Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 29-08-2013, 17:46   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 60
which sfbay sailing school would you choose?

Hi all

I havent sailed much since childhood (Im 36) but looking to get back into it while spending a year sabbatical in San Francisco area (east bay).

I am trying to decide between CAL sailing school and OSSC. My eventual goal will be to be able to charter boats for future sailing vacations, and possibly buy an ocean going vessel with my brother on day.

CAL is very cheap ($99 for 3 months) and trains on dingies, with eventual use of J24s or so. drawbacks seem to be possible sailing time and range.

OSSC is much more expensive (intro course is $1000) but that is 4-5 full days on the water. starting with j24 or bigger boats right away.

Any thoughts, or other suggestions?

Cheers,

nbourbaki
__________________

__________________
nbourbaki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-08-2013, 18:24   #2
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 60
Obviously if you or someone you know in the bay wanted an extra pair of hands during the work week that would be great!! I am a convivial academic with a flexible schedule.

Cheers
__________________

__________________
nbourbaki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-08-2013, 18:32   #3
Moderator
 
sailorchic34's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: SF Bay Area
Boat: Islander 34
Posts: 4,815
Re: which sfbay sailing school would you choose?

Dinghy's will teach you the basics of sailing. Actually harder to sail dinghy's sometimes as its a bit lively. Going from a dinghy size to a 22-24' boat is pretty easy. Still small enough that big forces will not get away from you.

Take the dinghy lessons, buy a cheap 18'-22' boat and go sailing as much as you can. Also check out the crew lists on Latitude 38, etc.
__________________
sailorchic34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-08-2013, 18:35   #4
CF Adviser
 
Bash's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: sausalito
Boat: 14 meter sloop
Posts: 7,260
Re: which sfbay sailing school would you choose?

CAL has a great reputation. Lots of college students. Learn the ropes there, and then see if you can hook up with someone racing beer cans out of Berkeley Yacht Club.
__________________
cruising is entirely about showing up--in boat shoes.
Bash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-08-2013, 18:41   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 60
Alright!! Dingies it is. Guess I'll bring a towel. I suppose I could always just switch since it's so little money. Cheers
__________________
nbourbaki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-08-2013, 19:11   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by sailorchic34 View Post
Dinghy's will teach you the basics of sailing. Actually harder to sail dinghy's sometimes as its a bit lively. Going from a dinghy size to a 22-24' boat is pretty easy. Still small enough that big forces will not get away from you.

Take the dinghy lessons, buy a cheap 18'-22' boat and go sailing as much as you can. Also check out the crew lists on Latitude 38, etc.
Sailorchic, what would you recommend I look for in a sailable 20' boat. I wouldn't be able to trailer boat and only here for a year. What price range you expect I'd find for a boat and a slip that I could resell at end of year?

Cheers
__________________
nbourbaki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-08-2013, 20:35   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2009
Boat: Charter
Posts: 171
Re: which sfbay sailing school would you choose?

I've heard good things about CAL, and belong to a similar club myself. One of the great benefits is that it will be easy to meet lots of other folks interested in sailing; much more so than you would in a short small class.
__________________
sec906 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-08-2013, 21:17   #8
Marine Service Provider
 
fstbttms's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Under a boat, in a marina, in the San Francisco Bay
Posts: 3,594
Re: which sfbay sailing school would you choose?

The downside of Cal Sailing is that you have to do maintenance on the boats as part of your membership and the since the "instructors" are merely members like yourself, the quality of education is spotty. Having taken lessons at both schools, I recommend OCSC.
__________________

__________________
fstbttms is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
sail, sailing, sailing school, school

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 21:15.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.