Welcome to CSC!

The Cal Sailing Club is a non-profit, volunteer-run sailing club in Berkeley

Membership costs just $120 for 3 months ($99 for students and seniors) plus 2 hours volunteer work and there are no charges for lessons, equipment use, cruises, or other club activities. Choose About CSC for more information, to join, See plans and pricing.

Once you've signed up, you'll need your Membership #  from your invoice or confirmation email.  If you forget that, check with the dayleader (they have the list of current members) or better yet, login again with your username and password and go to Account Info .  

Welcome aboard! Welcome to CSC!

Kids Windsurfing Lessons Start April 4

Every Saturday during the season from 9am to 11am. Details are here.

Windsurfing Lessons on Demand are Here!

Waiting for Windsurfing Lessons to start up in April? Can't make the Saturday and Sunday sessions. A number of windsurfing instructors are available for personal or group instruction outside of normal lessons (even now, if there's wind). Check it out under Lessons-›Windsurfing-›Lessons on Demand. Note that you have to be registered and logged into the site to see the instructors' contact info.

General Membership Meeting

5PM Sunday, February 23, 2020

Cal Sailing Yard

Join us for dinner & Officers' reports. Quarterly financial statement is here (downloads as pdf).

CSC Operation During Construction Feb - April

February through April, Cal Sailing Club will remain open for all activities on:
--all weekends (no problems on Saturdays or Sundays)
--most weekdays after 2 pm (but check here and on the whiteboard cam for closure notices)
--some weekdays all day

The City and its contractors will be building:
--new Path from the new restroom to just past the Adventure Playground
--new Docks by CSC and by new parking lot
--new ADA Gangway to the dock by Cal Adventures

 The yard gates and front of the club will likely be closed on five consecutive weekdays (yet to be scheduled) when the path is being paved, and the dock replacements will close one dock at a time for up to two weeks per dock. CSC will try to remain open for sailing and windsurfing by storing our skiffs and some dinghies in the marina and using side entrances for windsurfing access.

So before you plan a trip to the club on weekdays, please check this page, the announce list, or the whiteboard camera for closure notices. The closure notices will say whether there will be regular lessons, recreational dinghy sailing, and windsurfing.

Junior Fast Track Dates for 2020

Fast Track is a program of intensive instruction to help move you to your Junior rating. It's a full week of intensive instruction – 1 instructor for 2 students from about 5 or 5:30 pm to sunset, Monday through Friday, with testers available. You may get your rating, but you will certainly come out of it a much better sailor.

These are the dates for this year. Details and pre-requisites will be announced as the dates approach:

  • May 4-8
  • June 1-5
  • June 22-26
  • July 20-24
  • August 24-28


Open House Dates for 2020

During Open Houses we offer FREE introductory sailboat rides to the general public aboard our fleet of keelboats and dinghies. Children must be at least 5 years of age and accompanied by an adult. Each Open House runs from 1-4pm on the dates listed above. More detailed information is here.

Please try to arrive early as, depending on the conditions and the amount of people, the sign-up/rides may end before 4pm.Come on down and get out on the bay! Already a member? Come on down and help out! The 2020 Open House Schedule is below:

  • Sunday, March 15*
  • Saturday, April 18- Coincides with the Berkeley Bay Festival!*
  • Sunday, May 17
  • Sunday, June 7
  • Sunday, July 19
  • Sunday, August 9
  • Sunday, September 20
  • Sunday, October 18
  • Sunday, November 8

*May change or be cancelled due to Bay Trail construction or dock replacement

Want to become a better sailing instructor? This is for you

Cal Sailing is offering two workshops on how to teach dinghy sailing in February. The instructors are some of the best dinghy sailing instructors in the Club, and they want to help you up your game as an instructor.

If you have a rating but haven't taught, this is an opportunity to learn how to do it. When you teach, you not only give back to the Club, you learn and improve your own skills. If you teach, this is an opportunity to improve your skills and learn even more.

The workshops will  be focused on how to teach specific skills, and each session will be lead by an experienced CSC instructor.

The workshop will be in two sessions, Sunday, February 9, and Saturday, February 29. Both sessions will start around 1pm and go until 4pm or so. They will be mostly land talks, some demonstration on the water, and some practice.

This is the outline for the sessions. There will be different instructors for each session, and other instructors will be around to comment and offer alternative approaches/points of view, so it should be quite comprehensive.

Sunday, February 9:

  •         How to organize a lesson
  •         Instructor/Student Relationship
  •         Going from zero, how to teach a never-ever
  •         Sailing upwind and sail trim
  •         Tacking
  •         Downwind Sailing and Gybing
  •         Capsize Recovery and Anchoring
  •         Docking
  •         Getting feedback/giving feedback

Saturday, February 29:

  •         Slow Sailing
  •         Sailing Backwards (launching, lower winds)
  •         How you control the boat as an instructor
  •         MOB
  •         Small Circles

This is everything you need to teach to get a student to Junior. Come out and get tips from the Pros.

To sign up, send an email to the Rear Commodore, specifying which session(s) you will attend. 



New Instructional Video on Rigging a Quest

Jack Chen produced this, and it covers inspecting, rigging and reefing a Quest, including putting the boat in the water with the hoist. You can also find it in our library of instructional videos at Lessons->Sailing->Videos.


Photos of Berkeley Reef at Ultra Low Tide Show Why to Keep a Safe Distance

Sheldon Coad took these photos with the help of Bobby Arthurs, and the club skiff. They circled the Reef and took photos in several directions. Pretty impressive when you see it, and pretty dangerous when you can't.

Windsurfing Rating Requirements Updated and How to Get to Senior

Click here for a more detailed description of the windsurfing rating requirements. We have also started something to help you get your Senior rating. To see how it works, click here

Want to get a rating/sign-off but don't know who can do it?

Click here to see who can sign off on which ratings/tests/check-outs (e.g., the Day Leader can sign off on Novice Windsurfer written and self-rescue). If you are logged-in to the website, you will be able to see a list of members who have the qualification needed (e.g., a list of those signed-off on the Laser who can then sign-off others). This link is also visible when you look at your White Card on the website.

Sailing Lessons on Demand is Back

Can't make the normal Monday, Thursday, Saturday sailing lessons? Or just want some extra focused time in smaller groups? Then this is for you. A small number of instructors are making themselves available for lessons outside the normal sessions. To see the details and a list of instructors and what they teach, go to Lessons->Sailing->Lessons on DemandYou will have to login to the site to see the contact information for the instructors.

  • Beginning Dinghy Sailing lessons on Saturday mornings and Monday and Thursday afternoons.
  • Keelboat lessons on Wednesday evenings. 
  • Windsurf lessons are held on sunny, breezy Saturday mornings, and on Sunday mornings too when the warm weather begins.

Please see the lessons page for more information. Get to the club early!