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!

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. 

May Junior Skipper Fast Track

May 4-8 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
  • Agree to attend 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 cleanup duties
  • Bring an extra $20 by May 4th at 5pm to help pay for food and beverages for both you and your teachers


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.

Volunteer hours, food, and fun available!

Sign up as a cook: Click here.


 Membership Cards

Some Yacht Club: "If you're with the CSC, then where are your Membership Cards?"
CSC Member: "Membership Cards? We ain't got no cards. We don't need no cards. I don't have to show you any stinkin' cards!"

But some members have had problems getting into events open to "yacht club/sailing club" members because they couldn't prove they were CSC members. So if you think you need a membership card, you can get one. Login to the site  and go to the home page. Scroll down to the bottom and under Account Info you can click on Membership Card and print it.

Rest assured that we won't be asking for membership cards at the Club House.



First GMM of 2015 on February 22nd

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..


2014 November GMM (General Membership Meeting)

The last GMM of 2014 was held Thursday November 20 at the Berkeley Yacht Club (BYC), and those who braved the rain enjoyed a roast chicken dinner and music featuring club member Scott "Mister Willson, can I please have a hall pass?".  Quarterly financial statement by Stella the Treasurer is here


Junior Sailing Fast Track 2014 was a success! We have 40+ new Junior sailors. Congrats Class of 2014!

Please see the lessons page for more information.

 2014 Introductory Sail Open Houses were huge

All our Introductory Sails for 2014 are complete, with a huge turnout for the last one on November 9!  We held ten of these events in 2014, and took out nearly 4,000 people, using our fleet of 30+ sailboats. 

These events allow anyone (over 5) to put on a personal flotation device (aka lifejacket) and learn first hand how to enjoy safe, non-polluting fun on a sailboat--their choice of our 15 ft dinghies or 25 ft keelboats. There's no charge, all they have to do is sign up in front of the clubhouse between 1 and 4 pm. Children must be 5 or over and accompanied by parent or guardian.  Since our boats aren't dry, especially when the wind is blowing hard, attendees are advised to bring a change of clothes, strap for eyeglasses or sunglasses, and a change of clothes.

 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!


2014 August GMM (General Membership Meeting)

ExComm put on a great party on August 23 with live music and an awesome Fish Bake. Officer reports were brief and the party was long! Quarterly financial statement is here. The next GMM will be on November 20 at 6 PM at the BYC. Quarterly financial statement is here.  Stay tuned for more details.


 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.