NEWPORT BEACH — The Balboa Yacht Club's 90th anniversary celebration, which coincided Saturday with its 2012 opening day, was different from others that came before it.
For the first time in its 90 years, the yacht club is led by a female commodore.
But Judi Gorski, who first joined more than 30 years ago after visiting the club with her roommate, doesn't feel different from any other commodores who have taken on the role before her, nor from any roles she's taken on throughout her life.
"I enjoy being a pioneer," she said.
Nonetheless, Gorski said she believes she will bring a unique touch to the club.
"Every woman does," she said.
Gorski — who retired as the vice resident of an international operation of a testing laboratory — is using her business background to set up a strategic business plan for the club.
The plan will look at ways to increase and retain the junior membership at the club, overall objectives around membership and planning for the club's centennial, among others, she said.