How Much is a Yacht Club Membership? 3 Common Price Ranges

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The cost of an annual yacht club membership can vary widely depending on several factors, such as the location of the club, the amenities offered, the exclusivity of the membership, and the size of the yacht being accommodated. We’ve compiled a set of guidelines below to help you estimate what you can expect to pay for an annual yacht club membership.

Local or Less Exclusive Yacht Clubs

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These clubs might offer basic amenities such as docking facilities, a clubhouse, and some social events. Annual fees can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Membership fees could be as low as $500 to $2,000 per year.

Mid-Range Yacht Clubs:

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These clubs may offer more extensive amenities, including high-quality dining facilities, repair and maintenance services, fitness centers, and a busy calendar of social and boating activities. Annual fees for these clubs can range from $3,000 to $10,000 or more.

Prestigious or Exclusive Yacht Clubs

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The most exclusive yacht clubs, often located in prime locations with extensive facilities and services, can have annual membership fees that are significantly higher. These can range from $10,000 to $30,000 or more per year, with some of the most elite clubs costing even more. Additionally, these clubs might have initiation fees that can range from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

It’s also important to note that many yacht clubs have additional costs beyond the annual membership dues. These can include initiation fees for new members, monthly minimum spending requirements at the club’s facilities, and additional fees for docking, storage, and maintenance services.

Additional Considerations

Some yacht clubs require yacht ownership as a prerequisite before being accepted into the club. Hence, while the yacht club membership itself might only be between $500 and $2,000, the true price of a yacht club membership might be tied to the cost of ownership of your yacht as well.

Bottom Line: Simply Ask If Interested

If you’re interested in joining a yacht club, make a list of yacht clubs that you might be interested in joining, and reach out to them via email or phone to get the most accurate and up-to-date information. Most yacht club members are quite friendly and are willing to help those who are interested in joining.

We wish you good luck in your yacht club search, and hope that you were able to find this article helpful.

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Our sailing club offers the perks of boat ownership without the maintenance, slip fees, or even the pump-out! Our fleet  in Sausalito consists of 23 monohulls including Beneteau, Jeanneau, and Catalina, and 2 multi-hulls, a, Seawind and Fountaine Pajot Lavezzi. Yachts range from 30 to 44 feet in length and accommodate anywhere from 5 to 12 people. Our yachts are well-maintained by our skilled fleet staff and ready for charter on San Francisco Bay. Our fleet in Berkeley consists of sporty J/24s, J/80s, J/105s, and four cruising monohulls ranging in size from 30' to 37'.

Our bareboat charter fleet is available to Modern Sailing members who have completed ASA 103 and above or who have successfully completed a Fleet Rating Check-out with one of our experienced captains. Inexperienced sailors are invited to join an Introductory Sail to experience what San Francisco Bay sailing is all about.

Sausalito and Berkeley Sailing Locations 

Modern Sailing has locations in Sausalito and Berkeley to offer Bay Area sailors with expanded and diverse opportunities for learning, fun, and friendship on both sides of the Bay. In addition to cruising boat options similar to what's available in Sausalito, Berkeley's fleet of J/Boats provide the means for a robust sportboat, performance, and racing program in the East Bay.

Get inspired! Sailing a wider variety of boats among different scenery, wind and tidal patterns will invigorate your sailing and keep it fresh. 

Meet Bay Area Sailors

When you join Modern, you become a part of our thriving sailing community. All members are invited to attend Club Sails with other members on the weekends and for special events like the Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade, Fourth of July Fireworks, Giants Games, Full Moon Sails, Opening Day on the Bay, and Fleet Week. We help you meet other sailors working towards the same cruising goals via our members-only email distribution list, Facebook Crew List group, and Slack channel. During the summer, members and their guests are invited to our Après Sails for cold beverages and snacks, Saturdays and Sundays 3:30 to 5:00pm.

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No matter what your sailing goals are, we will help you take the helm to reach them. If you are new to sailing, explore our ASA Courses and speciality Sailing Clinics . Take your sailing skills beyond the Golden Gate Bridge and overseas when you join us for a Pacific Coast Expedition or a Global Destinations Sailing Vacation . Book a Skippered Sail for a private lesson or to simply enjoy sailing San Francisco Bay with a USCG Captain on hand.

We offer more than just a place to charter a sailboat. We’re dedicated to helping you reach your sailing goals and grow your sailing community. 

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Two Locations - Your Modern Sailing club membership gives you membership priviledges at both of our Bay Area locations!

  • In beautiful Sausalito at the Marina Plaza Harbor
  • In a park-like setting at the Berkeley Marina
  • No matter which our of locations you choose to sail from, once you leave harbor, you are moments away from some of the best sailing in the world! You will also have access to some of the best anchorages and harbors: Clipper Cove at Treasure Island, South Beach Harbor in San Francisco, Ayala Cove at Angel Island, China Camp in San Pablo Bay, and more.

