After many long organizational meetings and a big thank you to Les Singer, our consultant and first Commodore, the Ox Bow Yacht Club was founded on March 17, 1980, with 25 charter members. The name Ox Bow comes from the dictionaryox-bow: a geologic feature, as a bow shaped bend in a river, or the land embraced by it.
Our social events are held on the water. We are cruising almost every month with some of our staple cruises being: Visit our sponsor St Joaquin Yacht Club to celebrate St Patrick's Day, Grindstone Joe's where we enjoy a different party theme every year from Survivor to Dancing with the Stars, the Gong Show and Murder Mysteries.
Our Club participation in the Annual PICYA Wheelchair Regatta was organized by Marge Woodward. This worthy event gives disabled veterans a chance to spend a day cruising on the Bay.
The Annual Bay Cruise is always a wonderful trip and has evolved into including also a Blue Water Cruise to navigate out the Golden Gate Bridge to Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz and Monterey.
Through the years of hard work, dedication and fun, Ox Bow Yacht Club is a PICYA member and has had perfect attendance at PICYA Delegate Meetings for sixteen consecutive years.
Ox Bow Yacht Club has a chapter of The International Order of the Blue Gavel and most of our Past Commodores belong to this prestigious organization.
We are a cruising club, with no fixed facility to maintain,and therefore able to keep our annual dues at an affordable level. Our members regularly cruise the three rivers (Mokelumne, San Joaquin and Sacramento) and the San Francisco Bay.