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!


August 16th General Membership Meeting

Ahoy Cal Sailing Club general membership! At 17:00 on Sunday, August 16th we will hold our quarterly General Membership Meeting! Come on down and do your civic duty by indulging in free food, enjoying each other's fine company, and being informed on the state of our club and community. Ask not what your sailing club can do for you, ask what you can do for your sailing club! 

2015 Open House Dates!

Greetings Cal Sailians, community members, and roamers of the internet! The 2015 season is right around the corner, and it's time to publish the 2015 Open House Introductory Sail calendar! Here are the dates for the 2015 Open Houses: 

      • Feb 22
      • March 22
      • April 11  (From 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Coincides with the Berkeley Bay Festival!)
      • May 17
      • June 14
      • July 19
      • Aug. 16
      • Sept. 20
      • Oct. 18
      • Nov. 1


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. 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! 

2015 Fast Track Dates!

Are you itching to get your junior skipper rating? You're in luck, because we are holding 5 fast-tracks over the 2015 season! The dates of these fast tracks are as follows:

      • May 4-8
      • June 8-12
      • July 6-10
      • July 27-31
      • August 17-21


Fast tracks run Monday-Friday from 5pm to 8pm. They are a great opportunity to learn, practice, and become more involved in the club. Volunteers are appreciated, especially coordinators! Coordinating a fast track counts as a senior project, contact Rear Commodore Yves Parent to volunteer. 

Watch this space for sign-up details for the next Fast Track.

Advanced Dinghy Classes

Juniors, want to get your Senior rating? Learn the skills you need at the Advanced Dinghy Classes every Monday evening from 5pm to sunset (except when there's a Junior Fast Track, see dates above). Advanced sailing techniques taught by the best dinghy sailors in the club. Here are a couple of examples of the great classes this season: First Class and Advanced Boat Handling. Learn all the ways you can control the boat (without a rudder? no problem; without a centerboard? well, it can work; jib only? you get the idea). You'll be sailling with advanced juniors and learning from each other, as well as from the instructor. No need to sign up, just show up (4:30 or so to get the boats in the water, if possible).



Late July Junior Skipper Fast Track

July 27-31 from 5-8pm

A dinghy sailing program for CSC members to advance to their Junnior Skipper Ratiing

Want to join?

  • Have your pre-requisites done:
    • Written Test
    • Rigging Test
    • 2 extra volunteer  hours (for a total of 4 signed off on your white card)
    • Recommended: 3+ previous lessons, comfortable handling main sheet and tiller while hiking, attending dinghy repair clinic on Sunday 6/7
  • Agree to stay throughout the Fast Track week (5 days, lessons Mon-Thurs, tests Thurs-Fri) and teach to the other students after passing the Junior test
  • Agree to help at least one night with food duties and bring $20 for beverages
  • Questions? Email Sam(click here).

Sign up as a student: Click here.

 Juniors/Seniors - Want to help? Want food and service hours?

Instructors (juniors and up) needed Mon - Fri

Testers (seniors and up) needed Thurs-Fri

Sign up as a teacher: Click here.

  • If this doesn't work, ask the Day Leader to contact Sam.

Volunteer hours, food, and fun available!

Sign up as a cook: Click here.

Rope Splicing Calss

Sunday, July 26th at noon at the clubhouse. 

Rope splicing is both fun and useful. And it isn't that difficult, at least with three-strand  and single-braid. Splices are much stronger than knots (you lose 40-50% of the rope strength in a knot, while you preserve at least 90% of the rope strength in a splice). Come out and learn how to do this traditional skill, and help the club make anchor lines, bow lines, and stern lines. As a bonus, you can make yourself a VHF or knife tether (if you bring along a brass clip). Contact John if you"re interested, or just show up.


His master's boat

Check out the photo . Upload your photos of cruises to our Gallery.


Dinghy Cuise to Angel Island June 12

Check out the photo . Upload your photos of cruises to our Gallery.


2015 May GMM (General Membership Meeting)

at CSC
Sunday, May 17th
Starts around 5 pm (~1 hr after end of Open House signups)
Elections for Executive Committee ( if 10% of current regular members attend).

Delicious food!  Live music all night from the CSC House Band and special guests Pistachio.

Annual financial statement by Stella the Treasurer is here

First GMM of 2015 on February 22ndDinghy Cr

We held the year's first General Membership Meeting on February 22nd in the CSC yard at 17:00. It was a non-voting GMM, and food was provided.  Quarterly financial statement is here..

 2015 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!


 Other News

Articles in Oakland Trib and SJ Mercury about our Commodore Stephanie's cross-Pacific voyage.Read the pre-race Oakland Trib Article here.  Read the post-race SJ Mercury Article here.

CSC's Cruise to Angel Island is featured in Small Craft Advisor Magazine! Check out this PDF copy. Copies are at your local West Marine. SCA is a great magazine for small boat sailors - learn more at smallcraftadvisor.com

Have fun watching TV!

Check out this awesome time lapse video of a regular Saturday morning at the club that our co-First Vice Commodore, Seamus Vanecko, put together in June. Thanks, Seamus!

Check out this amazing video of windsurfing in the Bay one windy June afternoon. Shot by Alex Dunkel

Huge thanks to DBW

(California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways) for funding a ton of new equipment for our boating and windsurfing safety classes, including our Introductory Sails: More new wetsuits, beginner/intermediate windsurf boards and sails, new sails and masts for our trainer dinghy sailboats, and new masts, rigging, and sails for our keelboats.  Check out the list of all the aquatic centers that DBW helps to fund: http://dbw.ca.gov/BoaterInfo/AqCntrTbl.aspx

It's not just DJ's who save lives: CPR/First Aid Training is for you, too!

Thanks to Berkeley CPR Classes for providing some complimentary CPR and First-aid certification classes to our staff. View their calendar of upcoming CPR and First-aid Classes in Berkleley/Oakland area:  Their American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR and First-aid training courses are approved by the US Coast Guard.