Charter Privileges - Modern Sailing has a diverse fleet of boats ranging from 30 to 44 feet. Each boat is professionally maintained and offers unique characteristics, to provide you a wide range of charter options at a discounted rate. View the Fleet.   Our Berkeley location also offers an exciting sportboat fleet consisting of J/Boat models J/24, J/80, J/88, J/99, and J/105.

Discounts on Courses - Save between 10 - 25% on ASA courses, clinics, and specialty programs.

Online Booking - Using our online booking system, you can quickly view boat availability and secure your charter, course, and clinics online: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Parties and Events - Modern Sailing is not only a sailing club, but also a social club - and there is always something happening! Whether it's a BBQ or Après Sail, member party, wine pourings or speaker series, our members enjoy a wide range of social activities.

Member Club Sails - Weekly group sails are fun, informal and skippered by members of the club who are both friendly and supportive. Practice your skills as the skipper or as crew. You can extend your member benefits for these sails to two adult guests per sail. Learn more about Club Sails .

Join a Modern Sailing Race Team - In addition to racing clinics, join a Member Race Team that fits your goals and racing style.

Online Crew List  - Modern Sailing is now on Facebook . Members can join the Modern Sailing Crew List to get connected. This is a great place to post shared charter opportunities and offset your cost.

Discounts on International Charter Bookings - Receive a substantial discount when you book a vacation charter. Discounts vary depending on charter location, dates, and boat.

Reciprocal Privileges - As a member of the Modern Sailing Club, you receive reciprocal privileges with many other west coast sailing clubs, meaning your membership expands your sailing opportunities beyond San Francisco Bay.   View Reciprocal Clubs

Yacht Club Partnerships - Ask us about discounted initiation and access to local yacht clubs.

Better Than Boat Ownership  - Modern Sailing offers our members access to sailing without the ongoing costs of ownership. Members receive discounted rates on bareboat charters and courses.

Membership Details

Monthly Dues : For all memberships initiated or re-initiated after March 1, 2023, monthly dues are $65/Individual, $80/Partners.

New Member One-Time Initiation Fee = $500

If you are learning to sail with Modern Sailing, your completed course(s) qualifies you for bareboat chartering.

If you are an experienced sailor joining the club and would like to bareboat charter, you can undergo a Fleet Rating Checkout to qualify for chartering a range of boat sizes and types that best match your experience. You may choose to join one of our prescheduled Fleet Rating Checkout Clinics , or you can opt for a Private Checkout and schedule your checkout to suit your schedule.

C ruising Boat Checkout Clinic Price : $220 per individual Cruising Boat Private Checkou t: $385

Sportboat Checkout Clinic Price : $165 per individual Sportboat Private Checkout : $275

Checkout Clinic Duration : 4+ hours (dependent on number of enrolled clients) Private Checkout Duration : 4 hours

Checkout rates also apply to Reciprocal and Corporate members.

Package Specials - If you're planning on taking two or more ASA courses, save up to 20% on your membership initiation and courses by purchasing a bundled  Package Special .

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  • There are no contracts to sign and memberships are on a month-to-month basis.
  • Monthly dues are charged your credit card on file on the 1st of every month.
  • Need to put your membership on hold? We offer a complimentary one-time, 3-month hold on membership monthly fees - without terminating your membership.
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Golden Gate Yacht Club

Join The GGYC and become a member of an active yacht club with a wide variety of sailing and club offerings available to its members.

Founded in 1939 as the Puerto de Oro Yacht Club (Port of the Golden Harbor). Our founding fathers started the club as a foundation to promote both water sports and affordable boating to our local community. This has remained our mainstay and is one of the focal points of our Club adding to our reputation of being the “Friendliest Club on the Bay” and allows for camaraderie with fellow sailors from around the Bay and beyond.

The Golden Gate Yacht Club is a fully functional yacht club with a full-time staff and nearly three hundred members. The Golden Gate Yacht Club welcomes non boaters, sail and power boaters and their crew to its membership ranks. Membership in the GGYC also affords reciprocal rights to the City Club of San Francisco, University Club and Marine’s Memorial as well as most yacht clubs worldwide.

Members enjoy social activities such as Opening Day on the Bay, our renowned Lobster Feed, Fleet Week Bar-b-Que (best view on the Bay to see the Fleet arrive and watch the Blue Angels perform), Bunny and Santa-by-Boat Brunches, San Francisco Firemen’s Toy Drive for Under Privileged Children, New Year’s Day Brunch and other themed events.

On the water, Members enjoy recreational sailing on the club’s fleet and our regatta schedule provides many racing opportunities.

The GGYC also offers bar and dining service with dazzling views of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Marin.

Join us and enjoy:

  • First class facility on San Francisco Bay with rooms, decks and balconies that offer breathtaking panoramic Golden Gate and bay views.
  • An ideal location for small or large corporate functions and seminars. Members receive discounted rental rates
  • Recreation sailing and racing on the club’s fleet of J/22s
  • Famous Mid-Winter Manuel Fagundes Seaweed Soup Regatta and Friday Night Beer Can Series and other YRA regattas
  • Youth Sailing program for San Francisco High School students
  • An active Associate member program (ages 21-29)

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The Golden Gate Yacht Club is currently accepting applications. The club has various classes of membership, including Regular, Associate and Corinthian. GGYC is a member club of the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association (PICYA). Club members enjoy reciprocal visiting privileges with most recognized yacht clubs in the world.

