Founded in January 1913, Oakland Yacht Club is one of the oldest in the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Early members of OYC include storied author-adventurer Jack London, a member from 1913 until his death in 1916, and Dr. George Pardee, a former mayor of Oakland and governor of California, who became one of OYC’s early commodores after his retirement from politics. A later well-known member was famed construction and engineering firm president Steve Bechtel, who regularly took visitors out on his boat to view his firm’s prized construction project, the huge stanchions of the Bay Bridge.
With the acquisition of its marina in 1998, OYC is one of only four area yacht clubs that owns all of its own facilities. Oakland Yacht Club’s clubhouse is a striking facility with a wonderful view down the Estuary, to downtown Oakland, and across the bay to San Francisco. Our new guest dock has made OYC a beacon to boaters wishing a casual and friendly place to relax after a race, cruise, or a long week in the real world.