Sailing Camps

 
 

Campers learn and review the essentials of sailing at different camp levels depending on the experience of the camper on the beautiful San Francisco Bay.

Camps 2019 – We can’t wait for you to join us for camps this upcoming summer. We are working to prepare another summer full of fun, friends and adventure. Please check back in December for details on summer 2019 or join our mailing list to stay connected.

Level 1

Learn introductory sailing skills through a combination of classroom instruction & aboard our fleet of 15-foot Coronado sailboats. Calmer winds in the morning create the ideal learning environment to practice foundational skills.  Campers will sail with two to four per boat under the close supervision of the instructors. Formerly known as “Basic Sailing Camp”.

Most campers complete 2+ weeks of Level 1 before progressing to Level 2. Participation in Level 1.5 can aid in this progression.

Appropriate clothing and safety procedures, how to rig the boat, how to steer effectively in a variety of wind directions, how to tack the boat, introductory rope work, introduction to capsize recovery.

Assist with rigging a Coronado, tie figure 8, as both helm & crew: reach, beat & run, tack the boat, get out of head to wind, capsize recovery basics, describe points of sail, identify: wind direction, right of way, impact of tides, safety gear, main rigging & sail parts.

Ages & Eligibility

Campers must be ages 10-17 (by December 1, 2019) in order to register for this camp. All campers must have basic swimming skills in order to enroll.

Price: $260

Location: UC Berkeley Marina – 124 University Ave Berkeley, CA 94720

Level 1.5 – New!

Campers will master skills instructed in Level 1 in preparation for Level 2. Level 1.5 is offered to refresh previous learning and bring campers back into the swing of sailing, as well as offer an introduction to sailing in afternoon wind conditions. 

Ages & Eligibility

Campers must be ages 10-17 (by December 1, 2019) in order to register for this camp. All campers must have basic swimming skills in order to enroll. Pass of Level 1 required.

Price: $260

Location: UC Berkeley Marina – 124 University Ave Berkeley, CA 94720

Level 2

Campers who have successfully completed Level 1 Sailing will join us in the more powerful afternoon winds aboard our 17.5-foot fleet of Ventures to build on skills learned in Level 1, as well as capsizing, tacking, jibing, and high wind sailing. Formerly known as “Intermediate Sailing Camp”. 

(same as required to pass Level 1) Assist at rigging Coronado, tie figure 8 knot, as both helm & crew: reach, beat & run, tack the boat, get out of head to wind, capsize recovery basics, describe points of sail, identify: wind direction, right of way, impact of tides, safety gear, main rigging & sail parts.

Rig Venture unassisted, reef a boat, identify all parts of boat, rigging & sails, tie: bowline, double half-hitch, clove hitch, launch & recover boat from dock, unassisted: reach, beat & run, tack, gybe, pick up & leave a mooring, come alongside another boat, recover a man overboard, describe 5 essentials and apply to all points of sailing, right a capsized boat unassisted.

Ages & Eligibility

Campers must be ages 10-17 (by December 1, 2019) in order to register for this camp. We require the successful completion of our Level 1 (or equivalent skill level) as a prerequisite to this camp. All campers must have basic swimming skills in order to enroll. Pass of Level 1 required.

Price: $260

Location: UC Berkeley Marina – 124 University Ave Berkeley, CA 94720

Level 3: Adventure Sailing – New!

Explore the many facets of this adventure hobby: learn the rules of racing then test your skills in a formal race, learn new technical skills like anchoring and use of a trapeze, participate in the adventure of a long sail, beyond the boundaries of the south sailing basin! This course is focused on the activities open to sailors once they have built their fundamental sailing skills. For participants interested in renting Cal Adventures sailboats on weekends, see Youth Sailing Rentals below.

Boat control maneuvers, racing rules & course laying, long sail route planning & safety protocols, anchoring, and trapezing.

Ages & Eligibility

Campers must be ages 10-17 (by December 1, 2019) in order to register for this camp. We require the successful completion of our Level 1 (or equivalent skill level) as a prerequisite to this camp. All campers must have basic swimming skills in order to enroll. Pass of Levels 1 & 2 required.

Price: $260

Location: UC Berkeley Marina – 124 University Ave Berkeley, CA 94720

Level 3: Youth Sailing Rentals

Intended to offer more time to practice and master Level 1 & 2 skills under supervision of an instructor. The end goal of the program is being cleared to rent Cal Adventures boats through community rental program in non-summer months. Formerly known as “Advanced Sailing Workshop”.

(same as required to pass Level 2) Unassisted Venture rigging, reef a boat, identify all parts of boat, rigging & sails, tie: bowline, double half-hitch, clove hitch, launch & recover boat from dock, unassisted: reach, beat & run, tack, gybe, pick up & leave a mooring, come alongside another boat, recover a man overboard, describe 5 essentials and apply to all points of sailing, right a capsized boat unassisted.

Ages & Eligibility

Campers must be ages 10-17 (by December 1, 2019) in order to register for this camp. All campers must have basic swimming skills in order to enroll.

Price: $260

Location: UC Berkeley Marina – 124 University Ave Berkeley, CA 94720

Camp Details

You may have noticed we re-tooled our youth sailing curriculum. Our goal is to increase transparency into our skills requirements in order to offer optimal experiences for our campers and families. It is our intention to be clear about expectations for sailors at all levels in order to create a safe and engaging learning environment and mitigate unnecessary risk.

We require clearance from one level to the next with safety in mind, as our weather conditions and equipment will vary between them. We have also outlined the necessary skills for admission into a camp and clearance to the next and are happy to discuss comparable sailing experience from other programs.

We are also offering a number of new programs! Level 1.5 Refresher is an afternoon camp for sailors who have passed Level 1 and are looking ahead to Level 2. Level 3 Adventure Sailing Clinic is an all-day experience for sailors who have passed Level 2 and are excited about racing, long sails, and advanced skills.

Our program schedule is structured around anticipated tide and wind conditions and are subject to adjustment to ensure participant safety.

It can be COLD at the Marina — even during the summer! Please outfit your camper in warm layers.
Students should wear loose fitting clothing that can get wet

  • Shoes or sandals that can be worn securely in the water or mud in the event of a capsize (e.g. old sneakers, Tevas, Keens. NO flip-flops!)
  • Glasses should always have a strap to hold them on
  • Bring a windbreaker , wool socks, sunglasses and sun screen
  • Bring change of dry clothes for after class
  • Cal Adventures provides wetsuits, and paddling jackets
  • Students should bring a water bottle and a light lunch or snack

  • We want all of our sailors to enjoy themselves in our learning environment, which can be a rather demanding one for the less experienced. We are happy to discuss the nuances of the conditions in the South Sailing Basin on an individual basis to ensure placement in the appropriate camp program.

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