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
    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...
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    Rusty Porthole We dropped by the Rusty Porthole on Bethel Island along with many of our friends for an ad hoc party… It was a beautiful evening overlooking Franks Tract and the gentle breeze...
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    Korth’s Pirate’s Lair I was at Korth’s to meet Ty, naturally he was running late as usual. While I was waiting Tiki Tom introduced me to Mark Bettis and his wife, the lovely Catherine Miskow....
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    Terry McDonald’s Birthday Terry is celebrating three quarters of a century on the earth this year. It is somewhat maddening as he could pass for 50, but it shows that he does live a...
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    Life In The Virtual World We attended the PICYA Virtual Opening Day in the Bay. Due to the global pandemic, the scheduled parade accompanied by a chartered boat for the officials and a blessing...