How Tides Affect Club Operation

The South Sailing Basin, where the Cal Sailing Club launches its dinghies, has been silting in over the decades, and at very low tides the depth of water at the dock is too shallow to operate our rescue skiff. When that occurs, dinghies and windsurfing equipment cannot be used by members with a rating of Junior Skipper (in the case of dinghies) or Junior Plus Windsurfer (for windsurfing equipment) or below. Equipment may still be used by those with higher ratings who do not require the rescue skiff to be operational. You can also use the time to get your work credit out of the way, take your written or rigging tests, sail with a Senior or Cruising Skipper, or just sit on the bench and enjoy the scenery!

The following table may be used to help plan your sailing schedule, and avoid times when there is not enough water there at the dock to sail. The column headings are defined below the table.

When the tide level is below +1.5 ft., the rescue skiff may not be able to operate (times in yellow on the chart). Depending on conditions, the Day Leader may launch the low-tide skiff, which can operate to +0.0 ft. Below +0.0 ft. even the low-tide skiff cannot operate, and the club will close (times in red on the chart). 

The tide times used in generating this table are  estimates only . Many factors influence tide height which cannot easily be predicted (flow of rivers into the Bay, atmospheric pressure, etc.). It is the Day Leader's responsibility to evaluate conditions and determine club operating hours. Note that currently observed low tides at Richmond Inner Harbor are around 0.4 feet higher than predictions. You can apply this correction factor to the tide predictions for the Berkeley Marina to get an approximate idea of what the tides might actually be.

You can click on the Date and see the tide graph for that date.

This table is based on the official CSC thresholds of +1.5 ft. for low tide and +0.0 ft. for club closure.

Estimated CSC Schedule for tide-based closure for

February, 2019

DateOpenMid-Day Low WaterMid-Day CloseMid-Day ReopenMid-Day Normal WaterDockSunsetLow Tide
Fri Feb 1Noon1:51 PM3:25 PM3:25 PM3:25 PM3:25 PM5:32 PM4:26 PM
Sat Feb 29:00 AM2:26 PM3:53 PM3:53 PM3:53 PM3:53 PM5:33 PM5:02 PM
Sun Feb 39:00 AM3:00 PM4:27 PM4:27 PM4:27 PM4:27 PM5:34 PM5:36 PM
Mon Feb 4Noon3:33 PM4:59 PM4:59 PM4:59 PM4:59 PM5:35 PM6:07 PM
Tue Feb 5Noon4:06 PM5:06 PM5:06 PM5:36 PM6:37 PM
Wed Feb 6Noon4:43 PM5:07 PM5:07 PM5:37 PM7:07 PM
Thu Feb 7Noon5:08 PM5:38 PM7:36 PM
Fri Feb 8Noon5:10 PM5:40 PM8:07 PM
Sat Feb 99:00 AM5:11 PM5:41 PM8:41 PM
Sun Feb 109:00 AM5:12 PM5:42 PM9:19 PM
Mon Feb 11Noon5:13 PM5:43 PM10:31 AM
Tue Feb 12Noon12:00 PM12:51 PM5:14 PM5:44 PM11:40 AM
Wed Feb 13Noon12:00 PM3:01 PM5:15 PM5:45 PM12:51 PM
Thu Feb 14Noon12:00 PM4:38 PM5:16 PM5:46 PM1:54 PM
Fri Feb 15Noon12:13 PM1:48 PM3:57 PM5:17 PM5:17 PM5:47 PM2:50 PM
Sat Feb 169:00 AM12:55 PM2:07 PM2:07 PM2:07 PM2:07 PM5:48 PM3:41 PM
Sun Feb 179:00 AM1:38 PM2:39 PM2:39 PM2:39 PM2:39 PM5:49 PM4:28 PM
Mon Feb 18Noon2:27 PM3:24 PM3:24 PM3:24 PM3:24 PM5:50 PM5:14 PM
Tue Feb 19Noon3:15 PM4:11 PM4:11 PM4:11 PM4:11 PM5:52 PM5:58 PM
Wed Feb 20Noon4:06 PM5:06 PM5:06 PM5:06 PM5:06 PM5:53 PM6:41 PM
Thu Feb 21Noon5:01 PM5:24 PM5:24 PM5:54 PM7:23 PM
Fri Feb 22Noon5:25 PM5:55 PM8:06 PM
Sat Feb 239:00 AM5:26 PM5:56 PM8:49 AM
Sun Feb 249:00 AM9:00 AM11:38 AM5:27 PM5:57 PM9:53 AM
Mon Feb 25Noon12:00 PM1:04 PM5:28 PM5:58 PM11:03 AM
Tue Feb 26Noon12:00 PM2:35 PM5:29 PM5:59 PM12:17 PM
Wed Feb 27Noon12:00 PM3:57 PM5:30 PM6:00 PM1:27 PM
Thu Feb 28Noon12:00 PM5:00 PM5:31 PM6:01 PM2:27 PM

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