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“ I enjoyed my lunch (Clippership Room) with a beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge to the left and Alcatraz to the right. ” in 14 reviews

Jay W.

“ Despite the perception of this place as a haven for middle-aged pretentious white guys, the vibe changes completely on regatta weekends. ” in 3 reviews

Doug E.

“ If you are not a member , then don't bother trying to get in cuz you'll get rolled out the front doors... ” in 22 reviews

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700 Marina Blvd

San Francisco, CA 94123

Broderick St & Baker St

Marina/Cow Hollow








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St. Francis Yacht Club is a private club known throughout the US and the world as one of the premier yacht clubs. Our clubhouse provides a boating and social venue for our members and their guests. It features large deep-water guest docks, outstanding dining and incredible vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. The Club’s annual calendar includes a variety of social events from theme parties, and winemaker dinners, to cruises both locally and far away. We host numerous world-class regattas every year, which bring sailors from all over the globe to test their skills on the challenging San Francisco Bay. We are also a very popular location for private events ranging from weddings to corporate meetings. Our classic clubhouse, stunning Bay views, outstanding cuisine and warm, welcoming service make us an ideal location to host memorable events. The Club is recognized as the #1 yacht club in the United States by Platinum Clubs of America and also received the distinction of BoardRoom Magazine's Distinguished Emerald Club Award. …

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I was an invited guest at this yacht club, and a seemingly racist member screamed at me. I was then kicked out. I attended a private event at St. Francis Yacht Club as an invited guest--my friend's company threw a small party to celebrate his move to San Francisco. After the event, we went to the bar area with some members of the yacht club and some non-members. After most people had left and I was having a quiet conversation with two friends at a table, and a woman from the bar came over, got in my face, and started yelling at me. She said that I was a socialist who supports Palestine and she knows that I'm not a member. My table of 3 people included the only 2 nonwhite people at the bar at this time, and we were talking about Burning Man and our summer plans. There was no mention of Palestine or socialism (although it would be our right to have a private conversation about these things if we wished to). The woman said she was from Ukraine and continued screaming at me about Palestine. I assume she targeted me because I'm a young-looking woman of color and fit the demographic of those who support Palestine. My partner, who is white, put out his arm to keep her back from me (she was really in my face) and then she started yelling at him for touching her. After a few minutes of her nonsensical screaming, the bartender came and tapped me on the shoulder. To my surprise, he asked me to leave the club! I asked why I was being asked to leave and he said that I had upset a member. The security guard then escorted us out, although he did privately tell me he thought her behavior was inappropriate, but he had to do whatever the members wanted. I am absolutely disgusted at this racist institution that allows its members to be dictators and use the staff to remove people they don't want in their club. I at no point raised my voice or used any offensive language, and I was still escorted out by security and this belligerent, screaming woman was allowed to remain at the club.

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St Francis Yacht Club Watching Blue Angels on a corp boat Fri 10/8/21 Would I have wanted to be a member of this private club? Sure, what's not to like one might ask? Would I have wanted to have my boat parked at San Francis Yacht Basin? Would I have wanted to own a boat in the first place? Here's the scoop of my personal experience. Stepping inside was a mistake. Yes, they have lunches in the Main Dining Room & Clippership Wed, Thur, Fri 12-2:30 pm and 11-2:30 pm on the weekends. Dinners served on the above mentioned days 5-7:30 pm. Grill Room Bar & Trophy Deck will offer you beverage service 5-9 pm Mon & Tue, 5 pm -12 am on Wed, Thur, Fri and beginning at noon till 12 am on the weekends. There was a special buffet lunch in the Main Dining room on the day of my visit, Friday Oct 8. The entrance hall is an expansive space with nicely appointed marine details, high-ceilinged, with gorgeous view of the body of water. A spiral staircase leading upstairs to Main Dining Room displays memorabilia along the walls. There are three intricate model boats on display behind glass covered case. That's where my experience had ended, abruptly. That's as far as I was able to advance. In search for the boat I've been invited to visit, you would think staff would direct you or at least offer help to locate someone who could. Wrong! You'd be irked and embarrassed instead, and asked to leave. After reading reviews I'm not surprised to have been treated this way, apparently Club members are not treated much better. Hospitality? What's that? Arrogance seems to be flying in the air. Polite inquiry here commands back a snooty disdain. Bloated sense of self importance will suffocate you instantly. By the way. I'm wearing Dolce jeans, Italian designer parka, Chrome Hearts eyewear, I'm presentable guy in collectors closing (although I hear they enforce a dress code of no jeans and require men to wear a jacket). Cheers? Not. Review #648 posted with 8 pictures on October 21, 2021 Invitation: San Francis Yacht Basin Marina & Broderick San Francisco St Francis Yacht Club Friday, October 8 at 1:00 PM to Saturday, October 9 at 4:00 PM Please drop by and join us for a casual open house on [boat name], located at the St Francis Yacht Club, and enjoy front row seats to the Blue Angels (they fly Friday and Saturday at 3pm; the boat will be open from noon to 6pm each day). Drinks and light snacks will be provided. Now I understand What you tried to say to me And how you suffered for your sanity And how you tried to set them free They would not listen, they did not know how Perhaps they'll listen now For they could not love you But still your love was true And when no hope was left in sight On that starry, starry night St Francis Yacht Club. San Francisco Fleet Week. Blue Angels 10/8/21

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I had an event there yesterday.. Pro: It was a perfect day for it and it was a great sight looking out the window capturing all the scenes of sailboats and the Golden Gate Bridge. I do like the layout of the room. Con: At the end of the event, some of the workers were taking food and told my mom we couldn't pack the food (my aunt in law and cousin in law bought) to take home! What in the world is this?! We pay you for the event and the delicious food but can't take it home?! Only to find out from another worker had told us you take it to the break room to eat!!!!!!!! This is unheard of and unacceptable! Do you really think that this is good business?! To me, that's really absurd! I've never NEVER had that happen to me! I hope you all understand that you are here to not to only throw events here but to treat your guests kindly. I don't understand why you didn't let us take food when (like I said above), you take it to the break room to only eat it after we gave you the money to be here and enjoy this day! It was the first and the last time I'm coming here since this made me feel less than a guest. I'm not coming here to be all petty but seriously, do better on this.

