Oakland Yacht Club
Club History
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Seascape Magazine (Public)


The Oakland Yacht Club, founded in 1913, is proud of its reputation as one of the friendliest clubs on the San Francisco Bay. Our Members and professional full-time staff take our reputation very seriously, and are always working to improve our Club. We always welcome prospective members and boaters from reciprocal Yacht Clubs to stop by and visit our facilities and meet our members and staff. Why not join us for a Friday night dinner?

As we completed our 100th Anniversary year, we were pleased to earn a Four Star Award from the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association. Oakland Yacht Club is located on the Island of Alameda, halfway down the Oakland Estuary, just east of Marina Village Yacht Harbor. Are you wondering how Oakland Yacht Club got to be in Alameda? Well, it is a great story, and the answer will be found later on in this message, so read on!

OYC Overview
In the meantime let me tell you more about OYC’s membership and activities. In addition to our reputation for friendliness and great staff, Oakland Yacht Club has a lot to offer the boating community. For starters, we have our own Club House and Marina. That puts us in pretty exclusive company, as we are one of only three clubs on the San Francisco Bay that can make that claim. With our own full-time Staff and Chef, we at OYC have the resources to provide an excellent yacht club experience for our members.

As a yacht club we offer many boating and social opportunities for members: 20+ races, 20+ cruise-outs, as well as 20+ social and educational events per year, not to mention the impromptu activities happening on a regular basis at OYC. To get a flavor for all the activities, check out our calendar as well as Racing, Social and Cruising tabs.

Our membership includes more than 230 single and family memberships, members cruising in exotic ports, and a full complement of competitive racers. OYC sponsors several sailboat races during the year, coordinates monthly local weekend power and sailboat cruise-outs to other Bay Area Yacht Clubs and anchorages and organizes several blue water trips as far South as the Monterey Peninsula.

Upstairs at OYC you’ll find our inviting bar, lounge, dining facilities, and outside decks – here is where much of the action takes place when you are not out on your boat. The views of the Estuary and the downtown Oakland skyline are spectacular, making our Commodores Hall very popular with members any time of the day or night. We serve meals Wednesday for Lunch, Friday for Dinner, Saturday for special Social Events, and Brunch on Sunday.  We are open for light dinners on Wednesdays during the Sweet Sixteen racing season.

Downstairs, the Regatta Room is a great place for a casual drop-in, as members wander in for coffee, to watch a game, or just hang out with other members as they come off their boats. The patio and BBQ area are just outside and host impromptu get-togethers as well.

Our club is also popular for outside catering events. If you are interested in hosting your own special event, please check out our Catering Services under the Dining tab.

Our Marina has 200 slips, from small 28’ berths up to 72’, with most in the 28’-42’ range. Our Marina also has great views; some slips have views all the way down the estuary. With our new 160’ guest dock, OYC offers excellent accommodations as well as a warm welcome to Bay Area Yacht Clubs coming to cruise in. At OYC we often have visitors from around the world who belong to reciprocal yacht clubs, and we frequently host boaters working their way from Alaska and Washington on their trips south to Mexico and beyond. Read more in our Marina tab.

Our Club was founded in 1913 and we can boast about the fact that Jack London was once a member of our Club, as well as a number of Bay Area historical notables. Of course, we were founded and located in Oakland for many years, up until 1977, on land owned by the Port of Oakland.

Over time, relations became strained between OYC and the Port. So in January 1977, OYC members voted to abandon the Oakland property and move to Alameda and locate at Pacific Marina. Virtually all members participated in the move, which included cutting loose OYC docks and towing the floats down the Estuary to the foot of Alameda's Triumph Street in the middle of the night, the story goes. A few of our members today were part of that historic move, as our most “senior” member has been with us since the mid-1950s. A couple of moves later, OYC came to its current location, more than 25 years ago.

If you are considering joining a yacht club, we would be delighted to share our story with you and invite you to see what OYC has to offer. Please stop by our Club House at 1101 Pacific Marina, Alameda, or call our General Manager, Benjamin Yamanaka, at (510) 522-6868, or email him at gm@oaklandyachtclub.com.

Keith Dines, Commodore 21'