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!

June Junior Skipper Fast Track - June 6-10 from 5pm to Sunset

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

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: 5+ previous lessons, comfortable handling main sheet and tiller while hiking
  • Please pay attention to the pre-requisites, especially the last one
  • 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

Sign up as a student: Go to Doodle or email Joanie, the coordinator

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

Instructors (juniors and up) needed Mon - Thurs

Testers (seniors and up) needed Wed - Fri

Sign up as a teacher: Go to Doodle or email Joanie, the coordinator

If you don't have e-mail, ask the Day Leader to contact Joanie.

Volunteer hours, food, and fun available!

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.

Advanced Dinghy Lessons Start Monday, May 2

Advanced Dinghy Lessons are back, beginning Monday, May 2 - every Monday through the end of August (end date to be announced), except Junior Fast Track weeks. The lessons cover skills you'll need to get your Senior rating - rudderless, downwind sailing, gennaker, and lots more.

The lessons are open to those with a Junior rating or close to one (honestly, if you're not close to Junior, you won't get much out of them). They go from around 5pm (rigging the boats, on the water around 6pm) to sunset. Lesson content will be announced a day or so ahead of time on the Club email list.

Even if you're not working on a Senior rating, if you're a Junior and want to improve your skills, this is for you.

2016 Sailing Fast Track session dates are posted!

The dates are:

April 25 - 29
June 06 - 11
June 27 - July 01
July 18 - 22
August 22- 26

The purpose of Fast Track is to help unrated sailors in reaching their junior skipper rating.

For more information go to the lessons page

2016 Open House Dates!

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! The 2016 Open House Schedule is below:

  • Sunday, February 28
  • Sunday, March 27
  • Saturday, April 16- Coincides with the Berkeley Bay Festival!
  • Sunday, May 22
  • Sunday, June 19
  • Sunday, July 17
  • Sunday, August 21
  • Sunday, September 18
  • Sunday, October 2
  • Sunday, November 6



Cruise to Golden Gate March 27 (Easter Sunday)
Out to the bridge and back with varying wind and seas, back in time for Open House. Some photos here. Post your club photos on our Gallery - here's how to do it.
Single-Handing a Dinghy Workshop held March 19
We had about a dozen participants in the lowering tide and light winds, but it all worked. Single-handing is liberating, and it actually isn't that hard. Most of what we did was talk about small things that make your life easier when you're on the boat by yourself. We practiced launching and docking, then tacking and gybing. Here are the notes for the workshop, which may be a bit sketchy for those who didn't attend. We will hold another one in the summer.

Cruise Sign-Up Moved to this Website

As of today, we've moved cruise signup to the current CSC web site. Up until now, it was run on an old website that  nobody maintained. Although it worked pretty well, it was confusing to have one website for cruise signup and another for everything else. The signup system works pretty much exactly as it used to. You get a random lottery number for the cruise when you signup, which determines whether you get on an over-subscribed cruise. Just as on the old site, your lottery number doesn't depend on how early you sign up, so it's fair to everyone.

There are some changes:

1. You need to login to the CSC website with your CSC userid and password. If you want to do cruises, make sure you know them. If you've forgotten either or both, contact the Webmaster.
2. You can only sign up for a cruise if you have an active membership. This means you have to go to keep your membership status up to date. Cruises are a wonderful benefit for club members. 
3. You have to provide your emergency contact information when you sign up (you can always edit it before the cruise). This gives the club a list with emergency contacts ahead of the cruise, and it eliminates the last-minute paperwork at the dock. 
4. The user interface is slightly different (and we hope better).

The details are on the website under Activities->Cruising. Details on the sign-up procedure are here. Additional info for cruise skippers is here.


You can now enter and use your volunteer hours online

Beginning today, you don't have to enter your volunteer hours on your White Card in the clubhouse. You can enter them on our website from anywhere. You can use the computer in the clubhouse if you like, but you don't have to.

It's pretty simple, and complete instructions are here. You must be logged into the website with your Club userid and password. Then go to Memberships->Enter Volunteer Hours. You'll see a form to enter the fields. When you're done, hit Submit. That's it. When you go to this page, you will see the last 20 volunteer hours that you have entered online. If they have not been approved, you will be able to edit or delete them. You can also ask the Day Leader to enter and approve them at the same time.

The Day Leader will look at unapproved volunteer hours once a day and will approve ones that he or she recognizes.

You can also renew your quarterly membership using volunteer hours from this same page if you have 12 or more unused volunteer hours (the standard 2 hours plus 10 hours for the membership). In that case, you'll see a button to click to renew your membership. All you have to do is click it, and everything else will happen behind the scenes. There is no need for you to go to your account and renew your membership.

While the system does not recognize ratings yet, you are expected to keep track of your volunteer hours requirements for your current rating (eg 10 hours per quarter for seniors) and only use hours to renew once you have your rating requirements plus the additional 10 hours for free membership.

For the time being, you are free to continue to use the White Cards in the Clubhouse for your hours. After the new system has been runninig well for enough time, we will convert to online only.

2016 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!

February 28 General Membership Meeting

Party in the yard after the Open House!  Stella the Treasurer's report is here.

November 12 General Membership Meeting

It was great.!  Stella the Treasurer's report is here.

August 16 General Membership Meeting

Minutes are  here.

Annual (5/1/15 - 4/30/16) financial statement by Stella the Treasurer

Is here.

His master's boat

Check out the photo .

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) May 17th

Annual financial statement by Stella the Treasurer is here

 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: 5 dinghy sailboats, 1 keelboat, 1 rescue skiff, 3 outboard motors for the skiffs, 36 windsurf boards and sails, and scads of sails, masts, rigging, wetsuits, foul weather gear, and personal flotation devices.  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.