An interesting look at the origins of Topanga Yacht Club, such as it was…
In 1924, the Los Angeles Athletic Club bought Topanga Beach with the intention of building a yacht harbor. To promote the cause, British actor Captain Vesey O’Davoren (1888-1989) founded the Topanga Yacht Club in 1928.
He proudly claimed descent from two English Prime Ministers, William Pitt (1708-1778) and “Iron Duke” Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852), as well as a family of medieval Irish scholars. His title, Captain, came from serving in the British Royal Air Force during World War I, where he was injured several times, including by a mustard gas attack that left him voiceless.
He did not live at Topanga Beach. Hardly any of the club’s members did.
Topanga was simply a preferred shelter for small boat owners before the bay had marinas or breakwaters. Read on, thanks to The Malibu Times.
Bizarre title inspiration thanks to Dr. Demento.