Located on San Francisco Bay near the Golden Gate Bridge, StFYC is one of the finest racing destinations in the world. Whether you race one design or IRC yachts, dinghies, windsurfers, kiteboards, or wooden classics, the City Front and the rest of the Bay will challenge you with unique conditions – shifting currents, high winds, light winds, big waves, and everything in between.
Our experienced Race Committee is a network of over 300 focused and trained volunteers, who run over 150 racing days every year. With a rich history of championship racing, StFYC has played host to numerous National and World Championships, along with a myriad of annual local regattas and racing series.
The Club plays an influential role in the development of numerous racing handicap systems and is considered the birthplace of kiteboard course racing. On behalf of our volunteers, membership, and professional staff, we welcome you to join us as we host an exciting race season.
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The St. Francis Yacht Club Race Committee is renowned for running some of the best sailboat, windsurfing and kiteboarding races in the world. Comprised of over 300 member and non-member volunteers, their dedication to the sport shows in the 160+ days on the water each year.
Click HERE to sign up for the Race Committee.
Many volunteers are racers, former racers, friends and family of competitors, and anyone who enjoys the camaraderie of the yacht racing community. Racing experience is not required, but we are looking for committed and organized team players interested in racing and race management. You may volunteer for as many regattas throughout the season as you wish.
Click here to visit the Race Committee webpage.
Members and guests of the St. Francis Yacht Club have access to a fleet of 10 equally matched J/22 sailboats. The boats, which arrived in 2011, have enabled local sailors to hone their team and match racing skills in regular practice and regattas.
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J/22s are available primarily through StFYC-organized racing, instruction and related practices. “Related practices” on J/22s are (a) built into an event schedule and/or authorized by official race documents, or (b) special training for team members preparing to represent StFYC at an upcoming challenge. All practice sessions must be arranged in advance through the Race Office and have an approved practice plan.
Special arrangements may be made through the Race Office to charter a boat for use in a non-StFYC event. Unfortunately, J/22s are not available for pleasure sailing on windy SF Bay.
Charter fees associated with StFYC-organized events are either incorporated into overall entry fees or, in some cases, kept separate for administrative purposes.
One-Design Fleet Racing
In 2016, we will host three J/22 fleet racing series. In the spirit of friendly competition and learning, each evening of racing will involve three or four short courses raced right off the Clubhouse race deck in the golden light of the day. Your team can commit to a complete series or just a single day of racing. Volunteer coaches provide J/22-specific tips and optional advice on tactical situations or rules questions. Racing is open to all. Skippers must be StFYC members in good standing.
J/22 Spring Series: Wednesday Evenings, November 6 – 27
J/22 Summer Series: Wednesday Evenings, March 8 - April 19
J/22 Fall Series: Sundays, November 5 - 26
California Dreamin’ Series
US Sailing Match Racing Championship Qualifier
The Club will deploy its matched set of J/22s in hosting a qualifier for the US Sailing Match Racing Championship
St. Francis skippers are encouraged to consider racing in match race qualifiers at other venues as well. According to US Sailing, “In a major change from the past, the Qualifiers are now open to competitors from around the country regardless of their home area, and skippers can race in more than one Qualifier if space is available. The Qualifying Series events will be sailed at seven different venues in a variety of keelboats over eight weekends, April through September.”
Click HERE to learn more about the U.S. Match Racing Championship.
Click HERE to learn more about the U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship.
The 2016 Team Racing Season promises to be another exciting one, packed with prestigous away regattas, hosted regattas, and training events. The program is aimed at all members of the club, from junior members to masters, men and women. It caters to any and all levels of team racing experience from novice to expert. For more information regarding the StFYC Team Racing Program, or to be put on the team racing mailing list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information or to be put on the Team Racing mailing list, please contact the Team Racing Committee at email@example.com or contact the Race Office.
The Club's Cruise Committee is extremely active, organizing at least 10 cruises a year that are open to all members. The cruises typically fall on a weekend and involve a number of activities, events, tours, etc. in the areas visited. Members are welcome to join the cruises by boat or by car and the Cruise Committee is happy to assist in securing transportation for anyone who needs it. Join in the fun!