Berkeley Yacht Club

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Social Activities

Racing Action

Cruising Trips

Yachts & Yachting

 

Welcome to the Berkeley Yacht Club, where we inspire enjoyment and achievement in yachting and racing, while we share our spirit as the friendliest yacht club on the Bay.  Please come join us.

Our picturesque Berkeley location is convenient for East Bay residents, while our strong reputation and solid traditions draw members from all around the Bay Area, Northern California, and beyond.

We welcome sailors of all levels of experience and training; let desire and ambition be your qualifications. 

Please use the links to the left to navigate.                               

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Club Overview

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Social Activities

There is something fun happening every weekend varying from races and after race parties, to cruise events, dances, dinners and special events. Every month we have a dinner and party along with our general meeting.  We also have special holiday dinners like St. Patrick’s Day,  Halloween, and Octoberfest, and major events such as The Commodore's Ball, The Vice Commodore’s Party, and Amateur Performance Nights.  Our emphasis is on having a casual good time.

There are also many opportunities to get involved through volunteering to help with events, committees, and community service.  Belonging to a club takes some commitment, but your efforts will be fun and rewarding.

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Location

Berkeley Yacht Club (BYC) is in the Berkeley Marina, on the south side of the harbor entrance channel, just north of the Berkeley Pier and Skates Restaurant.  Our club was founded in 1939 in the current location featuring our spectacular "three-bridge view."  Our new club-house was completed in 1977 with an emphasis on huge windows and spacious rooms.  Click here for directions to BYC.

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Cruising

BYC schedules club-cruises once a month.  Cruising means that a group of boats from our club visit another club, generally on the Bay, although there are annual trips to Half Moon Bay, Napa and Benicia.  Club members can also drive to the host clubs for the dinner event.  Some clubs put on a dinner for us, and at others we bring our own pot-luck.  We also host visiting clubs at our guest dock and club.

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Racing

BYC hosts a very active racing program featuring ongoing Friday Night “Beer Can Racing” in the Summer, and Sunday Afternoon “Chowder Races” in the Winter.  We sponsor other events throughout the year, including the Pacific Cup, Wheeler Regatta, Vallejo Race, Mid-Winters, and Women Skippers’ Race.

Drop-in crew are almost always in demand for Beer Can and Chowder racing, where sailors with little experience are encouraged to participate.  Joining these races and the festivities that follow, is an excellent introduction to our club.

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Facilities

We have a guest dock operated by the club.  Short-term and permanent berthing is available in the adjacent Berkeley Marina, which is separately operated by the City of Berkeley.

In contrast to many other yacht clubs, all BYC Members have keys to the club, so the club including the lounge, bar, and kitchen are always available for member use.  This makes the club attractive to live-aboards, who are often present, keeping the club socially active all week long.  We use minimal professional staff; bartenders are usually members, and when unattended the bar is self-service (for members). 

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Membership

There is a $500 initiation fee per person or couple, with quarterly dues of $125 thereafter. Significantly lower rates are available for Youth (under 26), Junior (under 21) and absentee members.  There are approximately 250 active members as of May 2004.

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Leadership

The club’s operational leadership consists of a Commodore and six other officers, who report to The Board of Directors.  There are various other leadership and committee positions.  Click here for a list of  officers and committee chairs and their responsibilities.  Participation in committees and leadership positions is a challenging and rewarding way to contribute your life experience to our club.

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Community Service

Berkeley Yacht Club has a long tradition of service to the East Bay sailing and boating community. The Club has always been active in supporting many aspects of recreational boating, and hosts a number of major competitive events each year.

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