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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Step 5: Startup Sequence

It's time to get moving. Here is how.

Step 1. You're in the basic position. Your feet are on the centerline of the board, straddling the mast base, your knees are slightly bent, your arms are straight, and you are holding the mast with both hands below the boom.

Step 2. First move your feet behind the mast (A below). Next, with your front hand (which is holding the mast) should move the mast and sail in front of you and across the board (B). The sail and mast should be balanced, so it will take very little effort to hold it in front of you in an upright position. Now grab the boom with first your back hand and then front hand, but keep the sail parallel to the wind (C). Finally, slowly bring in the sail with your backhand (D, “sheet-in the sail”).

Step 3. Think of the sail as a door. With your back hand not pulling on the sail, the sail is out, parallel to the wind, and the wind passes through the door. To catch the wind, move your back hand in (D) to partly close the door and catch the wind. Congratulations, you have just gotten your first ride. You are now officially a windsurfer.. You will sail off at a beam reach. When you get to Hawaii, send me a postcard.

Resist the temptation to panic and drop the sail. If you think that the wind is too strong, gently let out with your backhand and let some wind out the door. As you feel more comfortable, pull in harder with your backhand. Congratulations, you have just gotten your first ride. You are now officially a windsurfer.

Resist the temptation to panic and drop the sail. If you think that the wind is too strong, gently let out with your backhand and let some wind out the door. As you feel more comfortable, pull in harder with your backhand. You will have to lean back to counter the pull of the sail. On light wind days, be careful not to pull in too hard with your backhand. That will “stall” the sail and you will just go sideways. A little wind always has to be let out the door. If you feel that the wind is too strong, let go with you backhand, but never let go with your front hand.

Right of way rules

Now that you are flying along, it is a good time to consider what happens if you are about to collide with another vessel (i.e., boat or sailboard). Collisions at sea are a good thing to avoid. There are two aspects to avoiding collisions at sea: (1) The Law, also called Rules of the Road; (2) Uncommonly good sense.

The Law (Simplified)

It is just as important to observe the universal right-of-way rules on the water as it is when driving on the road. For purposes of right-of-way, a windsurfer (or kiteboarder) is the same as a sailboat. Right-of-way can always be determined by applying the following four rules:
1. A boat overtaking another boat shall keep clear of the boat being overtaken.
2. A boat on starboard tack has right of way over a boat on port tack. In windsurfung, if your right hand is forward on the boom you are on starboard tack and have right of way over a port tack vessel (Right is right!).
3. When two boats are on the same tack, the boat to windward shall keep clear of the boat to leeward.
4. A boat that is towing a boat or windsurfer has the right-of-way.

Uncommonly Good Sense

Some of these points are not obvious.

1. First, you don't want to panic without reason. There is a simple way to tell if you are on a collision course with another vessel. First take a bearing on the other vessel. A good system of bearings is the "clock face" as shown below:

The Queen Mary has a bearing of 1:00 (1 o'clock). Wait a minute and check the bearing again. If the bearing changes (e.g., from 1:00 to 2:30) you are not on a collision course. If the bearing does not change, you are on a collision course. Gulp.

2. If you have right of way, make sure that the skipper of the other vessel (boat or sailboard) sees you. The other sailor or kiter may be doing what we do much of the time: daydreaming. Try to establish eye contact. Yell (nicely), if necessary, to get the other guy's attention.

3. If you alter your course, do not make a small change; make your change in course large enough so that the other sailor doesn't have to guess your intentions.

4. It is safer to pass behind another vessel than it is to pass in front of it (particularly the Queen Mary). Sailors often have a tendency to try to scoot in front of an oncoming vessel instead of passing behind it (like a deer darting in front of a car, with the predictable consequences). It is also safer to pass to the leeward of another sailboard than to pass to windward. If you fall, or "spin-out" you will not drift into the other board.

5. Most collisions between sailboards happen when one sailor jibes or tacks (i.e., turns) without looking. Look twice, jibe (or tack) once.