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Tinsley Island is our private slice of paradise, steeped in primitive elegance. Located 100 miles up the Delta from the St. Francis Yacht Club, this 40-acre oasis offers a year-round getaway for our members. Whether volunteering as a Tinsley Toiler, participating in an annual Club Cruise, or escaping for a weekend of family fun, members have been making cherished memories here for many decades.
While in-season from May 15 to October 15, we offer our members:
- on-island accommodations
- a full bar and cafe
- a fitness center
- boat-cleaning services
- local, live entertainment on Saturday nights
Ross Schiveley, Tinsley Island Manager
Neil Pincus, Tinsley Island Committee Chair
All members are required to register themselves, their guests and boats upon or prior to arrival on the Island. Registration can be done electronically by clicking HERE or at registration stations located at the Lanai Bar and at the West Dock bath house.
All members are required to register upon arrival on Tinsley, whether you're staying on a boat or in Island accommodations. Here is how to set up your online account, and register.
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This winter, your Tinsley Island Committee and staff worked with King Island Marina to put together special parking packages for one day, one weekend, one cruise and one season. You're gonna love this!
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The Tinsley Island Committee and the Board have approved several updates to some existing rules and added a few new ones, all designed to improve current and long-term utilization.
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The 2015 Tinsley Island reservation system is open for business! Between no and May 31, you can reserve open lodging.
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Just over a year ago, The Royal Swedish Yacht Club approached us with a fantastic opportunity for our Junior Sailors - a “Sailor Exchange” program. Read more »
Click HERE to see a map of the area. Note that the launch departs from King Island Marina; if you're using your GPS, simply key in "King Island Marina". Depending on traffic, the drive takes between 2 and 2.5 hours from San Francisco, and about 1.5 hours from the Peninsula and Marin County. Overnight parking is available at King Island for a fee payable at the Marina store.
Important Notice: California is experiencing extreme drought conditions. As such and in order to help prevent saltwater intrusion in the Delta, the DWR has installed an emergency rock barrier across the West entrance of False River. While this eliminates it from being used while in route by boat to Tinsley from San Francisco, the San Joaquin River remains open. For more information go to: www.water.ca.gov
Tinsley Island is located on the main shipping channel in the San Joaquin River between Little Connection and Disappointment Sloughs. Coming upriver from the Bay, the last flashing red marker is #12, at which point Tinsley is ahead to your right. The main entrance to the lagoon is at the southeast end of the island, and the secondary entrance is at the southwest end. Both are marked with Club signage. If you are making this cruise for the first time, we recommend you contact members of the Tinsley Island Committee, or other frequent visitors, for local information on information on False River, Michael's Cut, and timing of the tides.
A complimentary launch service runs year-round between King Island and Tinsley Island, a journey of approximately 15 minutes. The launch, Thomas V. Allen, Jr., is a 32-passenger twin pontoon boat with a full hard-top.
Click HERE for the Year-Round TINSLEY ISLAND LAUNCH SCHEDULE
Upon entering the inner channel, please make your presence known with a short blast on your horn. If the Port Captain or Island Manager is present, he will provide directions for berthing. Otherwise, secure your boat at an appropriate dock and consult with one of them when you come ashore.
Our Port Captain, Ed Igoe, is available to assist you in docking and to answer any questions you have about the island, its customs, rules and regulations. Each weekend during the regular season (May 15 to October 15) in the Port Captain’s absence, a Duty Port Captain will be designated and in charge of docking. His or her name will be posted at each Registration Station. If the Dock Captains are unavailable to assist you, please contact the Duty Port Captain. You are expected to cooperate with requests made of you by the Dock Captains and/or Port Captain.
Please see the Port Captain or Duty Port Captain to secure the decal required for small watercraft, and to register any small boats or personal watercraft that you plan to use while on the Island.
After you have docked, please register by clicking HERE. You can also use the on-island registration stations located at the Lanai Bar and at the West Dock bath house.
Please refer to the handbook at rule 184.108.40.206 for the most current cancellation policy. Pets are not permitted in any Island accommodations.
In keeping with our tradition of Primitive Elegance on Tinsley Island, please be aware that a certain amount of self-sufficiency is necessary when you visit Island accommodations.
The following items are provided for your convenience:
In the Lighthouse, Captain’s Quarters, Chef’s Quarters and Houseboat:
sheets, bath towels, bath soap
In the Bunkhouse:
bath soap only
The following are not provided:
toiletries, hair dryers, pool towels, provisions.
All accommodations except the Bunk House include a full kitchen with appliances, pots and pans, cutlery, dish ware, etc. Refrigerators are available in the common area for those who rent Bunkhouse rooms.
The Lighthouse maintains a library, games and a piano for use by its guests. Because items tend to come and go, we cannot guarantee which books and games will be available at any given time. Feel free to bring your favorite game to play while you are on the Island! Wifi covers the Island; however, as the Island is remote, connectivity varies.
