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The Suisun Water Society is a "yacht club" for those who gather for fun on the water whether paddling, rowing, sculling, sailing or motoring. If it will float and carry you from A to B and back, or simply go in circles (if that's your wish), it qualifies. 

Simpler, Cheaper Sailing. 
We focus on sailing with the hope that those persons otherwise afloat will be tempted to join the ranks of the international ragboat bunch. Inexpensive sailing dinghies that can be built in a garage or other suitable space are shown below.

Oars and paddles are good, too! A number of us regularly kayak on the slough, year 'round. Some of the best times are fall through spring. It's quiet and the wild creatures are out and about.

There are no dues or fees. Everyone pays his or her own way. Membership is voluntary -- and so is acceptance.  The burgee, at your own expense homemade or not, is a standard triangular burgee shown above. Just e-mail us to add your name to the SWS roster so we can keep in touch and work out some interesting things to do and trade ideas on how best to enjoy the slough and our boats.

The rules are the rules of the road, safety, common sense and always courtesy.

Home port of the SWS is, of course, Suisun City, CA. This lovely little backwater of San Francisco Bay's upper estuary is at the northern most end of the Suisun Slough. You might describe the slough as a tidal creek into which occasional rain water flows from where ever. The rest of the time the brackish water moves with the tides that flush the great Suisun Marsh.

It's interesting water, full of critters large and small; river otters, mink, muskrat, turtles, frogs, fish, and tiny crustaceans that feed the shore birds and white pelicans. Available fish are brown catfish, black perch, striped bass, sturgeon, carp, and when the salmon run a few get lost and come to Suisun followed by sea lion and the occasional harbor seal. 

Where's the water, where's the mud?
The average water clarity gives a visibility that varies from three to twelve inches. One of the interesting aspects of boating in this environment is learning to judge water by the surface and not by what you can see on the bottom. If you can see the bottom you're probably stuck on it. And what is the bottom? Mud, don't go there. Be sure to read Where's the Water/Mud?

Build a boat, build a boating life on the Suisun Slough we have been graced to inherit.
It seems to me that any society, no matter how loosely organized, ought to have some kind of event by which it can become known. An activity of recognition. Years ago, I think I saw the last one, Suisun City promoted a bathtub race. That has long since gone out with the tide. So, with out aid or bailouts from government the SWS will attempt to promote the building and sailing of the PD Racer* that can be found at

 Free plans, information, and lot's to think about. There are other sites listed there and they are all worth exploring. Another excellent site is:
where you will find Michael Storer who is an invaluable source of boat building information and help.

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: suisunsailor@gmail.com
John Burton
Copyright (c) 2009 by John H. Burton, All Rights reserved

As long as  you're exploring, try google maps and search for Solano Yacht Club Suisun City, CA.
The map below shows where Suisun is so it should be easier for you to check out the whole area without leaving your chair. The next two pages show google maps and satellite photos of the area.

As you can see, more adventurous types can get to Suisun by water although it would be a great deal easier to trailer or car top your PDR. The Solano Yacht Club hosts a number of cruise-ins each year for members of other Bay Area yacht clubs. That tells you there's plenty of water to get here if you have a mind (and boat) to do it.

* Years ago there were two ships, one a topsail schooner and the other unspecified but two masted, that used to fight simulated naval engagements while sailing up and down the Suisun marina. That's local lore that seems worth reviving; perhaps with the PDRs and suitable armament. You can see the 1982 battle on the Solano Yacht Club web site under Historical Moments.
I just recently discovered another little boat that should suit not just the purse but those with little or no storage but still a hankering to build and sail their own adventure wagon. This one folds up and could fit in a closet or under the bed.
Try this: just click on the banner and check out the Origami.

Looks like a good prospect for a tender on Hotspur.

Hotspur at Sunset in the Suisun Marina.

This must be fun.

John Burton,
Jan 12, 2009, 10:53 AM
John Burton,
Jan 12, 2009, 10:51 AM