What we're about

*Before you hit the "Join" button, be sure to read the photo requirements and general information below.*

We are the original sailing Meetup group in the Bay Area, and the most active. You don't have to know how to sail to be part of the group. However, you do have to fulfill some basic requirements. Please be sure to do this or you may not be able to join or remain in the group. The information you need is at the links below, as well as repeated on the profile sign-up page. If you find it challenging to read the documentation and upload a compliant photo from a mobile device, you may want to wait to until you are in front of a larger screen before joining. Our documentation has not been optimized for viewing on mobile devices.

NBS Photo Requirements (https://www.meetup.com/sfbay-sailing/pages/23181991/NBS_Photo_Requirements)

NBS PHOTO REQUIREMENTS CHECKLIST (https://www.meetup.com/sfbay-sailing/pages/27454229/NBS_PHOTO_REQUIREMENTS_CHECKLIST)

GENERAL INFORMATION offered by Wendy (https://www.meetup.com/sfbay-sailing/pages/20733241/GENERAL_INFORMATION_offered_by_Wendy)

The purpose of this meetup group is to promote and share the passions of sailing. Anyone interested in sailing who has satisfied the requirements (compliant photo, completed profile) may join. We try to offer inexpensive sailing opportunities for everyone. All our events are free, unlike other groups, which charge people to sail. The only time we charge people is when the event is a charter-share and everyone "chips in" on the cost to charter the boat. We don't believe in using the Meetup platform to run a business or promote the commercial interests of others without benefit to our members.

People with boats often welcome guests aboard to help pull ropes and turn cranks, which is called "crewing."

And for those interested in racing or increasing their skill level, crewing for race boats is the best way to get a lot of fun, inexpensive, thrilling sailing with a dedicated crew.

Here is a great little example of some fast sailing and what one of our events is like: Click here (http://youtu.be/sZGAHo9X54E)

As explained in the mandatory reading at the links above, please note that members with 2 "No Show"s to events will be removed from the group, and some captains may exercise their prerogative to remove after the first no-show or last-minute cancel.

If you no-show to an actual sailing event, or prevent others from sailing because you changed your RSVP to no within 48 hours of a sailing event, you could be removed from the group.

Please update your RSVP in time so the boat owners and captains can plan accordingly. This is a courtesy to your fellow Meetup members to make planning easier and not waste limited seats on a boat.

Upcoming events (5+)

Saturday Sail on Painkiller II

1350 Marina Village Pkwy

Looking for crew interested in a day sail on Saturday aboard Painkiller II, a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45' sloop. We will meet at the boat at 11:00 am and depart shortly after. Itinerary is wide open. Will likely do a counter clockwise sail from Treasure Island, Angel Island / Racoon Strait, Central Bay and back to Alameda. Sign up (wait list): Please sign up for this sail. All will be initially placed on wait list and I'll confirm who gets to go by 12 pm this Friday. Experience and inexperienced crew are welcome. What to Bring: Clothing (see below), lunch, snacks, drinks. What to Wear: Please wear white soled shoes. Bring layers (warm fleece/sweater, windproof jacket, including a hat/cap/hood). Conditions on the SF Bay are variable (full sun & no wind to foggy & windy). So bring enough to ensure your comfort. Safety: Lifejackets (PFD's): PFD's will be provided & please wear. You may bring your own safety gear. If you are prone to sea sickness (or motion sickness) please take appropriate meds well before to take affect. As this is a 10 to 12 hour trip you should not attend if your prone to sea sickness. Times: *Leaving: Meet at Alameda Marina Village Gate 11 - 11:00 am. *Returning: Plan to be around 5:00 pm. The boat: PainKiller II is a well appointed 2005 Jeanneau 45. She has a large twin helm cockpit, roller furling main and jib. Full suite of electronics (Well equipped galley (Freezer, Fridge, stove). Three staterooms, two heads (bathrooms). What it will cost: 0. Cancellations: Please avoid canceling once confirmed on the crew list. If you have an emergency and need to cancel please contact me ASAP so we can fill your spot from the waitlist.

