Become a Sponsor WSS 2016

      Summer 2016

Dear Valued Sponsor,

Island Yacht Club, a non-profit all volunteer organization, is excited to once again host the Northern California Women’s Sailing Seminar, now in it’s 24th year. Upward of 130 women participants and instructors are expected to gather for this two day seminar held September 24-25, 2016.

Classes are taught on and off the water, topics tailored to the skills of our attendees, from the first time sailor to advanced racers. This event is unique to Northern California and to date is the only seminar designed exclusively for women, taught by women. We had a most impressive turn out in 2015, participants from all over the San Francisco Bay area and Northern California benefited from the generous contributions of our sponsors.  Our attendees feed-back has been most enthusiastic!

Looking to the future, NC WSS has an even larger goal of reaching out to those who would benefit from the message “Capture The Power”. Northern California Women’s Sailing Seminar and it’s home organization, Island Yacht Club, would like to be able to use your donated resources to provide even more services to Seminar Participants;  instructor support, educational materials, participant meals, day trip supplies to those boat owners generous enough to donate the use of their vessels, in addition to providing a budget for scholarships to benefit those participants who have need.

The 2016 Women’s Sailing Seminar seeks contributions at the following levels

Your cash or “in kind” contribution will be acknowledged in the seminar program & on promotional materials (posters).  Any level of support is greatly appreciated! Can’t be done without our sponsors!

Admiral: $200 and above, reserves you a full page in the seminar souvenir program, you are also welcome to send a representative and/or promotion materials for the WSS information table.

Captain:   $100 – $199,   reserves you a half page in the seminar program, you are also welcome to send a representative and/or promotional materials for the WSS information table.

Lieutenant: $ 50 – $99,  reserves you a quarter page in the seminar program and space for your promotional materials for the WSS information table.

Ensign: $25- $49, reserves you a business card sized space in the seminar program.

Join the energy,  join the fun! This event is staffed and produced in total by dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers, we welcome you to join the team!

Cash Contributions can be made right here! {link}

Checks may be made payable and sent to: Island Yacht club, 1855 Clement Ave, Alameda CA, 94501

Merchandise should be shipped to: Women’s Sailing Seminar, c/o Pineapple Sails, 2526 Blanding             Ave, Alameda CA, 94501

Many many thanks for your support,

Nancy Hird, 2016 Chair Women’s Sailing Seminar,

Roy Bookbinder House Concert June 24 8pm

IYC Music Sessions at Island Yacht Club will be presenting an intimate house concert featuring Legendary Ragtime and Blues Entertainer Roy BookBinder, on Friday June 24, 2016. Doors open at 7 pm, show at 8pm, Sliding scale, suggested donation $15-20 per person at the door.

All money goes directly to the performer.

Roy is a direct link to the original blues men of the 1920’s and 30’s. He studied and toured with Rev Gary Davis and Pink Anderson. For the last 45 years he’s been traveling the globe playing his songs.

For more info contact or Roy’s website

March 21st Dinner – Irish Food and Live Music!!

Don’t  miss our March 21st St. Patrick’ s Day themed dinner featuring live music from Celtic trio “Dance Around Molly”.  A traditional St. Patrick’s Day Feast will be served featuring:

Corned Beef & Cabbage

Roast  Potatoes &Vegetables

Colcannon Pie (vegetarian)

Cottage Pie ( meat & vegetarian versions)

Homemade Irish Soda Bread

special desserts

Dinner will be served at 7 pm and is  only $15/person. Bar opens at 5:30 pm. Please invite your family & friends to this event & don’t forget to RSVP to

Hope to see you all on Saturday March 21st.

IYC  Galley


February 2015 “Mainsheet” Newsletter

The “Mainsheet” is back!! Here’s the February 2015 edition. PDF’s of the current year Mainsheets and archived copies from past years can be found on the “Mainsheet” page


February 21st Dinner & presentation by boat builder Simon Watts

Please join us on Saturday, February 21st for our monthly club  dinner featuring a presentation by acclaimed boat builder,  furniture maker, teacher and author  Simon Watts.   Mr. Watts’ after dinner presentation will focus on his building of a replica of the 1935 I-14  racing dinghy , “Alarm”.  “Alarm” was one of the innovative planing hull racing dinghies designed by Uffa Fox that made a dramatic  impact on small boat & dinghy class racing.  The menu for February 21 st will feature:

“Parihuela” – Peruvian style Seafood Soup

“Pernil” -Cuban Style Marinated Pork Roast

“Camarones Mojo de Ajo” -Prawns sauteed in a special garlic sauce

Vegetable “Empanadas” (vegetarian entree)

 Black Beans & Rice

Spring Green Salad

special desserts

Dinner is only $17/person. This event is open to all. Bar opens at 5:30pm, dinner served at 7pm. Please RSVP to by Feb 18th or call 510-521-2980


New Years Day at IYC – Round the Island Cruise

Happy New Year to all our members and friends! Island Yacht Club will be open to all those participating in the traditional Round the Island Cruise, Jan 1, 2015. Breakfast and mimosas will be served at the club starting at 8am, New Years Day. Hope to see you all at our clubhouse.

