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+)

Afternoon sail on 30' sloop ADAGIO from Paradise cay in Tiburon.

Crew are invited for lunch aboard before sailing, and are encouraged to arrive by noon. We will be sailing at 1PM. Late arrivals are welcome to have lunch aboard, although it is likely to be a bit bumpy if we are already under sail. All RSVPs go on Wait List until 4 crew (assuming at least 4 RSVPs have been received) are chosen. They will notified by 8PM Friday, 8/16 and must confirm within 24 hours. If no response within that period, crew position may be given to another on the Wait List. Remaining RSVPs, if any, will remain on Wait List. Wait List will remain open and prospective crew are invited to RSVP until 8PM Saturday, 8/17. One or more may be selected to crew in the event of late cancellations.

Kathi George, “Healthy Fisheries and Healthy Whale Populations”

US Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model Visitor Center

Admission is free, donations are encouraged, $10 general, $5 students. REGISTRATION IS RECOMMENDED. We’ll reserve seats for Eventbrite registrants. Click here to register: http://bit.ly/FishingAndWhalesRegister Join ACS San Francisco Bay Chapter for a captivating presentation by California Whale Rescue’s Kathi George, Ryan Berger, and Heather Willis. They will be joined by commercial fishermen who are members of the California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group. As ocean temperatures have risen in recent years, reports of whale entanglements along the Pacific coastline have climbed, possibly due to shifts in foraging patterns resulting in increased overlap with crab and other fisheries. The need for solutions to prevent entanglements has never been greater. Conservationists and fishermen are working together to identify ways to prevent entanglements to maintain healthy fisheries alongside healthy whale populations. This presentation will offer a special opportunity to learn about efforts the Dungeness crab fishery is undertaking to prevent lost gear and reduce whale entanglement. You’ll also hear from whale entanglement responders about some of the cases where an entanglement response has been required. #cetacean, #whale, #conservation #whalerescue

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. 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 - whales, 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.

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. 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 - whales, 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.

Past events (1,748)

Midweek Sail!

Pier 39 Marina

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