The Bird Boats of San Francisco Bay

2007 -  85 Years Racing on the Bay !!



The San Francisco Bird Boat fleet has been racing continuously on The Bay since 1922.  The class is easily the oldest one-design class on the West Coast, and is among the top 5, oldest classes in the USA.

These are beautiful, 30 foot, classic wooden sloops.  They are lovingly maintained and raced by their owners to an 82 year old, one-design measurement rule.  Countless hundreds or even thousands of today’s Bay sailors learned to sail in Bird Boats.

The SF Bird Boat Association has two main themes:  “Participation and Preservation”.  This fleet actively participates in the San Francisco Yacht Racing Association, the Wooden Boat Racing Association, and the SF Master Mariner Annual Regatta.  The Association is also actively involved in Preservation of the Fleet and has 2 vessels currently engaged in restoration.

If you are interested in crewing in one of these boats, or have an interest in restoration, or just wooden boat folklore on the bay in general,  please feel free to contact:

Pierre Josephs,  President-SF Bird Boat Association,