Applicants for membership to the Club shall not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, sex, political affiliation, sexual orientation, disability or any other grounds prohibited by law.

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How Much Do Yacht Club Memberships Cost? (5 Helpful Examples)

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Joining a yacht club is an important milestone in your life. It marks a certain degree of success and allows you to enjoy plenty of luxurious amenities. Setting sail on a yacht is the ultimate way to unwind from a hectic work week while you try to climb the corporate ladder.

Fortunately, there are yacht clubs all over the country that would love to welcome you as a brand-new member. You can enjoy an afternoon on the water with a beautiful yacht in exchange for a small sum of money.

But how much do Yacht Club memberships generally cost?

Prices for Yacht Clubs will vary based on your location, the fleet, and even the amenities that are offered at the marina. The average annual membership price is between $900-$4,000 depending on your level of luxury and needs.

To give you an idea of what you could expect to pay for your yacht club membership, here are some numbers gathered from across the country:

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What Does Each Yacht Club Offer?

Each yacht club is going to offer something that sets it apart from the others on this listing. To give you a better idea of where your money is going, here is a brief synopsis of what you can expect at each location.

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Charleston Yacht Club

Charleston is a premier cruising destination with plenty of waterways for you to explore. They offer a launch hoist, dry slips, day dockage, free parking, and a long list of events scheduled throughout the year.

You also gain privileges at other yacht clubs around the world. If you don’t own your own yacht, they have plenty of members who often have room on their boats to accommodate a few extra passengers.

Florida Yacht Club

The Florida Yacht Club is a relatively exclusive club that features amazing amenities like fine dining and an array of aquatic activities.

You can play tennis, enjoy a spa treatment or massage, or get in a rousing game of croquet from the shore. They also host events and permit you to extend your privileges to other locations scattered around the Florida coast.

Atlanta Yacht Club

The Atlanta Yacht Club is primarily geared toward sailors who are interested in racing. They have a fleet of more than thirty different boats that are designed to help you further your knowledge of sailing.

If you still have a lot to learn, you can even take classes at this location. Prospective members must be sponsored and co-sponsored by two club members for entrance.

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Chicago Yacht Club

Members of the Chicago Yacht Club will find plenty of opportunities to get involved. With more than forty different committees, you can find a circle of friends that have common interests beyond just sailing and racing.

You also receive transient docking at both the Belmont and Monroe harbors, exclusive invites to private events, and reciprocity at more than 900 clubs across the country.

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California Yacht Club

The California Yacht Club is home to both national and world championship regattas.

They host plenty of events from scuba club to book club to wine tastings. If you want to find a true community of like-minded sailors, this could be the place for you.

One of the best features is the reciprocity at locations not just across the United States but across the world. You can feel free to travel the world with your yacht and experience some of the same fellowship globally.

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What are the Cheapest Yacht Clubs?

The cheapest yacht clubs charge just under $1,000 per year for membership. While this does give you access to different types of experiences, you may be disappointed by the overall amenities.

Some yacht clubs are known for their extravagant country club styles that help you to embrace a particular lifestyle. They include Olympic-sized swimming pools, state-of-the-art tennis courts, and fine dining.

Everything has a beautiful waterfront view. It can feel like you are in the middle of an idyllic paradise without ever even having to leave the shore. If this is what you can gain from the most expensive yacht clubs, you should set your expectations much lower for the cheaper yacht clubs.

The cheaper yacht clubs lack the community aspect of these exclusive options. They feature dry slips and the occasional party, but not much more.

Some of them may have the feel of a county park with some picnic benches, outdoor grills, and a moderately sized swimming pool. Expect a much more casual atmosphere when you choose to go with a cheaper yacht club.

It is even possible that they are simply “paper yacht clubs” that do not even maintain a physical building of their own.

How Much Do the Most Expensive Yacht Clubs Cost to Join?

The most expensive yacht clubs can vary a great deal in price. Most of them will cost between $3,000 and $4,000 per year. However, you can certainly find more exclusive clubs that will cost above and beyond this.

Keep in mind that these more expensive clubs generally are not open to the public. They are offered by invitation only and you must have a member sponsor you to be considered for entrance.

When you are paying for a more expensive yacht club, you should make sure that you are really going to get your money’s worth. These expensive clubs promote a certain type of elegant lifestyle.

Make sure that you are planning to take advantage of all the amenities available from one of these clubs before you sink too much money into the membership fees. The social aspect of these expensive yacht clubs is extremely important.

If you plan to simply rent a boat from time to time, you might be able to go with a cheaper yacht club.

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What Is Generally Included in the Membership Fee for Yacht Clubs?

