Cruises are listed along with other sections activities on our events page
and on Gary's sailing page.
Through this program, you will cruise the Channel
Islands--sailing hands-on in blue water from the mainland to the islands. You will also be
given opportunities to do such things as dinghy, explore (possibly sea caves), snorkel,
swim, possibly scuba, and hike.
Sailing Program index
Sierra Club skippers must have completed the following:
- All requirements of the leadership training course (o level rating) including first aid
and provisional leader trip.
- A minimum of two to three sierra club sailing outings after notifying the chair of
intention to become a skipper.
- Demonstrate to sailing chair or skipper designated by the chair, leadership ability on
sailing vessel including a two or three day outing to channel islands; shall attend to the
safety and recreation of his crew throughout the outing.
- Demonstrate to sailing chairman or designated skipper, ability required of skippers
including but not limited to the following; rules of the road, marine radio procedure,
motoring, docking, man-overboard procedure, marlinspike (knots), anchoring, picking up a
mooring, points of sail, reefing, and hard weather procedures.
- Requirements of a charter organization such as marina sailing association.
- Demonstrate ability to navigate between coastal ports and the channel islands including
dead reckoning, etc..
- Made a commitment of a minimum of six days of sailing activity during first year; may be
day sails, teaching, or cruising.
- All rules and guidelines applying otherwise to sierra club
outings shall apply to sailing. The leader-skipper shall be recognized as having final
word while on the water. If there is a disagreement it shall be settled after the cruise.
Safety issues may be presented to the section or chapter safety chair; interpersonal
issues to the ombudsman committee.
- Sailing cruises and skipper's shall have a "t" level rating as the
"skipper-leader" and certain participants are required to have technical
knowledge, training, and equipment.
- Each outing shall include only one "trip leader" who will be an
"o-t" rated leader. The "trip leader" is responsible for all decisions
before leaving home port and after returning to home port. Once the vessels leave the dock
each "skipper-leader" becomes totally responsible for the vessel and group. The
"trip leader" may only make recommendations to other skippers once their vessels
are on the water.
- Each skipper is responsible to designate the "1st mate" who will be able to
return the vessel and the crew to a safe anchorage or port in an emergency. The "1st
mate" is not required to be a sierra leader (i.e., Each vessel is only required to
have one "o" rated leader).
- Sailing safety devices and procedures shall be reviewed with the crew prior to
- The sailing committee shall consist of the sierra singles skippers . The sailing chair
of the section shall be responsible for management of the sailing committee and
activities. This shall include:
- Administration and review of procedures and training of skippers.
- Management of sailing outings; review and coordination of outings.
- Representation of the sailing committee and participants to the management committee and
- All participants and leaders wishing to scuba dive shall be
certified by national association of underwater instructors (naui) or pacific association
of diving instructors (padi).
- All participants and leaders shall utilize the buddy system and wear a buoyancy
- All rules and guidelines applying otherwise to sierra club outings and sierra singles
sailing cruises shall apply to scuba diving. The sierra club leader of the dive shall be
recognized as having final word.
- All divers will be limited to a maximum of two tanks per cruise and shall not dive below
a depth of 80 feet.
- Diving shall be a privilege okayed by the participant's skipper who will require
presentation of a certification. The skipper must be notified prior to leaving port. The
skipper may refuse to accept tanks or diving.
& Cancellation Refund Policy
Please send $45/day (+$5/trip non-mem) to the
reservationist unless otherwise stated in the write-up. Make your check payable to the
Sierra Club. Also send one large self-addressed stamped envelopes (#10 business-sized),
your day & night phones, and your sailing experience (even if none). Food expense is
additional and will be shared.
If you cancel less than 14 days prior to the date of the trip, there will be no refund
without replacement; if you are replaced, 90% will be refunded.
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