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Aeolian YC

On September 21, 1906, thirty-two enthusiastic men with an average age of 25 years, met on the ark Bugaboo moored along the shore of San Leandro Bay on the east end of the Island of Alameda on San Francisco Bay. These were the charter members of the Aeolian YC. In the two weeks following this meeting, the charter membership expanded to 52.

Aeolian YC is a member of the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association (PICYA).
980 Fernside Dr

Alameda YC

A Tradition of Yachting Excellence

Alameda Yacht Club is recognized for it's great members. The Alameda YC was founded in 1985 and provides membership for both sail and power boats.

The clubs goals are to promote recreational activities that will interest many of its members. Our Clubhouse offers the members and guests a comfortable and friendly meeting place for a variety of activities.
1535 Buena Vista Ave.

Alameda, Ca. 94501

Phone: 510.865.KNOT (5668)

Alamitos Bay

Since its founding in 1924, ALAMITOS BAY YC has emphasized three things: excellence in sailboat racing, a family atmosphere and the enjoyment of sailing in all its phases. We hope you have an opportunity to visit our beautiful facility with its ideal location on Alamitos Bay.
7201 E. Ocean
Long Beach

American Legion

Our YC s open for membership to all American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, and Sons of the American Legion members, regardless of your local Post location.
215 15th St.

Anacapa YC

Our intent at Sailors Choice is to give you a taste of this lifestyle, whether its sailing, living aboard, cruising, power boating or paddlin' as well as new information and ideas and to provide access to "old" information.
3821 Victoria Ave.

Andreas Cove YC
Bahia Corinthian YC

BCYC Wins Club of the Year

BCYC hosts and participates in a year round schedule of local, regional and international sailing regattas.
1601 Bayside Dr.
Corona del Mar

Balboa Basin YC
829 Harbor Island Dr., #38
Balboa Island

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410 S. Bay Front
Balboa Island


Balboa YC
1801 Bayside Dr.
Corona del Mar


Ballena Bay

Ballena Bay Yacht Club is an all volunteer, non profit organization with approximately 180 members. The club is located in picturesque Ballena Isle Marina on the western side of Alameda, California. From this location members have immediate access to San Francisco Bay.

The goal of the BBYC is to enhance its members' boating experiences through a wide range of social and educational activities.
1150 Ballena Blvd

Barbary Coast Boating Club

Boating Club members have vessels of all shapes and sizes. From dinghys to sailboats, kayaks to power yachts, BCBC members enjoy the water any way they can! Here is a sampling of some of our member's boats.
San Francisco

Bay Boat Club

That is the first entry in the Official Bay View Boat Club Log, which cites April 17th, 1961 as the date of the club's first meeting. Details of the early days of the Bay View are sketchy, at best, but there are a few things that those who remain among us from those times can agree on. Many thanks to Flip Allemand for much of the following information.
489 Terry
Francois Blvd
San Francisco

Ben Ali Shrine Yacht Club
3262 Marysville Blvd

Benicia YC
400 E. Second St.

Berkeley YC

Berkeley YC was established in 1939 to “foster, encourage and further the sport of yachting.” The nearly 250 members are actively engaged in racing, cruising, and in educational, social and community service activities. Our members are a diverse group brought together by their mutual enjoyment of boating.
One Seawall Drive

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PO Box 45768
Los Angeles
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6325 Bridgehead Road
Antioch, CA 94509
United States
Buccaneer YC
San Pedro

Cabrillo Beach YC

Cabrillo Beach YC was founded in 1932 as a sailing club by a small group of sailboat enthusiasts, CBYC has grown steadily over the years in terms of its membership, facilities, and the scope of activities offered.
211 West 22nd St
San Pedro

Caliente Isle YC

Yacht Club was founded in 1967 to promote family boating and social activities. We are a friendly, active, full facility, all volunteer boat club. Our social calendar includes cruise-ins, cruise-outs, raft-ups, BBQ?s, dinner parties, dancing and many other fun-filled events both on and off the water.
Bethel Island

Cal Sailing Club

The Cal Sailing Club is a non-profit, volunteer-run sailing club located in Berkeley on beautiful San Francisco Bay. CSC provides the community an affordable means of learning about sailing and windsurfing at all levels.

California Ensenada
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San Diego
California YC

The California YC is among the premier yachting facilities in the world. Founded in 1922, the original clubhouse was located in Wilmington Harbor. The current Marina del Rey facility was constructed in 1967. Our private station on Catalina Island is located in sheltered Catalina harbor on the west side of the island 32.7 miles southwest of Marina del Rey.

The California YC is located in beautiful Marina del Rey, which is the largest manmade small craft harbor in the world.
4469 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey


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Catalina Island YC is one of the oldest clubs on the West Coast. In 1893, a Catalina YC was formed by the Banning Brothers, then owners of Santa Catalina Island. In 1903, the boating residents of Avalon placed pilings for a YC in the approximate location of the present Catalina Island YC. The club was quite active until the great fire of Avalon in 1915, which burned the town of Avalon and bayside facilities. Fortunately, the pilings were spared.
30 Casino Way

Cerritos Bahia
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6291 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Long Beach

Channel Island YC

hannel Islands YC (CIYC), situated in the beautiful Channel Islands Harbor, has been serving the needs of its members, the boating community, and Ventura County water-associated activities since its founding in 1960. With an authorized membership of 400, the club has thrived on the enthusiasm, involvement, and volunteer spirit of its members.

