After many long organizational meetings and a big thank you to Les Singer, our consultant and first Commodore, the Ox Bow Yacht Club was founded on March 17, 1980, with 25 charter members. Then the club was opened to accept 25 more members, and finally the current maximum of 75 qualified boats.
Our meetings and social events are held in the Ox Bow Marina’s clubhouse. Because it was originally an unfurnished building, we had to borrow tables and chairs from St. Therese’s Church in Isleton whenever we held a function. In return for their kindness, Ox Bow Yacht Club has made this church their annual Christmas project by collecting non-perishable food items and monetary gifts from both the members and the club, to be used for Christmas baskets for the less fortunate.
There are many other annual events such as our crab feed that was started in February 1985 by Merle Angele. It gets bigger and better every year.
Our Club participation in the Annual PICYA Wheelchair Regatta was organized by Marge Woodward. This worthy event gives disabled veterans a chance to spend a day cruising on the Bay.
The Annual Bay Cruise is always a wonderful trip and has evolved from a one-week event to two weeks.
Through the years of hard work, dedication and fun, Ox Bow Yacht Club is now a PICYA Three Star Club and has had perfect attendance at PICYA Delegate Meetings for six consecutive years.
Ox Bow Yacht Club has a chapter of The International Order of the Blue Gavel and most of our Past Commodores belong to this prestigious organization.