Updated November 4, 2020
At Modern Sailing School & Club, we are adapting to a new reality, and it shows in the changes to the way our community interacts and the way we do business. To responsibly share the healthy benefits of sailing with our members and students, we've innovated modifications to our programs and operations that help limit our exposure to others and facilitate sanitation. These modifications are informed by current Health Orders in Effect for Marin County in respect to social distancing, sanitation, and mask requirements.
We are currently operating on our regular business hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 7 days per week.
On this page, you'll see at a glance how each of our programs has been modified. Masks or other facial coverings are required in nearly all situations, except when bareboat charter crews consist only of members of a common household or social bubble.
Please note that the status of the programs listed below are subject to change at any time in keeping with evolving public health guidance issued by the state and county.
- Sailing Education Programs
- Bareboat Chartering
- Skippered Charters
- Member Events & Club Sails
- Recreational Race Program
- Local and Global Destinations
- Sanitation & Safety
- Doing Your Part
- Bareboat Chartering? Know What To Expect
Sailing Education Programs
ASA Courses & Sailing Clinics
- Most class capacities are reduced to 3 students (usual capacity 4) or 4 (usual capacity 5).
- ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing and ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising: If a student drops out of the course on the first day leaving two students in the course, the course will be shortened from 4 days to 3 days.
- ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising has been modified to eliminate overnight sleeping aboard. Also, cooking in the galley and lingering below deck will not be permitted. Maximum capacity is 4 students.
- ASA 104/114, Bareboat Catamaran Cruising Combo courses are cancelled until further notice.
- ASA 105, Coastal Navigation and ASA 107, Celestial Navigation will be held in a very large, well-ventilated classroom. Maximum capacity is 6 (usual capacity is 12). Students will be seated at their own tables 6' or further apart. Masks are required at all times.
- ASA 105/106 Combo and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising are overnight courses. Classes are on the schedule for September and October and are open for enrollment.
- Students and instructor are required to test for COVID-19 within 7 days prior to the beginning of the course.
- Masks are required.
- Maximum class capacity is 3 students and 1 instructor.
- Course will be held aboard Kanaloa, our Fountaine Pajot Lavezzi 40 catamaran. Each person will sleep in their own cabin.
- There will be daily temperature and symptom checks.
- Meals will be enjoyed outside in the cockpit or on deck.
- Only 1 sailor will be permitted in the galley at any given time.
- No less than 30 days in advance of the course date, we will assess current public health guidelines and make decisions for any necessary cancellations or additional modifications.
Private Lessons and Custom ASA Courses
- Custom ASA Courses are very popular and available for booking upon request.
- Private Lessons capacity depends on the size of the boat:
- aboard Silver Fleet vessel: 3 + Instructor
- aboard Gold or Platinum vessel: 4 + instructor
- Skills Check-Outs (for new member fleet certification and membership upgrades) are being scheduled on a case-by-case basis.
Courses for Sailing Professionals
ASA Instructor Qualification Clinics and USCG Captains License Courses are scheduled for September through November with a class capacity of 6 (usual capacity 12). Certain sessions are held on the water and others will be held indoors in a large classroom. In the classroom, each student will be seated at his/her own table and spaced apart 6 feet or more. Masks are required indoors and out.
- Bareboat charter crews must consist of members of a shared household or social bubble only.
- Winter Rates will take effect on December 1, 2020. Summer Rates will resume March 1, 2021.
- Only Full Day Reservations are available.
- Prime Time (9am – 3:30pm) and Sunset (4 – 8pm) reservation types are currently unavailable.
- A few noon starts with a 15% discount off the Full Day rate may be available on a limited basis.
- Charter forms are now all electronic. (Charterers will need to bring a mobile device with access to their email and an Internet connection.)
- Discounts for Multi-Day Charters
- 2 days = 20% off
- 3 - 5 days = 25% off
- 5 or more days = 30% off
- Online booking is available again as of September 24, 2020. Learn How To Book a Boat Online
- Normally, Winter Rates (about 15% less than summer rates) kick in the day after Daylight Saving season ends, and Summer Rates take effect when it begins again in mid-March. This year, Winter Rates will take effect on December 1. Summer Rates will resume February 28.
- Bareboat chartering? Know what to expect.
- 4 passengers per boat maximum. (The usual max capacity is 6.)
