Welcome to CSC!

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

Membership costs just $120 for 3 months ($99 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!

New Video on RS Venture Capsize Recovery

This video will be part of a series on capsize recovery. It is also in our video library under Lessons->Sailing->Videos.

Third Junior Sailing Fast Track June 24-28

The third Fast Track of the 2019 season is coming up - June 24-28 !

Fast track is a week of intensive sailing instruction with dinner afterwards each night, and a party on Friday! So, if you are working towards your junior rating, come to fast track! Already a junior/senior? Come to fast track and teach!

We need instructors Monday—Thursday & testers on Thursday & Friday. Like to cook? Come to fast track and make dinner! Like to eat dinner? Come to fast track and volunteer to help in the kitchen! 

Students - please make sure you can commit to participate all 5 days and if you become junior earlier in the week agree to be an instructor for the rest of the week.

Email Mark Elgood to sign up* and get involved.

Who: CSC members actively pursuing Jnr rating (priority given to novices but anyone interested should apply!)

Pre-requirements (by Noon Sun 6/23): Active membership, Jnr written/rigging test, 4 available volunteer hours (2 fast track + 2 for junior)

When: 5-8pm every day June 24-28

Where: Cal Sailing Club

Money: $25 venmo or cash on Monday night

Sign-ups will be prioritized on first-come first served, with a waitlist as necessary. Accepted students will be confirmed no later than Monday morning, June 24,

New Video on Rudderless Sailing

This is a hugely important sailing skill, and not just on dinghies. When you master it, you will have more and more efficient and effective controls on the boat. Rama Hoetzlein and Andy Hacket produced a video on this. It is also in our video library under Lessons->Sailing->Videos.

New to Cal Sailing?

Come to a new member party and meet the gang!

New Member Parties

Summer Series 2019

Saturday May 18th   6-9 pm
Saturday June 15th   6-9 pm
Sunday July 14th    1-3 pm
Saturday August 10th   6-9 pm
 
All are welcome - new club members, potential members, or current members.
If you are a member, bring a friend or two to hang out and party. If you're a Junior, you can take them out sailing (not during Lessons time, though)
 

 

Advanced Dinghy Starts April 29

Advanced Dinghy lessons are back for the spring/summer on Monday evenings, April 29 through the end of August except for Fast Track weeks and holidays.

These lessons are intended for Juniors who would like to enhance their sailing skills (thinking of senior rating?). If you are a recently rated junior, it's a great opportunity to open new horizons for practice. And they are good review for Seniors, too.

If you are a novice or non-rated yet but close to taking your test and interested in any topic covered by this class, you are welcome to join for the dock talk. Depending on the people present, you may be able to get on a boat for the on-water practice, but if you're not close to Junior, you probably won't learn much. Lesson schedule is here.

No need to sign up, just show up.

We will rig the boats at 5PM, lessons will start at 6 with a dock talk followed by on-the-water practice and feedback around snacks after we put the boats away.

For more info, contact Tony.

 

Junior Sailing Fast Track Dates for 2019

Fast Track is a program of intensive instruction to help move you to your Junior rating. It's a full week of intensive instruction – 1 instructor for 2 students from about 5 or 5:30 pm to sunset, Monday through Friday, with testers available. These are the dates for this year. Details and pre-requisites will be announced as the dates approach:

      • May 6-10
      • June 3-7
      • June 24-28
      • July 8-12
      • August 5-9

Open House Dates for 2019

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. More detailed information is here.

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 2019 Open House Schedule is below:

      • Sunday, March 10
      • Saturday, April 6- Coincides with the Berkeley Bay Festival! 
      • Sunday, May 19
      • Sunday, June 16
      • Sunday, July 21
      • Sunday, August 18
      • Sunday, September 15
      • Sunday, October 20
      • Sunday, November 17

New Windsurfing Links

A windsurfer in St Petersburg, FL, passed these on to us. Check them out here.

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Sailing Terms

Sailing is full of terminology. Knowing the terms makes learning to sail easier. For example, if someone frantically yells to you, "fall-off," they do not mean to gracelessly dismount from your board. The following terms are used frequently and all windsurfers should know them.

 


Terms can be broken into parts of the sail and rig; parts of the board; points of sail; and directions. These sections are followed by a more or less complete glossary of sailboard terms.


Parts of the sail and rig

The long skinny pole that holds the sail up is the mast. The booms are the two sticks, one on each side of the sail, that hold the sail out from the mast.

Sails have 3 corners (head, tack, clew) and 3 slides (luff, leech, foot):

Three ropes (or 'lines') are attached to the sail. The downhaul pulls the sail down the mast. It is attached to the tack of the sail. It is the most important rope for adjusting the sail. The outhaul pulls the sail out the boom. Finally, your friendly uphaul is the rope that you use to pull the sail up out of the water.

The battens are flexible plastic strips or tubes that hold the shape in the sail.