Layout of the table and scene of the Golden Gate Bridge

Layout of the table and scene of the Golden Gate Bridge

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Over the years I have had many memorable meals and enjoyed exceptional events at this beautiful club. However, an incident on Friday night was beyond the pale. Three of us (2 Asian women and a Caucasian man) were chatting and laughing next to the dessert table at the seafood buffet. I was in a blue cocktail dress, our host in a dinner jacket, and our friend was dressed in black. A member, Mrs. Miller, barged in on our conversation glaring us, shouting "What is this, a cocktail party? My husband still waiting for his coffee!" The three of us were shocked and as our jaws hit the ground, she continued, "Don't you work here?!" I managed to blurt out "No!" Mrs. Miller stormed off without her coffee. A bit later, staff who witnessed this confrontation apologized to us and said this was normal for this particular member. I hope someone reports her to the club and she gets called out on her racism. Even if I had been staff, abusing the people who work there cannot be acceptable. She ruined an otherwise wonderful evening.

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Our group dined here for lunch today, and it was great. The views were spectacular and the food was very good.

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World class yacht club just at the entrance to the golden gate. Beautiful view from every window. And they organize some amazing events.

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What a charming event space! Came here for an event during the nighttime and the location was absolutely amazing. The Yacht club hosts absolutely gorgeous views of the Golden Gate and the rolling mountains of San Francisco. Their private beach is also very secluded and quiet. Not sure if its considered private property but would definitely recommend checking it out. The food was also pretty good. The brownies and the blondies were both amazing, not too sweet with walnuts on the inside. I would stray from the chocolate chip cookies though, seems like a store bought item rather than a homemade one. The other little pastries were delicious, especially the steak crostini. Yum! Definitely recommend hosting events here for the amazing views and the good food. Also the venue is just absolutely spectacular. No complaints here!

View outside the club

View outside the club

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What a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marina waters! I was in awe when looking about and it was near sunset so the natural colors were wonderful. In terms of the Yacht Club, nice dining area and upstairs open bar lounge. Live music was happening. Cash only at the bar. It was a classic kind of vibe attending an event here. More like behave and be proper than get rowdy! It was fun.

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This is probably one of the few two star reviews you're going to see. The problem with the restaurant isn't the food all the food is completely over priced they ding you with all kinds of different fees. So you get a couple of drinks and a couple of entrées and you pay over 100 bucks. That's not the problem. The problem is we are members of yacht club and they kept us there for 45 minutes because they had to call over to see if we were actually members of the yacht club. Even with the membership cards. They embarrassed us, the snippy little millennial in front was nasty and rude. I was even more embarrassed because it was my sailor's birthday and he was very embarrassed as well. You cant judge a book by its cover and I'm sorry we are not wearing Gucci and Louis Vuitton but we are the members of the same as everybody else's The only reason it's getting to starters for the view which is probably the most beautiful in the bay.

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I've been here a few times now, always for an event, celebration, or just simply yachting our with friends. We always had a great time. Love the wall of fame here, decorated in photos of rich history of this club through out the hall ways and lounge. The ocean view, on a nice day, take you to the San Francisco Bay and under near the famous Golden Gate Bridge, you can't get any better than that. The service is good, the food is fair, and the vibe is not as snobby as it could be. Parking can be a challenged on special days/events so plan it ahead accordingly. And always bring layers when you are here even on a sunny day! This part of town is always 8-10 degree cooler than SoMa or the Embarcadero/The SF Giants Ball Park.

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St. Francis Yacht Club         On the Marina. San Francisco, CA 94123 Phone: 415.563.6363            Fax 415.563.6670        
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In San Francisco, It’s Rich Club, Poor Club

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By John Branch

  • Sept. 4, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO — Twenty years ago, before its failing finances were rescued by the billionaire Larry Ellison and before it won the America’s Cup, the Golden Gate Yacht Club was just a forlorn building at the end of a quarter-mile jetty. To get there, its members had to pass by the exclusive St. Francis Yacht Club, one of the most prestigious in the world.

The Golden Gate and the St. Francis shared the best views of the bay — the Golden Gate Bridge to the left, Alcatraz to the right, the city perched on hills behind. But in the cloistered world of yacht clubs, they could not have been more different.

The 200 or so Golden Gate members had a key to the building, which meant that its bar was subject to the honor system, but never to last call.

“So you left Union Street with a beautiful lady,” said Bill O’Keeffe, a member since 1972. “And you’d say, ‘How’d you like to come down to my yacht club?’ ”

Dues were $25 a month. Dancing atop the bar was encouraged. Friday night parties sometimes ended with swims in the boat marina, though not always in swim attire — or attire of any kind. Members occasionally lobbed water balloons or shot water guns at boats entering or exiting the marina, especially those flying the colors of the St. Francis.

“It had prestige,” O’Keeffe said of the neighboring club. “We actually shunned prestige.”

That became hard to do when Ellison walked away from negotiations with the St. Francis, where he was a member, to sponsor his quest to win the America’s Cup in 2003. Ellison soon accepted a desperate plea from Norbert Bajurin, the owner of a radiator-repair shop in San Francisco, to join the nearly bankrupt Golden Gate next door.

And when that combination won yachting’s biggest prize in Valencia, Spain, in 2010, on Ellison’s third try, the Golden Gate Yacht Club became the sixth — and unlikeliest — winner in the trophy’s 160-year history.

Golden Gate 1, St. Francis 0.

That day in Spain, Ellison stood behind Bajurin and put his hand on his shoulder as they awaited the winner’s news conference.

“I could feel his beard on me, and I could feel his breath,” Bajurin said. “And he said, ‘I wonder what the St. Francis is thinking now.’ ”

When the 34th America’s Cup begins on Saturday, pitting Ellison’s Oracle Team USA against Emirates Team New Zealand in a best-of-17 series that could last two weeks, the Golden Gate and the St. Francis will sit, side by side, sharing the best views of the races on San Francisco Bay.

In the coming weeks, if the trophy is successfully defended, it will be carried to a party at the little clubhouse at the end of the spit. But first, it will pass the large yacht-club home of corporate titans and Olympic sailors, past a club with an esteemed history of winning every major sailing race in the world, except the biggest one.

Let’s Make a Deal

The St. Francis had attempted to win the America’s Cup in 2000. The member Paul Cayard skippered AmericaOne into the finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup, a sort of semifinal to determine who would challenge the defending champion in the America’s Cup. AmericaOne lost.

