Good news for sailors, the city of Richmond, the Richmond Yacht Club and the Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show! The San Francisco Bay Ferry’s Richmond-San Francisco service will launch tomorrow, Thursday, January 10, 2019. This new ferry route opens up new options for sailing out of Richmond Yacht Club, getting to a boat in one of the Richmond marinas, or attending the boat show. They don’t have any late evening runs, so it won’t be good for getting home after a Wednesday night beer can race, and there is no weekend service yet, but we’ll hope for an expanded schedule if the run proves popular.
Here’s the initial weekday schedule: The ferry will depart Richmond at 6:10 a.m., 7:10 a.m., 8:15 a.m., 8:40 a.m., 5:15 p.m. and 6:05 p.m. The ferry will depart San Francisco for Richmond at 6:25 a.m., 7:55 a.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 6:35 p.m. and 6:50 p.m. The trip takes about 35 minutes.
The Richmond ferry terminal is right next to the Craneway Pavilion. The route goes to the San Francisco Ferry Building. The one-way adult fare is $9.00, with reduced costs for kids, seniors and disabled passengers.
Like the rest of the Bay Area’s public transit providers, San Francisco Bay Ferry recognizes that early San Francisco commuters came to the Bay Area aboard clipper ships — so they’ll accept your Clipper Card. Using the card will save you more than $2 off the retail-priced adult ticket. The notice did include a Passenger Code of Conduct, which may discourage some sailors we know (no disruptive behavior, no hiking out, no feet over the rail).
They’re hosting a lunch event on January 10 at 1:30 p.m. at the Craneway Pavilion to celebrate the launch, and they’re asking you to RSVP so they know how many people to expect. Mitch Perkins from Latitude 38 plans to be there to hand out (free!) magazines.