Parts of the board

The fin (or skeg) and the centerboard provide lateral resistance and keep the board from going sideways. The universal is a flexible joint that attaches the mast to the board. The pointy (foreward) end of the board is the bow, the other (back) end is the stern.



Points of sail

It is necessary to describe the direction a sailboard is travelling, relative to the wind direction. When you start up, you will be on a beam reach. You will notice in the figure below that you cannot sail directly in the direction that the wind is coming from. To get up wind, you will need to sail on a close reach and ziz-zag back and forth (tack). Sailing directly downwind on a run will give you a tippy ride, but is a necessary skill to learn in order to master the jibe.



Directions

Directions on the water can be described in terms relative to the wind, or relative to 'left' and 'right.' Since we've always had trouble with the latter, we will begin with terms relative to the wind.

The direction from where the wind is blowing is windward. The direction away from where the wind is blowing is leeward.To change one's direction to point more toward the wind is to head-up. To change one's direction to point more away from the wind is to fall-off. Now you know when someone frantically yells at you "fall-off," they do not mean hit the suds.

Now it's time for (ugh) left and right. If the wind is coming over the right side of a sailboard, therefore the sailor' right hand is forward, the sailboard is on starboard tack. If the wind is coming over the left side of a sailboard, therefore the sailor' left hand is forward, the sailboard is on port tack.

Sailing directions are important for Rules of the Road which are covered in the 'Start-Up' section of this guide.>




Glossary of Sailing Terms

Apparent wind
The wind that the sailor feels which is the combination of the true wind and the wind caused by the boat's movement through the water.
Battens
Flexible strips or tubes placed in pockets in the sail to hold the sail's shape.
Beam
Widest part of a boat. The point halfway between the bow (front) and stern (rear) of a sailboard.
Beam reach
Sailing at 90 degrees to the wind. Sailing with the wind coming directly over the beam of the board.
Bear off
Same as 'fall off.'
Beat
To sail to windward.
Broad Reach
Sailing with the wind just aft of the beam.
Camber induced sail, Camber inducers
Plastic devices that hold the sail away from the mast so that there is a smooth flow of air across the mast to the sail on both the windward and leeward sides of the sail.
Center of effort (CE)
Point at which all of the force of the wind can be thought to concentrate.
Center of lateral resistance (CLR)
Point at which all of the sideways motion of the board may be thought to be concentrated. On the boards that have centerboards, the CLR is approximately at the centerboard.
Centerboard
A retractable device that, when down, keeps the board from going sideways. Entry-level boards have centerboards. Without a centerboard (in the down position) a novice board will not sail up wind. The centerboard will also steady the board and make balance easier.
Close reach
The point of sail between close-hauled and a beam reach.
Come about, tack
To change direction so that the sail is flown in the opposite side by turning through the eye of the wind.
Downhaul
Line that is used to pull down the mast. On modern sailboards, correct tension in the downhaul is the most critical sail adjustment. See how to rig sails section.
Eye of the wind
Direction from which the wind is blowing.
Fall off
No this does not mean jump off your board. It means to change direction so as to point farther away from where the wind is coming from.
Head up
Change direction so as to point closer to where the wind is coming from.
Jibe
To change direction so that the sail is flown on the opposite side by turning away from the wind.
Leeward
Direction away from the wind. In the Rules of the Road, the leeward boat is the one farthest from where the wind is coming from.
Outhaul
Line that us used to attach the sail to the end of the boom.
Uphaul
(1) Pull the sail out of the water. (2) The line that sailors use to pull the sail out of the water.
Port tack
In the normal sailing stance, sailing a course with the left hand in front. The wind will be coming from the left (port) side of the board. Port tack boat must stay out of the way of starboard tack boat.
Rotating asymmetrical foil (RAF) sails
Full batten sails without camber inducers. The batten tucks part way behind the mast so that there is a smooth airflow on the leeward side of the sail. Usually less expensive than camber induced sails.
Rules of the road
Rules that govern right-of-way when two boats meet (`boats' includes windsurfers)
Running
Sailing in the same direction as the wind.
Sheet in
Pull the sail in by pulling in with the back hand. On a boat, the sheet is the line (rope) that controls the sail. Boat sailors control the sail by pulling on the sheet. Windsurfers sheet the sail primarily with their back hand.
Sheet out
The opposite of sheet in.
Skeg, fin
The small fluke or appendage in the water at the stern of the board that keeps the board going straight. Do not attempt to sail a board without a skeg.
Starboard tack
In the normal sailing stance, sailing a course with the right hand in front. The wind will be coming from the right (starboard) side of the board. If two sailboats or sailboards meet, the one on starboard tack has the right-of-way.
Windward
Direction toward the wind. The windward boat is the one closest where the wind is coming from.
Universal
The joint that connects the mast to the board. It can rotate in all directions, hence universal.