CSC is open with COVID-19 restrictions.

Looking to learn how to sail or windsurf? Improve your skills?

The Cal Sailing Club is a non-profit, volunteer-run sailing and windsurfing club, located at the Berkeley Marina, that offers lessons, recreation, and free programs for the general public. Learn more about who we are.

Membership costs just $120 for 3 months ($99 for students and seniors) plus 2 hours volunteer work. There are no charges for lessons or use of equipment. Join today!

Updates from our Sailing & Windsurfing Programs

Dinghy sailing:

  • Look here to see the lesson flow for new members
  • Winter Zoom Series (new this year) - we'll be offering Zoom sessions on topics of interest for those going for Junior and those going for Senior. All sessions will be open to all members. Watch the Club announce list.for details.
  • New members and prospective Dinghy Novices: Dinghy Ground School is offered for a limited number of students every Saturday from 1 to 3pm. Reservations required. On the water lessons are offered for a limited number of students  every Saturday from 9:30am to 12:30. You must pass the Rigging Test to attend on the water lessons. Sessions will be announced on the Club announce list
  • We are now offering beginner dinghy on-the-water lessons. We will also offer 1 on 1 instruction for more advanced students using a combination of land talks demonstrations, and teaching from another sailboat. Refer to the announcement each week for details.
  • Looking to get the Novice or Junior rating? Check the guide on getting these ratings. Senior testers who can help, look here. Info for the Junior rating is now at the same link.
  • Novice Fast Track is being offered for members with dinghy sailing experience occasionally. This will be a combined rigging test, on-the-water practices session, and practical test. Sessions will be announced on the Club announce list
  • Checklist for taking a dinghy on the water here.


  • No more scheduled windsurfing lessons this season. We'll start up again around April, when the wind picks up.
  • New Tutorial on Windsurf Board Repair  here.

Kayak and SUPs:


Reopening Information

With the approval of the Berkeley Health Dept, CSC is reopening. Access to equipment will be limited on a reservation basis, and members will need to comply with Health Dept directives on social distancing, masks, etc. Here's what you need to know:

We are working hard to open the Club more as regulations allow us to do that. We will update the membership here and on the announcement list. Thanks for your support and your patience.

February 21 @ 6PM join the General Membership Meeting on Zoom

New Windsurfing Videos

Will Spargur, former Rear Commodore for Windsurf Instruction, has produced a set of videos on learning windsurfing.

New manual on keelboat outboard motors

New manual on keelboat outboard motors here.

New Instructional Video on Rigging a Quest

Jack Chen produced a video that covers inspecting, rigging and reefing a Quest, including putting the boat in the water with the hoist. You can also find it in our library of instructional videos at Lessons > Sailing > Videos.

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

Sheldon Coad took these photos with the help of 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

Detailed description of the windsurfing rating requirements is available. We have also started something to help you get your Senior rating.

Want to get a rating/sign-off but don't know who can do it?

Access details on who can sign off on which ratings/tests/check-outs (e.g., the Day Leader can sign off on Novice Windsurfer written and self-rescue). If you are logged-in to the website, you will be able to see a list of members who have the qualification needed (e.g., a list of those signed-off on the Laser who can then sign-off others). This link is also visible when you look at your White Card on the website.