Lessons on Demand is very Limited due to COVID Restrictions

We are not able to teach lessons on the water with the instructor and student in the same boat. The only lessons possible are on land or with the instructor in a different boat, and in this case the student needs to have a dinghy rating

Lessons on Demand

To accommodate the varied schedules of our members and provide additional times for sailing instruction, the Club is reviving a previous program which allows members to schedule a sailing lesson directly with an instructor at a time outside of the Club’s usual scheduled lessons.  There are several Junior and Senior rated members who are willing to teach sailing skills to individuals or groups at a prearranged time. This is a supplemental program to our normal Sailing Instruction, which is described here.

(Note: to see instructor contact information, you must login to the site)

Here’s how it works

There's a list of instructors on the website. For each instructor, there's a sailing bio to help familiarize prospective students with their background. The instructor also indicates the type of boat (dinghy or keelboat), the level of student they are willing to teach (unrated, Novice, Junior, etc.), what skills they are williing to teach, their availability for lesons and their email address.  For example, a given instructor might be willing to teach one afternoon a week on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, but not both or their availability may change from week to week due to travel, work, etc. Prospective students will contact the instructor directly via email to request a lesson. The skill level, lesson contents, and any pre-requisites can all be discussed between instructor and student when arranging the lesson.  (It is ok to request a lesson for more than one student).  The instructor is also free to decline a lesson request since their participation in this program is on a voluntary basis. Lessons On Demand will not be offered during regularly scheduled Club lesson times, Club races, Fast Track events, Open Houses or any other Club sponsored event involving the use of the club boats.  Instructors earn volunteer hours for these lessons similar to hours earned during the Club’s normally posted lesson times.  A Coordinator, Craig Charles, will maintain the instructor listings on the site and facilitate the program.  


If you wish to sign up as an instructor, please email the Rear Commodore a listing of the days and times you are available to teach. This can be changed as needed.  Please also send a brief bio outlining your sailing experience, indicate what level of student you wish to teach, what, if any, specific skills you’d like to teach and whether you are willing/able to teach on dinghies, keelboats or both.

After each lesson, please record the lesson in the log book in the ClubHouse, and remember to record your volunteer hours via the online site.


To arrange a Lesson On Demand, look at the instructor bios below where you will find a brief sailing bio and info on their availability.  You can then directly contact the instructor via email to arrange a lesson.  Please understand that instructor availability is subject to change and that the listings do not represent a commitment to teach on the part of the instructor.  NOTE:  It is possible to arrange a group lesson, (more than one student).  Please ask the instructor when arranging the lesson.

Let Us Know How It's Working. Send us an email. We want this to be a benefit for both students and instructors.  


John Bergmann

Junior Dinghy sailor since May, 2016. Club member since September, 2015.  Previously owned a Cal-20 in San Diego and sailed extensively including trips to Mexico and Catalina Island.  Contributed to updating the Club's Dinghy manual this year.  Willing to teach anyone working towards their Junior Dinghy rating and will teach all Junior level skils.  Availability for lessons: most Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Contact John. 

John Bongiovanni    

Cruising Skipper, Dinghy and Keelboat, Club member since November 2013, dinghy sailor since the mid-1980s, and Club Rear Commodore (sailing instruction). Willing to test prospective Juniors who are adequately prepared, and also to teach rated Juniors working on Senior dinghy skills, especially rudderless sailing, jib-only sailing, sailing without a centerboard, backwards sailing, and downwind sailing. Not available for keelboat lessons, but willing to have practice sessions with Juniors who are close to their Senior Keelboat test. Availability for lessons:  Many Tuesday and Friday afternoons.  Contact John.

Gene Golfus

Member since late 2017, getting Junior in the second Fast Track in 2018. Love teaching and teach a lot. Lots of windsurfing experience, including maui, Aruba, Bonaire, the Dominican Republic, Margaritta off the Coast of Venezuela, Baja- La paz , Sherman Island -Rio Vista, Bencia, Berkeley, Chrissy Field, Candelstick, The Columbia River Gorge (huge wind against huge currents). This experience helps me with sailing and teaching it. Willing to teach at a basic level to help you get from zero to Junior: rigging and putting a boat in the water, and then building skills to get you to your Novice and Junior. Available most weekdays early afternoon, just after the Club opens or as late as 1pm.  Contact Gene.

Balthazar Lechene

Junior Dinghy sailor.  Also a rated windsurfer.  Has greatly enjoyed the Club since 2014.  Willing to teach beginners and novices working towards their Junior rating.  Mostly available on weekends. Contact Balthazar.

Stefano Maffuli

Junior Dinghy sailor and club member since 2012. Willing to teach anyone working towards their Junior Dinghy rating and will teach most Junior level skils (except capsize recovery). Also willing to teach some advanced techniques, like rudderless sailing, jib only, backward sailing, trapeze handling. Available during weekends only, gladly accepting rides from/to San Francisco.Contact Stefano.

Elyakim Rinat

Cruising Skipper, Club member since 2010. Willing to teach rated Juniors working on Senior dinghy skills. Available to have practice sessions with Juniors who are close to their Senior Keelboat test. Mostly available Monday through Thursday but other days could work. Contact Elyakim.

Jeff Scott

Junior Dinghy sailor as of Summer 2016 and have been with the club since 2015. Prepared to teach members towad their Junior rating. Available on most weekends. Contact Jeff.

Mike Sherrell

Senior Dinghy sailor.  Club member for five years.  Willing to teach Junior rated sailors on trapping out and/or gennaker sailing on Bahia's, Quests or the RS500's.  Also teach single handing on the trapeze. Requires winds of at least 10 knots.  Usually available on Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun. Contact Mike. 

Zac Weiner

Junior Dinghy sailor.  CSC member for 15 years.  Will teach anyone working towards their Novice or Junior ratings on any of the required skills. Available by appointment. Contact Zac.