Channel Islands Naval YC

Meeting Place and Day General Meetings will now be held at the Pierpont YC, Ventura Harbor
Port Heneme

Chula Vista YC

ay 2nd is Chula Vista YC Opening Day. This tradition started back East where boating stopped for the bad weather and resumed in the spring. The celebration of the resumption of the boating season begins with Opening Day and is specifically for our members and invited guests.
642 Marina Pkwy #83
San Diego

Club Nautique

Sailing Club Membership, Reduced Rates on Sailboat Charters and Classes, Social Sailing Activities

Join in the fun.

We're a group of people who love to sail and love to share our sailing with everyone.
San Mateo

Corinthan YC
of San Francisco

We have a widely-varied membership. Sailboaters, powerboaters, paddlers, and some non-boaters as well. Ages range from six to ninety-six. While most of our members are local, our non-residents live across the country. A good portion of our membership is off cruising at this very moment.

Coronado Cays YC

We welcome you to come aboard and step into an ocean of activities at the Coronado Cays YC. Complete with a host of functions, a working marina and fabulous clubhouse, we offer every member an enjoyable atmosphere in a community surrounded by waterfront style and nearly perfect weather.

Coronado YC

Coronado YC was founded initially in 1913, but was short lived due to World War I. The second beginning took place April 23, 1932, when six Coronado yachtsmen leased a wing of the Hotel del Coronado Boat House and invited new members to join (dues were $10.00 a year.) Material for building slips was obtained on credit, and soon many of the 200 new members were working side by side on docks and slips for the Club.

The first few years were under the able direction of Commodore Major Ivan B. Snell. He directed the slip construction and then concentrated his efforts on the dredging of Glorietta Bay. Completion of the dredging allowed much wider use of the bay and permitted invitational events and predicted log races.

Cortez Racing Association

As a CRA member you have privileges at many clubs in and outside of the San Diego area!
San Diego

Corsair YC

orsair YC was established on August 14, 1937, so that “…all members may so associate themselves as to secure the maximum pleasure and usefulness of their respective pleasure crafts and through association, further promote good fellowship among members as well as others interested in the field of yachting.” The club celebrated its 70th anniversary on Memorial Day 2007 at Corsair Cove.
PO Box 14777
Long Beach
& Catalina

Coyote Point Yacht Club

View overlooking our 350' guest dock available to all PICYA reciprocating YC members. Don't you wish you were here instead of staring at your computer screen?
San Mateo

Dana Point YC

Dana Point YC is a private club owned by the members. It's purpose is to provide boating, social and related activities for its members and their guests.

Dana Point YC was organized in July of 1952 with 25 Charter Members having a common interest in boating and facilities that would permit open water launching of boats within the protection of Dana Point Cove. Today the club is very active in yacht racing, having hosted the PHRF Southern California Championships, various One-Design Regional and National Championship Regattas, SCYA Midwinters, as well as over 65 local races each year. DPYC has also won the trophy for the most entries and the most trophies in the NOSA Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race numerous years.

The club has many other activities including an active cruising program to Catalina, as well as up and down the coast, fishing tournaments, an extensive social schedule, the annual Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta and a very active, year-round Junior and Young Adult social, racing and summer sailing program.

Dana Point YC is an equity-based, limited membership club. Approximately 60% of the members own sailboats, and 30% own powerboats.
Dana Point

Dana West YC

Located in Dana Point Harbor's West Basin, DWYC is an active full-service YC, serving its members and the local community since 1979. DWYC has a great Junior Sailing program, an extensive yacht racing program and billfish tournament and hosts many charitable events including the high-profile Leukemia Cup Regatta and the heart-warming Armed Forces Holiday Dinner.

The club welcomes boat owners and non-boat owners for membership.
Dana Point

Del Rey YC

We can point with pride to our Club's active educational program, Anglers activities, Junior Activities and racing programs, enthusiastic Auxiliary, fine restaurant, interesting men's luncheon activities, general good fellowship, and nautical sportsmanship.
Marina Del Rey

Ebony YC
EBC, San Joaquin Yacht Harbor
3305 Wilbur Ave., Antioch, CA 94509

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Moss Landing
Encinal YC

Fairwind YC

FYC is currently accepting new members for our port in Channel Islands Harbor (Oxnard). To obtain information, you are invited to our Open House in Oxnard on the 3rd Sunday of each month. You can join us at 10am for a Day Sail, at Peninsula Park, 3333 Peninsula Rd., Oxnard 93035, between Hampton Inn and Casa Sirena Hotel.
Marina del Rey
Folsom Lake YC

Folsom Lake YC was organized in 1956 to foster and perpetuate the sport of sailing, to conduct sailing activities, to conduct and encourage the growth and development of sailboat racing, to conduct social activities among members of the club and mutually interested organizations and to uphold the principles of good sportsmanship and the highest standards of the sport of sailing. Folsom Lake YC is a non-profit organization and is a member of SBRA, PICYA, US Sail and YRA

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Garden Grove
Fremont Sailing Club

The Fremont Sailing Club is an organization of approximately seventy-five families who have joined together to enjoy small boat sailing and related activities.

Active fleets currently include the El Toro, Lido 14, and FJ. Fleet activities include monthly or bi-monthly potluck dinner meetings, which are usually held in member's homes.
Fresno YC

In September 1945, a group of sailing enthusiasts, with boats on the recently formed Lake Millerton, organized into a sailing club. On October of that same year, the Lake Millerton Sailing Association was born with 22 charter members.

