. Bell carved the anchor in the center of the table and volunteers refinished it. 

Many groups had their start in the PYC, the Sea Lancers, the Diving Club, and the Hickam Ski Team.  In the early 1960’s, men discouraged the involvement of women in the club so the Wet Hen group was formed and began to teach sailing at Hickam Harbor, developing and instructing classes as a volunteer program through MWR.  The program is still actively engaged in teaching women to sail today.  In 1967 the PYC decided they wanted a woman's auxiliary and the Kaiette group was formed.  This group of women has continued to sail socially since then and supports club parties and events.

The Pacific Yacht Club has always been strong in racing and has worked with the harbor supporting racing programs and hosting events.  They were once known as one of the "winningest little clubs in the area".  Many of our members have gone on to promote sailing nationally with the US Sailing organization. 

One of the most important people in the history of the Pacific Yacht Club is Lou Foster, affectionately known as "Papa Lou".  It was through his many efforts that we have our beautiful harbor today where once it was swampland.  Designing and working to organize this harbor goes to his credit, and he was the leader in sailing and promoting the sport of sailing for Hickam Harbor for years.  He was a big supporter of the Wet Hens Sailing Program when it began, and he worked at the harbor as Harbormaster and Director of Outdoor Recreation.  He also served as Commodore of the yacht club twice.  We owe so much to this man who continues to support us in spirit now that he and his lovely wife Anne no longer live in Hawaii.