COVID-19 Safety and Sailing Programs Status | Modern Sailing

COVID-19 Safety and Sailing Programs Status

Last updated August 5, 2021

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. 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.

Mask Policy

Recent CDC guidance regarding wearing masks states that vaccinated persons are no longer required to wear masks in most outdoor situations. Unvaccinated sailors are recommended to wear masks, even outdoors. Masks are required in all indoor situations, regardless of vaccination status.

We encourage all sailors to follow the California Department of Public Health mask guidelines applicable to their vaccine status.

Updates as of August 5, 2021

1. Overnight and Indoor Classes

Due to the noted Delta-variant surge, COVID-19 safety policies for our overnight courses have been modified. Ultimately, vaccinations will be required for all participants of an overnight course (ASA 104, 106, 105/106, or Drakes Bay and Half Moon Bay Expeditions), with the following exceptions for preexisting enrollments and August classes:

  • Preexisting enrollments (all clients who enrolled in an overnight course prior to August 4, 2021):
    • Clients will be called by our customer service team to inform them of the new safety requirements.
    • For overnight courses in August, proof of vaccination is required to attend. We will accept a negative test result (test taken within 72 hours of the course start date) in lieu of proof of vaccination. If the test is positive, we will waive the rescheduling fee.
    • We will waive the rescheduling fee for any clients who may opt to reschedule an overnight course. 
  • New enrollments (sign-ups after August 5) in overnight courses occuring during the month of August: Students must provide proof of vaccination or a negative test result (test taken within 72 hours of the first day of class).
  • New enrollments (sign-ups after August 5) in overnight courses occuring after the month of August: Proof of vaccination is required in order to enroll. Negative tests will no longer be accepted in leiu of vaccination.
  • Masks are required in all indoor classes and in the Modern Sailing office, regardless of vaccination status.

2. Daytime Outdoor Classes

  • All unvaccinated clients are recommended to wear masks.
  • Clients who test positive or experience COVID-like symptoms should stay home. The rescheduling fee will be waived if the client presents a COVID test.

​3. Staff and Instructors

  • Proof of vaccination is required for all Modern Sailing staff and employees.

Program Modification Details

On this page, you'll see at a glance how each of our programs has been modified for COVID-19 safety.

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

ASA Courses & Sailing Clinics

  • Introductory Sailing Lessons are operating at full capacity.
  • ASA 101, Basic Keelboat SailingASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising, and ASA 101/103 Combination Course
    • These courses will run at full capacity (4 students, 1 instructor).
    • ASA 101 and 103 courses will be shortened by 1 day if there are only 2 students in the class.
    • ASA 101/103 courses will run at full duration (5 days) with three or 4 students and will be cancelled if there are only 2 students enrolled.
    • Masks are required for non-vaccinated sailors.
  • ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising is an overnight course. Proof of vaccination is required to attend.
  • ASA 105, Coastal Navigation and ASA 107, Celestial Navigation will be held in a very large, well-ventilated classroom. Maximum capacity is 12. Masks are required for all students.
  • ASA 105/106 Combo and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising are overnight courses.
    • Proof of vaccination is required to attend.
    • Masks are recommended but not mandatory.
    • Maximum class capacity is 4 students and 1 instructor.
    • Course will be held aboard Kanaloa, our Fountaine Pajot Lavezzi 40 catamaran. Each person will sleep in their own cabin.
    • 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: 4+ Instructor
    • aboard Gold / Platinum vessel: 5 / 6 + 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 February through April 2021 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 Chartering

  • Full Day (9am - 8am next day) nreservations are available 7 days per week.
  • Midweek Sunset (4 - 8pm) reservations are available Monday through Friday.
    • Midweek and Weekend Prime Time (9am – 3:30pm) and Weekend Sunset (4 – 8pm) reservation types are currently unavailable.
  • Charter forms are now all electronic. (Charterers will need to bring a mobile device with access to their email and an Internet connection.)
  • Online booking is available. Learn How To Book a Boat Online
  • Bareboat chartering? Know what to expect.

Skippered Charters

Maximum capacities are restricted as follows:

  • Silver Fleet (30'- 32') vessels: 4 passengers and 1 captain per boat.
  • Gold Fleet (33' - 37') vessels: 5 passengers and 1 captain per boat.
  • Platinum Fleet (38' - 44') vessels and Catamarans: 6 passengers and 1 captain per boat.
  • Thank You Sails are currently on hold.

Member Events

Club Sails

Maximum capacities are restricted as follows (to include skipper and guest of skipper):

  • Gold Fleet (33' - 37') vessels: 6 passengers.
  • Platinum Fleet (38' - 44') vessels: 7 passengers.
  • Catamarans: 9 passengers.

Après Sail Socials

  • Après Sails return to Modern Sailing as of June 19. Après Sails are held in our outdoor lounge on alternating Saturdays and Sundays every weekend, from 3:30 to 5:00 PM. If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, please wear a mask.

Race Program

Recreational Race Clinic

  • Maximum capacity is 5 race students per boat. 
  • Masks are recommended for unvaccinated sailors.


  • Standard crew capacity is 5 racers and 1 coach. Maximum capacity is 6 racers and 1 coach.
  • Masks are recommended for unvaccinated sailors.
  • Learn More about the Recreational Race Program.

Destinations Cruises & Flotillas

Local Destinations (Coastal Expeditions)

  • Farallones Day Trips capacity is 6 plus captain, whether aboard or bluewater cruiser Coho II or bluewater catamaran Kanaloa.
  • Masks are recommended for unvaccinated sailors. 
  • Drakes Bay and Halfmoon Bay Trips - refer to the latest updates

Global Destinations

  • ​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.
  • 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 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 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 

  • If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 or receive a positive test result, please stay home. We will waive rescheduling fees if you provide a COVID-19 test result, regardless of the results.
  • All members and guests must wear a mask or other facial covering when inside the Modern Sailing office.
  • All individuals and charter crews are encouraged to maintain a minimum 6-foot distance between themselves and others (those not sharing a residence). 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

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  • Trudy Flores

    Captain Jeff Cathers is really cool. I had such a great time on the Farallones Day Trip. It was actually my very best day of 2020. Thank you so much for coordinating the trip.

  • John Kipping

    The meeting room was quite adequate and the location most convenient, but the course outline and instruction were outstanding. Modern Sailing is fortunate to have such a well organized instructor in Mr. Stan Lander who teaches very well from a rich professional background. Mr. Lander was generous with his time and patiently in helping students who needed more attention or time in understanding various aspects of the curriculum.

  • Andrew Goble, San Francisco

    It has been wonderful sailing with MSC over the years. Please extend my thanks to the owners, management, and staff for unrequited professionalism and high standards in a charter fleet. I have sailed with several in my years and none nearly hold a candle to the quality of business and staff at Modern Sailing.

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