Golden Gate Park

Model Boating Season Begins March 14 at GG Park’s Speckels Lake

Press Release:


March 14 is Opening Day, first day of the model boating season at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park. This event includes the Ragtop/Stinkpot Relay Regatta, a friendly relay competition that cleverly includes skippers and boats from the Power Squadron, R/C Sail Squadron, and Freesail Squadron.  The Opening Day regatta will begin about 1 p.m. on the south side of Spreckels Lake.

2019 Openind Day by Ken Shapiro

Model boat enthusiasts enjoying Opening Day of model boating season in 2019 at Speckels Lake in Golden Gate Park. Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Model Yacht Club. Photo by Ken Shapiro.

The San Francisco Model Yacht Club (SFMYC) plans a full schedule of model boating activities between March and the end of October under the leadership of Commodore Colleen Stobbe, Power Squadron Officer Ken Shapiro, and Sail Squadron Officers Bernard Price and Ryan Schofield. Built to enhance the art of model boating, Spreckels Lake and the adjacent SFMYC clubhouse are considered the finest facilities of their kind in the U. S. The SFMYC arranges and conducts model sailing and power boating events on Spreckels Lake on local, national and international levels. The Club meets the second Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. in the clubhouse to discuss business and share information.

All SFMYC events are at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park, located at 36th Avenue and Fulton Street and are subject to change. Informal power boating generally takes place starting at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday. Sail regattas (radio-control and freesail) take place most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, starting at 1 p.m.  A complete listing of all SFMYC events is found on the club website,, under “Calendar.”

The San Francisco Model Yacht Club was formed in 1898 and has been continuously active ever since. To promote the sport of model boating and provide a recreational facility for members and non-members alike, the SFMYC in 1902 made a request for construction of Spreckels Lake. The Lake was completed in 1904. Now spanning three centuries, the Club has exercised a responsible custodial stewardship of Spreckels Lake shared with the Recreation and Park Department to the benefit of the City and County of San Francisco, its citizens and thousands of visitors.

The SFMYC clubhouse is located near the west shore of Spreckels Lake, across John F. Kennedy Drive from the Polo Field and east of the Bison Paddock. The building was constructed as a project of the Works Progress Administration in 1937.

For more information about the San Francisco Model Yacht Club, visit our website at or contact Colleen Stobbe at is sponsored in part by:

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