Castro vacation agency Yankee Clipper Journey named SF Legacy Organization

Past thirty day period, the San Francisco Modest Enterprise Fee extra Castro vacation agency Yankee Clipper Vacation (4115 19th St.) to the city’s Legacy Business Registry, which recognizes “longstanding, group-serving corporations” that have founded on their own in spot neighborhoods for at the very least a few decades.

At this time, there are 275 compact firms citywide on the registry. Yankee Clipper Travel is the very first vacation agency to be honored.

In the Castro, Yankee Clipper Journey joins the ranks of Anchor Oyster Bar, Beck’s Motor Lodge, Castro Country Club, Cliff’s Assortment, The Cove on Castro, Courtney’s Develop, Doggy Eared Textbooks, Eros, For Your Eyes Only, GLBT Historic Modern society, Marcello’s Pizza, Moby Dick, Rolo San Francisco, and Ruby’s Clay Studio & Gallery all of which have obtained legacy standing because the registry started in 2016. LGBTQ newspaper the San Francisco Bay Situations also was awarded legacy organization position last thirty day period.

“I am really appreciative of the legacy business position since I’m beginning to get a ton of referrals that did not even know that there were being journey agents anymore in San Francisco,” owner Kirk Dalrymple tells Hoodline. “I did not understand all the further added benefits that would appear with it.”

Kirk Dalrymple, operator of Yankee Clipper Vacation. | Photograph: Steven Bracco/Hoodline


Yankee Clipper Travel was opened by James Boin originally in Los Gatos in January 1987. The business enterprise was named after baseball wonderful Joe DiMaggio, a indigenous San Franciscan born and raised in North Seashore. The Hall of Famer performed his overall 13-yr job with the New York Yankees. DiMaggio’s nicknames had been ‘Joltin’ Joe’ and ‘The Yankee Clipper’.

In 1991 the enterprise moved to Noe Valley. Dalrymple purchased the company in 1999 and relocated Yankee Clipper Journey to its existing area at 4115 19th St in 2017. At the time, Yankee Clipper Journey briefly shared its house with Now, Voyager following its operator Peter Greene passed absent in 2016. (Now, Voyager shut in April 2019.)

“Yankee Clipper serves the LGBTQ neighborhood for all features of travel around the planet,” mentioned Dalrymple. “The company prides by itself on giving its purchasers with a top-quality and satisfying journey knowledge.” Yankee Clipper signifies a quantity of LGBTQ cruise and tour providers and is also a happy member of the Signature Vacation Network.

Existing consumers incorporate Armistead Maupin, author of Tales of the Metropolis and Mark Leno, former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, California Assembly, and California Senate.

“Yankee Clipper Travel is the only LGBTQ journey agency in the Castro district in San Francisco and the organization functions diligently to guarantee customers can take a look at harmless and welcoming locations,” wrote District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman in a letter nominating Yankee Clipper Journey.

Dalrymple states he prides himself in his determination to the Castro community as a member of the Castro Service provider Association and the Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Affiliation (EVNA). Yankee Clipper has also participated in the once-a-year Castro Avenue Truthful.

Yankee Clipper was the official travel company for 2002 Gay Games Australia and 2003 Homosexual Times at Disneyland. Each individual calendar year Yankee Clipper donates a trip bundle to the AIDS Legal Referral Panel for their once-a-year fundraising celebration. 

The past calendar year has been especially hard for compact corporations in the vacation sector. “Final yr has been definitely terrible,” explained Dalrymple. “I have not experienced a paycheck in 13 months.”

According to Dalrymple small business has started to improve. “Now, all of unexpected we’re gangbusters,” reported Dalrymple. “As shortly as the vaccine occurred and individuals started off acquiring vaccinated.”

Due to the fact Dalrymple functions out of the workplace by itself and only has five impartial contractors that work for him he was not able to utilize for help from the Paycheck Defense Program.

“I used for unemployment and obtained assistance for about six months right before it acquired reduce off,” said Dalrymple. “I have been applying my financial savings and I negotiated with the proprietor of the creating to bring the lease down so I could manage to stay.”

Photograph: Steven Bracco/Hoodline


Dalrymple says he is grateful that landlord Joe Chavez was accommodating and knowing of all the enterprises on the block like Spunk Salon, Spike’s Espresso & Teas, Castro Village Wine Enterprise, Castro Village Cleaners, and ZGO. “I believe he recognized he could have all these stores vacant if he desired to, by demanding full hire, and what superior would that be,” reported Dalrymple.

“Yankee Clipper Travel was greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the vacation market being amongst the hardest hit of all sectors,” claimed Mandelman. “This leaves Yankee Clipper Vacation at danger of imminent closure and in need to have of instant aid.”

In the coming yr, Dalrymple states, “I am hunting ahead to just having back again to regular if there is these a thing.”

“I am only here simply because I am incredibly passionate about promoting vacation, particularly to Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, and the South Pacific,” claimed Dalrymple.

“I just kept considering to myself quicker or later this is gonna come back again,” stated Dalrymple. “I’ve just put all my eggs in one basket and it is now starting to arrive again.”