By then, Ellison, the founder and chief executive of Oracle, had built his résumé with major sailing victories for a team that he financed and sometimes skippered. He bought the assets from the AmericaOne team with the intention of creating the top challenger from the United States for the next America’s Cup, in 2003.

It was presumed that the St. Francis, which Ellison had joined several years earlier, would shepherd his quest. Negotiations were sticky. The two sides were unwilling to cede too much control.

The club wanted to name the boat. It refused to guarantee that Ellison, should his team win the America’s Cup, would be chosen to defend it if and when the race went to San Francisco Bay. It rejected a request to form a board within the St. Francis board of directors that would exclusively handle matters related to the America’s Cup.

Bajurin and other members of the Golden Gate Yacht Club heard whispers and read news media accounts of the failing negotiations. The club was $453,000 in debt.

“Everybody was having a good time, and no one was paying attention to the books,” Bajurin said.

Keys were collected. Booze was locked up. Food service was eliminated. Desperate for cash, the club talked of adding a vending machine, because it might bring in $300 a month. Members who had not quit were asked to advance money to save the club. Some paid. More quit.

Bajurin and other club officers debated whether to place the Golden Gate in bankruptcy or to shutter it entirely. With nothing to lose, Bajurin tried to reach Ellison at Oracle. He never heard back. He found an e-mail address for Bill Erkelens, who led Ellison’s sailing team.

“Golden Gate Yacht Club Available,” he wrote in the subject line. “Our club may be your answer.”

The response came the next day. Erkelens wanted to talk.

“I remember looking at that e-mail for almost two hours, thinking you’ve got to be kidding me,” Bajurin said. “They responded!”

A deal was signed less than three months later, in early 2001. For Ellison, it gave him a club willing to acquiesce to his requests, a club with a location as good as that of the St. Francis.

“We were very flexible, and very broke,” said Ron Matlin, the Golden Gate’s longtime accountant.

The deal saved the Golden Gate. Ellison and his team of 100 immediately joined the yacht club — each paying the $1,000 membership fee and a year’s worth of $90-per-month dues. Bills were slowly paid. Debts were eased. Membership grew again. The clubhouse was spruced up.

“If we hadn’t done the Oracle deal, the club wouldn’t be here,” Matlin said. “No question.”

Ellison is one of the world’s richest people. Bajurin is a Croatian immigrant, more of a fisher than a sailor, a former police officer who took over his father’s radiator shop and now has nine employees. He drives a Nissan truck.

Their unusual pairing spawned a book — “The Billionaire and the Mechanic,” by the San Francisco Chronicle reporter Julian Guthrie — published this year. And it brought the America’s Cup to San Francisco Bay for the first time, right in front of two clubs that share one spit.

Worlds Apart

Both clubs have been decked out for a summer’s worth of warm-up races. The narrow parking lot between them holds temporary bleachers facing the bay, backing to the boat-filled marina they share.

Visitors might not ascertain which club is hosting the event, even if they were allowed inside the ultra-private St. Francis. Past the signs instructing guests to stay outside until escorted in by a member and past the security desk, a large model of Ellison’s 72-foot America’s Cup catamaran sits in the lobby. There are viewing parties during races. The club’s Web site offers “America’s Cup Information” just above the pronouncement that it was recently named the No. 1 yacht club in the country.

If there is America’s Cup envy, the signs are not obvious.

“No one says it,” Brian Madden, a rare member of both clubs, said of the St. Francis. “But you know it’s there. You can sense it.”

He sometimes wears a Golden Gate Yacht Club sweater into the St. Francis, receiving some playful jeers. “It’s like winning the Super Bowl,” Madden said. “We could have had it, but we just gave it to the other team.”

Members of both clubs said there was no hostility between the two. Rivalries are usually between equals, and no one believes that the St. Francis and the Golden Gate have ever been the same thing, beyond location and an affection for open water.

The St. Francis has roughly 2,300 members, and initiation fees — kept private — are said to be as high as $30,000, less for younger prospects as it tries to attract a more youthful crowd. It is not unlike a fancy golf or tennis country club, with a marina and bay view instead of courts and grass. (And, a few hours away by boat on the San Joaquin River, is club-owned Tinsley Island, with full facilities and space for 100 boats.)

Cellphones are not permitted. Neither are hats. It has a full dining room — jackets required — and its kitchen might be larger than the entire 7,000 square feet of the Golden Gate. There is a relatively casual bar and grill on the lower level, and a sprawling mix of rooms — a chart room built like an estate library, meeting rooms paneled in dark wood, walls lined with trophies and boat models and historic photographs and paintings. There is a gift shop. The lower level has locker rooms, a workout room and a sauna. There are set hours each day, and the schedule is flush with regattas, dinners, auctions and wine tastings.

In the fiscal year ending Nov. 30, 2011, it had revenue of $12.9 million, according to Internal Revenue Service filings.

The Golden Gate, by comparison, reported revenue of about $662,000 in 2011. Membership has grown to about 425. Initiation fees are about $2,500, and monthly dues are $125.

“They’re 10 times the size,” the longtime Golden Gate member Ned Barrett said of the St. Francis. “And have 10 times the resources.”

Amid its newfound prestige — no longer shunned, but sheepishly noted — the Golden Gate tries to cling to its blue-collar sensibilities. Gone, perhaps, are the days when a member’s birthday would be greeted by a woman jumping from a cake — one a few years ago then moved to the roof to promote and sell her various talents — but members hope to retain its sleepy, everybody-knows-your-name personality. Hours of operation are flexible. The general manager Bob Mulhern will close the doors at night if there is no one around. Some days, only a few members stop by.

The building was closed for several months this year and renovated in time for the America’s Cup crowds, with new floors, furniture and an elevator, mostly. Still, jeans are allowed. So are cellphones and hats. And while dancing atop the bar occurs with less frequency, it is still welcomed.

“At the St. Francis, you would be put on probation for six months,” said John Yelda, a well-known charter-boat captain and sailboat racer who is a member of both clubs.

Yelda keeps his boats in the marina behind the clubs. (One way to tell club members apart? Golden Gate members are the ones working on their boats; St. Francis members usually hire someone else, several people said, only half joking.) His routine often includes an afternoon beer at the Golden Gate and dinner at the St. Francis.