Happy Hour before the American Cetacean Society Presentation

Join us at Sausalito Seahorse. Happy hour is until 6:30pm. Appetizers are half off. Afterwards, let's follow the group to the presentation down the road at Bay Model Visitor Center. Please sign up for presentation here: https://www.meetup.com/sfbay-sailing/events/258337629/ *Please bring CASH and be sure to tip your servers.*

Charles Vinick: "Keiko's Legacy: What We Learned From the Story of Free Willy"

Join ACS San Francisco Bay Chapter for a captivating evening with Charles Vinick, Executive Director of Whale Sanctuary Project, as he shares with us the legacy of Keiko, the star of the film Free Willy. The project to return the Free Willy whale, Keiko, to his birth waters near Iceland emanated from thousands of letters sent by children demanding that the star of Free Willy be set free. Charles will share his experience of four years managing that project in Vestmannaeyjar Iceland and discuss how the knowledge gained from Keiko informs the work of the Whale Sanctuary Project. Admission is free, donations are encouraged, $10 general, $5 students. REGISTRATION IS RECOMMENDED as we expect a high level of interest! We’ll reserve seats for Eventbrite registrants, click here to reserve your seat: http://bit.ly/CharlesVinick ABOUT CHARLES VINICK: Executive Director, The Whale Sanctuary Project (click for more info: https://whalesanctuaryproject.org/) A member of the Whale Sanctuary Project Board of Directors since mid-2016, Charles brings a unique blend of leadership and experience to his role as Executive Director. With a solid background in business that includes extensive experience in ocean policy, environmental policy, project management and government relations, Charles is no stranger to ambitious, visionary, ocean-related projects. Mr. Vinick previously worked for the Cousteau family for over 25 years managing their ocean-related activities with positions as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ocean Futures Society, Vice President of the Cousteau Society, and Fonde de Pouvoir of Parc Oceanique Cousteau in Paris, France. His experience has afforded him the privilege of being in the wild with whales, including in his capacity as director of the program to return Keiko (the Free Willy whale) to the wild, as well as in his role as producer of Cousteau films. Before joining the Whale Sanctuary Project, Charles served as CEO of two environmental technology companies, Florida-based Ecosphere Technologies, Inc., and Aquantis, Inc. in Santa Barbara. Locally, in Santa Barbara California, Charles has also served as CEO of the Santa Barbara City College Foundation and is a founding Board member of Heal the Ocean. He has received commendations from the White House for his work with youth education and from the Los Angeles City Council for community environmentalism. Charles currently also serves on the Board of Directors of Heal the Ocean and Ocean Futures Society. #emptythetanks, #captivitykills, #whale, #dolphins, #cetacean, #acssanfrancisco

Midweek Sail!

Pier 39 Marina

Like to sail mid week? Join me for a relaxed Wednesday sail on my new, comfortably equipped, 38 foot Beneteau out of the Pier 39 Marina. This time of year we set sail mid morning and return to dock late afternoon - the crew will get more specific details on where to meet and what to bring a couple of days before each sail when the weather forecasts are more likely to be accurate. We always see a lot of wildlife when we're out on the water - harbor porpoises. sea lions, pelicans, gulls, cormorants, and much more. The views from the water are spectacular - San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, etc. - and are always changing with the weather and time of day. We often anchor somewhere quiet for a potluck picnic lunch aboard (plan to bring food/drink to share), but sometimes we go to a local restaurant with a guest dock for lunch ashore instead. No cost and no sailing skill or experience required. Even if you've never sailed before, I'll gladly give you a turn at the wheel if conditions are safe. Please pitch in with setting up the boat before we sail and stay after to help clean up and put away the boat at the end. This sail is set as waitlist only! I will notify you if you have a place at least a couple of days before the sail. Please respond very promptly or I will move on to another person from the waitlist! Don't forget to include your cell phone number and email address with your rsvp even if you have sailed with me before.

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Midweek Sail!

Pier 39 Marina

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