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Bay Area Sailing Club Membership


Join a Sailing Club on San Francisco Bay

Our sailing club offers the perks of boat ownership without the maintenance, slip fees, or even the pump-out! Located in sunny Sausalito, our fleet consists of 23 monohulls including Beneteau, Jeanneau, and Catalina, and 2 multi-hulls, a, Seawind and Fountaine Pajot Lavezzi. Yachts range from 30 to 44 feet in length and accommodate anywhere from 5 to 12 people. Our yachts are well-maintained by our skilled fleet staff and ready for charter on San Francisco Bay.

Our bareboat charter fleet is available to Modern Sailing School members who have ASA 103 and above or who have successfully passed a Fleet Rating Check-out with one of our experienced captains. Inexperienced sailors are invited to join an Introductory Sail to experience what San Francisco Bay sailing is all about.

Sausalito and Berkeley Locations 

Sausalito's Modern Sailing and Berkeley's Inspire Sailing are in the process of merging up to offer Bay Area sailors with expanded and diverse opportunities for learning, fun, and friendship on both sides of the Bay. In addition to cruising boat options similar to what's available in Sausalito, Berkeley's fleet of J/Boats provide the means for a robust sportboat, performance, and racing program in the East Bay.

Get inspired! Sailing a wider variety of boats among different scenery, wind and tidal patterns will invigorate your sailing and keep it fresh. As of March 1, 2023, all Modern Sailing and Inspire Sailing members also receive special member pricing when they sign up for courses, clinics, seminars, and Club Sails at either location. Learn more about by reading our Merger Announcement and FAQ.

Meet Bay Area Sailors

When you join MSC, you become a part of our thriving sailing community. All members are invited to attend Club Sails with other MSC members on the weekends and for special events like the Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade, Fourth of July Fireworks, Giants Games, Full Moon Sails, Opening Day on the Bay, and Fleet Week. We help you meet other sailors working towards the same cruising goals via our distribution lists and Facebook Crew List. During the summer, members and their guests are invited to our Après Sails for cold beverages and snacks after their sails.

Learn to Sail, Destination Sailing Vacations, and Skippered Charters

No matter what your sailing goals are, we will help you take the helm to reach them. If you are new to sailing, explore our ASA Courses and speciality Sailing Clinics. Take your sailing skills beyond the Golden Gate Bridge and overseas when you join MSC for a Pacific Coast Expedition or a Global Destinations Sailing Vacation. Book a Skippered Sail for a private lesson or to simply enjoy sailing San Francisco Bay with a USCG Captain on hand.

We offer more than just a place to charter a sailboat. We’re dedicated to helping you reach your sailing goals and grow your sailing community. 

There are three ways to sign up for a membership:

12 reasons to become a Modern Sailing Member

Location - We are located in beautiful Sausalito at the Marina Plaza Harbor, just minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge. Once you leave the slip, you are moments away from some of the best sailing in the world! You will also have access to some of the best anchorages and harbors: Ayala Cove at Angel Island, South Beach Harbor in San Francisco, China Camp in San Pablo Bay! Nothing beats sailing out of sunny Sausalito - this location is perfect for any adventure.

Charter Privileges - Modern Sailing has a diverse fleet of boats ranging from 30 - 42 feet. Each boat is professionally maintained and offers unique characteristics, to provide you a wide range of charter options at a discounted rate. View the Fleet.

Discounts on Courses - Save between 10 - 25% on ASA courses, clinics, and specialty programs.

Online Booking - Using our online booking system, you can quickly view boat availability and secure your charter, course, and clinics online: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Parties and Events - Modern Sailing is not only a sailing club, but also a social club - and there is always something happening! Whether it's a BBQ or Après Sail, member party, wine pourings or speaker series, our members enjoy a wide range of social activities.

Member Club Sails - Weekly group sails are fun, informal and skippered by members of the club who are both friendly and supportive. Practice your skills as the skipper or as crew. You can extend your member benefits for these sails to two adult guests per sail. Learn more about Club Sails.

Join a Modern Sailing Race Team - In addition to racing clinics, join a Member Race Team that fits your goals and racing style.

Online Crew List - Modern Sailing is now on Facebook. Members can join the Modern Sailing Crew List to get connected. This is a great place to post shared charter opportunities and offset your cost.

Discounts on International Charter Bookings - Receive a substantial discount when you book a vacation charter. Discounts vary depending on charter location, dates, and boat.

Reciprocal Privileges - As a member of the Modern Sailing Club, you receive reciprocal privileges with many other west coast sailing clubs, meaning your membership expands your sailing opportunities beyond San Francisco Bay.  View Reciprocal Clubs

Yacht Club Partnerships - Ask us about discounted initiation and access to local yacht clubs.

Better Than Boat Ownership - Modern Sailing offers our members access to sailing without the ongoing costs of ownership. Members receive discounted rates on bareboat charters and courses.

Membership Details

New Member One-Time Initiation Fee = $500

If you are learning to sail with Modern Sailing, your completed course verifies your sailing competency. If you have learned to sail outside of Modern Sailing, a Bareboat Skills Checkout is required. See Bareboat Skills Checkout pricing options below.

New Member One-Time Initiation Fee + Group Fleet Certification Checkout Bundle = $700

If you are an experienced sailor joining the club and would like to bareboat charter, you will be required to undergo a Fleet Certification Checkout to vet your skills. You may choose to join one of our prescheduled Checkout Clinics, or you can opt for a Private Checkout and schedule your checkout to suit your schedule.

New Member One-Time Initiation Fee + Private Fleet Certification Checkout Bundle = $850

Non-Bundled Group Fleet Certification Checkout = $350 Private / $200 Group. Rates apply to Reciprocal and Corporate members.

Monthly dues are $50/individual, $65/partners

Package Specials - If you're planning on taking two or more ASA courses, save up to 20% on your membership initiation and courses by purchasing a bundled Package Special.

Other Club Membership Details

  • There are no contracts to sign and memberships are on a month-to-month basis.
  • Monthly dues are charged your credit card on file on the 1st of every month.
  • Need to put your membership on hold? We offer a complimentary one-time, 3-month hold on membership monthly fees - without terminating your membership.
  • Refer a friend to Modern Sailing, and if they sign up, you'll receive a $100 referral credit, and they receive a $50 credit!

There are three ways to sign up for a membership:

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  • John Kratochvil, Oregon

    I would like to compliment Stan Lander for his coaching, counseling and teaching Heavy Weather Offshore Sailing. Stan was very accommodating to all of the student's interests and shared his many years of insight on handling the boat in heavy seas. I would certainly recommend Stan and this course to sheltered waters sailors. My confidence in handling a boat of this size was certainly enhanced by the experience.

  • John Boynton

    The class was terrific. I know you must get many compliments about your sailing instructors...But I must tell you that Robert is outstanding. Having taught SCUBA, I really appreciate the way he is so sensitive to all on board, dealing with each so well, knowing quickly their strengths and weaknesses making each feel special and cared for.

  • Casey Bishop, Corporate Regatta

    WE LOVED IT! The whole team was so honored and thankful. Thanks so much for all of your team's hard work and excellence in organizing our party. Of the 22 of us, only 4 had ever been sailing and not in the Bay. The guys had an incredible experience, the skippers were all really great, allowing each of us to be at the wheel. They were kind and empowering. Plus the weather and wind were perfect! It was definitely one of the top 3 experiences that we have shared as leaders in the past 5 + years. We couldn't have asked for a better day!

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2310 Marinship Way, Sausalito, CA 94965

415-331-8250 / 800-995-1668

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