Fresno YC is always open to and seeking new members who would like to join us in the sport we so dearly love!

Gold Country YC
Grass Valley
Golden Gate YC

The Golden Gate YC was founded in 1939, when members built the first clubhouse on a barge located in the San Francisco Marina. Fifty years later, the Loma Prieta Quake severely damaged the Club, but through the hard work and dedication of our members, the Club rose again to become the showcase facility that now exists.
Oracle America's Cup Challenge
One Yacht Road
San Francisco
(415)346-BOAT 346-2628

Half Moon Bay YC

Ride the ferry out to the Club fleet and sail with the vibrant harbor marine life or explore the sandy beaches and tide pools overlooking the big Maverick’s surf. Memories of salt spray, sea shells, and sailing are waiting for you here.

HMBYC is included in the 2008 edition of World’s Best YCs and Marinas.

Hollywood YC

Huntington Harbour YC

HHYC's Mission
The Huntington Harbour YC's mission is to create a welcoming environment where boating enthusiasts gather for friendship, community service and the furtherance of boating enjoyment within Huntington Harbour and throughout Southern California's coastal waters.

3821 Warner Avenue Huntington Beach
CA 92649

Hurricane Gulch YC

We believe that it isn't the size or cost of a boat that makes the owner a true yachtsman. Rather, it is his or her skill, knowledge and dedication to good seamanship.

Members are supportive of one another. You will always get help and advice from others in the club, whenever you ask for it.
San Pedro

Inverness YC

The Inverness YC was organized in 1912, with University of California Professor Hugo Karl Schilling, Commodore; Dr. Frank W. Edmonds, Vice-Commodore; Dr. William Mason, Secretary; and Kenneth Mohrhardt, Treasurer.
PO Box 186
Island YC

Members of the Island YC can participate fully in the incredible sport of yacht racing. Since Island YC is a member of the Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay, our club members may take part in all association races. We also host a wide variety of our own sailing regattas, including the SILVER EAGLE RACE, the DOUBLE HANDED LIGHTSHIP RACE, several races skippered by women only, and our intimate and fun FRIDAY NIGHT TWILIGHT RACES.

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Los Angeles

King Harbor YC

We would like to welcome you to the King Harbor YC Web Site. Our Club is located in beautiful King Harbor, Redondo Beach, California. The view from the club is spectacular looking right out on the Pacific Ocean on one side and down the channels of the harbor on the other. We love King Harbor because it is big enough to have 1,458 slips, but you can be on the ocean in five minutes from any place in the harbor.

Our club is one of very few Southern California YCs that is open seven days a week. In addition to our beautiful view, we have dry storage for trailer boats, boat hoists, guest docks, bar and limited food service.
280 YC Way

Kona Kai International YC>
1551 Shelter
Island Drive
San Diego

Lake Arrowhead Yacht Club

YC is nestled in the San Bernadino Mountains and has been in continuous operation since 1932. Lake Arrowhead is a mere 90 miles from downtown Los Angeles but feels a world apart. Since its founding, the Lake Arrowhead YC has offered family fun in a safe and healthy mountain environment.
Established in 1932
Lake Arrowhead


Lake Washington
Sailing Club

Lake Washington Sailing Club is an associaton of individuals and boat owners interested in small boat sailing and racing. We are an independent club licensed by the Port of Sacramento. Our Club facility are located at the Port of Sacramento at the South end of Harbor Blvd. Lake Washington Sailing Club has the most consistent winds among the sailing venues nearest Sacramento.

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Lido Isle YC

As we begin our 75th season as a YC here on Lido Isle, we are reminded of the wonderful activities our club brings to our family oriented community. Our social and sailing activities over the years have made Lido an outstanding YC.
Established in 1928
701 Via Lido Soud
Newport Beach
CA 92663

Little Ships Fleet
of LB
PO Box 3943
Long Beach
Loch Lomond YC

San Rafael

Long Beach Single Sailing Association
PO Box 90635
Long Beach

Long Beach YC

Long Beach YC is located on a promontory at the east end of Naples Island in Long Beach, California.

Committees organize and manage a full schedule of yachting, educational, social and public-outreach programs, and the Club is recognized throughout the worldwide yachting community for its hospitality.

The inquiry to Callis, and the subsequent initial race, clearly were the catalysts that led to the formation of Long Beach YC as we know it today. Another Long Beach YC might have formed under other circumstances, but those two events started the current Long Beach YC.
6201 Appian Way
Long Beach

Los Angeles YC

As Commodore for 2009, I’d like to welcome our members and visitors to the Los Angeles YC website. Founded in 1901, LAYC has a rich tradition of boating, including racing, cruising, and family activities .
Founded in 1901
285 Whalers Walk
San Pedro

Los Gatos YC

The Los Gatos YC was founded in 1978 by like-minded boating enthusiasts, for boating enthusiasts. The primary purpose of the club is involvement in fun and safe boating activities on a regular basis, and the sharing of knowledge and ideas to help members increase their enjoyment of boating.
Los Gatos
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PO Box 6556

Marin YC

The Marin YC is a calm and well protected harbor, ideal for sailboats and powerboats. It is located at the entrance of the San Rafael Creek in northern San Francisco Bay . The Club's marina is suitable and accessible to vessels with drafts of up to 7 feet.
San Rafael

Marina Bay YC

Marina Bay YC is an all volunteer YC headquartered in Richmond, California at the beautiful Marina Bay Yacht Harbor on the eastern side of San Francisco Bay. With views of the City of San Francisco, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Angel Island and Brooks Island, the Yacht Harbor provides a great location for experiencing the beauty and ambiance of San Francisco Bay.

