A Brief History of Spinnaker Yacht Club
the beginning it was the San Leandro Sailing Club. A group of students
were taking a class in piloting given by the Peralto Power Squadron at
San Leandro High School In 1967.
discussion was held on the possibility of forming a family orientated
sailing club. An ad was placed in the newspaper inviting anyone
interested in forming such a club to meet at the San Leandro Library on
January 13, 1967. Eighty five people attended the meeting and
subsequently the club was formed in February 1967.
first year was busy with by-laws written by Howard Robinson and
attorney Pete Lojo. In March 1967 Leverne Onstad designed the burgee.
The club was on its way with forty four members in April 1967.
club was operated by five officers and six board members. The "chair
system" is used to elevate officers from Rear to Vice to Commodore each
club is a "do-it-yourself" club with everyone pulling some form of duty
during the year. We do our own maintenance, galley, and bar work as
part of the duty. In addition, since the mid '80's, Spinnaker members
have been volunteering to work the security positions at the two yearly
Boat Shows in the Alameda Estuary. Money earned goes to the treasury and
helps keep the dues down.
the years the racing, which was a big part of the club activity in the
early years, has diminished so that now we mostly do cruise outs and
host cruise ins.
June 3, 1995, Spinnaker Yacht Club has taught a Junior Sailing Program,
where all boats, equipment, and books are supplied for a nominal fee.
Since August 2003 an Adult Sailing Class has been taught by members with
many years of sailing experience.
Monthly dinner meetings are held at the club where plans and finances are discussed.
are three main events the club hosts each year. The Kaimanu Hawaiian
outrigger Canoe Races for both men and women are hosted by the club in
August. The Lighted Boat Parade takes place in the Marina at Christmas
time, and the Change of Watch Dinner is in November, where the new flag
officers and board are installed for the following year.
Our dues are among the most favorable in the area, we are debt free and enjoy a good reputation in the boating community.
remain today a friendly, sociable family boating club and a desirable
place for cruise ins. We also rent out the Club for special occasions.
By Lloyd Eschman