South Beach Yacht Club (SBYC) is an all-volunteer club located in San Francisco's exciting South Beach neighborhood. With nearly 500 members, we are the second-largest club in San Francisco after the St. Francis Yacht Club. We're known for our active racing program that draws over 50 boats during the summer, a growing junior sailing program now spanning five weeks, and a relaxed atmosphere in our airy, member-designed clubhouse on the second floor of the South Beach Harbor building.
South Beach is home to the Major League Baseball World Series winning SF Giants and Oracle ballpark. Our races finish in the famed McCovey Cove. The neighborhood feels new, but is the most historic maritime district in the city. Our waterfront lies along the eastern shoreline in the lee of the city, where the historic clipper ships used to anchor and berth, with cargo moved to and from the warehouses district. You may have known about San Francisco's North Beach... this is South Beach. And it's not Miami.
SBYC is also the home of the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors, which boasts one of the nation's most active and innovative programs enabling sailors of all disability types to sail and race regularly on keelboats and small boats.
SBYC's burgee represents the lights of the nearby San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge against the blue evening sky. It's the iconic view from our clubhouse deck and from the racecourse as boats head to the finish line of our Friday Night Series.
"The yacht club was in its formative stages under the guidance of the Organizing Committee and we had a contest to design our burgee. The Bay Bridge’s cables had recently been lighted, in 1986 to celebrate the bridge’s 50th anniversary. One evening, while appreciating the view of the lighted bridge from the flybridge of Dolphin, my Grand Banks 32 on C Dock, with a boat drink of course, it hit me. There’s our burgee!
As the first paying member, and the fourth Commodore, I started a few traditions that endure. Dolphin, was our first committee boat when we started the Friday Night Series."