As we understand it, in 1871 a group of Oysterville residents got together and formed the Shoalwater Bay Yacht Club. The club was focused on organizing a race on July 4th, of that year, to celebrate our Country’s Independence and see who the best sailor was on the Willapa (then Shoalwater) Bay. A pretty normal American activity: celebrate with a competition. Over the next few years the club and event prospered. However, as boats shifted from power to sail, the club died. Now we are restarting the club!