We're a Private Membership Non-Profit Yacht Club dedicated to Sailing and Powerboating on Northern California's Waters.
Whether your boating interests are racing, daysailing, Bay cruise-outs, coastal cruising or fishing, our Clubhouse at Alameda's beautifully situated Safe Harbor Ballena Isle Marina is a great launching pad for your marine adventures. We welcome new members, whether boat owners or not, to join us as we renew our bar and dining facilities and get back to hosting our acclaimed Speaker Series.
Join friends in visiting reciprocating yacht clubs around - and beyond - San Francisco Bay. Or, build your skills on an anchor-out, raft-up or mooring overnighter.
Nothing says "Summer" quite like beer can racing. Casual Saturday afternoon races just outside the Marina knock the rust off, and occasional themed races and skills rallies keep us on our toes.
Don't own a boat? Hit up a member who does, and join them for a spin on their powerboat or sailboat. It gets us owners off our docks and out on the water!
Whether you catch fish to eat, brag about, or lament the loss of, we're planning a salmon tournament this summer.
Join our all-day Safety and Environment Fair, or attend our popular Speaker Dinners.
BBYC is affiliated with both PICYA and YCA, which enables our members visitors' access to over 700 Yacht Clubs. This includes most Clubs in the Bay Area and many more across the US and abroad. BBYC members have enjoyed joining activities from Waikiki to the British Isles. We can visit these Clubs during their open hours, subject to restrictions such as special events they may be holding. Have you ever visited a floating Yacht Club housed in a retired ice-breaking ferry?
We are still working to correct the substandard construction of our food service areas that occured during 2021 under cover of Covid. Until further notice no food or beverages will be offered for sale by BBYC nor is catering permitted.
Your Board is excited to announce that BBYC has onboarded TruHu, which speeds and adds flexibility in communication with our General Membership. It expedites surveys, volunteer coordination, and much more. You can choose access by e-mail or by phone. If you missed the rollout, please visit the Contact Us section below, and we'll get you set up.
Many of our participants come from out of the immediate area, so we decided that Grillers should end in the late afternoon instead of after dark. Grillers will still be held twice a month - the afternoon before the monthly General Meeting, and two Saturdays later.
This informal moniker is shorthand for informal racing. Courses are short, with the Start/Finish line just outside of Ballena Isle Marina. (For spectators, the flagpole near Gatehouse "E" is pretty close.) We'll round one of the old NAS marks usually. We may do rabbit starts again!
Casual sailors will hone their general skills, and return to the Marina for an early evening cookout or General Meeting. Monohulls and multihulls welcome - we even used to have a few windsurfers hit the line!
Powerboaters! Since non-racing sailboats show up to just sail the course, power boaters are welcome to do the same. Fire up the motor(s) and spend the afternoon watching the sailors make silly mistakes.
Post-race, repair to BBYC's courtyard for burgers and dogs, race results and tall tales from the race course. Grilling can be done on the Marina's grill in the courtyard, and we're pretty sure you know how to bring your own drinks!
Start showing up at the Clubhouse before the race, or at any BBYC events. Or send an inquiry through the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of this website.
2022 Griller Dates: 4/8, 4/22, 5/6, 5/20, 6/3, 6/17, 7/9, 7/23, 8/6, 8/20, 9/3, 9/17
Watch this space for Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions.
Skippers are encouraged to download RaceQS at raceqs.com . During the Griller Races, your smartphone will record your boat's position, heading, speed and so forth and relay it to the Clubhouse monitors on a five minute delay. Duffers in the Clubhouse will see all boats' info on one screen and can critique performance as the race unfolds. Friday evenings will be as much fun in the Club as they will be on the water!
We are also working on incorporating mobile cam feeds either live or post-race from boats that have those, so polish the salt off of your GoPro and you'll be on "BBYC TV". If your performance humbles you, think of the service you provide by amusing the audience!
Due to berthing constraints, visiting Cruise Groups anchor/raft up outside of Ballena Bay, in General Anchorage 9. The water's not deep enough to require miles of rode, and the holding's good. When it's time to head to our Clubhouse you can dinghy in to the Marina fuel dock, or a BBYC member will come out to your raftup and pick you up. And, of course, we'll take you safely back when it's bedtime.
Don't miss this chance to enjoy New England-style club cruising!
Having a good time, and planning for more good times to come.
Volunteers! It's a lot more than just the dozen folks serving on the Board.
Skills and Time - everyone has a little, or a lot, of each!
Social Activities Co-ordinator and House Committee have heavy lifts, but your help will lighten those. Membership Committee is a big driver of our Club as well. Someone with experience running a website would (obviously) be welcome. And, we need a Cruise-out Chair. And maybe you have an idea that we haven't thought about, and you'd like to implement it ... bring it to the Board!
Yes indeed - funny as it sounds, having a Co-ordinator of Volunteers would be very helpful!
You will receive a survey through TruHu asking how you'd like to help - or, get ahead of the game by contacting the Bridge through Info below, or showing up at our next event.
We are completing a stem-to-stern transformation of Ballena Bay Yacht Club's operations. BBYC's Flag Officers and Directors feel that members, prospective members and neighbors are owed the following update:
Distracted by Covid, we experienced serious governance malfunctions. We have corrected that situation, and are busy reforming our finances, updating our Bylaws to ensure accountability and transparency, and updating our bar and kitchen area. The bar and kitchen, cannot be used.
BBYC has not been ordered closed by the Health Departments of either the City, the County or the State. The indoor food services areas are affected; the Clubhouse as a whole was not.
We will continue to adhere to Covid guidelines per directives from the City of Alameda, and from Alameda County. As the world works its way through the Greek alphabet, events will sometimes be moved or canceled, but we are advantaged in having use of a large courtyard, and in the fact that boating allows for a lot of social distancing.
As 2022 blossoms into Summer, this website will expand to include reports from the Officers and Committee Chairs and a calendar of events. We encourage members to contribute articles, photos and short videos. BBYC has completed implementation of TruHu, a brand-new interactive, real-time communications tool better connecting our Members with our Officers.
Note: BBYC's websites are http:// bbyc.org, and this site, https://ballenabayyc.com .
While bbyc.org, our home for many years, is being redesigned, this site will be kept current.
Thank you for your patience!
Commodore Mike Muetz
Vice Commodore Lu Abel
Rear Commodore Colin Speer
Staff Commodore Kathryn Rees
Secretary Cindy Wagner
Treasurer Monica Ley
Social Chair Lynn Woodford (confirmation pending)
Port Captain Ward Fulcher
Director David Hayward
Director Jay Carson
Director Tom Latronica
Cruise-Out Chair (open)
Race Chair Gary Helms
Whales Tale Editor Jay Carson
Webmaster Ward Fulcher
These Meetings are open to all members in good standing. Officers apprise the Membership as to the State of the Club, answer questions, and put such matters as required by the ByLaws to the General Membership for a vote. Dinners or Themed Parties fill the evening.
Saturday Evening early in the month - watch this website or your TruHu messages for exact times.
July 7, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1