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When seasoned sailors name top sailing destinations in North America, San Francisco Bay always tops the list. Look from any direction in the Bay and there's beauty: Marin's rugged, golden hills; San Francisco's signature skyline; and the Golden Gate Bridge, the portal to the Pacific. But sailors need more than legendary views – we need legendary wind! When the Central Valley heats up and the warm air rises, it is replaced with cool air from the Pacific Ocean – this is nature's famous San Francisco Bay wind machine, and it flows in a direct line from the Golden Gate to the OCSC campus.
When you leave our docks you don't set out to find the wind, you just set your sails. Back on land we have a six-acre campus with complete sailing and meeting facilities.
With 1,200 square feet on the second floor, window views on three sides, and the coffee always on, the clubroom is OCSC's off-the-water social hub. Look to the west, and you'll see the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge; to the north, the San Rafael-Richmond Bridge. Then look to the south on OCSC's own grounds, and there is our lawn, picnic patio and pavilion, volleyball court, fire pit, and three rows of OCSC yachts. The clubroom's walls are graced with rotating exhibits by painters and photographers whose work we admire, and a fire is often lit in the fireplace to warm sailors returning from a day on the Bay. The clubroom also has a serving kitchen and full audio visual presentation capabilities, including a stereo system, to cater to events from casual gatherings to formal presentations as well as dining. From the south staircase, you can go directly from the clubroom to the outdoor pavilion.
OCSC Sailing has two full-sized classrooms that are equipped with everything for the indoor part of learning sailing: audio visual equipment, slide projectors, flip charts, and most important of all, a miniature working sailboat and "magic" wind so you can see sailing strategy in action before you raise the sails.
The Olympic Circle classroom is the larger room. It measures 20' × 30' with a boatyard view, and includes a private bathroom. Max capacity is 45.
The North Classroom boats a great view of the boatyard, and has eveything you need to effectivly present, hold a seminar, conduct a meeting, etc.
Enjoy our beautful outdoor area complete with ample seating, a stage, and that refreshing sea breeze. It's the perfect place to host an outdoor event before or after a day of sailing! Or, simply come to be outside in our gorgeous location.
Come walk our three docks with us, and you'll see OCSC's 50 yachts. From race-bred J/24's and J/105's to comfortable cruising Catalinas, you'll be sure to find what you're looking for. And, if you're not yet sure what the differences between all these boats are, you'll have plenty of chances to sail them and find out for yourself.
Look toward the entrance to the marina and you'll see the white OCSC fleet service building (a.k.a. "The Point"). Usually, you'll see people from fleet services working on the boats in the slips. If you have any questions about the fleet ask them -- they know these boats from bow to stern. The boats are always kept ready for sailing so that when you want to get out on the Bay, a boat will be ready.
Enjoy the beautiful bay weather in our outside lounge, complete with picnic tables, ample seating, umbrellas for shade, and lightning for nighttime activities. The lanai is just downstairs from our clubroom, so you have close access to all necessary amenties.
Everything you need for a day on the Bay, no matter what the weather. Foul weather gear, hats, sunscreen, and sunglasses, plus books, charts and navigation tools.
Good to Know:
When taking the University Avenue Exit in Berkeley, beware that at 6th Street (the first light) it is illegal to make a U-Turn. You must go one block further to 7th to avoid a traffic ticket.
From San Francisco/Peninsula
From Walnut Creek/Concord
From Sacramento / Reno
From Fremont / San Jose
OCSC is fortunate in that it has one of the largest parking facilities of any sailing club. Nevertheless, the lot adjacent to the club is often full by 10am on summer weekends. If the lot is full, you and your guests are welcome to stop your cars in front of our building to unload your gear into our blue dockcarts, then park in one of the following areas:
The closest (northern-most) row to Spinnaker Way in the lot adjacent to ours. Be careful not to park in the double-length spaces designated for vehicles towing boat trailers—you will be ticketed.
Two lots over (east) from OCSC. This lot has ample spaces for cars and is only a three minute walk from OCSC.
We also ask that you please observe the fire lanes, and that you observe the Five (5) mile per hour speed limit through the boat yard and in the parking areas. The area around OCSC is a working boat yard; a number of people are present in the yard working in and around their boats, making speeding an unnecessary hazard.