The Southampton Shoals Lighthouse, built on San Francisco Bay in 1905, contains five large bedrooms, three shared baths, a communal fully equipped kitchen, and living room with television and piano. Bed linens and towels are included. The Lighthouse Tower affords sweeping views of Tinsley, our neighboring islands, and the sinewy sloughs that flow between.
Click HERE for more information.
FIRST MATE'S QUARTERS
The First Mate's Quarters is an oversized, en-suite sleeping/living room with bath, refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker, adjoining the bunkhouse with private entry. This room sleeps up to five people. Bed linens and towels are included.
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The Small Bunkhouse is a dormitory-style facility containing twelve bunk beds. A sitting room (photo at left) and two bathrooms are shared with the Large Bunkhouse facility. Bed linens and towels are NOT included with this room.
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LARGE BUNK HOUSE - 16 BUNKS
The Large Bunkhouse is a dormitory style facility containing sixteen bunk beds. A sitting room and two bathrooms are shared with the Small Bunkhouse facility. Bed linens and towels are NOT included with this room.
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The Captain's Quarters is a manufactured home with two bedrooms, two baths, a living room with two sleeper sofas, and a fully equipped kitchen. This facility can sleep up to nine people. Bed linens and towels are included.
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The West Dock Houseboat has sleeping accommodations for four, a bath, and fully equipped kitchen. Amenities include a flat screen television with satellite receiver, a DVD player and radio with tape deck. There are also two furnished patios.
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Every year, the Tinsley Island Committee’s goal is to welcome and accommodate as many members as possible. Though many guests sleep aboard a member’s boat on the docks, we also offer a handful of accommodations that range from bunkhouses to historic landmarks, all of which fit in with the overarching ambiance we like to call “primitive elegance”.
Reservations for these accommodations are handled through a Lottery system that takes place at the conclusion of every season. The following timeline represents a typical Lottery cycle; the Club and Tinsley Island Committee set specific dates each year.
Beginning of November: members receive Lottery forms in the mail
End of November: reservation requests due to the Club
Early December: Lottery winners drawn by Club Management
Mid-December: Lottery results sent by email to all participants
Late January: deadline for Lottery winners to confirm or cancel winning requests (see Deposit and Cancellation Policy below)
February 1–May 31: All available rooms can be booked on a first-come, first-served basis by contacting the Front Desk at email@example.com or 415-563-6363. Any member can make one individual reservation regardless of the number of other reservations the member already has. That reservation is limited to one room per reserving member, with a maximum stay of seven nights and a minimum stay of two nights.
June 1–December 31: any member can make any number of reservations regardless of their existing reservations. These reservations are not limited by number of rooms or number of days.
At all times, any reservation that encompasses a weekend shall always include both Friday & Saturday nights.
All confirmed reservations will be charged a non-refundable deposit of $50. This deposit will be applied to the lodging fee. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 31, 2015 to avoid being charged the lodging fee. Cancelled reservations will then be filled from the waitlist, and confirmed immediately. Partial cancellation of midweek days (Monday to Thursday) constitutes cancellation of the entire reservation. Cancellations received after January 31, 2014 will be re-offered to the waitlist first and then to the general membership based on the preferences listed in Rules and Regulations 220.127.116.11. Cancelled reservations that are not re-booked by the Club remain the financial responsibility of the originally booked member.
Review the Rules of the Lottery, as per our Rules and Regulations, below:
6.5.6 Lottery Reservations – Island Accommodations
Couples and Singles Cruise: Shaken, not Stirred
Bond, Tinsley Bond. This weekend is all about the couples and the singles enjoying a kid-free Island as it gets "Shaken, not Stirred." A James Bond theme will feature a Thunderbird Bocce Tournament, SkyFall Spa and M16 Open Bar, where Q will be bar-tending from Friday at 3:00pm through Monday at 11:00am. Parties include:
– Friday: Diamonds are Forever Dance Party, with DJ Robert Morton-Jones
– Saturday: Dress as your Favorite Bond Character, with live music by Max Cruise
– Sunday: Hit the gambling tables at Tinsley's Casino Royal
All meals are included in the weekend, including a plated dinner on Saturday night and buffets and stations for the other meals.
The island will be open to registrants only; all others will be asked to depart.
Fresh Crew Cruise
JUNE 5–JUNE 7
The Club's younger members—and the youngest at heart—flock to their Island oasis and take over for what has become another of Tinsley's most fun events. Throughout the weekend, there is a constant stream of games and parties, including volleyball and bocceball tournaments as well as prizes for best costume.
Registration includes Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night snack; and Sunday breakfast.
4th of July Cruise
The first of the season's family cruises, this event holds a special spot in many families' hearts. It's a Tinsley tradition observed year after year. Last year, in fact, one young woman celebrated her 18th birthday on the Cruise; she has celebrated all but one birthday in the same way!
