Learn to sail on San Francisco Bay. Tradewinds stands apart from other sailing schools. Stop by and visit our sailing school and club. Our ASA course offering prepares you for sailing the Bay or anywhere in the world. Sailing schools on San Francisco Bay.

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Sailing School

What to Bring to Your Class

The following is a list of items that you should bring with you to your class. In addition to physical items, please have all your textbook reading completed before the first day of class.

Please be ready to go at 9:00 am. on the first day. PLEASE BE PROMPT!!!!

Items for all ASA Courses

  • Appropriate clothing for the weather. Please do not wear jeans with rivets, as they scratch the boat. On the bay, the weather can vary greatly. We recommend dressing in layers. A good waterproof windbreaker is a good idea. Foul weather gear is not necessary at this level, but is a good investment should you choose to purchase it. West Marine is a good source for quality sailing gear, and there’s a store near us here in Point Richmond.

    • Boat shoes--non-skid and no black soles
    • Sunglasses
    • Hat with tether
    • Sunscreen
    • Sailing gloves
      (We generally have West Marine sailing gloves for sale at our office.)

  • Personal Flotation Devices are provided, but we encourage you to use your own if you have one. (We generally have inflatable PFDs for sale at our office at a discount to students).

  • Lunches: Please bring your lunch with you! You may have the opportunuty to eat on board at anchor, at a dock, or back at the club house.

Basic Coastal Cruising

In addition, please bring:

  • Please bring work gloves for muddy anchoring.

Bareboat Chartering

Bring your lunch for day one. The class will plan meals for days two and three and each student will be responsible for a portion of the meals.

It is often cool and wet during the night and early morning, so be ready for that.

  • As this is an overnight trip, please bring a sleeping bag, toiletries, a change of clothes and any other necessities, such as prescription medication.

  • Dinner and breakfast will be shared with the other students. Please bring enough food for 4 people. For evening meals, students will prepare a hot meal for dinner including vegetables and dessert. Hot meal suggestions include spaghetti, meat loaf, stew or soup, casseroles, etc. Also plan a hot meal for breakfast. Breakfast suggestions include scrambled eggs, French toast, oatmeal, etc. Fruit, instant coffee and juice should be included. Cooking, serving, and eating utensils are onboard. Meal preparation should not take more than an hour. Meals can be prepared ahead of time and frozen.

  • Alcohol is only permitted after the boat is secured for the evening.


Last modified on: Friday, 16-Apr-2021 20:09:09 UTC