By the beginning of 1989, this active group had elected officers, adopted Rules and By-Laws, filed the articles of incorporation (Bland McCartha and Susan Angus), acquired needed licenses and permits, distributed a monthly newsletter, held the first Friday night race series, designed a club burgee, had a grand Christmas Gala, and hosted the first membership drive aboard Bob Brigante's boat, Bonnie Jean. These dynamic founding members with their amazingly ambitious schedule set what has become the norm at South Beach Yacht Club.
Since the inaugural meeting in 1988, South Beach Yacht Club members worked to make South Beach Yacht Club a premier one in the Bay Area without ever losing focus on the all-volunteer spirit of the Club, boating and the community. Members take their community responsibility seriously which is demonstrated by having forged a close relationship as host club for the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors, by developing the Junior Sailing program, and by offering use of the clubhouse as a polling place and meeting location for the Rincon Point/South Beach Citizens' Advisory Committee to the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.
In 2004, the Club was selected as host club and to provide race management for the Catalina 30 National Championship. The following year the Club, together with Bay View Boat Club and the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors, hosted the 470 North American Championships. These experiences led to hosting other major regattas in subsequent years.