“We have two yacht clubs, side by side,” Yelda said. “This is a blessing.”

The difference, to him, is one of taste.

“The Golden Gate is like a little boutique hotel,” Yelda said. “It’s very friendly, small, intimate. Everybody knows you. St. Francis Yacht Club is more like a Four Seasons hotel. It has a lot more members, and has exquisite service. You don’t know everyone there, but the staff knows you.”

Madden, a 45-year-old electrician, joined the Golden Gate 20 years ago, when he was single and had a hand-me-down boat he bought for $4,500. He joined the St. Francis 10 years later, where he subsequently married, where his children celebrate birthdays, and where the family eats formal holiday meals at Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

People with a lot of money, Madden said, merely want the nicest things. That goes for houses, cars and yacht clubs.

“If you have the money, you’re not going to the Golden Gate,” he said. “You’re going to run to the St. Francis.”

But not everyone. David Anderman is a weekend sailor and the general manager for Lucasfilm. He has been credited with negotiating the company’s $4 billion acquisition by Disney in 2012. Married with two daughters, ages 9 and 11, Anderman looked carefully at both clubs a couple of years ago before choosing the Golden Gate.

“Really, it’s all about where you want to be and who you want to be with,” he said.

His family sat at a table nearby, overlooking the sailboats racing on the bay. Out the corner window, they could see the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance and the St. Francis Yacht Club next door.

“It doesn’t hurt that it’s the home of the America’s Cup,” Anderman said. “I have to say, half the time you come out, they’ve got the America’s Cup trophy sitting right there.”

He scrolled through his phone and showed photographs he had taken with the three-foot trophy, made of sterling silver in 1848.

Bajurin stood near the bar, grinning with pride. The day’s races were soon over, but the day’s 120 members and guests were in no hurry to leave.

“Look at these guys,” he said. “They’re having the time of their lives. They’ve got the America’s Cup.”

His smiling eyes filled with tears.

“Right now, we’re running with it,” Bajurin said. “We’re having a good time. If we lose, yeah, we’ll be sad. But we’ll always be part of history.”

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How Much Do Yacht Club Memberships Cost? (5 Helpful Examples)

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Joining a yacht club is an important milestone in your life. It marks a certain degree of success and allows you to enjoy plenty of luxurious amenities. Setting sail on a yacht is the ultimate way to unwind from a hectic work week while you try to climb the corporate ladder.

Fortunately, there are yacht clubs all over the country that would love to welcome you as a brand-new member. You can enjoy an afternoon on the water with a beautiful yacht in exchange for a small sum of money.

But how much do Yacht Club memberships generally cost?

Prices for Yacht Clubs will vary based on your location, the fleet, and even the amenities that are offered at the marina. The average annual membership price is between $900-$4,000 depending on your level of luxury and needs.

To give you an idea of what you could expect to pay for your yacht club membership, here are some numbers gathered from across the country:

Yacht Club Annual Dues
Charleston Yacht Club $900
Florida Yacht Club $3,288
Atlanta Yacht Club $900
Chicago Yacht Club $3,690
California Yacht Club $3,144

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What Does Each Yacht Club Offer?

Each yacht club is going to offer something that sets it apart from the others on this listing. To give you a better idea of where your money is going, here is a brief synopsis of what you can expect at each location.

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Charleston Yacht Club

Charleston is a premier cruising destination with plenty of waterways for you to explore. They offer a launch hoist, dry slips, day dockage, free parking, and a long list of events scheduled throughout the year.

You also gain privileges at other yacht clubs around the world. If you don’t own your own yacht, they have plenty of members who often have room on their boats to accommodate a few extra passengers.

Florida Yacht Club

The Florida Yacht Club is a relatively exclusive club that features amazing amenities like fine dining and an array of aquatic activities.

You can play tennis, enjoy a spa treatment or massage, or get in a rousing game of croquet from the shore. They also host events and permit you to extend your privileges to other locations scattered around the Florida coast.

Atlanta Yacht Club

The Atlanta Yacht Club is primarily geared toward sailors who are interested in racing. They have a fleet of more than thirty different boats that are designed to help you further your knowledge of sailing.

If you still have a lot to learn, you can even take classes at this location. Prospective members must be sponsored and co-sponsored by two club members for entrance.

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Chicago Yacht Club

Members of the Chicago Yacht Club will find plenty of opportunities to get involved. With more than forty different committees, you can find a circle of friends that have common interests beyond just sailing and racing.

You also receive transient docking at both the Belmont and Monroe harbors, exclusive invites to private events, and reciprocity at more than 900 clubs across the country.

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California Yacht Club

The California Yacht Club is home to both national and world championship regattas.

They host plenty of events from scuba club to book club to wine tastings. If you want to find a true community of like-minded sailors, this could be the place for you.

One of the best features is the reciprocity at locations not just across the United States but across the world. You can feel free to travel the world with your yacht and experience some of the same fellowship globally.

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What are the Cheapest Yacht Clubs?

The cheapest yacht clubs charge just under $1,000 per year for membership. While this does give you access to different types of experiences, you may be disappointed by the overall amenities.

Some yacht clubs are known for their extravagant country club styles that help you to embrace a particular lifestyle. They include Olympic-sized swimming pools, state-of-the-art tennis courts, and fine dining.

Everything has a beautiful waterfront view. It can feel like you are in the middle of an idyllic paradise without ever even having to leave the shore. If this is what you can gain from the most expensive yacht clubs, you should set your expectations much lower for the cheaper yacht clubs.

The cheaper yacht clubs lack the community aspect of these exclusive options. They feature dry slips and the occasional party, but not much more.

Some of them may have the feel of a county park with some picnic benches, outdoor grills, and a moderately sized swimming pool. Expect a much more casual atmosphere when you choose to go with a cheaper yacht club.

It is even possible that they are simply “paper yacht clubs” that do not even maintain a physical building of their own.

How Much Do the Most Expensive Yacht Clubs Cost to Join?

The most expensive yacht clubs can vary a great deal in price. Most of them will cost between $3,000 and $4,000 per year. However, you can certainly find more exclusive clubs that will cost above and beyond this.

Keep in mind that these more expensive clubs generally are not open to the public. They are offered by invitation only and you must have a member sponsor you to be considered for entrance.