2015 Crab Feed – Jan 17th -purchase your tickets now!


Happy Holidays Everyone!!

We’re wrapping up another successful year here at Island Yacht Club. We’ve had many great events in 2014, and welcomed many new members aboard. We’re looking forward to 2015 and continuing to offer one of the best values in a yacht club anywhere in the Bay Area. Saturday, January 17, 2015 is our annual Crab Feed. Island Yacht Club offers one of the best Crab Feeds anywhere, at an incredibly low price. We had a sell out last year, and look forward to the continuing support of all our members and friends to make our 2015 Crab Feed even bigger and better.

IYC offers both HOT & chilled crab, including our famous Roast Garlic Crab. Melted butter, cocktail sauce, and other special sauces prepared right here in our galley are provided. In addition, we serve a variety of pasta entrees, garlic bread, salad,and special desserts at our feeds. This is an “all you can eat” affair for the incredible price of only $45/person if purchased by January 15, 2015. $50/person after that time (pasta only $12/person). To purchase tickets, please mail your check, payable to Island Yacht Club, to 1853 Clement Ave, Bldg 14, Alameda CA 94501 or via PayPal on this page. Cocktails starting at 5:30 pm, dinner served at 7pm. Please invite your friends and family to this event. See you next year!

Trev Yamamoto

Treasurer & Galley Mgr

Island Yacht Club


December Events at IYC

We’re not done yet! Celebrate the holiday season at Island Yacht Club. This Saturday December 6th is the 38th annual Lighted Yacht Parade on the Alameda Estuary. Club member Joel Sailer will be donating the use of his boat again this year for our parade entry. Come to the club during the day on Dec 6th and help decorate the boat. Then jump aboard that evening and join the parade. Last year was a lot of fun, and some pics of our 2013 boat are attached. If you’d like to participate or for more info, Contact John New @ 510-529-8227.

The following weekend, Sunday Dec 14th, is the second race in our long running Island Days series. IYC will be hosting an informal holiday gathering after the race. I’ll be serving some treats from the galley, and members who plan to attend are encouraged to bring food potluck style as well. This event will start around 2:30pm.

Mark your calendar for our upcoming 2015 events as well. The club will do its annual “around the island” cruise on January 1st, and our annual Crab Feed will be held on Saturday January 17th. Stay tuned for more announcements on the Crab Feed. I think we put on one of the best in the Bay Area for the price and once again this year, I’ll be serving my famous roast garlic crab & Asian style chili garlic crab. Don’t miss out!


2015 Member Dues Renewal Reminder

IYC Members,

It’s that time of year again. Just a friendly reminder that your 2015 membership renewal is due by January 1, 2015. Island Yacht Club’s dues are still only $375/year for regular memberships and $187.50/year for cruising memberships. You still won’t find a better value in Yacht Clubs anywhere in the Bay Area. If you’re one of the many new club members who joined us in September 2014 or later, no dues are owed for 2015.

I hope all you long time members will renew your memberships at IYC again this year. Memberships are the foundation of any club, and we depend on your continued support to allow us to provide you all the benefits of a great Yacht Club, and continue to be an asset to the Bay Area sailing community.

Dues payments may be made through this website (click on the membership tab), or you can mail your check made payable to Island Yacht Club to the club address: 1853 Clement Ave, Bldg 14, Alameda CA 94501

Thanks for your support!

2014 Change of Watch Party Saturday Nov 15th

Don’t forget the 2014 Change of Watch Party is this Saturday November 15th starting at 6pm. We’ve received RSVP’s from many of you already, but there are still a few seats available if you’re still thinking about attending. This is one of the few times a year when we have most of the club members together,and it’s your chance to meet the incoming Commodore & officers, get a recap of the past year at IYC, hear our plans for 2015, and to give your input on anything related to your club. Of course, you will be served delicious food and drink as well and be entertained by the Joe Adams Jazz Trio. Outgoing Commodore John New has selected a traditional holiday themed menu for this year’s COW that will include:

Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy
A selection of 3 dressings: Traditional Oyster, Mixed Fruit, & Hawaiian Style Portuguese Sausage
Assorted Cranberry Sauces & relish
Guava Glazed Ham
Vegetable Pot Pies (vegetarian entree)
Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan & Pine Nuts
Mashed Potatoes
Cole Slaw
Tomato Soup
Pumpkin Pie
and much more..

If you’d like to attend, please RSVP right away to or call the club at 510-521-2980. Cost of dinner is only $22/person. 2015 Calendar Planning Meeting & Commodore’s Cup to follow on Sunday Nov 17th. Hope to see you this weekend.