Have you been wondering why you should join a yacht club? Many potential members want to know what they can expect from their membership fees before they commit to a year-long contract. There are many advantages to signing up for a membership with a well-known yacht club.

Amenities and Activities

First and foremost, you get access to activities and cruises planned by board members. These might be various sailing activities, dinners, get-togethers, tennis matches, or other events that take up a lazy Sunday afternoon.

You also gain access to any amenities that surround the yacht club’s marina. For many programs, this means a fitness center, pool, and tennis courts. Several locations also offer fine dining, meeting rooms, and more.

It is like a private oasis where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the regular world. Time moves slowly when you’re enjoying the amenities here.

Many yacht clubs have programs that introduce children (and adults!) to sailing. Take classes to learn more about improving your technique, sailing safety, and other important aspects of life on the open water.

Access to the Fleet

The main reason why most people join yacht clubs is to be able to rent out boats instead of purchasing their own. Joining a yacht club may give you access to an entire fleet of yachts that can be reserved for a day or weeks at a time. Some yacht clubs allow you to rent boats for up to ten days at a time.

Others do not allow you to rent out ships. They are primarily geared toward individuals who already own a yacht or will own a yacht in the future. Make sure you know the difference in advance.

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Are There any Additional Costs Besides the Membership Fees?

Unfortunately, the membership fees are not the only cost associated with joining a yacht club. Most of the clubs in the United States also have a one-time initial fee that tends to cost thousands of dollars. Many will range from $1,500 to $5,000 depending on the location and the exclusivity of the yacht club.

This one-time fee should be the only additional money you pay except for fuel. Most yacht clubs do not cover the cost of the fuel used in the ship during your rental if renting is an option. Be prepared for what this could cost you.

If you cause damage to the ship, you can also expect some out-of-pocket costs. Insurance should cover the damage, but you will likely be asked to cover the cost of the deductible.

Be sure to inquire about how much you may be on the hook for before you sign up for any particular yacht club. Accidents can happen, even to the most experienced sailors. Make sure that you can afford the mishap in advance.

Is a Yacht Club Membership Right for You?

Understanding what the real cost of a yacht club membership is can be the first step toward determining if this is right for you. Many people love the luxuries available through the more expensive yacht clubs, but they may not be able to afford it. Consider what is most important in a club to you before deciding to sign on the dotted line for an annual membership.

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Yacht Club membership is only $100 per year.

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Aeolian Yacht Club

Clubhouse address: 980 Fernside Blvd, Alameda, CA 94501 Phone: 510/523-2586 Email: Race contact: YRA delegate:

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Ballena Bay Yacht Club

Clubhouse address: 1150 Ballena Blvd # 151, Alameda, CA 94501 Phone: 510/239-4389 Email: [email protected] Race contact: Gary Helms YRA delegate:

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Bay Area Multihull Association (BAMA)

No clubhouse Phone: email: [email protected] Race contact: Debby Ratto YRA delegate: Truls Myklebust

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Bay View Boat Club

Clubhouse address: 489 Terry A Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94158 Phone: 415/495-9500 email: [email protected] Race contact: Nick Ansel YRA delegate: Nick Ancel

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Benicia Yacht Club

Clubhouse address: 400 E 2nd St, Benicia, CA 94510 Phone: 707/746-0739 email:   [email protected] Race contact: Dan Carnahan YRA delegate: Steve Corwin

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Berkeley Yacht Club

Clubhouse address: 1 Seawall Dr, Berkeley, CA 94710 Phone: 510/843-9292 email: [email protected] Race contact: Mark Bird YRA delegate: Mark Bird

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Cal Sailing Club

Clubhouse address: 124 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710 Phone: email: [email protected] Race contact: YRA delegate:

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Corinthian Yacht Club

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By John Branch

  • Sept. 4, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO — Twenty years ago, before its failing finances were rescued by the billionaire Larry Ellison and before it won the America’s Cup, the Golden Gate Yacht Club was just a forlorn building at the end of a quarter-mile jetty. To get there, its members had to pass by the exclusive St. Francis Yacht Club, one of the most prestigious in the world.

The Golden Gate and the St. Francis shared the best views of the bay — the Golden Gate Bridge to the left, Alcatraz to the right, the city perched on hills behind. But in the cloistered world of yacht clubs, they could not have been more different.

The 200 or so Golden Gate members had a key to the building, which meant that its bar was subject to the honor system, but never to last call.

“So you left Union Street with a beautiful lady,” said Bill O’Keeffe, a member since 1972. “And you’d say, ‘How’d you like to come down to my yacht club?’ ”

Dues were $25 a month. Dancing atop the bar was encouraged. Friday night parties sometimes ended with swims in the boat marina, though not always in swim attire — or attire of any kind. Members occasionally lobbed water balloons or shot water guns at boats entering or exiting the marina, especially those flying the colors of the St. Francis.

“It had prestige,” O’Keeffe said of the neighboring club. “We actually shunned prestige.”