Marina Venice YC

Marina Venice YC is located in beautiful Marina del Rey, California, in the West Tower of the Marina City Club.

MVYC is a self-help YC, which because of the community spirit this inspires, keeps costs low while maintaining the best of facilities and capabilities.
Marina del Rey

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San Francisco
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Bay Point
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Mission Bay YC

It all started in 1900. Tom was six when his publisher father, F.T.Scripps, moved his family to the north end of Mission Bay to be near the excellent duck hunting in the marshes. In the early 20s Tom and Austin Brown raced their Flappers against anything that appeared on the water, but they were frustrated by losing to larger boats.
1215 El Carmel Pl
San Diego

Monterey Penisula YC

Founded in 1953 as a not-for-profit organization, the Monterey Peninsula YC is a yachting and social club comprised of over 400 adult and junior members who have an interest in sharing boating, sailing, yacht racing and social activities. Club membership is not limited to boat owners
#100 Del Monte Ave

Morro Bay YC

The Morro Bay YC is a private, non-profit organization devoted to boating activities, along with the protection and enjoyment of our picturesque bay and coastline. We participate in both competitive and non- competitive boating activities throughout the year. Anyone at least 21 who owns a boat, is planning to buy a boat, or regularly enjoys boating activities in someone else's boat is invited to apply for membership.
541 Embarcadero
Morro Bay

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100 S Newport Dr
94559 (707)252-3342

Navy YC
Long Beach

Long Beach

Navy YC
San Diego

The club is located in facilities at the Fiddler’s Cove Marina, on Strand Way and is a branch of the United States Naval Sailing Association. It is also a member of the Southern Califorina Yachting Association, San Diego Association of YCs, San Diego Cruiser Association, and the United States Sailing Association.
Fiddlers Cove Marina

Newport Harbor YC

The Newport Harbor YC is located on the picturesque Balboa Peninsula in Orange County, California.

Newport Harbor YC provides its 1100 members with a wide spectrum of sailing activities that includes: youth, club, one-design, inshore, and offshore racing as well as angling and cruising fleets.

North Star YC

The first Marquesa Royale condominium building has been completed at Tiburon. The eighborhood is within walking distance of The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, and Tiburon's Golf Clubhouse and Fitness & Health Club.

Oceanside YC

The friendliest YC in the United States of America and the world invites you to join the friendliest boaters in the friendliest harbor. We're halfway between the greater Los Angeles Area and the greater San Diego Area.

Ox Bow YC
100 Ox Bow
Marina Drive

Oyster Point YC

Schedule a Cruise-In at Oyster Point YC!
911 Marina Blvd. San Francisco

Pacific Corinthian YC

Pacific Corinthian YC is located in beautiful Channel Islands Harbor, the gateway to the Channel Islands, where great year-round cruising and sailing await Southern California boaters. PCYC Members own a fine full-service clubhouse and operate the marina. We support a broad range of activities for family-oriented boaters including men, women, youths and children.

Social Activities - It's party time at PCYC, from formal dinner dancing to Reggae. There's always plenty of action and live music in over 30 events a year.

Cruises - With eleven major Club cruises per year, weekend trips to sister clubs at other harbors, and to the Channel Islands, there is always a new and interesting adventure.

Sailing - There are racing events for all levels and abilities, from the Pacific Corinthian Yachting Cup to VCORC and TGIS races. Over 30 on-the-water club events allow everyone to participate.

Fishing - This club fishes! With local fishing tournaments, offshore big-game fish contests and in-the-harbor dinghy fishing events, PCYC fishermen have won major contests from Cabo to Santa Barbara.

Youth Program - PCYC has the most active program in the area. Over 24 in-the-water and on-the-water swimming, sailing and seamanship events were held last summer.

Marina - PCYC operates the Pacific Corinthian Marina, comprised of over 150 boat slips plus on-shore support facilities. Income from the 1.5 million dollar marina benefits PCYC members.

Fun and Education - PCYC members enjoy themselves with scheduled golf and card games, ladies luncheons and more. We offer group trips from Alaska to the Greek Islands. Our members travel interests range from charter boat cruising, to sight-seeing and shopping. Boating education and safety are always a top priority.
2600 South
Harbor Blvd.
Channel Islands Harbor

Pacific Mariners YC

Pacific Mariners YC, founded in 1963, is one of the few surviving "do it yourself" YCs. Our lovely facilities, including guest docks, are open to our members and guests most hours of the day and evening. Come by and visit us anytime!
13915 Panay Way
Marina Del Rey

Pacific Singlehanded Sailing Assoc.
Marina Del Rey

Pacific Sailing
423 Shoreline Drive
Long Beach

Peninsula YC
Water Tower
Maple Street
Redwood City

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Pierpont Bay YC

Pierpont Bay YC was founded in 1972 as an intimate, family oriented club with all the advantages of being on the "doorstep" of the northern Channel Islands, with a great harbor-side location just inside the entrance to Ventura Harbor. We offer a year-round cruising program both to the nearby Channel Islands, and to the other harbors in the area. We offer our members reciprocal privileges not only in Southern California and the throughout the U.S., but worldwide.
1363 Spinnaker Dr.

