How would you describe your club? The
Presidio Yacht Club was originally just
for members of the armed services with
an emphasis on providing a fun place
for Travis Air Force Base and veteran
Dress code? None except for special occasions or New Year’s Day. The dinners are
usually themed and some members will dress
up accordingly — Hawaiian, Oktoberfest and
Best feature of the club? The view and the
Always a yacht club? No, it was a boat
repair shop and on the historic list.
Describe your typical member. The most
active are military veterans and members of
the public. The club relies on volunteers for
everything from cooking meals, decorations
and providing boat rides to a yearly barbecue on July 4th for Travis Air Force Base
personnel and their families and a yearly
outing to Angel Island.
Do you have a paid bartender? The upstairs
bar does have paid bartenders.
Are you open to the public on any nights?
The upstairs Travis Marina bar is open to the
public at night.
Live music? Friday, Saturday and Sunday
afternoons. Sometimes on Thursday, also.
Food service? PYC has monthly dinners for
its members and their family and friends
only. Travis Bar serves hamburgers, pizza
and hot dogs.
Membership dues? Membership is free for
active duty members of the uniformed services; regular initiation is $50 with an annual
fee of $280.
Signature cocktail? No.
Reciprocity? Yes, PYC is a member of
PIC YA, and as such all Bay Area clubs —
except the St. Francis — will honor the PYC
Membership events? Monthly dinners and
cleanup day in the marina. There is also a
yearly outing for young teens coming from
Any yachts? Yes.
The Presidio Yacht Club’s origins can be traced back
to 1850 and the creation of the Lime Point Military
Reservation in Sausalito’s Horseshoe Cove. A satel-
lite station of the Presidio of San Francisco, Lime
Point became what is now known as Fort Baker. Here,
day-to-day operations included laying antisubmarine
mines and hosting strategic battery sites, including
Battery Yates. Military service personnel began berth-
ing their private boats in the empty slips after the war
and founded the Presidio Yacht Club in 1959. Initially,
it was only open to the military and their families,
but this restriction was lifted in 1994 when the army
ceased its operations in the area. Today the Presidio
Yacht Club functions mostly as a community of boating enthusiasts
as well as armed forces members and veterans. It is closely associated
with the Travis Marina and includes the Travis Marina Bar. The bar,
sometimes called “Mike’s Place,” is open to the public Wednesday
through Sunday and boasts a varnished wood interior, military and
yachting decor from around the world and a kitchen that turns out
standard pub fare. Being a member has its perks — a dollar off drinks.
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