Golden Gate Yacht Club

Coordinates: 37°48′27.79″N 122°26′33.37″W / 37.8077194°N 122.4426028°W / 37.8077194; -122.4426028
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Golden Gate Yacht Club
Short nameGGYC
CommodoreLeslie Iacopi
The America's Cup at the GGYC.

The Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) is a San Francisco, California, U.S. based yacht club founded in 1939.[1]


In 1939 the first members built a clubhouse on a barge in the San Francisco Marina. After the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake severely damaged the club, members pulled together and rebuilt it.[1]

GGYC is a popular cruise and regatta venue on the San Francisco waterfront. The club is located on the jetty directly east of the St. Francis Yacht Club and north of the Marina Green, at the end of Yacht Road in San Francisco.[1] The most well-known of current members is Oracle Corporation founder Larry Ellison.

The Club entered the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup, the America's Cup challenger selection series, represented by the BMW Oracle Racing team.[2] BMW Oracle Racing were eliminated in the semi-finals. They challenged for the America's Cup in 2010 represented by the BMW Oracle Racing team and won a Deed of Gift match 2–0 against the Alinghi team representing Société Nautique de Genève becoming the first American yacht club to hold the cup since 1995.

America's Cup Management announced on July 5, 2007, that the protocol for the 33rd America's Cup had been agreed between the Defending yacht club, the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) of Switzerland and its Challenger of Record, the Club Náutico Español de Vela of Spain.[citation needed] Golden Gate Yacht Club sued, successfully arguing that Club Náutico Español de Vela was not a valid challenger. The challenge was upheld, and Golden Gate Yacht Club's team, BMW Oracle Racing, sailed against SNG, represented by the Alinghi team, in February 2010 in Valencia, Spain. The competing boats, Alinghi 5 and USA 17 were both 90-foot multihulls. The rigid wing sail of USA 17 provided a decisive advantage and Golden Gate Yacht Club won the 2010 America's Cup by a considerable margin.[citation needed]

They successfully defended the America's Cup at the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco in 2013, but finally lost the trophy in the 35th edition against the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.[3]


To date there have been 65 commodores of the Golden Gate Yacht Club.[4]

Name Years Served
Maurice Quillen 2022–present
Leslie Lacopi 2019 - 2022
Norbert Bajurin 2010 - 2018
Marcus Young 2007 - 2010
David Haskin 2005 - 2006
Ned Barrett 2003 - 2004
Norbert Bajurin 2001 - 2002
Linda Pierce 2000
Mary Sancimino 1999
Nancy Wesley 1998
Joseph Bambara 1997
Michael McGlothlin 1996
Michael Hobson 1995
Jim Brennan 1994
Chuck Pierce 1993
Karen McManus 1991 - 1992
Douglas Carroll 1990
Hans Randrup 1989
Oral Moore 1988
Cal Person 1987
Dana Pettengill 1986
Gordon Engel 1985
Bud Fuller 1984
Dave Miller 1983
Jeff Litke 1982
Dean Collins 1981
John Kenny 1980
Mike Mann 1979
Ralph Lewis 1978
Roy Koski, D.M.D. 1977
Louis Rossi 1976
John Roveda 1975
William Dodge 1974
Ed Nylund 1973
Roy C. Berner 1972
Anthony G.Vlantis 1971
Wes Smith 1970
Bruce Paulk 1969
Wally Solloway 1968
Cliff Melder 1967
Douglas C. Carroll 1966
Richard Carroll 1965
Walter Vendetti 1964
James Heatlie 1963
Harry Lieberman 1962
John Benone 1961
Kenneth Carlson 1960
Leo Cone 1959
Dan Regan 1958
Ray Carpenter 1957
Bob Kelly 1956
Otto Bueren 1955
Max Koch 1954
Len Fleischman 1953
Max Williams 1952
Manuel Fagundes 1951
Jeff Capell 1950
Paul Dember 1948 - 1949
W. Muggenthaler 1947
W.H. Capell 1946
J. Arvid Johnson 1945
Robert A. Davies 1944
H. McMullen 1943
H.A. Livingston 1942
Bud Schaffnit 1941
H.P McKean 1940

See also[edit]

America's Cup winning yacht clubs


  1. ^ a b c "Golden Gate Yacht Club official website". Retrieved 2010-02-19.
  2. ^ "GGYC Win America's Cup Court Case". Retrieved 2021-10-23.
  3. ^ Tom Cary and Miles Dilworth (26 June 2017). "New Zealand bury the demons of San Francisco in crushing America's Cup victory over the USA". Telegraph Media Group.
  4. ^ "Golden Gate Yacht Club official website". Retrieved 2019-10-01.

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37°48′27.79″N 122°26′33.37″W / 37.8077194°N 122.4426028°W / 37.8077194; -122.4426028