Pittsburg YC

The Pittsburg YC is located in the "Marina Park" section of the city of Pittsburg, California, just off Highway 4. The latitude is 38° 02.35 N and Longitude is 121° 53.17 W.
3 Marina Blvd

Point Loma YC

The roots of the Point Loma YC go back to the summers of 1990, ’91,and ’92. In 1990 some of the liveaboards on K dock in Marina Cortez on Harbor Island formed the “K Dock YC”. The club had a burgee and tee shirts with the motto “If you have nothing else to do”. Woody Wood was elected “Commodore for Life”.
1880 Harbor
Island Drive
San Diego

Point San Pablo YC

"The Friendliest YC On The Bay"
700 West
Cutting Blvd

Port Royal

The objective of the Port Royal YC is to promote the art and science of seamanship and navigation, to promote clean sportsmanship, good citizenship, and good health among the youth and adult members by stimulating interest in, and by promoting through educational programs the construction, care, sailing and navigation of yachts, aimed always toward the goal of safety at sea.

The Port Royal YC is located in the beautiful Port Royal Marina. Check the Port Royal Marina website for slip information.
555 North Harbor Dr
Redondo Beach

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Richmond YC

The club has a proud tradition of hosting world class regattas as well as fun regattas for our weekend sailors and our fine fleet of Junior sailors. We are one of a very few clubs on the bay with our own first class marina and we welcome cruise-ins from any reciprocal club. We have a long cruising tradition in the Bay, Delta, and outside the Golden Gate.

River View YC

The old paddle wheel was built and launched in August 9, 1912 out of the west Oakland shipyard.
Cliff's Marina
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SYC is a private club with the principal goal of enhancing safe recreational boating in the
Sacramento area. We offer many events and facilities to accomplish this. By the nature of
our location, most of our boats are power, although some sailboats are to be found.
Memberships are "family" based.
West Sacramento
St. Francis YC

St. Francis YC was founded in 1927 by a group of 21 San Francisco Yachtsman with a vision of a club in the City.
San Francisco


San Diego YC

In 1886 a group of local boating enthusiasts joined together to found what has become a cornerstone YC in the annals of American yachting. San Diego YC's facilities had humble beginnings in a number of locations, including an old ferry boat. SDYC has been at its present location on Point Loma since 1924.
A Top 10 US YC
1011 Anchorage Ln
San Diego

San Ferndando Valley YC
Van Nuys

San Francisco YC

The San Francisco YC is the oldest YC West of the Mississippi in North America. The Club, with its tranquil setting in Belvedere Cove and its superb harbor, is widely recognized as the premier yachting facility on the West Coast. It operates a year round facility including the harbor, a dry hail area, a full service restaurant and bar. The club has a very active junior sailing program and all members are committed to the Corinthian traditions of yachting.
98 Beach Road Belvedere

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Bethel Island
San Jose Sailing Club

Qualifying in the Top Five of the PICYA's '05 Club of the Year Contest, the San Jose Sailing Club represents a broad cross-section of bay area sailors who find in the SJSC an active community dedicated to enjoying sailing in all kinds of craft, ranging from dinghies to trailerables, to cruisers docked in marinas around the bay.
P.O. Box 5631 San Jose
San Leandro YC

The San Leandro YC flies a triangular, red bordered burgee with
a white field, the hoist and fly divided by red lines into 4 regions of equal
area. Centered at the crossing is a red compass rose, with 4 of its points
aligned to the dividing lines.
20 N. Dike Rd
San Leandro

San Luis YC

The San Luis YC was established in 1937 with emphasis on boating activities.

-located on the pier in Avila Beach, which is tucked in the northern bight of San Luis Obispo Bay, on the Central Coast of California.
Avila Beach

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San Mateo
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San Pedro
San Rafael YC
San Rafael
Santa Barbara Sailing Club
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara YC
130 Harbor Way
Santa Barbara

Santa Cruz Yacht Club

The Santa Cruz YC was founded on the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf in 1928 and was moved to its present location in 1964. The Santa Cruz YC is a member of the PICYA (Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association of Northern California). First and foremost, the Santa Cruz YC exists to promote the “Good of Yachting.” YC members have been credited for inventing ultra light displacement boats (ULDB’s) that have revolutionized sailboat racing. Consequently, the club is known worldwide.
Santa Cruz

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Santa Monica Windjammers YC

Our YC is located on the main channel in Marina del Rey with one of the best views of the harbor. We provide our members with a perfect combination of racing, cruising and social activities to enhance their boating enjoyment.
Marina del Rey
Sausalito YC

Seal Beach

We are a friendly family based Club that overlooks Alamitos Bay. Our Club offers weekly races, cruises and a year round as well as summer Junior's Program. In addition our Club hosts weekly night events, dinners, dancing and barbecues. Whether you are a novice or pro, sail or power enthusiast our club has something for everyone.
255 Marina Drive
Long Beach

Seagate YC

The SeaGate YC was conceived and formed at Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, on Saturday, October 30, 1976. Charter members were Sandy and Dewey Rudolph, Yvonne and Pat Kelley, Rusty and Chuck Strigl, Elsie and John Kohler, and Olive and Gordon Bishop. The purpose of the Club was friendship and boating opportunities.
16011 Bonaire Circle
Sequoia YC

