COMMITTED TO THE PRESERVATION OF TOMALES BAY, BOATING, AND SERVING AS A BASE FOR OUR YOUTH AND ADULT ACTIVITIES IN OUR COMMUNITY
The Inverness Yacht Club, on Tomales Bay, was founded in 1912 for the purpose of preserving Tomales Bay, fostering boating and yachting and to serve as a base for adult and youth activities in the community, both on and off the water. The Inverness Yacht Club is an all volunteer organization, relying on its members to assist in keeping the club operational. Volunteer service includes every aspect of the Club – tending the facility itself and shepherding it’s social events, involvement in the Racing program as well as the Adult Boating and Youth Sailing programs, contributing to a monthly newsletter (The Pilot), pitching in on work days, helping with our Ships’ Store which sells clothing and related items, and meeting the many other needs of the organization. Every member is expected to participate in some way. The membership is made up of permanent and part-time residents of West Marin, as well as families and individuals who don’t mind the lovely drive to spend time at the Club. Activities include sailing, kayaking, canoeing, rowing, fishing and just messing around in boats. A sizable amount of time is spent relaxing and socializing with other members and guests. The Inverness Yacht Club is very much a family oriented organization. Dependent children are treated as part of a membership. One aspect of membership is that couples hold a single membership, but are treated as individuals for purposes of voting and holding office.
The Clubhouse is a two story building on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, on the shore of Tomales Bay. The upper floor, which is accessible either by stairs or by a lift, consists of a bar and lounge, a ballroom for social gatherings and a full kitchen and restrooms. The lower floor contains a dayroom, shower, and regular and handicap accessible restrooms, lockers and small boat storage. In the yard there is additional space for larger boats and other craft. There is typically a waiting list for yard space or lockers which is managed by the Port Captain. Boats with yard space at the Club are expected to be used on a regular basis and launched from the Club facilities. There are two hoists for launching boats, and inner and outer docks for small boat hand launching, as well as trailer dollies. There is also a small beach at the south end of the property for use when tide permits. The tides frequently do not permit. A tidal level of two feet equals about 18 inches at the outermost float. There are regular social events for members, their families and guests. The summer Youth Sailing program is open to the entire community, but members qualify for early registration. There is also an adult sailing lesson program and a certification program (which qualifies members to use a limited number of club boats).