That became hard to do when Ellison walked away from negotiations with the St. Francis, where he was a member, to sponsor his quest to win the America’s Cup in 2003. Ellison soon accepted a desperate plea from Norbert Bajurin, the owner of a radiator-repair shop in San Francisco, to join the nearly bankrupt Golden Gate next door.

And when that combination won yachting’s biggest prize in Valencia, Spain, in 2010, on Ellison’s third try, the Golden Gate Yacht Club became the sixth — and unlikeliest — winner in the trophy’s 160-year history.

Golden Gate 1, St. Francis 0.

That day in Spain, Ellison stood behind Bajurin and put his hand on his shoulder as they awaited the winner’s news conference.

“I could feel his beard on me, and I could feel his breath,” Bajurin said. “And he said, ‘I wonder what the St. Francis is thinking now.’ ”

When the 34th America’s Cup begins on Saturday, pitting Ellison’s Oracle Team USA against Emirates Team New Zealand in a best-of-17 series that could last two weeks, the Golden Gate and the St. Francis will sit, side by side, sharing the best views of the races on San Francisco Bay.

In the coming weeks, if the trophy is successfully defended, it will be carried to a party at the little clubhouse at the end of the spit. But first, it will pass the large yacht-club home of corporate titans and Olympic sailors, past a club with an esteemed history of winning every major sailing race in the world, except the biggest one.

Let’s Make a Deal

The St. Francis had attempted to win the America’s Cup in 2000. The member Paul Cayard skippered AmericaOne into the finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup, a sort of semifinal to determine who would challenge the defending champion in the America’s Cup. AmericaOne lost.

By then, Ellison, the founder and chief executive of Oracle, had built his résumé with major sailing victories for a team that he financed and sometimes skippered. He bought the assets from the AmericaOne team with the intention of creating the top challenger from the United States for the next America’s Cup, in 2003.

It was presumed that the St. Francis, which Ellison had joined several years earlier, would shepherd his quest. Negotiations were sticky. The two sides were unwilling to cede too much control.

The club wanted to name the boat. It refused to guarantee that Ellison, should his team win the America’s Cup, would be chosen to defend it if and when the race went to San Francisco Bay. It rejected a request to form a board within the St. Francis board of directors that would exclusively handle matters related to the America’s Cup.

Bajurin and other members of the Golden Gate Yacht Club heard whispers and read news media accounts of the failing negotiations. The club was $453,000 in debt.

“Everybody was having a good time, and no one was paying attention to the books,” Bajurin said.

Keys were collected. Booze was locked up. Food service was eliminated. Desperate for cash, the club talked of adding a vending machine, because it might bring in $300 a month. Members who had not quit were asked to advance money to save the club. Some paid. More quit.

Bajurin and other club officers debated whether to place the Golden Gate in bankruptcy or to shutter it entirely. With nothing to lose, Bajurin tried to reach Ellison at Oracle. He never heard back. He found an e-mail address for Bill Erkelens, who led Ellison’s sailing team.

“Golden Gate Yacht Club Available,” he wrote in the subject line. “Our club may be your answer.”

The response came the next day. Erkelens wanted to talk.

“I remember looking at that e-mail for almost two hours, thinking you’ve got to be kidding me,” Bajurin said. “They responded!”

A deal was signed less than three months later, in early 2001. For Ellison, it gave him a club willing to acquiesce to his requests, a club with a location as good as that of the St. Francis.

“We were very flexible, and very broke,” said Ron Matlin, the Golden Gate’s longtime accountant.

The deal saved the Golden Gate. Ellison and his team of 100 immediately joined the yacht club — each paying the $1,000 membership fee and a year’s worth of $90-per-month dues. Bills were slowly paid. Debts were eased. Membership grew again. The clubhouse was spruced up.

“If we hadn’t done the Oracle deal, the club wouldn’t be here,” Matlin said. “No question.”

Ellison is one of the world’s richest people. Bajurin is a Croatian immigrant, more of a fisher than a sailor, a former police officer who took over his father’s radiator shop and now has nine employees. He drives a Nissan truck.

Their unusual pairing spawned a book — “The Billionaire and the Mechanic,” by the San Francisco Chronicle reporter Julian Guthrie — published this year. And it brought the America’s Cup to San Francisco Bay for the first time, right in front of two clubs that share one spit.

Worlds Apart

Both clubs have been decked out for a summer’s worth of warm-up races. The narrow parking lot between them holds temporary bleachers facing the bay, backing to the boat-filled marina they share.

Visitors might not ascertain which club is hosting the event, even if they were allowed inside the ultra-private St. Francis. Past the signs instructing guests to stay outside until escorted in by a member and past the security desk, a large model of Ellison’s 72-foot America’s Cup catamaran sits in the lobby. There are viewing parties during races. The club’s Web site offers “America’s Cup Information” just above the pronouncement that it was recently named the No. 1 yacht club in the country.

If there is America’s Cup envy, the signs are not obvious.