Sequoia YC is located 22 miles south of San Francisco, 12.5 miles south of San Francisco Airport in the heart of the California Silicon Valley. SYC is to be found on the shore of the Redwood City Marina; other marinas close by include Bair Island Marina and the new Westpoint Marina.
441 Seaport Ct
Redwood City

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1099 Bayside Dr
Newport Beach

386 Shoreline Dr.
Long Beach

Sierra Point YC

The Sierra Point YC was established in 1984 to promote social interaction among the membership and other YCs, with the intent of encouraging safe, enjoyable pleasure-boating. We are located in Brisbane California on San Francisco Bay, north of the San Francisco Airport and south of the city of San Francisco.
500 Sierra Point Parkway Brisbane

Silver Gate YC

The article below is a small piece of the early history of Silver Gate YC. It was reprinted from our archives from the 1952-1981 Anniversary Issue of the Soundings. The original article was written in 1956 and reprinted in February 1971 and March 1981.
2091 Shelter
Island Drive
San Diego
South Bay Yacht Racing Club

To enter a sailboat race, membership in a YC recognized by The United States Sailing Association (USSA), The Southern California Yachting Association (SCYA), or the Association of Santa Monica Bay YCs is required.

South Bay Yacht Racing Club is a member of each of the above motioned yachting organization as well as The California Marine Parks and Harbor Association, The National Federation of Boating and The Recreational Boaters of California (two lobbying associations).
Marina Del Rey
South Beach YC South Beach YC is a community with common interests in boating on San Francisco Bay, providing a common bond for recreational boaters and their families, sponsoring and encouraging racing and cruising.

SBYC is in one of San Francisco's finest urban neighborhoods - South Beach/Mission Bay. SBYC is located between Pier 40 and AT&T park, home of the SF Giants. We're just a half-mile south of the Bay Bridge in South Beach Harbor.
San Francisco
South Coast Corinthian YC

For over seventy years SCCYC has cultivated an active and personable membership. The atmosphere is always casual and the objective’s always the enjoy! The purpose of the club is to encourage individual and family participation in a variety of activities, including yacht racing, cruising, social and educational events.
Marina Del Re
South Shore YC
Newport Beach

San Diego

Spinnaker YC

The Spinnaker YC was founded in 1967, and is located at South Dike Road in the San Leandro Marina. Spinnaker YC is a member of the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association (PICYA), and our current membership of approximately 95 families consists of a balance of sailing and power boat skippers. We also have a number of members who are "between boats."
San Leandro

St. Francis

St. Francis YC was founded in 1927 by a group of 21 San Francisco Yachtsman with a vision of a club in the City. Ground was broken for the clubhouse that year, and events were held on members yachts until the club was formally opened in 1928. In 1959, the Club acquired its Tinsley Island Station, located on the Sacramento Delta. Tinsley offers members a warm boating destination to escape the traditional summer fog on the Bay. In 2002, the membership celebrated its 75th anniversary of activity on San Francisco Bay and around the world.

A Top 10 US YC
On The Marina

San Francisco

Stockton Sailing Club

The Stockton Sailing Club knows that a safe and pleasant environment for you, your family and vessel is important to you. We offer a locked, key-accessed, gated sailboat harbor that features highly efficient in-house security.

Ample parking is provided on a well lit premises.

You'll enjoy easy access to the deep water channel and beautiful, groomed grounds.

Sunset Aquatic
Long Beach
Tahoe Keys Marina YC futuresite
South Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Sierra YC
Tahoe Yacht Club

Founded in 1925, Tahoe YC ranks among the oldest boating associations in the West. Through the years, it has come to enjoy a reputation for its hospitality, friendly atmosphere, and enviable location framed by the towering pines and pristine waters of Lake Tahoe.

Today, it is host to member families from Northern California, Nevada and all across the U.S. who enjoy power boating, sailing, and who have an appreciation of the classic wooden boats found in abundance on the crystal clear "Lake in the Sky."
Tahoe City
Treasure Island YC

TIYC has an officer on duty Saturdays from 1600-2100 during the months of March through October. Clubhouse privileges are gladly extended to members of reciprocating clubs. Advance notice of your visit is also welcome.
San Francisco
(415)434 4475

Vallejo YC

Ventura YC

Ventura YC is a full-service facility located on the west side of Ventura Harbor between the Ventura Harbor Village and the Channel Islands National Park headquarters.

Nestled between the beach on the west, and the harbor on the east, the VYC facility offers a panoramic view of the Santa Barbara Channel, Channel Islands and Ventura Harbor. Few YCs on the west coast can boast of such a spectacular location!

Venture YC

The Venture YC of San Diego is a friendly, family oriented club catering to trailer sailors. We welcome all sailors ~ both new and experienced.
Mission Beach
San Diego
Voyager's YC futuresite
Newport Beach

Westlake YC

We welcome members of YCs from around the world!!!

The Clubhouse and Bar are open to members and guests on Friday evenings, on Sunday afternoons during the scheduled regattas, and for other parties, meetings and social events
Westlake Village

West Coast YC futuresite
Seal Beach

Woodenhull YC

The Wooden Hull YC is dedicated to bringing together people who are interested in cruising and racing wooden yachts. Our goal is to stimulate interest and continuing love and respect for the skill, design and workmanship which only a wooden hull boat can reflect. As classic sloops, schooners, ketches and yawls disappear we aim to encourage the restoration and preservation of sailing maritime heritage. Our members take pride in the ownership and appearance of their sail and power boats
Huntington Beach

Cal Sailing Club
124 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 549-2969

Yacht Club Reviews:

"A great location for a blast about if you windsurf. The kit is a bit old but the staff are very friendly and will help you out with whatever they have. Well worth an hour just to see the view; the wind can come through strong and clean as well. Enjoy."

