Delta Rat Scrapbook

Bill Wells

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Bill moved to California in 1947 with his parents and brother. His father was an avid bird hunter and fisherman. As a child he accompanied his dad and brother on fishing and hunting trips in the Delta. He still has fond memories of his first overnight trip on the Delta aboard a family friend’s Chris Craft cruiser in the early 1950’s. Except for four years in the U.S. Navy and seven years living in Hawaii Bill has spent most of his life around the Delta area.

Bill is a retired yacht broker and currently is the Executive Director of the California Delta Chambers & Visitor’s Bureau and past Commodore of the Northern California Fleet of the Classic Yacht Association in addition to writing the monthly Delta Rat Scrapbook column for Bay & Delta Yachtsman magazine.

See monthly columns below


Delta Rat Scrapbook

Delta Rat Scrapbook columns

  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    The Heaviest Party In The Delta Kerry Davis is a friend of mine and a trombone player of note. He has made posts on social media discussing what he considers the heaviest objects in...
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    Bob Clappier checks in from Discovery Bay. Their formal parade was cancelled like many others, but the intrepid folks there made the best of it…
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    Bob Clappier checks in from Discovery Bay. Their formal parade was cancelled like many others, but the intrepid folks there made the best of it…
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    Bob Clappier checks in from Discovery Bay. Their formal parade was cancelled like many others, but the intrepid folks there made the best of it…
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    Bob Clappier checks in from Discovery Bay. Their formal parade was cancelled like many others, but the intrepid folks there made the best of it…
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    Bob Clappier checks in from Discovery Bay. Their formal parade was cancelled like many others, but the intrepid folks there made the best of it…
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    Bob Clappier checks in from Discovery Bay. Their formal parade was cancelled like many others, but the intrepid folks there made the best of it…
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    Bob Clappier checks in from Discovery Bay. Their formal parade was cancelled like many others, but the intrepid folks there made the best of it…
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    Bob Clappier checks in from Discovery Bay. Their formal parade was cancelled like many others, but the intrepid folks there made the best of it…
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    Ryde Hotel – A View To A Thrill I have been to the Ryde Hotel many, many, times; countless times when they were open for dinner, and have attended and sponsored many events there. It...
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    B&W Resort Every year in the fall B&W hosts a steamboat regatta and an Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) get together. Unfortunately, this year the events were cancelled due to the pandemic. Some...
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    Stephens Yacht Rendezvous Rusty Areias approached me in Sept of 2019 and mentioned that we should do something for Dick Stephen’s 100th birthday which was coming up in Sept. of 2020. We began tracking...