“No one says it,” Brian Madden, a rare member of both clubs, said of the St. Francis. “But you know it’s there. You can sense it.”

He sometimes wears a Golden Gate Yacht Club sweater into the St. Francis, receiving some playful jeers. “It’s like winning the Super Bowl,” Madden said. “We could have had it, but we just gave it to the other team.”

Members of both clubs said there was no hostility between the two. Rivalries are usually between equals, and no one believes that the St. Francis and the Golden Gate have ever been the same thing, beyond location and an affection for open water.

The St. Francis has roughly 2,300 members, and initiation fees — kept private — are said to be as high as $30,000, less for younger prospects as it tries to attract a more youthful crowd. It is not unlike a fancy golf or tennis country club, with a marina and bay view instead of courts and grass. (And, a few hours away by boat on the San Joaquin River, is club-owned Tinsley Island, with full facilities and space for 100 boats.)

Cellphones are not permitted. Neither are hats. It has a full dining room — jackets required — and its kitchen might be larger than the entire 7,000 square feet of the Golden Gate. There is a relatively casual bar and grill on the lower level, and a sprawling mix of rooms — a chart room built like an estate library, meeting rooms paneled in dark wood, walls lined with trophies and boat models and historic photographs and paintings. There is a gift shop. The lower level has locker rooms, a workout room and a sauna. There are set hours each day, and the schedule is flush with regattas, dinners, auctions and wine tastings.

In the fiscal year ending Nov. 30, 2011, it had revenue of $12.9 million, according to Internal Revenue Service filings.

The Golden Gate, by comparison, reported revenue of about $662,000 in 2011. Membership has grown to about 425. Initiation fees are about $2,500, and monthly dues are $125.

“They’re 10 times the size,” the longtime Golden Gate member Ned Barrett said of the St. Francis. “And have 10 times the resources.”

Amid its newfound prestige — no longer shunned, but sheepishly noted — the Golden Gate tries to cling to its blue-collar sensibilities. Gone, perhaps, are the days when a member’s birthday would be greeted by a woman jumping from a cake — one a few years ago then moved to the roof to promote and sell her various talents — but members hope to retain its sleepy, everybody-knows-your-name personality. Hours of operation are flexible. The general manager Bob Mulhern will close the doors at night if there is no one around. Some days, only a few members stop by.

The building was closed for several months this year and renovated in time for the America’s Cup crowds, with new floors, furniture and an elevator, mostly. Still, jeans are allowed. So are cellphones and hats. And while dancing atop the bar occurs with less frequency, it is still welcomed.

“At the St. Francis, you would be put on probation for six months,” said John Yelda, a well-known charter-boat captain and sailboat racer who is a member of both clubs.

Yelda keeps his boats in the marina behind the clubs. (One way to tell club members apart? Golden Gate members are the ones working on their boats; St. Francis members usually hire someone else, several people said, only half joking.) His routine often includes an afternoon beer at the Golden Gate and dinner at the St. Francis.

“We have two yacht clubs, side by side,” Yelda said. “This is a blessing.”

The difference, to him, is one of taste.

“The Golden Gate is like a little boutique hotel,” Yelda said. “It’s very friendly, small, intimate. Everybody knows you. St. Francis Yacht Club is more like a Four Seasons hotel. It has a lot more members, and has exquisite service. You don’t know everyone there, but the staff knows you.”

Madden, a 45-year-old electrician, joined the Golden Gate 20 years ago, when he was single and had a hand-me-down boat he bought for $4,500. He joined the St. Francis 10 years later, where he subsequently married, where his children celebrate birthdays, and where the family eats formal holiday meals at Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

People with a lot of money, Madden said, merely want the nicest things. That goes for houses, cars and yacht clubs.

“If you have the money, you’re not going to the Golden Gate,” he said. “You’re going to run to the St. Francis.”

But not everyone. David Anderman is a weekend sailor and the general manager for Lucasfilm. He has been credited with negotiating the company’s $4 billion acquisition by Disney in 2012. Married with two daughters, ages 9 and 11, Anderman looked carefully at both clubs a couple of years ago before choosing the Golden Gate.

“Really, it’s all about where you want to be and who you want to be with,” he said.

His family sat at a table nearby, overlooking the sailboats racing on the bay. Out the corner window, they could see the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance and the St. Francis Yacht Club next door.

“It doesn’t hurt that it’s the home of the America’s Cup,” Anderman said. “I have to say, half the time you come out, they’ve got the America’s Cup trophy sitting right there.”

He scrolled through his phone and showed photographs he had taken with the three-foot trophy, made of sterling silver in 1848.

Bajurin stood near the bar, grinning with pride. The day’s races were soon over, but the day’s 120 members and guests were in no hurry to leave.

“Look at these guys,” he said. “They’re having the time of their lives. They’ve got the America’s Cup.”

His smiling eyes filled with tears.

“Right now, we’re running with it,” Bajurin said. “We’re having a good time. If we lose, yeah, we’ll be sad. But we’ll always be part of history.”

