ST. FRANCIS YACHT CLUB
SAN FRANCISCO, California, USA
The St. Francis Yacht Club sits on the north shore of San Francisco, with dramatic vistas from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz Island and beyond. The Club was founded in 1927 on a site already rich in local lore. The yacht harbor was part of the Panama Pacific Exposition of 1915 to mark the opening of the Panama Canal. The original clubhouse was finished just barely ahead of the Depression and the lean years that followed. St. Francis yachts stood offshore patrol duty during World War II, and later carried the burgee around the world. Today, hardly anything remains of the original Willis Polk clubhouse. Fire in 1976 and the Loma Prieta Earthquake saw to that, but through the years, the club has served the sport, and anchored the international game of yachting on San Francisco Bay. In 1958, the club initiated an annual cruise that led to the purchase of Tinsley Island, our Delta Station on the San Joaquin River, where members and guests go to work the summer ‘fogbite’ out of their toes.
The St. Francis is busy year-round with a wide range of events & activities, offering something for members and guests of every style, along with ample complimentary parking. StFYC is open all days of the week, but observes ‘quiet days’ Monday and Tuesday of each week, when dining services are not offered, and bar service is limited. Dining at the club includes the Main Dining Room where a full menu of fine dining is provided in a somewhat formal atmosphere, the Clippership Room with an intimate bistro style, and the Grill Room, where an attractive but limited menu of more casual style is offered.
StFYC has a long history of involvement in yacht racing and cruising worldwide, and is often involved in development activities for the sport, such as IRC rating systems, the establishment of Kiteboard Course Racing, and most recently the use of computerized tracking systems for regatta management. An extensive youth program has provided the sport with some notable sailors. The club inaugurated its Perpetual Trophy Regatta in 1963, which has become our signature annual event--the Rolex Big Boat Series-- drawing sailors from all the great ports of the Blue Planet. The marina has guest docking for yachts up to 30 meters. A regatta starting line sits just 100 meters from the club front, for extraordinary race viewing. St.Francis hosts an average of forty regattas each year, including Olympic, world and regional competitions.
Updated Sunday, September 08, 2013