When you are paying for a more expensive yacht club, you should make sure that you are really going to get your money’s worth. These expensive clubs promote a certain type of elegant lifestyle.

Make sure that you are planning to take advantage of all the amenities available from one of these clubs before you sink too much money into the membership fees. The social aspect of these expensive yacht clubs is extremely important.

If you plan to simply rent a boat from time to time, you might be able to go with a cheaper yacht club.

Related Article: How Long Do Sailboats Last?

What Is Generally Included in the Membership Fee for Yacht Clubs?

Have you been wondering why you should join a yacht club? Many potential members want to know what they can expect from their membership fees before they commit to a year-long contract. There are many advantages to signing up for a membership with a well-known yacht club.

Amenities and Activities

First and foremost, you get access to activities and cruises planned by board members. These might be various sailing activities, dinners, get-togethers, tennis matches, or other events that take up a lazy Sunday afternoon.

You also gain access to any amenities that surround the yacht club’s marina. For many programs, this means a fitness center, pool, and tennis courts. Several locations also offer fine dining, meeting rooms, and more.

It is like a private oasis where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the regular world. Time moves slowly when you’re enjoying the amenities here.

Many yacht clubs have programs that introduce children (and adults!) to sailing. Take classes to learn more about improving your technique, sailing safety, and other important aspects of life on the open water.

Access to the Fleet

The main reason why most people join yacht clubs is to be able to rent out boats instead of purchasing their own. Joining a yacht club may give you access to an entire fleet of yachts that can be reserved for a day or weeks at a time. Some yacht clubs allow you to rent boats for up to ten days at a time.

Others do not allow you to rent out ships. They are primarily geared toward individuals who already own a yacht or will own a yacht in the future. Make sure you know the difference in advance.

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Are There any Additional Costs Besides the Membership Fees?

Unfortunately, the membership fees are not the only cost associated with joining a yacht club. Most of the clubs in the United States also have a one-time initial fee that tends to cost thousands of dollars. Many will range from $1,500 to $5,000 depending on the location and the exclusivity of the yacht club.

This one-time fee should be the only additional money you pay except for fuel. Most yacht clubs do not cover the cost of the fuel used in the ship during your rental if renting is an option. Be prepared for what this could cost you.

If you cause damage to the ship, you can also expect some out-of-pocket costs. Insurance should cover the damage, but you will likely be asked to cover the cost of the deductible.

Be sure to inquire about how much you may be on the hook for before you sign up for any particular yacht club. Accidents can happen, even to the most experienced sailors. Make sure that you can afford the mishap in advance.

Is a Yacht Club Membership Right for You?

Understanding what the real cost of a yacht club membership is can be the first step toward determining if this is right for you. Many people love the luxuries available through the more expensive yacht clubs, but they may not be able to afford it. Consider what is most important in a club to you before deciding to sign on the dotted line for an annual membership.

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How Many are in Yacht Clubs, vs. Marinas?

  • Thread starter rhodyboater
  • Start date Sep 27, 2009

Are you in a yacht club or a marina?

I plan to change next season, i plan to stay where i am.

  • Total voters 192
  • Sep 28, 2009

Nacho Boat

For me, it's neither. I enjoy trailering my boat wherever I want to my boating costs are less.:thumbsup:  

  • Sep 29, 2009



I belong to a yacht club. Based on my limited experience, yacht clubs tend to be cheaper than comparable marinas. Chesapeake Yacht Club, where I stay, is a not for profit corporation. There's no owner making money off of you. Slips, meals, fuel, etc. all cost me what it costs the club. I love it. IMO, the only better deal out there is a condominium marina where you own your slip, but those are rarer that straight yacht clubs.  

Bill Gillespie

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It depends on location. In the Cal Bay Area joining a yacht club is expensive. The Delta Yacht Club in The San Joaquin river is $2500 for initiation and $300 per month. The St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco is $22,000 and $500 per month. Neither provides a slip. We joined the Northern Cal Sea Ray Club and it is a good compromise. We stay at a great marina, Willowberm, with everything but a pool. Bill  


Air Defense Dept

I voted Marina - but there is a restaurant/bar - it's on a military base. I love it. I have a $1million dollar view, am pretty well protected, and on floating docks. It's pretty quiet.  


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What is a Yacht club???? Are you required to drink from a glass with your little finger sticking out? Marina has bottled beer...No glass required!:smt038 Does a City harbor count? I am hoping to be here some day. City of Whittier Alaska Harbor where the wait list 5-8 years long.  


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Captain Allen

Yacht Club here. Great bunch of guys, nothing fancy, no employees at the club, we run it ourselves so the dues are cheap. But the waiting list for membership is long, 64 on the list with an average annual turnover of about 4 or 5.  

It's the Marina for me...about a mile from my Home. Freshwater and covered...good docks and good friends helping each other. Just a lock away from the Sound...  

  • Sep 30, 2009


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Hey Tony, i belong to a town marina here on Long Island. it is about half the price of the local private marinas, has 24 hour security, a bay beachfront town park with new playground equip for the kids and several eateries within walking distance. and it is almost always a social event when i go to the boat as most of the people are very friendly here. Definitely staying!!! Todd  

Nacho Boat said: For me, it's neither. I enjoy trailering my boat wherever I want to my boating costs are less.:thumbsup: Click to expand...


I have to agree with John. We spend much more time in the slip than we do out on the water. When we are ready to go out..........4 minutes !  


Aside from getting my question answered (thank you) I'm getting an interesting account of what people seem to think of yacht clubs. I only know the personality of mine and I can tell you it is not snooty at all. It's definitely a workingman's club with low drink prices, a pool table, great bar and a 40 foot long deck overlooking the bay. Pub menu available every day, nice buffet once a week during the season. Populated by an even mix of sailors and powerboaters. Shuttle service for moorings of course, about 100 slips, so not too far to walk. Only problem is it's landlocked with scarce parking, no fuel station, no launch, no storage (at least we have a pump out station) and it's in the upper part of the bay, which isn't the best quality water. The marinas have everything we don't have and are located further south in cleaner water. But from what I can tell by your responses, the marina people are just as friendly...maybe more I'll be thinking my choices over carefully.  

Get another slip down South on a trial basis while you keep the one you have. May be a worthwhile investment to see which one suits you best.  

endless seas

Yacht club,but less issues in a marina.  