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The 9 Coolest Private Clubs In The Bay Area

Perhaps this isn't the most ideal moment to be talking about frivolous endeavors, and spending one's money on anything besides the revolution. But if you've got the means and you're of a mind to sequester yourself from the riffraff in the coming months and years, the Bay Area has a number of private social clubs you could consider, some of which boast an absurd degree of exclusivity and long waiting lists. And, even if you'd never dream of spending your hard-earned money on such things, they're fun to read about for some of us, and fodder for proletariat rage for others of us. Take your pick. — Jay Barmann

The Battery The most high-profile newcomer among the posh private hangouts in town, The Battery, boasts a grand bar and lounge and full-service restaurant on its main level, as well as a cool back garden patio that's perfect for warm weather events. There's also a gym and spa tucked away in the basement, and an art gallery. Upstairs on the second level in this once-upon-a-time ice house there's a "library" where very few people read but where they occasionally host lectures or small musical performances, as well as a dark and masculine den-like library bar with a secret room attached, hidden behind a bookcase (all designed with no expense spared by noted local designer Ken Fulk), as well as a card room. And further upstairs there are a group of high-end hotel rooms, as well as an expansive roof deck and penthouse entertaining space (pictured). It's a fun place to attend a party, and if you have rich friends coming to town the hotel rooms are definitely top-notch, but you can expect fairly slow service at the bar if there are more than 20 people there, and the restaurant doesn't come too highly recommended. Membership requires being nominated by a current member, and is in the thousands of dollars per year. — Jay Barmann 717 Battery Street

The Bohemian Club The grandaddy of exclusive men's clubs in San Francisco, the Bohemian Club became synonymous with the shady, secretive deals that have allegedly been made during its secluded annual summer retreats at Bohemian Grove in Monte Rio, near Guerneville. Once the haven of artists, musicians, and writers (hence the name), membership opened up to local businessmen early in the last century, and bohemian it was not, thereafter. Its grand historic clubhouse still stands at the corner of Post and Taylor, and reportedly membership costs $30,000 up front and $600 per month thereafter, though statesmen like Richard Nixon were granted honorary memberships over the years, and likely that practice continues — and 500 members are apparently invited solely on the basis of artistic talent. I have no idea how one applies for membership and neither, it seems, does the internet, but after sitting on a waitlist and forking over all that cash, assuming you have a penis, it's theoretically possible, and if anyone would like to invite me along to Bohemian Grove one August, it's a bucket list item. — Jay Barmann 624 Taylor Street at Post

The Gotham Club Revived in 2013 and established in 1883, the Gotham Club is a game-day access club for Giants fans previously reserved for season ticket holders. It's, duh, at AT&T park, and it's named for the New York Gothams, a ball club who eventually became the New York Giants and then the San Francisco Giants. The clubhouse itself is a sight to be seen, located inside the out-of-town scoreboard. It's accessible to its private members via a members-only entrance. There's also a game room with a bowling alley, you know, in case you get bored. All former Giants players and, for that matter, former Gothams players, are automatically members. — Caleb Pershan 24 Willie Mays Plaza

Mariposa Hunters Point Yacht Club Beloved by members for its bar and proximity to the ballpark — on game days, it's open an hour-and-a-half before the first pitch — the low-key, laid-back Mariposa Hunters Point Yacht Club is not reserved for the avid yachtsman or snooty socialite. In fact, membership is open to anyone "of good character who [has] a strong interest in boating or the ocean," some of whom have vessels of their own. While the club is indeed for these members only, they may bring guests, who are greeted amiably. It can also been rented for private events. The MHPYC is admittedly a small club, nothing fancy, but it's also full of charm. — Caleb Pershan 405 Terry Francois Street between Pier 48 & 3rd Street

The Metropolitan Club The women-only flipside of the Bohemian Club, founded in 1915, The Metropolitan remains a social club for ladies with an apparently rad basement pool, fitness center, a (stodgy) dining room that serves both lunch and dinner (on certain days of the week), and offers fairly inexpensive (for Union Square) guest rooms for members and their guests. It was, in fact, the first women's athletic club to be established west of the Mississippi, retains a strict dress code in its public space. To discuss membership, one is instructed to call 415.872.7211, or email [email protected] . — Jay Barmann 640 Sutter Street

The Olympic Club Nestled out by the ocean south of Lake Merced, on the border of Daly City, is this historic golf and athletic club founded in 1860 that regularly plays host to professional golf tournaments — the US Open took place there in 2012 , for instance. The club has 5,000 active members (call 415.404.4300 if you want to inquire about membership), and membership includes the use of the 1912-built City Clubhouse at 524 Post Street, near Union Square, which has its own gym. — Jay Barmann 599 Skyline Boulevard

