Emeryville Yacht Club
Chuck Grant founded the Emeryville Yacht Club in 1989, as the North Star Yacht Club at the Emery Cove Yacht Harbor. Chuck, who was Commodore 1989-1992, had grown up around his father’s powerboat docked at Emery Cove Yacht Harbor for many years. Seeing the special community formed by the more that 850 boat slips in the two Emeryville marinas, Chuck named the Club after his successful North Star Computer Company. The Club’s membership remained stable for ten years but then fell to an all time low. John Chalfant, at that time the BoatU.S. Marketing liaison for California and the Admin Secretary-Treasurer of the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association contacted 2002 Commodore Nancy Sheridon and made arrangements to reorganize the Club. In 2003 John Chalfant asked PICYA Vice Commodore Vern Bendsen to help revise Club bylaws and worked with CPA Paul Buckley who updated State of California requirements. Then a board meeting was held to install Paul Buckley as 2004 Commodore. The first General Membership meeting in 2004 brought an overwhelming response for memberships. Under the new leadership, the Club set out to win the 2004 Opening Day Captain Morgan Best Decorated Powerboat Trophy. John Chalfant invited the Director of Cal Boating and the founder BoatU.S. to become honorary members. In 2005 the Club voted to rename itself the Emeryville Yacht Club, and took second place for the annual PICYA Newsletter Award. Today, with worldwide reciprocal privileges and a membership of over 90 boaters, the club’s host marina, Emery Cove Yacht Harbor, provides reciprocal berthing and facility use making this location in the heart of San Francisco Bay a desired destination. Emeryville is a booming city with waterfront walkways, many restaurants and excellent shopping. The Mayor of Emeryville is an Honorary Emeryville Yacht Club member and there are long range plans to include the Emeryville Marina within the sphere of the Emeryville Yacht Club, thus increasing our capability to host virtually any Yacht Club wishing to cruise in to one of the most desirable anchorages in Northern California, here in the heart of San Francisco Bay.