As in every year, there will be something for everyone: games and competitions during the day and food and music through the night, tied together by patriotic fun. For a bit of something new, this year's committee is excited to add in new Earth-friendly twists, celebrating the vast nature and diverse wildlife of the Island.
All meals are provided (dinner and late night snack Thursday; breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night snack Friday; breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night snack Saturday; breakfast Sunday) including all the soft serve you can eat. There will be music, dancing, s'mores and movies every night. The island will be limited to the first 550 members who sign up before June 15. Non-registered members and guest swill be asked to depart the island.
CHAIR: IAN KASMAN
There's no better way to round out a summer on the Island than a weekend celebrating over Labor Day! This year's Cruise will feature games and entertainment throughout the weekend.
All meals are provided (dinner and late night snack Thursday; breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night snack Friday; breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night snack Saturday; breakfast Sunday) including all the soft serve you can eat. There will be music, dancing, s'mores and movies every night.
The island will be limited to the first 550 members who sign up. Non-registered members and guest swill be asked to depart the island.
CHAIRS: DAMIR AND TINA PRISKICH
Women’s Cruise: A Caribbean Escape
Pre-party July 10. Register HERE
The only all-women’s weekend of the summer, this is the time for the ladies of the Club to let their hair down. Activities range from Zumba and yoga in the morning to Dominos tournaments, art classes, sailing lessons and more. Each night's dance party will come with a great theme.
The Island is closed this weekend, meaning only Cruise participants are allowed on the island.
Please sign up by the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish to toil, so we can provision accordingly. Can't make it for the entire weekend? The Launch runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday and can take you to and from your car to offer a flexible schedule.
Toilers are volunteers who dedicate their skills to improving Tinsley Island. They work on projects, contribute sweat equity, and earn bragging rights to say: “I helped build that." Toilers are invited to come every weekend, one weekend or even just one day—whatever works for you, we are happy to have you.
Over the years, the Club has benefited tremendously from the savings on projects that would have otherwise been very costly had Toilers not volunteered their time. It is because of the Toiler Volunteers and Tinsley Island Benefactors that Tinsley has been able to grow and improve so much.
Cooks: every Toiler weekend, members to serve the volunteers as Chefs. These members get to show off their culinary prowess while feeding the masses—something we know is just as difficult as swinging a hammer.
Juniors: We always have tasks fit for kids, and Toiler Mentors on hand to teach them.
Benefactors: If you can't physically attend a Toiler weekend, but you're still interested in supporting the island, we encourage you to become a Tinsley Benefactor by filling out THIS form.
Thank you to our 2014 Benefactors!
DOES THE ISLAND OFFER STORAGE FOR GALLEY ITEMS AND PERISHABLES?
Yes. When cooking your meals on the island, you may store your galley items in the lockers in the galley area instead of taking them back and forth to your boat. Members may padlock and place their boat or family name on a locker. Lockers are available on a first-come/first-served basis beginning March 1 in accordance with Rule 18.104.22.168.1.
There are refrigerators and freezers in the galley area, and they fill up fast. You will need a milk crate or a plastic container with your boat or family name for your perishables. If you have a refrigerator on your boat, please use that and leave the Island's facilities free for those who do not access to a personal refrigerator.
IS THERE A SNACK BAR ON THE ISLAND, OR FOOD AVAILABLE?
Yes. There is a snack bar located at the Lanai Bar which operates during cruises. You should provision for your weekday meals and weekend meals except during hosted weekends.
Tinsley Island Snack Bar Hours:
Friday: 12:00 noon – 12:00 midnight
Saturday: 8:30am – 12:00 midnight
Sunday: 8:30am – 4:00 pm
IS THERE A LAUNDRY FACILITY AVAILABLE ON THE ISLAND?
Yes. We have a laundry room located behind the galley area. There are five washers and five dryers. You will need quarters. The washers take about 35 minutes and dryers 45 minutes - Dryers do not dry a big load in that time, so plan accordingly.
ARE VISITORS TO THE ISLAND ALLOWED TO VIEW THE ISLAND AND ITS SURROUNDING AREA FROM THE OBSERVATION POST AT THE TOP OF THE LIGHTHOUSE?
Yes, the Lighthouse has an observation post at the top that members are welcome to enjoy. However, keep in mind that people are staying in the Lighthouse, so be sure you do so quietly during reasonable hours. Please take care ascending and descending the ladder.
CAN ALL ISLAND VISITORS USE THE LIGHTHOUSE KITCHEN AND BATHROOMS?
No. The kitchen and bathrooms in the Lighthouse are for the use of the Lighthouse occupants only.
WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR VISITORS TO THE ISLAND?
Aside from relaxing by the pool and swimming, you might enjoy our regulation bocce ball courts, fitness center, horseshoes, and volleyball courts. We also keep Lasers, kayaks, paddleboards and paddleboats at the West Dock Shed. Paddles are signed out at the West Dock. Please remember: there aren't enough for everyone, so watch your time and return them when you've finished.