CRUISER HAVEN YACHT CLUB: “THE BEGINNING,” AS TOLD BY RALPH AND LENA HYER, DOUG SILVA, JOSEPHINE ADAMS AND GIL BARR.
“In 1959, Cruiser Haven Yacht Club was formed with Nick Jozevich as the first Commodore. As soon as the club was formed and properly incorporated, an application was made to P.I.C.Y.A. We were accepted, which gave us visitation rights to other clubs."
"The first few years we met either on the beach at Cruiser Haven Harbor, where our boats were currently docked, or in a shed owned by Bud Sutcliff. (first Port Captain and Membership Chairman) We had monthly cruises to other clubs including Vallejo, Sacramento, Petaluma, San Rafael, and San Francisco. The membership continued to grow and our Opening Day Crab Feed was established.”
COMMODORE ISLAND: FROM NARRATIVE BY DOUG SILVA, PAST COMMODORE.
“In January 1965, Cruiser Haven Commodore, Paul Robinett assigned me the task of finding an island. After several months of cruising the Delta and talking with boaters, I learned of an island along Empire Tract which might be available for lease. The island, owned by Orlo Hayes, was available for a 7 year lease at a rate of $65 a year. On December 4’Th, 1965 this offer was presented to our board of directors and was approved. We realized that extensive dredging, pilings and docking facilities would be needed. After the meeting, a general membership meeting was held to elect the 1966 officers and I was elected Commodore.”
"In January 1966 the dredging was begun at a cost of $2500. The dredging material was deposited on the island and on the island directly across the river. This helped to build up both areas. A dock was also built at the cost of $2500. When the entire dock was finished, it measured 212 feet and included a gangway to the island. It was noted that this depleted the current bank account for the yacht club. Doug Silva, Ralph Hyer, and Bud Sutliff were the overseers of the projects. Dick Reetor, one of the members, assisted in towing the docks to the island for placement."
"On April 24’Th, 1966, opening day, 18 boats tied to the new dock. The dredging was not dried so there was no access to the island. A contest was held to select a name for the island. The name chosen was “Commodore Island”."
In 1972 the island lease ran out and a new lease with option to buy was negotiated. In March of 1976, a purchase agreement was made for the 5 acre “Commodore” island and the frontage of the island directly east from our docks.
Many other projects ensued, including a major project of adding rock to the front of the island to prevent erosion, grass was planted, electricity provided for the docks, sprinklers set, pumps added. Throughout the process the leaders and membership all worked together to build the wonderful Commodore Island we enjoy so much today. Mr. Silva and those founding members deserve much gratitude for their work and devotion.
In recent years, the current C.H.Y.C, members have worked diligently to expand our electric outlets on the dock, and replace the decking and float material under the gangway. One member who helped a great deal in these projects was Gary Silva, the grandson of Mr. Doug Silva. The membership continues to maintain the Island.