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

August Junior Skipper Fast Track – the Last One This Year

August 22-26 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

        Don't wait until the last minute - get your tests done as soon as you can

        Recommended: 5+ previous lessons, comfortable handling main sheet and tiller while hiking

  • Please pay attention to the pre-requisites, especially the last one
  • You must have your pre-requisites done by 5pm on Sunday, August 21.
  • 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: Email Daniel, 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: Email Daniel, the coordinator

We also need cooks and clean-up crew. If you're interested, email Lonnie.

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

Volunteer hours, food, and fun available!

Windsurf Junior and Junior+ Fast Track

Move quickly toward your Junior or your Junior+ Windsurfing rating with 4 consecutive Sunday sessions, from July 31st to August 20th. Click here to see the topics covered each day. To participate, you must be able to uphaul, stay upwind, and return to the dock under power. 

We also need instructors for this. To sign up as a student or an instructor contact Wayne. Drop-ins are welcome if space is available.

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. Details are here. Note that you will need to login to the site to see this information.

CSC Moving into the Late 20th Century - White Cards Going from Paper to Digital

We have already migrated the back page (Volunteer Hours) to digital, although you can still use paper if you want to.

As of today, the front page (Tests and Ratings) is completely digital. From now on, all your tests will be recorded ONLY on the website and not on the white card. We are in the process of transferring the existing data from paper to digital, which may take a while. If you're interested in the details, click here. If you administer tests, you should definitely click here. You'll find the process very simple. You can approve tests in the clubhouse, at home, anywhere.

We are also tracking ratings explicitly, which we didn't do previously.

Right now, all of the Senior and Cruise ratings have been transferred (but none of the individual tests). Also all of the Racing Skipper tests, RS500 and Laser qualifications that we could find (as there wasn't a consistent mechanism for tracking these). Steve Burchik did a Senior Project in 2010 where he recorded all the Senior and Junior white cards, so we have transferred that data, which needs to be updated.

We'll send out more info when the data transfer is completed.

Windsurfing Fast Track Extension Schedule

Because the fun must go on! This is the schedule as it stands. Look for notices at the club for changes.

Saturday July 30th 1pm. Waterstarting

With Peter Naulls and Wayne Lefkowitz. Note! We chose this day due to low tide. If it's windy enough, we'll start with beachstarting and then move out into full waterstarting.

August 12th-14th (to be confirmed). ABK Clinic at Rio Vista.

Contact Peter Naulls ASAP if you'd like to attend. Cost is $300 per person.

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



Photos of Berkeley Reef at Ultra Low Tide Show Why to Keep a Safe Distance

Sheldon Coad took these photos with the help of Robert Ofsevit, 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.

Advanced Dinghy Lessons in progress Monday evenings

Advanced Dinghy Lessons are back - every Monday through the end of August (end date to be announced), except Junior Fast Track weeks and holidays. 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.

Second Fast Track Completed June 10.
The season's second fast track completed Friday, June 10, with 5 new Juniors and 3 new Novices. If the wind hadn't died Friday evening, we'd have even more. Thanks to Joanie Pacheco for organizing this, to all the instructors, cooks, and helpers who contributed, and to Dan Z. and Lon for keeping enough boats in operable condition.

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!