"it is probably the cheapest sailing club I have ever seen, BUT you have to have a lot of time and patience ... because it is a non profit organization and it is so small, you have to wait for long time to take a 20 - 30 minute lesson ... if you have nothing but time in your hands, I'd say go for it! if you dont like sitting and waiting for hours, it is not for you. I quit after the first lesson, I just did not want to waste my entire saturday for 20 minutes long lesson :\ a few more things: - wet suits and other gear do not seem to be very clean. if you are very into sailing / surfing bring your own wet suit (I am not sure how much that gear would cost) - they usually throw the experienced people with new comers. When it is your first time in such an unstable dinghy, you dont want to be around people who want to show off their skills and capsize the boat in a cold day so ... you get what you pay for :) if you have nothing but time in your hands go for it! it is fun ... I just cant afford to wait hours (2-3 hours) to take a very brief lesson"

"CSC is one of the few affordable places to learn to sail and windsurf. It's a little disorganized at times... and some of the equipment (foulies and wetsuits) are a little funky but it is made up for by the cool performance dinghies and windsurfing boards. Overall, if you are patient you can find great teachers and learn to sail at one tenth the cost of other sailing schools.?"

Encinal CA Yacht Club
1251 Pacific Marina
tel: (510) 522-3272

Yacht Club Reviews:

"What other yacht club has a pool?! Plus the races EYC holds are some of the best in the bay. EYC staff are very nice. The only downside is the long way out the Alameda channel. But it makes for a nice spinnaker run on the way home."

Newport Beach Yacht Club

1099 Bayside Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 760-0221

Yacht Club Reviews:

"Don't even flatter yourself. It is pretty hard to mistake NBYC aka "the yachtless club" with Balboa Yacht Club whether it be food, service, reputation or atmosphere. Balboa Yacht Club is ranked consistently among the top 10 US Yacht Clubs."

Harbor Island Yacht Club
1880 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

Yacht Club Reviews:

"A good place to be a member as the boats are for the most part in good shape. If you need lessons, ask for Frank Dixon. He taught us Basic Keel Boat and was very good."

"I was there with my son and daughter-in-law on Good Friday (4/22/2011). The boat that we rented was great and the sailing experience was very nice. I must say, however, that the receptionist was entirely distant and son remarked later, had we got the boat through a kiosk system it would have been an upgrade. It is nice to deal with friendly people, but we sure did not encounter one that day..perhaps she was having a bad day, but she certainly did not add to our sailing experience."

Mission Bay Yacht Club
1215 El Carmel Place
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 488-0501

Yacht Club Reviews:

"Best kept secret in San Diego. Something is always going on: regattas; parties; volunteer efforts. Junior sailing classes, junior races. Regional and National regattas. If it has to do with water, it's being done here."

FantaSea Yachts & CA Yacht Club
4215 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Yacht Club Reviews:

"My husband and I had our wedding here in July. It was absolutely beautiful. We had our ceremony aboard one of the yachts and the reception and the yacht club...such a unique venue and so perfect for any couple who loves the water. The staff is awesome- any questions or concerns I sent via email in the months leading up to the wedding, they responded immediately. The food was delicious- way better than the food at most weddings I've been to. Most of all, though, the deal you are getting is pretty stellar..this was one of the least expensive venues we looked at and by far our favorite. They include a lot of things in their packages: the ones most surprising to me are they include the FLOWERS (which you get to choose with 1 of 2 florists they work with), and they include all gratuity so you don't tip anybody further. Pretty awesome! All our guests still rave about our wedding."

San Francisco Yacht Club

The 98 Beach Road
Belvedere Tiburon, CA 94920

Yacht Club Reviews:

"I was in summer 1971 when I was a 13 years old. I learned to sail in the old but excelent El Toro and the nice and maneuverale FJ. I was living with John Thompson, and his son, John Thompson Jr., was my instructor. I have a very special memory from that experience."

Hornblower Cruises & Events
13755 Fiji Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Yacht Club Reviews:

"Very nice way to take in a birthday brunch. Cruising around the marina on a Sunday morning. The brunch food was pretty good and the unlimited mimosas are a good deal! Its very popular for birthdays and good for groups and families."

"It really is a pleasant way to have brunch. Our family have taken this cruise twice already and had a great experience. Very friendly and the crew looks after you."

Pete's Harbor
1 Uccelli Boulevard
Redwood City, CA 94063

Yacht Club Reviews:

"I've had my boat at Pete's Harbor for 10 years. This is by far the nicest community among the Peninsula marinas. The marina has a lot of character and over the last 5 years, the owner, Paula Uccelli has been a great job sprucing up the marina. A lot of companies would love to buy the marina, but clearly Paula is going to hold on to her gem. Unfortunately, the marina does not have a fuel dock (nor does Redwood City) and the Pete's Harbor Harbor Master is a difficult character to navigate (as can be the Peninsula waterways). There is laundry and showers at Pete's and a pump-out just down the creek at the Redwood City Municipal Marina. Hopefully the Westpoint Slough Marina ("Westpoint Harbor") near-by will build its boat yard and possibly a fuel dock some time soon. There are now a total of 5 marinas, 2 yacht clubs, and 2 restaurants within walking or dingy distance. Even though the muddy Peninsula bay waters are a long haul from the deeper San Francisco waters, Redwood Creek and the sloughs is a great place for an evening sail or overnight camp-out if you avoid the shallows. The evening winds can be stiff in the Creek and in the Harbor, but not as bad as some of the other Peninsula Marina. You can believe the Redwood City slogan "Climate Best by Government Test."

