The South Sailing Basin, where the Cal Sailing Club launches its dinghies, has been silting in over the decades, and at very low tides the depth of water at the dock is too shallow to operate our rescue skiff. When that occurs, dinghies and windsurfing equipment cannot be used by members with a rating of Junior Skipper (in the case of dinghies) or Junior Plus Windsurfer (for windsurfing equipment) or below. Equipment may still be used by those with higher ratings who do not require the rescue skiff to be operational. You can also use the time to get your work credit out of the way, take your written or rigging tests, sail with a Senior or Cruising Skipper, or just sit on the bench and enjoy the scenery!

The following table may be used to help plan your sailing schedule, and avoid times when there is not enough water there at the dock to sail. The column headings are defined below the table.

When the tide level is below +1.0 ft., the rescue skiff may not be able to operate (times in yellow on the chart). Depending on conditions, the Day Leader may launch the low-tide skiff, which can operate to +0.0 ft. Below +0.0 ft. even the low-tide skiff cannot operate, and the club will close (times in red on the chart). 

The tide times used in generating this table are  estimates only . Many factors influence tide height which cannot easily be predicted (flow of rivers into the Bay, atmospheric pressure, etc.). It is the Day Leader's responsibility to evaluate conditions and determine club operating hours. Note that currently observed low tides at Richmond Inner Harbor are around 0.3 feet higher than predictions. You can apply this correction factor to the tide predictions for the Berkeley Marina to get an approximate idea of what the tides might actually be.

You can click on the Date and see the tide graph for that date.

This table is based on the official CSC thresholds of +1.0 ft. for low tide and +0.0 ft. for club closure.

Estimated CSC Schedule for tide-based closure for

March, 2017


DateOpenMid-Day Low WaterMid-Day CloseMid-Day ReopenMid-Day Normal WaterDockSunsetLow Tide
Wed Mar 1Noon5:33 PM6:03 PM7:57 PM
0.7
Thu Mar 2Noon5:34 PM6:04 PM8:38 AM
0.8
Fri Mar 3Noon5:35 PM6:05 PM9:39 AM
0.6
Sat Mar 49:00 AM9:26 AM12:21 PM5:36 PM6:06 PM10:47 AM
0.5
Sun Mar 59:00 AM10:24 AM1:56 PM5:37 PM6:07 PM12:02 PM
0.3
Mon Mar 6Noon12:00 PM3:19 PM5:38 PM6:08 PM1:15 PM
0.1
Tue Mar 7Noon12:14 PM1:30 PM3:12 PM4:34 PM5:39 PM6:09 PM2:20 PM
-0.2
Wed Mar 8Noon1:09 PM2:17 PM4:17 PM5:27 PM5:40 PM6:10 PM3:16 PM
-0.3
Thu Mar 9Noon1:58 PM2:58 PM5:11 PM5:41 PM5:41 PM6:11 PM4:04 PM
-0.4
Fri Mar 10Noon2:47 PM3:50 PM3:50 PM3:50 PM3:50 PM6:12 PM4:46 PM
-0.3
Sat Mar 119:00 AM3:32 PM4:40 PM4:40 PM4:40 PM4:40 PM6:13 PM5:25 PM
-0.2
Sun Mar 129:00 AM5:22 PM6:44 PM6:44 PM7:14 PM7:01 PM
0.1
Mon Mar 13Noon6:20 PM6:45 PM6:45 PM7:15 PM7:36 PM
0.5
Tue Mar 14Noon6:46 PM7:16 PM8:02 AM
0.9
Wed Mar 15Noon6:47 PM7:17 PM8:42 AM
0.8
Thu Mar 16Noon6:48 PM7:18 PM9:25 AM
0.8
Fri Mar 17Noon6:49 PM7:19 PM10:11 AM
0.8
Sat Mar 189:00 AM10:23 AM11:49 AM6:50 PM7:20 PM11:04 AM
0.9
Sun Mar 199:00 AM11:22 AM12:54 PM6:51 PM7:21 PM12:05 PM
0.9
Mon Mar 20Noon12:25 PM2:00 PM6:51 PM7:21 PM1:10 PM
0.9
Tue Mar 21Noon12:57 PM3:34 PM6:52 PM7:22 PM2:13 PM
0.7
Wed Mar 22Noon1:34 PM4:45 PM6:53 PM7:23 PM3:08 PM
0.5
Thu Mar 23Noon2:11 PM5:41 PM6:54 PM7:24 PM3:55 PM
0.3
Fri Mar 24Noon2:46 PM6:29 PM6:55 PM7:25 PM4:36 PM
0.1
Sat Mar 259:00 AM3:25 PM6:56 PM6:56 PM7:26 PM5:15 PM
0.0
Sun Mar 269:00 AM4:08 PM6:57 PM6:57 PM7:27 PM5:52 PM
0.0
Mon Mar 27Noon4:58 PM6:58 PM6:58 PM7:28 PM6:30 PM
0.2
Tue Mar 28Noon5:50 PM6:59 PM6:59 PM7:29 PM7:09 PM
0.4
Wed Mar 29Noon7:00 PM7:30 PM7:40 AM
0.0
Thu Mar 30Noon7:01 PM7:31 PM8:28 AM
-0.3
Fri Mar 31Noon7:02 PM7:32 PM9:21 AM
-0.4

CSC Tides version 1.2.24

Tide-Based Closure Definition of Terms

Open - When the club opens, based on day of week and considering late open due to tides.

Mid-Day Low Water - When the tide is lower than the operating limit for the regular rescue skiff. The Day Leader may close the club at this point or launch the low-tide rescue skiff.

Mid-Day Close - When the tide is lower than the operating limit for the low-tide rescue skiff. The club will close.

Mid-Day Reopen - When the tide has risen above the operating  limit for the low-tide rescue skiff. The Day Leader may reopen the club using the low-tide rescue skiff.

Mid-Day Normal Water  - When the tide has risen above the operating limit for the regular rescue skiff. The club will be open.

Dock - Dock time based on sunset time and considering early close due to tides.