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
    Taste Of The Delta The Delta Chambers & Visitor’s Bureau held their 19th annual Taste of the Delta event on Saturday, Aug. 6. This is a great party that brings folks from all over...
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    Independence Day Update It has been a spectacular summer in the Delta. The highlight so far was the Independence Day weekend, and in particular the raft up at Mandeville Tip. Boats started assembling there...
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    International Order Of The Blue Gavel (IOBG) The Delta is home to District 14 and District 19 of the IOBG. District 14 is westerly and includes the Bay Area. District 19 covers the eastern...
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    Sacramento Yacht Club Opening Day Stacey Hodge asked if I would help judge the club’s Opening Day Parade. I jumped at the chance and reported for duty at 1045 hours at the clubhouse. Rear...
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    Opening Day, Stockton Yacht Club Jill Stevenson and Colleen Waterhouse did an outstanding job planning and executing the weekend events. Of course, they had a lot of enthusiastic volunteers helping, but they were the...
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    PICYA Change Of Watch The Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association held their change of watch on March 12. It was held at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon. I don’t think there was an empty...
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    Fill-em-up Phil I have seen quite a bit of Phil Champion over the last several months. He was a close friend of Bill Connor’s too. On a recent weekday, Gene Beley, Blair Hake and I...
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    Stockton Yacht Club Change Of Watch Like many other clubs and organizations, the Stockton Yacht Club has had a couple of challenging years with the pandemic. They have done well under the command of...
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    Lynn Hahn Delta Reflections Lighted Boat Parade Lynn Hahn spearheaded this Stockton area holiday parade for 18 or so years when she was a member of the Marina West Yacht Club until her passing...
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    M & M Martin McNair and Margi Cellucci joined in holy matrimony in early November. The ceremony was conducted at the common area at their condominium development’s garden. After the ceremony, the reception was...
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    Classics At The Corinthian The Corinthian Yacht Club (CYC) and Corinthian Women (the decades old club within CYC dedicated to the support of children’s programs) teamed up with the Northern California Fleet of the Classic...
  • Delta Rat Scrapbook – by Bill Wells
    A Day On The River Early on a recent Saturday morning I was driving by Korth’s Pirates’ Lair and noticed a large group of people on the lawn. I thought it was way too...