  • Mar 10, 2010

I think it is a good idea for people without a boat or a yacht to join a boat club as you can use the boats that are there in the club for a minimal fee. You will even have to pay a monthly membership fee to the club. This may seem better for some people as you have to spend a lot more more on the maintenance of a boat if you have one.  

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rhodyboater said: Aside from getting my question answered (thank you) I'm getting an interesting account of what people seem to think of yacht clubs. I only know the personality of mine and I can tell you it is not snooty at all. It's definitely a workingman's club with low drink prices, a pool table, great bar and a 40 foot long deck overlooking the bay. Pub menu available every day, nice buffet once a week during the season. Populated by an even mix of sailors and powerboaters. Shuttle service for moorings of course, about 100 slips, so not too far to walk. Only problem is it's landlocked with scarce parking, no fuel station, no launch, no storage (at least we have a pump out station) and it's in the upper part of the bay, which isn't the best quality water. The marinas have everything we don't have and are located further south in cleaner water. But from what I can tell by your responses, the marina people are just as friendly...maybe more I'll be thinking my choices over carefully. Click to expand...


I am a member of a marina. I probably would enjoy more interaction with fellow boaters, but there are a few nice people near my slip. We have a pool, a store for supplies, a grill "shed" and a first class maintenance staff. All in all, i'm happy, but would like spending more time with people who share the same interests.... Rich  


Never belonged to a club, but my buddy had. HE left the club and came to my marina. The marina is what I call a blue collar marina. Most of the people work on their boats, chat with one another, help each other, and yes, sometimes it can take hours to get that 100' to the boat.  



Westerly Yacht Club for me. Club is ran almost entirely by the members. We have a first class marina with cement docks, cable, and 50 amp service. Largest boats are 50 footers.  

  • Mar 11, 2010

First marina had a yacht club that you automatically became a member of with clubhouse and outdoor grill facilities. However the marina was poorly maintained, no fuel dock and the folks on my dock camped out in lawn chairs and drank all day rairly going out on their boats. Not our cup of tea. Second marina was quite nice with a yacht club that was separate from the marina with a club house. Membership was a few hundred dollars I believe and they did have some social functions. Problem with the marina was it was essentially a "Carver Country Club" where if you didn't have a larger boat you were not "worthy." Staff were extremely nice but tenants were not. Current new marina is separate from the yacht club which we joined for $150 to meet new people. They have no clubhouse but sponsor several social events covered by the dues and have some boating activities. Marina has concrete lined dock pools with a paver walk surround with stone picnic tables, floating docks with 101 slips. Most folks have their own grills, lawn furniture and some have covered gazebos. There is a swimming pool for which requires a $300 membership and there is a restaurant, fuel dock, maintenance shop and dock store. The only true yacht club I am aware of on the Illinois River near Chicago is in Ottawa that has its own marina but is about 45 miles further down the river from us which is why we didn't even consider it.  

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What’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions yacht clubs?

Do you think about the America’s Cup or about Dr. I. M. Rich sipping Dom Perignon and eating caviar while playing in the water with his million-dollar toy?

Do you think about the Congressional Cup and other regattas or about some millionaire drifting along in I Have More Money Than You, a mile-long boat with more luxuries than some Caribbean nations?

The stereotype of yachting as a rich man’s sport exists, although yachtsmen say it is, in many cases, unwarranted.

Despite their protests, however, yachting continues to be perceived as the stuffy sport of the pretentious--so much so, in fact, that the United States Yachting Assn., yachting’s governing body, has been trying to change its name to the U.S. Sailing Assn. in an effort to escape the perception and attract more members.

In reality, however, yacht clubs, as do the members and their boats, come in all shapes and sizes--although there isn’t quite as much variety in the sport’s color, lily-white.

Yes, there are ritzy, ostentatious clubs but there are also modest, uncomplicated ones. In fact, of the 73 yacht clubs in Southern California, you can find one that is ideally suited for Thurston B. Howell III and then, just across the marina, another that is perfect for Gilligan.

There is, for example, the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, which keeps its membership fees confidential, reasoning that if you have to ask, you can’t afford it. And then there is the South Bay Yacht Racing Club, which charges only $35 annually and gives members a $10 discount if they work actively in the club.

There is the Catalina Island Yacht Club--with its $6,000 initiation fee, $600 annual fee and a five-year waiting list--which refuses to share its popular facility in Avalon with other clubs. And then there is the Belmont Shore Sailing Assn.--$15 initiation fee, $20 annual fee, no waiting list--which doesn’t even have a facility to share.

There is the Long Beach Yacht Club, which has a state-of-the-art facility, complete with a spacious room for wedding receptions and a ballroom in which live orchestras entertain every weekend. And then there is the Los Angeles Yacht Club, which has little more than 40 blue plastic chairs for meetings and which is sandwiched between a federal prison and a tuna cannery that gives off a pungent odor.

There are big clubs such as the California Yacht Club with its 1,225 members, and small ones such as the Buccaneer Yacht Club with its 70. There are formal clubs such as the San Diego Yacht Club, which requires two sponsors and six references, and informal ones such as the Pierpont Bay Yacht Club, which has a rule against neckties.

There are specialty clubs such as the Cerritos Bahia Yacht Club, consisting of all powerboaters, and diverse ones such as the Chula Vista Yacht Club, which is 43% powerboaters, 29% percent sailboaters and 28% non-boat owners.

“The average yacht club member is offended by the stereotype,” said Paul Frazier, who next year will become the Long Beach club’s commodore, or highest ranking officer. “There are all sorts of clubs, ranging from full-service clubs with fancy restaurants to so-called paper clubs, which own little more than a post-office box.”

For the most part, paper clubs are designed for those of average income. They usually have modest fees and, although they do not have facilities, they often use those of the bigger clubs through reciprocal privileges offered by clubs in the Southern California Yachting Assn. There are 17 paper clubs in the 73-member SCYA, 14 of which have fewer than 100 members.

“I started in yachting in an eight-foot boat,” said Harold Romberg, commodore of the 43-member Marina Yacht Club of Long Beach. “I moved up to a 14-foot boat and thought it was a huge boat. I was king of the sea. This is about fun, not money.”

Ironically, however, the most popular clubs are also the more expensive ones.

