Yacht Club’s Boats Part of Parking Lot Scene

Dennis Evanosky  Robert Nelson stands next to one of the three small sailboats that he and fellow members of the Gate 11 Yacht Club use for races. The boats are among those parked in the Extended Stay parking lot on Marina Village Parkway.

Yacht Club’s Boats Part of Parking Lot Scene

 

Last week the Alameda Sun reported on some misbehavior at the Extended Stay America parking lot on Marina Village Parkway (“Parking Lot Attracts Crime, Shenanigans,” Aug. 18). Part of the story described 26 boat trailers, 16 boats and six automobiles “all abandoned.” After reading the story Robert Nelson called to let the Sun know that only one of boats in the parking lot was “abandoned” as the story described them. 

Nelson said that the rest of the boats and trailers belong to sailors who berth at Gate 11 at the Marina Village Yacht Harbor. “They are property of the loosely organized Gate 11 Yacht Club (G11YC, for short),” he said. When the Sun’s reporter visited Extended Stay’s parking lot on Aug. 23 he discovered that three of the abandoned cars he saw on Aug. 18 were gone and all the boat trailers had been nicely lined up with stickers that informed people that the boats and trailers were not abandoned as the Sun described them. 

Nelson said that he would like to work with the owner of the sole boat that does not belong to him or other members of G11YC. “I was hoping that the owner could contact me at 992-6673,” he said. 

There are also two, maybe three abandoned automobiles in the parking lot, half the number that were there last week. Nelson wondered if Extended Stay had to take the initiative to tow these cars or if anyone could get the process started.

On its website the yacht club bills itself as “a small, humble, and excruciatingly playful bunch getting together on the weekends for frivolity, competition, and a whole lotta fun.” Most Sunday afternoons, club members set up marks and race on the Oakland Estuary. 

Nelson invites members of the community to join them, including (and especially) people who have never sailed but have wanted to give it a try. “You don’t need your own boat,” he said. “You can borrow one of ours, as we have several. Bring a six pack, a snack, and a friend. We love new people.” Anyone interested in joining the Gate 11 Yacht Club’s Sunday fun can email G11YCinfo@gmail.com or call 992-6673. Nelson also invites the community to visit the club’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/G11YC.

After the Sunday race they “park” some of these boats nearby on dry land on the south end of the Extended Stay America parking lot on Marina Village Parkway. Therein lies the crux of the problem. Even though the boats and trailers are now nicely lined up with stickers attached, they are “parked” on property that does not belong to the owners. 

As reported last week Extended Stay has taken an interesting stand, saying through its general counsel that the property in question does not belong to the hotel. Alameda County’s assessor’s maps clearly show that the boats and trailers do sit on its property and the city of Alameda agrees that the property in question does indeed belong to Extended Stay. Nelson had expressed his willingness to work with the city and Extended Stay so G11YC can keep its boats and trailers in their usual spots, and the club can continue its Sunday afternoon sailing programs.