- Thank You Sails are currently on hold.
- Capacity is reduced to 4 – 8 sailors aboard depending on the boat size. (Usual capacity is 6 – 12.)
- Jazz By The Bay Club Sails will not be on the schedule this year.
- Fleet Week / Air Show Club Sails are TBD.
Après Sail Socials
- Currently on hold.
Recreational Race Clinic
- The next Race Clinics are scheduled for:
- Spring Clinic: March 12 - 14, and March 20
- Summer Clinic: July 30 - August 1 and August 7
- Enroll Online
- Maximum capacity is reduced to 3 race students per boat. (Usual capacity is 5).
- Students and coaches are required to wear masks.
- CYC Fall Series and SYC Chili Midwinter Races are open for enrollment. Enroll Online
- Crew size is reduced to 3 racers and 1 coach.
- White sails only - no spinnakers due to smaller crews.
- Racers and coaches are required to wear masks.
- Learn More about the Recreational Race Program.
Destinations Cruises & Flotillas
Local Destinations (Coastal Expeditions)
- Farallones Day Trips capacity depends on the boat being used. Coho II will accomodate 4 plus captain. Our bluewater catamaran Kanaloa's capacity is 6 plus captain.
- Drakes Bay Trip (October 3 – 4) is scheduled to run at full capacity (5). No less than 30 days in advance of the course date, we will assess current public health guidelines and make decisions for any necessary cancellations or modifications.
- Global Destinations flotillas are not being coordinated at this time. Please check back for updates.
Sanitation and Safety
- Our COVID-19 Office Safety Protocol promotes physical distancing, hygiene, and sanitization within the office and lounge area. This document also describes our safety procedures when interacting with charterers and guests. (Charter and class start times are no longer staggered.)
- After use, boats are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized according to our Fleet Sanitation Protocol.
- Multi-day sailing courses will be held aboard a single boat for the duration of the course, unless a mechanical issue necessitates a boat switch.
- Disinfectant cleaning products are available for use aboard.
Bareboat Chartering - Reservations, Check-in, and Electronic Charter Forms
All reservations and charter paperwork will be accomplished electronically via Internet, telephone, email, Google Forms, and VHF radio. (You do not need a Gmail account to complete our Google Forms.)
- The day of your charter, be sure to bring your mobile phone or other mobile device with access to your email and the Internet.
- We recommend “leashing” your mobile device in a waterproof pouch with a lanyard or other device that can keep your phone tethered to you even while you use it.
- Your electronic charter paperwork will be emailed to you the morning of your charter, providing links to each form. Your boat’s slip number and lock combination are located at the top of the Boat Check-Out Form.
- Payment for your charter will be processed with your credit card on file, unless you request another form of payment in advance.
- Upon arrival, please don your mask.
- Upon boarding the boat, turn on the VHF radio to channel 68.
- Complete and submit the electronic Boat Check-Out Form on your mobile device.
- When you are ready to leave the dock, hail the Modern Sailing office on VHF channel 68 and inform the team member that your check-out form is submitted. When the team member acknowledges, you are free to cast off and enjoy your sail.
- After returning to dock and before leaving the boat, complete and submit the electronic Boat Check-In Form.
Doing Your Part
- Masks are always required unless all members of a crew reside together or share a common social bubble.
- All members and guests must wear a mask or other facial covering when in the vicinity of the office and on the docks.
- All individuals and charter crews are required to maintain a minimum 6-foot distance between themselves and others (those not sharing a residence) at all times. When encountering others on the docks, please step onto a finger pier to allow them to pass.
- If staying aboard overnight, as always, bring your own bedding, towels, and toiletry.
- We recommend that you bring your own galleyware (dishes, silverware, cookware). If you do use any of the boat’s galleyware, please thoroughly wash all items with soap and water and leave them in the sink or on the galley counter. A fleet technician will sanitize them before the next charter.
- Multi-day charterers are responsible for their refueling and holding tank pump-outs, if needed, during the duration of the charter. Learn More about where and how to fuel up and pump out on SF Bay.
Ready to set sail? To make a reservation, please call our friendly office at (415) 331-8250 or send us an email.
Thank you to everyone who is doing their part to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and to serve our community. We also encourage everyone to continue practicing physical distancing and careful hygiene, and to stay safe by staying informed. Learn more about how to stay safe at coronavirus.gov.