For example, although it is unusual for a club with an initiation fee of less than $1,500 to have a waiting list at all, the 1,100-member San Diego Yacht Club, which has an initiation fee of up to $10,000, has a four-year wait just to get an application. And there usually is another year’s wait after that. Likewise, the 500-member Del Rey Yacht Club, which also has an initiation fee of $10,000, has a waiting list of more than three years.

“We don’t need any more members,” said Joan Semper, manager of the Del Rey Yacht Club. “We don’t need John Q. Public standing at the door, wanting to mingle with some of our wealthy and famous guests.”

About that stereotype . . .

“There is a lot of arrogance in this sport,” said Vic Pollard, commodore of the Westlake Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. “There is a snobbiness, and it is even stronger in some of the bigger clubs that get an elitist attitude because of their wealth and possessions.”

Perhaps that atmosphere explains why yacht clubs have so few black members. David Poe, editor of a monthly Southern California sailing magazine, estimates that there are “less than a dozen blacks” who belong to area yacht clubs, a surprisingly low number considering that there are more than 20,000 SCYA members overall.

There are other minorities heavily represented--Asians, for example--but blacks are almost entirely absent. In fact, many commodores say that Poe’s less-than-a-dozen estimate might even be a little high.

The common explanation is that blacks simply don’t apply, but Larry Ambrose, commodore of the Belmont Shore Sailing Assn., offers another. “Blacks have not gotten into this sport, and I would say it’s because they are not warmly received,” Ambrose said.

Although his 94-member club doesn’t have any black members, Ambrose said it’s because they haven’t applied, and that they would be welcome if they did.

Said Willis Edwards, president of the Beverly Hills-Hollywood branch of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People: “It is a silent, unspoken code, not blatant racism. In order to get into a club, you have to be invited into it. You have to know people. Will a white person sponsor a black person?”

Nathan Johnson, a pharmacist, and his wife, Dorothy, are the only black members in the 1,225-member California Yacht Club. Their 21-year-old son, Eric, is also applying for membership and the Johnsons say they have never encountered any instances of racism.

But Dorothy does offer an explanation as to why there are so few black members.

“Perhaps black people are going on past information and rumors concerning rejection of minorities in those places,” she said. “But we have been very well accepted.”

Some other Yacht club members agreed with Ambrose, saying that that blacks simply don’t apply for membership and that they would be welcome if they did. Other explanations for the lack of blacks include that yachting is too expensive and that inner-city black children haven’t been brought up on yachting.

There have been, however, other kinds of blatant discrimination in yachting. Less than a year ago, for example, women weren’t allowed in the bar area of the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, one of the most prestigious clubs in the United States. And even today, women aren’t allowed in the bar at the New York Yacht Club, perhaps the nation’s most prestigious club.

Here in the Southland, in nearly any yacht club, prominently displayed are pictures of white male commodores, past and present, lined up on the wall, usually right next to the shrine-like glass cases where the racing trophies are kept.

The California Yacht Club is an exception. There hangs a picture of Betta Mortarotti, who this year became the first female commodore of a major yacht club.

“Stepping into a man’s world is quite a big step,” she said. “For many years this was a sport for rich males, but that has changed in the last 10 years.”

Mortarotti is at least half right. Yacht clubs are still dominated by males, but they are no longer necessarily dominated by rich males. Although there are many yachtsmen like Roy Disney, owner of a 50-foot and a 70-foot boat, there are also many like Matthew Portz, owner of no boat.

Portz said he used to own a boat but can’t afford one now, so he simply continues to spend his free time at the Long Beach Yacht Club soaking in the sun and the atmosphere, just as he used to do when he had a boat.

Portz, a retired aerospace worker, may be something of an extreme case, but so, too, are the members with million-dollar boats.

The average yacht club member, according to the SCYA, owns a boat 24 feet or shorter, although there are boats as small as eight feet and as large as 120. The SCYA estimates that the average yacht club member has owned his boat for more than five years and that it is worth less than $8,000. Also, the average cost to join a non-paper club is $1,913 for initiation fees and $76 a month.

It costs about $5,000 for a good, used sailboat in the 20- to 30-foot range. Powerboats of the same size can cost up to twice as much, but sailboat owners make up more than 65% of Southern California yacht club members.

More than the club or boat costs, however, it is the upkeep that usually drowns the modest-income members in expenses. Rent for an aquatic parking space, known as a slip, costs about $8 monthly per foot of boat, so a 25-foot sailboatcosts about $200 a month to park. “Slip costs are what is sort of pushing the little guy out,” said Frazier, the Long Beach commodore-to-be. “Slip rates have been going up much faster than inflation rates, more at the rate of medical insurance.”

Slips, in fact, have become so expensive that many people try to get the most out of them by doing what is known as slip sailing--that is, using the boat to get some sun, or simply to get out of the house, without ever leaving the slip.

Other people, as did 16 members of the California Yacht Club, simply sell their houses and live on their boats year-round.

“We raised five children and always lived in spacious houses with swimming pools,” said Bunny Rippel, who lives with her husband, Bob, in a cramped 41-foot powerboat. “We gave the kids everything and moved into the boat, and we’ve loved it.

“It’s a marvelous way of life, to be surrounded by neighbors who are, so to speak, in the same boat. And, hell, we look at our beautiful back yard and don’t even have to cut the lawn anymore.”

There are other ways for rank-and-file yacht club members to cut the costs. Many yachtsmen cut corners by simply storing their boats on trailers at home, avoiding slip expenses. They then have to pay only launching fees. And many families purchase boats together, sharing it and the expenses.

“That yachting is a rich man’s sport is a big misconception,” said Robert Mole, a 12-year member of the Los Angeles Yacht Club. “I’m a retired naval officer and retired naval officers don’t make a lot of money.”

Mole was saying this in the club’s rickety main building, which used to be blue and white before the paint started chipping. The club has been operating since 1903, making it one of the oldest in the area, and it’s obvious from the surroundings that it hasn’t changed much over the years.

There are no Jacuzzis here, no tennis courts, no ballrooms, no dining facilities. The floors are wood. The boats aren’t even in slips but rather anchored in the middle of Fish Harbor, making for a view that belongs on a postcard. If this were a movie, it would be in black and white.

“It’s simple here,” Mole said. “Sailing itself is an old way of propulsion, so it represents the past and that makes it comfortable. This is one of the few clubs where grandfather, father and grandchildren have been members.”