The Sausalito Cruising Club Founded in 1949 by servicemen recently returned from World War II, the Sausalito Cruising Club's "clubhouse" is a former Army munitions barge, extensively remodeled. A 501(c)7 private social club and a cooperative owned by its members, the Cruising Club doesn't require boat ownership for membership, as the name might suggest. In fact, only about a third of members have their own vessels, while most simply enjoy the bar, galley, and frequent entertainment . All members are welcome to use the Club's own fleet of kayaks, paddle boats, small sailboats and more, and it's apparently a pretty fun and drunken locals' scene in there most nights. —Caleb Pershan 100 Napa Street, Sausalito

Villa Taverna Like the Bohemian Club (and the Pacific-Union Club, which we didn't even bother putting on this list), your hopes of becoming a member at the ultra-exclusive, 56-year-old lunch clubhouse known as Villa Taverna are slim to none — they keep a roster of just 460 members which includes the likes of Ann and Gordon Getty, Dianne Feinstein and husband Richard Blum, and former Secretary of State George Shultz and his wife Charlotte Shultz, and new members must be invited and approved by the board. The Chronicle described the space , tucked away in the TransAmerica Pyramid's shadow on Hotaling Place, as "a delightful spot that exudes a chic 'La Dolce Vita' vibe," and the food, I'm told, is excellent. And, allegedly, the initiation fee and dues are "modest" by comparison to some of these other places, if you were ever to be invited. — Jay Barmann 27 Hotaling Place near Jackson

Wingtip Trying to appeal to nouveau riche bros who prefer fine whiskey, wine cellars, and cigars to nightclubs and crowded pleb bars, Wingtip sits atop the historic Bank of Italy building, which would later become Bank of America, with a grand 10th-floor bar overlooking downtown and the TransAmerica Pyramid. They've got billiards, naturally, and a golf simulator, meeting rooms, wine lockers, and a schedule of member events throughout the year. Also, they've got a store on the ground floor featuring clothing, a barbershop, high-end booze, cigars and cigar accessories, and (ugh) fly fishing gear. They've clearly found a market for all this and they've been in business over three years now . At least as of the time of opening,the monthly membership dues were fully redeemable at the barbershop and store, meaning that "each member is essentially committing to spend a couple grand a year at the store." — Jay Barmann 550 Montgomery Street, Floor 10

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I took some friends from Austin here to experience this hidden gem and it was a hit! I always feel proud of my restaurant choices when my friends take their first bite of food and say, "WOW." Our friend group included some dietary restrictions like gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian. Everyone was able to find something delicious to eat and drink here. We got breakfast from Naco Grayson. I ordered a bean and cheese taco on corn and it was so good, I wish I had gone back and ordered another one. They put a layer of crusted cheese on the tortilla and slather on the beans and then put another layer of cheese on top. My friend ordered the concha french toast and he said it was delicious. It looked amazing! The chilaquiles here are also very tasty. Drippy's coffee is at this space and it's one of my favorite coffee trucks in SA. The owners are incredibly nice, welcoming, and warm. They really make you feel like old pals. I ordered a hot mocha latte and it was the perfect complement to my breakfast taco. We were also able to do a bit of shopping at Bexar Goods here and my husband bought a typewriter - so cool! I'm so glad SA Yacht Club opened near me! I hope to take more friends here soon! I do wish they had more umbrella coverage for that hot summer sun, but we went pretty early on a cloudy day, so not too bad, but I imagine it could become unbearable on a sunny day. Maybe some fans would help as well.

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Concha French Toast from Naco Grayson

Concha French Toast from Naco Grayson

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Step into a world of culinary delights and vibrant entertainment at San Antonio Yacht Club, a food truck park that's sure to tantalize your taste buds and set your spirit soaring. Immerse yourself in a symphony of flavors, where the tantalizing aromas of Filipino cuisine from Sari Sari mingle with the mouthwatering goodness of Naco's authentic Mexican fare. Indulge in Sari Sari's crispy lumpia, bursting with savory flavors that will transport you to the culinary heart of the Philippines. Savor the tender, juicy pork tacos al pastor from Naco, their pineapple salsa adding a touch of sweetness and tanginess that will linger on your palate. As you explore this culinary haven, don't forget to quench your thirst with refreshing beverages from the convenient store, where soda, water, beer, and wine await. And to perfectly complement your culinary adventure, Drippy, a soon-to-arrive coffee truck, will soon be brewing up aromatic cups of coffee that promise to awaken your senses and invigorate your spirit. Image of Drippy coffee truck at San Antonio Yacht ClubOpens in a new window With a vision for the future that's as vibrant as the flavors they offer, San Antonio Yacht Club is poised to elevate your dining experience. Plans are in motion to expand their culinary offerings with even more food trucks, introduce a lively stage for captivating live music performances, and create a dedicated kid's play area, ensuring that every member of the family has something to savor. Whether you're seeking a quick bite or a leisurely culinary journey, San Antonio Yacht Club is your gateway to a world of flavors and entertainment. Embrace the vibrant atmosphere, savor the delectable dishes, and let the rhythm of the music carry you away. So, mark your calendars and prepare to be amazed by San Antonio Yacht Club, where culinary delights and vibrant entertainment await!

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