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South Bay Yacht Club Clears Away Old Docks

The South Bay Yacht Club had told us of their plans to participate in California Coastal Cleanup Day by clearing away the last of the old rotting docks that had been in place since the late 1960s.

Original docks
The South Bay YC’s History page tells us, “In 1969, in cooperation with the Santa Clara Valley Water District, SBYC abandoned the mooring basin which it had used for many, many years across the slough, in favor of docks and slips next to the clubhouse. The members worked with the District, negotiated a lease with the State of California, State Lands Commission, built new docks and moved to the new location. This was a massive undertaking and as was the case with the clubhouse, done entirely by the labors of the members.”
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On Monday, the club sent us photos of their successful cleanup event.

South Bay YC old docks
The semi-abandoned docks were mostly rotten, and most sections were “floating on slowly disintegrating Styrofoam.”
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The removal of the old docks was imperative in enabling the Alviso marshlands to be restored to their natural condition.

The event was well attended, with 61 volunteers turning up to help complete the day’s task.
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Last weekend may have been hard work, but this coming weekend the club is ready to party and ‘Talk Like a Pirate.’
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This coming Saturday, The South Bay Yacht Club is holding its fourth annual Oyster Pirate Party at its clubhouse in Alviso. Everyone is welcome to join the fun. And there’s no need to worry about starving because you don’t like oysters; there will also be hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken ‘peg-leg’ drumsticks.

There’ll even be entertainment — Mordecai and Suska will be playing nautical music, singing sea chanteys, and generally clowning around.

Admission is free!
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If this sounds like your kind of party, RSVP at

Do you remember visiting the old docks at The South Bay Yacht Club? Send us your historical memories at [email protected].

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