Middle-class members, he made sure to note before getting up and walking to his car at the end of a dusty, dead-end street.

And there, he was parked between an apple-red Porsche and a dented station wagon.

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We appreciated the opportunity to make a lunchtime presentation at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco earlier this  week. The audience was engaged and receptive, both during after the presentation.

They’ve posted the presentation online (see video below). It’s an hour long, including Q & A. If you have time, please check it out.

We have made a great many presentations over the years – often alone, and sometimes in a debate format. We’ve spoken to schools, conservation groups, water utilities, social clubs – most anyone who wants to listen.

Speaking in San Francisco is always a little different. For many of the City’s residents, “Hetch Hetchy” is synonymous with water itself, and there is often a strong historical & emotional tie to their best-known reservoir. One member told me that she typically asks for “Hetch Hetchy water” when she goes to a restaurant. I’d been forewarned that some members were less than enthusiastic that our campaign for restoration would be discussed at their club, but there was no overt opposition.

Some members were clearly intrigued. Others asked tough questions, belying skepticism.  The presentation and especially the Q & A were primarily focused on necessary water improvements. By contrast, when we speak in the East Bay, Sacramento or southern California, people are more likely to ask about how visiting Hetch Hetchy will compare with visiting Yosemite Valley.

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    The Big Kahuna. St. Francis Yacht Club99 Yacht Road, SF; Located on a Spanish Revival-style clubhouse on a sliver of land fronting the Marina Green, the St.Francis Yacht Club is considered one of the most prestigious in the world. Its membership boasts world championship sailors, Olympians and old money.

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    The St. Francis Yacht Club is a private sailing club located in San Francisco. History ... The membership rallied to rebuild the western half of the Clubhouse which had been destroyed in the fire. On October 17, 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake damaged the Clubhouse and extensive foundation repairs were required. Once again, the membership ...


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  7. Race Committee

    The St. Francis Yacht Club Race Committee is renowned for running some of the best sailboat, kiting and windsurfing races in the world. Comprised of over 200 member and non-member volunteers, our Race Committee's dedication to the sport shows in the 140+ days they spend on the water each year.

  8. Home

    St. Francis Yacht Club On the Marina. San Francisco, CA 94123: Phone: 415.563.6363 Fax 415.563.6670 [email protected]

  9. In San Francisco, It's Rich Club, Poor Club (Published 2013)

    Ellison and his team of 100 immediately joined the yacht club — each paying the $1,000 membership fee and a year's worth of $90-per-month dues. ... intimate. Everybody knows you. St. Francis ...

  10. How Much Do Yacht Club Memberships Cost? (5 Helpful Examples)

    To give you an idea of what you could expect to pay for your yacht club membership, here are some numbers gathered from across the country: Yacht Club. Annual Dues. Charleston Yacht Club. $900. Florida Yacht Club. $3,288. Atlanta Yacht Club. $900.

  11. Inexpensive Club for Reciprocal Privileges

    Interestingly, the shorter your expected remaining life span, the higher the initiation fee is at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. I think the highest fee is over $20,000 for the oldest initiates. Monthly dues are hundreds of dollars. 29-01-2011, 10:38.

  12. St. Francis Yacht Club

    Founded in 1927, St. Francis Yacht Club is widely regarded as one of the top racing venues in the country. In addition to enjoying a worldwide reputation for on-water and in-club excellence ...

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    The Membership. Membership opens the door to the San Francisco clubhouse, Tinsley Island, reciprocity with clubs around the world and a community of individuals who share a passion for the water. ... Since 1964, St. Francis Yacht Club has hosted the premier regatta of the west coast, the Rolex Big Boat Series. We have welcomed the best fleets ...

  14. How Many are in Yacht Clubs, vs. Marinas?

    It depends on location. In the Cal Bay Area joining a yacht club is expensive. The Delta Yacht Club in The San Joaquin river is $2500 for initiation and $300 per month. The St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco is $22,000 and $500 per month. Neither provides a slip. We joined the Northern Cal Sea Ray Club and it is a good compromise.

  15. St. Francis Yacht Club

    Venue Types. Banquet/Event Hall. Features. Host your event at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California with Parties from $300 to $5,000 / Event. Eventective has Party, Meeting, and Wedding Halls.

  16. St. Francis Yacht Club salaries: How much does St. Francis Yacht Club

    Average St. Francis Yacht Club hourly pay ranges from approximately $18.00 per hour for Gift Wrapper to $28.00 per hour for Security Officer. The average St. Francis Yacht Club salary ranges from approximately $62,450 per year for Staff Accountant to $87,464 per year for Sous Chef.

  17. Yacht Clubs Argue That They're Not Just for Rich Men

    The SCYA estimates that the average yacht club member has owned his boat for more than five years and that it is worth less than $8,000. Also, the average cost to join a non-paper club is $1,913 ...

  18. Kate Sylvester

    I believe Kate will be an excellent addition to anyone's team. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions - (510) 332-9364; [email protected] Sincerely, Sarah Kluger".

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  20. St. Francis Yacht Club (@stfyc) • Instagram photos and videos

    5,526 Followers, 858 Following, 1,541 Posts - St. Francis Yacht Club (@stfyc) on Instagram: "Honoring camaraderie, sportsmanship, ... Join the fun with fellow Members and friends in the Clippership Bar for special Cava service featuring a different sparkler each event, accompanied by light bites created by Chef Aaron Johnson. Available from 11 ...

  21. The Schooner MAYAN's 2023 Year-end Wrap Up

    MAYAN — 2023 Flagship of the Fleet at St. Francis Yacht Club. As many of you know, your author spent a great deal of time in 2023 serving as the Commodore of St. Francis Yacht Club.

  22. Visiting & Docking

    The Club's official address is 700 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, California, 94123. However, it is often recognized by GPS at 99 Yacht Road, San Francisco, CA 94123. Visiting as the Guest of a Member. To visit as a guest, you must be accompanied by a member* in good standing who arranges a Guest Card for your visit.

  23. Presentation to the St. Francis Yacht Club

    Feb 23, 2024. We appreciated the opportunity to make a lunchtime presentation at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco earlier this week. The audience was engaged and receptive, both during after the presentation. They've posted the presentation online (see video below). It's an hour long, including Q & A.