J World San Diego - Sailing Instruction Club
2240 Shelter Island Drive #202
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 224-4774

Club Reviews:

"I took the Basic Keelboat course last fall and highly recommend it. The sailing instructors are extremely knowledgeable and -most important for a beginner class- patient. You will spend more money for this course, but you get more. By the end of the Basic Keelboat class you will know and have practiced all of the basics of sailing and feel confident in those skills. If you really want to learn to sail, this is the school for you."

";I have taken the Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, Intro and Advanced Racing courses at J World San Diego. The courses have been very professionally run, well organized and high quality, with lots of time on the water for practical experience and instruction. I would recommend this school for any type of sailing, but especially for performance!"

Marina Sailing Marina del Rey
4633 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 822-6617

Club Reviews:

"After being transferred to Los Angeles from Bemidji, Minnesota, my wife and I decided to learn to sail since we were now living near the ocean for the first time in our lives.. There were lots lakes near us back home but we had zero experience on the ocean. We found Marina Sailing on-line and after comparing them to other sailing schools we decided to give them a try and I'm glad we did! We signed up for their Complete Sailing Course at their Marina Del Rey location and in 3 months time we had our 2 ASA certifications and began chartering a beautiful Catalina 28. We really like the fact that we can book charters from their other locations in So Cal such as Channel Islands, Redondo Beach, Long Beach, and even San Diego. My wife and I are both very busy with our jobs and we really cherish our sailing time on the weekends. Occasionally we'll leave work early to take advantage of the discounted weekly rates. It never occurred to us that we could enjoy sailing so much without the expense of owning our own boat. The bonus was the entire Marina Sailing staff - they are very professional. The instructors were friendly, patient, and knowledgeable. We love our new sailing life in Southern California and we'll never go back to Minnesota under any circumstances! I would recommend Marina Sailing to anyone that is even considering learning to sail."

" I would also reccommend you have access to a boat so you can learn the course materials prior to class because there is little instruction/demonstration in class. And by all means make sure you can commit to at least 2 1/2-3 months to get your certifications. Other places split courses up. In hindsight, I would've went to a different company that only requires you to pay for and complete one certification at a time."

Blue Pacific Boating Club
13444 Bali Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Yacht Club Reviews:

"The day was absolutely incredible! We were just looking for a sailing experience where we didn't have to rely on ourselves, so having a crew to baby us was just what we needed for newbies. The boat was clean, people were nice and informative even though we probably got in the way a few times. We learned a lot and had a great time! Recommended to anyone interested in sailing who still needs help!"

"I'm glad I didn't read all these bad reviews before I chartered from Blue Pacific. I had a great experience. I chartered 'Dutch Courage' with a bunch of guys for a Mancation. Great boat. I thought Ruth and Capt Mike were fantastic and very organized. Ruth went out of her way to get us set up and they were very thorough with their checkout. I had a great experience with their company."

"I used them for the first time this past week and the management of the company changed a couple months ago. There were no women working there from what I could tell. We were greeted promptly and professionally, and we chartered a 50' boat with a skipper that they found for us on very short notice. Boat was fantastic and very clean, skipper was extremely professional and the whole afternoon went without a hitch."

OCSC sailing since 1979, Our mission is to teach people sailing , to nature and each other, simple- joy of sailing



One Spinnaker Way
Berkeley Marina
Berkeley, CA 94710, USA


- A World on the Waves

As a Chid I grew up around boats, every weekend was spent preparing the coder box for the day, making sure we all had the right clothing and the regular argument about where we were going to head off to.

We then woold travel in the car lo trie marina where the whole place would be alive with people going back and forth to their boats with supplies, or talking to the Harbour Master getting up to date information on the weather, women swapping their high heels for deck shoes whilst giving out instructions, men clearly not listening to anything the women were saying as they pulled down their baseball hats arid adjusted their sunglasses, al they wanted to do was lo get out onto the water. The marina was split into three types The fishermen, clearly defined by their general appearance and a cool box that resembled something from Fear Factor then you would have the motor cruisers, all very loud, engines running and revving from the very start of the day, loud conversations about where they would be dropping anchor for their champagne lunch and finally the sailors, serene from the start of the day to the end. If anyone thinks I am being a little unfair, let me just assure you that I was part of the motor cruisers who would look at the sailing boats and crave the peace that they offered.

The day would begin and everyone would set off. To see a sailing boat leave the harbour was. and still is. one of the most beautiful sights on the ocean The sails catch the wind, using nature as their fuel, as they cut through the water you can hear the ocean separate to allow it through. Everything about it is respectful, peaceful and Eco There is a real team spirit on a sailing boat, everyone has their job to do, rather than just one skipper and the usual argument about who would be 'steering' today. The people on the sailing boats would go about their jobs in a manner very close to a choreographed piece of ballet. No fuss just an awareness that everyone played a part, everyone was equally important.

When I discovered OCSC I spent hours going through their web site I loved it from the story that started the whole company to where it is today.

by Michael Spranger


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