Welcome to CSC!

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

Membership costs just $99 for 3 months ($89 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!

Free CA Boater Card Classes - April 17 and May 5

California is phasing in a driver's license for boats with motors, starting Jan 1 of 2018. More info is here. It's being phased in by age, but eventually everyone who drives boats with motors will need one, so all keelboat skippers and anyone who drives the Club skiff. You can take a free online class through BoatUS and then take the test online. Or you could come to one of the free classes we are offering: Tuesday, April 17, from 5:30 to 7pm and Saturday, May 5, from 3-4:30pm. Both will be in the community room in the Berkeley Public Library West. Ryan Maples will go through the material, and then you will take the test. Regardless of how you take the test, you will have to pay $10 for the card after you pass, and the card never expires.

Sign up here for one of the classes.

First Junior Skipper Fast Track This Year: April 30 - May 4

The first Fast Track of 2018 will be held from 4/30-5/4 form 5pm to around 9pm.This is what it's about:
 

 Learn the skills needed to be a JR level sailor and potentially become one in this week-long sailing bootcamp

Have your pre-requisites done BEFORE Dock Time on Saturday April 28: 

The pre-requisites include: Junior Written Test,  Rigging Test, 2 extra hours of volunteer time,

You must commit to being there all 5 nights, helping with cleanup and contributing $20 towards snacks and drinks.

Sign up by completing the sign up form (or by emailing the coordinator Birk Huber, but please try the form first. If you don't have access to email, ask the Day Leader to contact Birk.

Beyond that, we need volunteer instructors as well as cooks!  If you're interested, contact Birk. Volunteer hours and Club karma will be there for you.
 

Windsurfing Clinics in April

Just got your Junior rating? Congrats! But what’s NEXT? Come find out at our Junior clinics and take your skills to the next level.

April 1: Sailing in medium winds (15-20mph)

April 8: Harnessing

April 15: Footstraps and Planing

April 22: Waterstarting

April 29: Carve Gybe

Lessons are open to Juniors but novices are welcome to listen in. J+ & Senior windsurfers, come and help out the juniors. This is a great way to earn volunteer hours and give back to the club. Lessons begin at 12p in the windsurfing yard. Contact 2nd_vice@cal-sailing.org for more infoor if you’d like to host a future series as a Senior Project.

Junior Skipper Fast Track Dates for 2018

We will be offering five Junior Skipper Fast Tracks this year. These are 5 day (Monday through Friday) intensive dinghy lessons, 1 on 2, from around 5pm to sunset. They are designed to move you closer to your Junior Skipper rating (which you may even get that week, but even if you don't, you'll be a much better sailor at the end of the week). Details will be announced within a few weeks of the start of each. Participants should have all Junior requirements completed except for the on-the-water test.

These are the dates:

  • April 30 - May 4
  • June 4 - 8
  • June 25 - 29
  • July 30 - August 3
  • August 20 - 24

Advanced Dinghy Classes for 2018

Advanced Dinghy will start of Monday,  May 7, and will be held on every Monday evening from then until the end of August, except for US holidays and Fast Track weeks. These classes are intended for Junior Skippers working on their Senior rating. They will cover the required skills and much more. Details will be announced a few weeks before the classes start.

Open House Dates for 2018

During Open Houses we offer FREE introductory sails 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 promptly at 1 pm when the signups start.  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 2018 Open House Schedule is below:

  • Sunday, February 4
  • Sunday, March 11
  • Saturday, April 14 - Coincides with the Berkeley Bay Festival! 
  • Sunday, May 13
  • Sunday, June 17
  • Sunday, July 15
  • Sunday, August 12
  • Sunday, September 16
  • Sunday, October 14
  • Sunday, November 11

Junior Dinghy Skipper/Windsurfer Tests Now Online

Until now, you had to take your Junior Dinghy Skipper and Junior Windsurfer Written at the Clubhouse. No longer. It's now available on-line. You can take it on the Clubhouse computer or at home. You can also go through the test to prepare yourself before taking it.

You need to be logged in to look at or take the test.

To look at the Junior Skipper Test (you must be logged in):
Go to Ratings->Written Test->Junior Skipper Sailboat->Read Test
To take the test:
Go to Ratings->Written Test->Junior Skipper Sailboat->Take Test

To look at the Junior Wiindsurfer Test (you must be logged in):
Go to Ratings->Written Test->Junior Windsufert->Read Test
To take the test:
Go to Ratings->Written Test->Junior Windsufer->Take Test

Both are closed book, so please honor that and don't look up the answers while you're taking the
test, but feel free to go through the exam ahead of time.

If you pass, that will be recorded automatically, and you will get an email of the results.
If you don't pass, you won't be told what you missed, and you'll have to wait a day to take the test again.

Note that you must take the test online, at the Clubhouse or elsewhere. You can no longer take
it on paper. This gives the Day Leader more time to monitor the South Sailing Basin.

The Novice Windwurfer and Racing Skipper tests have been available online for some time.

Windsurf Lessons Now on "Fall/Winter" Schedule

We no longer offer windsurf lessons on Sundays, only Saturdays from 10:30 am to 1 pm. Sunday windsurf lessons will begin again in late Spring. Watch this space.

 

News

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 Demand. You will have to login to the site to see the contact information for the instructors.


 
Lessons
  • 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!