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A place for Skippers and Crew to "Meetup" and share a safe, enjoyable day on the water while practicing sailing skills and learning more about boats, sailing and the sea.
If you have taken a small boat sailing or basic keel-boat class and would like to get some experience actually working a sailboat on the Bay, then this Meetup group is for you. Don't be offended by being called a Newbie, sharing our love of sailing is what we enjoy most.
Our hope is to provide a place to organize real "sailing" events. Not happy hour meetups at the bar to talk about sailing, or hikes, or picnics, or other such events (unless they are related to real "on-the-water" sailing events.
Also, I need to address a common misconception about this and other Meetup groups. When you sign up for an event, you must be serious about attending. You may not sign up as "something that you might like to do" and then decide at the last minute that you would rather do something else. With other Meetup groups this might be totally acceptable. But here if you take a spot, that someone else would have gladly filled, and don't show up, you have deprived someone else of the opportunity to enjoy a day on the Bay - so you will be removed from the group (even if you have paid for the event).
Oh, and if you act creepy, or make other members uncomfortable, you are out, period. No appeal. If you feel that someone is acting inappropriately, please let me (or Meetup) know.
The small donations towards expenses that you make do not come close to paying the substantial costs involves in operating and maintaining the boats, but they certainly help and they make doing what we do possible. If you bail on an event at the last minute please do not expect a refund, unless we are able to fill your seat.
Always answer the contact information questions when you sign up or you will not be considered and we cannot confirm your reservation.
Lastly, please keep coming back to the site to check and see if you have been selected to attend. If you have been selected you will receive further information on who, what, when and where. But if you have not been selected, you will not be contacted at all. It would be great if we could do this, but it is everything that we can do just to organize the event and keep the attendees informed. Thank you for your understanding on this one.
Be assured that the Captains that participate in this Meetup Group are Licensed by the United States Coast Guard which involves extensive training and many years of experience. The boats are well maintained and equipped and we all carry commercial insurance. This is very different than all the other sailing Meetup Groups who do not have licensed Captains, nor the proper insurance (although many of these people do describe themselves as "Captains"). We put an emphasis on safety here, but we do want you to have an enjoyable time as well. So, please do understand that we will ask you to where a life jacket (they are brand new and comfortable), but do come ready to have a great time. Thank you.
Let's go sailing and have some fun.