CSC has reopened on a limited basis See below for specifics.

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!

CSC has reopened under specific conditions. Please see below for the limited reopening information. Please subscribe to our Announcement List for the latest news.

Updates from our Sailing & Windsurfing Programs

Latest Updates (as of October 21)

  • We are now offering beginner dinghy on-the-water lessons. Look here to see the lesson flow for new members.
  • Only members with a confirmed reservation for a dinghy, windsurf, kayak, or SUP are allowed to be at Cal Sailing Club at all times.
  • If you are unable to make your confirmed reservation, PLEASE cancel on the day of before the club opens (9AM on weekends, noon on weekdays) so others may get the opportunity to enjoy the water. 
  • Beginning Monday, October 5, kayak and SUP reservations will be handled by the same system as dinghies and windsurf equipment. 
  • Dayleaders can require a wetsuit pending wind conditions to protect you from hypothermia.
  • New Tutorial on Windsurf Board Repair  here.

Dinghy sailing lessons and ratings:

  • New members and prospective Dinghy Novices: Dinghy Ground School is offered for a limited number of students every other Saturday from 10am to noon. Reservations required.  Sessions will be announced on the Club announce list.
  • 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 on some Saturdays. This will be a combined rigging test, on-the-water practices session, and practical test. Sessions will be announced on the Club announce list.

Windsurfing lessons:

  • New members and prospective Windsurfing novices: Socially-distant-on-the-water NOVICE WINDSURF LESSONS resume! Reservations required. To gain access to the reservation form you must be a member & complete re-opening test. Kids should sign up for the youth lesson, not the regular novice lessons. Lessons Offered Saturday and Sunday morning at 11AM. Sign up now!
  • New windsurf members should note that it make take 2-3 weeks to get into a lesson. We are operating under a limited capacity at present
  • Kids windsurfing lessons are now Friday noon to 2pm and Saturday 9am to 11am. Contact Sofi for details.

Kayak and SUPs:

  • A limited number of sit-on-top kayaks and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) are now available for member use. You must have a reservation, as described in the details. No rating is required, but Day Leader approval is. This is a lower-wind activity, so the Day Leader may restrict use to the Novice Area or not allow it at all.
  • Information on how to reserve a kayak or an SUP is here. Note that beginning for reservations for Monday, October 5, we will be using the same reservation system as for dinghies and windsurf equipment here.


Limited Reopening Information

With the approval of the Berkeley Health Dept, CSC is reopening on a limited basis. 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.

New Windsurfing Videos

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

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.