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 Friday evening races just outside the Marina knock the rust off, and occasional weekend themed races and skills rallies keep it off.
Enjoy old friends and make new ones, while swapping tall tales of boating exploits over a beverage or around the grill. Games for old and young are available in the Sunset Room. We schedule at least one dinner per month (and usually more), including specially themed ones, and weekend brunches.
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.
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 spending the winter reforming our finances, updating our Bylaws to ensure accountability and transparency, and updating our bar and kitchen area. The bar and kitchen, as of late December, cannot be used but seating in the bar area, and in the Sunset Room is usable within the current Health Department restrictions. Food can be brought into the dining areas but no prep or cleaning can be done. Think "backpacking" except with restrooms just down the hall, and Pier 29 Restaurant, the Harbor Mart and Abigail's Cafe and Deli right around the corner.
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 opens, 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 almost completed implementation of TruHu, a brand-new interactive, real-time communications tool better connecting our Members with our Officers.
We've cleaned the bilges, and are ready to sail into the fresh breezes of Spring!
Note: There is no affiliation between Ballena Bay Yacht Club and various websites, such as bbyc.org, other than this site. Please bookmark https://ballenabayyc.com and disregard any imitators.
BBYC was bustling on New Year's Day with visitors who beat the falling-to-minus tide out of Aeolian YC. Just as the last visiting boat departed, Dave Heyward's commodious cruiser returned with a large and well-fed contingent of BBYC members. It's good to see the Around the Island event being revived!
BBYC operates in full compliance with Covid protocols as set forth by Alameda County and the City of Alameda. Proof of vaccination will be required and mouth and nose must be covered except when actively eating or drinking.
Thursday January 6 at 7pm
Thursday January 20 at 7pm
Thursday February 3 at 7pm
Saturday January 15 5:30 Social and Potluck in Person; 7pm Meeting in Person and Zoom
Saturday February 5 5pm (in person at BBYC - Social 5pm, Dinner 6pm, Club Business and Speaker 7pm)
On the Water and Social Events, and Expanded Clubhouse Access
Commodore Mike Muetz
Vice Commodore Lu Abell
Rear Commodore Colin Speer
Staff Commodore Jim Abell
Secretary Cindy Wagner
Treasurer Monica Ley
Social Chair Rosalba Abell
Cruise-out Chair David Heyward
Port Captain Ward Fulcher
Director David Heyward
Director Jay Carson
Director Tom Latronica
Race Chair Gary Helms
Whales Tale Editor Thomasina Woida