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.

Article Index

Step 10: Nonplaning Jibe

There are several different kinds of jibes. This is one kind nonplaning jibe. You are sailing along (not in the footstraps, not planing) and you want to go the other way. Instead of tacking (turning toward the wind) you want to jibe: turn away from the wind.

In the figure below, the arrows represent the direction of the wind.

To prepare for jibing do the following (Figure A): (1) head off on a broad reach; (2) move your hands back on the boom. The lighter the wind, the further back on the boom you will need to move your hands. In addition, prepare to jibe by moving your back foot further back on the board. The further back on the board you are, the snappier your jibes will be. Keep those knees bent! Finally, look before you initiate the turn so that you do not turn into the path of an oncoming sailor. Just as when you tacked, the first step is always, check the traffic!

To initiate the turn swing the sail to windward across the front of the board (Figure B). Keep this position until you turn past a dead run (Figure C). The wind will be blowing directly from behind. This is the time to switch your feet so that your front foot becomes your back foot and your back foot becomes your front foot.

When you are on a broad reach on the new tack, flip the sail (Figure E). To flip the sail, first slide your front hand forward on the boom all the way to the mast. Then let go with your back hand and the sail will flip itself. Grasp the boom on the new side step forward to a normal sailing position, and sail off. You might have to move the sail to the back of the board to head up higher.

Note that to get the board to turn downwind, you had to move both of your hands back on the boom. But just before you flip the sail for the jibe, you must slide your front hand forward all the way to the mast. Note where my front (left) hand is in figure D.

In the sequence above, you flip the sail after you are well onto the new tack (a broad reach or higher). The only exception to this method is if the wind is very light, your turn will stop when you are pointed directly down wind. If this happens, flip the sail and muscle it onto the correct side and to the back of the board to finish the turn.

You can do several things to make your jibe snappier. First, after you move your front foot back, put more weight on the windward rail than the leeward rail (only if the centerboard is down). Second, step further back on the board. Finally, these two strategies can be combined in the following way. Move your old front foot even further back and put most of your weight on it. Do this earlier in the turn than the figure above. Most boards have a "sweet spot" way in the back of the board. If you move your old front foot way back to that spot and put your weight on it, you can turn on a dime (with the centerboard down).

Variations on the Jibe

There are many different variations on the jibe. The variations can be divided into two broad categories: nonplaning jibes and planing jibes. Different versions of the nonplaning jibe are called the snap jibe, scissor jibe, and power jibe. These are all slight variations of the jibe described above. In all nonplaning jibes, your weight is moved to the back of the board, and most of the turning power comes from the sail. Nonplaning jibes can be used with beginner boards (with centerboards) and short board (e.g., 9 foot boards without centerboards). The nonplaning jibe is a skill that will always be useful. The nonplaning jibe is fairly easy to master.

The planing jibe requires one to be sailing very fast on a plane. Do not worry about learning the planing jibe until after you can use a harness, waterstart, and sail fast in high winds. In several ways the planing jibe is the opposite of a nonplaning jibe: Your weight is forward in the board, you sink the leeward rail, and most of the turning power comes from carving the leeward rail through the water (like skiing or snow boarding). The planing jibe is considerably more difficult than the nonplaning jibe. Whereas each of the steps in this guide can be broken into at most 4 components, there are approximately 17 things to think about when making a good planing jibe. When an advanced windsurfer is talking about jibing, they are most likely talking about planing jibes. Variations on the planing jibe include the lay-down jibe and the duck jibe.