2017 Free Sailboat Ride Days at the Cal Sailing Club
124 University Avenue at the Berkeley Marina
www.cal-sailing.org (no phone: we like it that way!)
Ever wonder about those dazzling sails buzzing around on the Bay? The Cal Sailing Club monthly Open House/Introductory Sail gives you a chance to find out! Cost: zero. Fun: limitless.
The Cal Sailing Club (CSC) offers free sailboat rides for the public aboard our fleet of keelboats (large and stable) and dinghies (fast and zippy) once a month during the Bay Area sailing season. Whether you are new at sailing or an “old salt,” you can enjoy a spectacular voyage within sight of the University of California, the Bay Bridge, San Francisco, and the Golden Gate!
CSC is an independent, non-profit cooperative; our popular Open Houses are a great way to get a free sail of around ½ hour in one of the most beautiful settings on the planet -- and to learn about boat and waterfront safety, Bay ecology, and the fun of non-motorized watercraft.
Almost all Open Houses are held from 1-4 pm Sunday afternoons. Full schedule is below.
How can I sign up?
Rides are given on a first-come-first-served basis by volunteer CSC members. Please try to arrive as early as possible to sign up at the table. On nice days we get lots of visitors. If the tide is dropping, we may have to end sailing earlier than 4 pm, though we try our best to get everyone aboard.
Can I bring my children?
Children must be at least 5 years of age and accompanied by an adult. First timers, small children and not-so-agile adults may prefer to sail in our larger keelboats.
What should I wear?
Bring a strap for eyeglasses or sunglasses, a string to hold your cap on, shoes that can get wet (better avoid flip flops) and comfortable clothes including a windbreaker. A change of clothes can come in handy in case you get soaked. You can borrow our foulies (heavy raincoats) and a PFD (life jacket, required).
The weather looks iffy. At what point do you cancel the event?
CSC’s first priority is boating safety. If we get heavy rain or excessive winds, we may cancel. There’s always next month!
Where are you located?
CSC is just east of the Shorebird Center, at 124 University Ave. on the Berkeley Marina, facing Emeryville, about ¼ mile before the Berkeley Pier. There’s plenty of parking for cars and bikes, and AC transit stops just opposite the club. Be sure to ask the bus driver if the bus goes to the Marina.
Dates for 2017 Open House
- Sunday, February 12
- Sunday, March 26
- Saturday, April 8- Coincides with the Berkeley Bay Festival!
- Sunday, May 28
- Sunday, June 25
- Sunday, July 23
- Sunday, August 27
- Sunday, September 24
- Sunday, October 22
- Sunday, November 19