Welcome to the San Francisco Model Yacht Club


Our club is devoted to the building and sailing of model yachts, both power and sail. Whether you are a builder, sailor, or just curious about this interesting and beautiful hobby, all are welcome.

We are located in San Francisco’s historic Golden Gate Park at the 36th Avenue and Fulton Street entrance. There we have a clubhouse and a lake, both of which are devoted to model yachting.

PHOTOS From the ODOM Region 6 Championship June 20-21, 2015

Click here for the photos from the 2015 ODOM Region 6 Championship hosted by SFMYC.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 October 2015 00:10
Current Conditions at Spreckels Lake
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Last Updated on Friday, 26 March 2010 15:43
SFMYC Announces the 2016 Santa Barbara National Championships

The SFMYC Santa Barbara fleet invites you to the AMYA National Championship Regatta August 20th - 21st, 2016!

Click here for the announcement and the entry form.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 May 2016 19:16
SFMYC hosting the 2016 AMYA Victoria National Championships

The SFMYC Victoria fleet invites you to the National Championship Regatta September 9-11!

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Travel and Hotel Arrangements

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 May 2016 21:13
SFMYC Announces Model Boats on Parade 2016

San Francisco Model Yacht Club (SFMYC)

The Tenth Bi-annual Wooden Boats on Parade

Golden Gate Park – Spreckles Lake (36th Avenue and Fulton Street) San Francisco, California

September 25, 2016 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Join us for this premier fun run!!

More Info

Entry Form

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 May 2016 18:46
SFMYC Announces the 2016 Star-45 Region 6 Championships

SFMYC will be holding  the AMYA 2016 Star-45 Region 6 Championship on October 15 and 16, 2016.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 21 February 2016 14:28
SS Tahoe by Alan Zulberti

Here is a story of the history of the SS Tahoe, a lake steamer servicing the shoreline communities surrounding Lake Tahoe before the 1930s.  Alan Zulberti tells story of the steamer and the building of the SS Tahoe model in copper sheets.  Click on the image to read the article.

SS Tahoe, Queen of the Lake, by Alan Zulberti


Last Updated on Sunday, 07 June 2015 06:02
Story of SF Steam Up 2009 by Ken Valk

On August 16, 2009 the San Francisco Model Yacht Club (SFMYC) hosted its first All Steam Power Model Boat Regatta. This unique event was the club’s tribute to steam, our first power boat models.   pict3.png

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Last Updated on Saturday, 27 March 2010 12:25
History and Restoration of the Margie

History and Restoration of the Margie (Ken Valk)

 margie_the_crew.jpgThe gasoline powered scale yacht “Margie” is one of the most unique and innovative models that was ever designed and constructed. Its hull was patterned after a World War II John L. Hacker Cabin Cruiser and was scaled down by Don Lyons. Master Craftsman Virgil Gustavino of The San Francisco Model Club originally built her in the early 1940’s. However, it was Ed DeGear, Margie’s first and only owner who is credited with giving Margie many of her advanced mechanical engineering components.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 27 March 2010 12:24
Aging and Weathering Article

Ken Valk has written an interesting construction article about Aging and Weathering. The article can be found here.

Since Ken completed the “Lupo Di Mare” (Sea Dog in Italian), a 60 inch 1932 era Monterey Clipper used for salmon and crabbing on the West Coast, many fellow modelers have asked how she was finished. The article includes some thoughts and tips which may help builders (beginning and experienced) to created the perfect weather and aged appearance on your next model.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 January 2011 14:15
Wooden Boats on Parade


Wooden Boats on Parade
Wooden Boats on Parade
The San Francisco Model Yacht Club hosted the 2010 Wooden Boats on Parade, on Sunday, October 24th.

Since its inception in 1996, Wooden Boats on Parade has grown to become one of the largest model boat exhibitions in the country. Held every two years, the 2008 show attracted over 200 participants from the Western United States and Canada.

Designed is to promote the skills and craftsmanship of model boat building and sailing by showcasing some of the finest examples of museum quality vintage and contemporary ship models in a relaxed and non-competitive setting.

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 January 2011 23:58