Santana Sailing Club Membership

About the Santana Sailing Club

Do you want to learn to sail and get out on the ocean regularly? Do you already know how to sail but want an easier and more economical solution than chartering?  The Santana Sailing Club is the answer.

When it comes to the joy and experience of sailing, there is just no substitute for getting more days on the water.  That’s what our students – our friends – came to us for in the first place, and that’s what the Santana Sailing Club is all about. Join us.

Quick Membership Summary

  • Learn to sail and share a boat you know with other like-minded members
  • Sail up to 7 days a month for one low price
  • You’ll have your own dock key and access to parking permits
  • Schedule multiple sailing days back-to-back
  • We take care of maintenance, insurance, repairs, and refueling
  • See below for the details

What Do I Get With Membership?

You get the opportunity to share time aboard a fully equipped and maintained Catalina 34, a Catalina 30 Tall Rig, or a Newport 30, in Long Beach, for a fixed monthly fee.  You’ll be able to sail a full 7 days in each 4-week period, schedule your sailing days online, unlock the gate and boat, get parking permits, and forget worrying about slip fees, maintenance, insurance, refueling, and bareboat charter contracts and conditions.  It’ll be like walking on to your own professionally managed sailing yacht and sharing use with a limited number of like-minded people who care for the boat as much as you do.  And you can let us handle the details of ownership.

How Does It Work?

We use online scheduling software that allows you to reserve your sailing days months advance.  You get 7 twenty-four-hour periods in a 4-week rotation – 5 week days, and 2 weekend days.  Each day consists of three parts:  8:00 – 10:00 AM; 10:00 – 6:00 PM; 6:00 – 8:00 AM.

You can also reserve back-to-back days up to 7 in each period, and qualified members can sail to Catalina or do some harbor hopping.  You can reserve your sailing day on the spot or months in advance.

What Does It Cost?

The monthly fee is $525 to $675 in total, depending on the boat.  We ask for a minimum three month commitment, and it goes month to month after that.  You can sail 7 full days over the 4-week rotation.  Compare that to the cost of ownership (buying the boat is just the beginning), or bareboat chartering a similar boat for $350 or more for each day of use.  If you want to sail more than once a month, there is no easier or more cost-effective way to do it.

Catalina 34, La Terza Vita

Catalina 30 Tall Rig, Bella Luna

Newport 30, Gypsea

Better Than Chartering, Cheaper and Easier Than Owning

  • Sail Today.  If you decide you want to sail this afternoon, just check the online schedule, reserve your spot, grab your dock key and come down to the boat.  Sail for two hours or all day, and relax in the slip afterward.  Clean up when you’re done, and do it again next week.  Or tomorrow.
  • It’s Easy.  You qualify and complete the contract once, get your own dock key, parking permits are on the boat, and you don’t have to wait for the office to open.  You can see the schedule online at any time, reserve in advance or change reservations without having to make a phone call.
  • Community.  You’ll share the boat with like minded people who’ve been through the training and want to keep her in shape.  You’ll have an opportunity to participate in events like our Memorial Day Flotilla.
  • Cheaper.  Boat owners know there is a lot of work to get the boat ready to sail and keep it ready.  We pay for the slip, maintain and insure the boat, and if your life changes and you need to move on, you won’t have to worry about selling the boat.

I’m New, How Do I Qualify?

The brand new sailor will need to learn how to sail, build foundational skills, and qualify as a Skipper Large Keelboat.  Here are the courses (click blue links for course descriptions).

  • Introduction to Sailing – includes two days of on the water practical training plus online coursework.
  • Basic Skippering Skills – includes three days of on the water practical training and assessment plus online coursework.
  • Skipper Large Keelboat – includes three days of on the water practical training and assessment plus online coursework.

I Already Know How to Sail, How Do I Qualify?

Minimum qualifications:

  • Every member must earn the NauticEd Skipper Large Keelboat rank by completing the Skipper Large Keelboat online coursework.
  • Have at least 10 days qualifying experience – see NauticEd Ranks and Levels.
  • If you have ASA 103, or US Sailing Basic Cruising certification, with at least 10 days of qualifying experience, you still need to complete the Skipper Large Keelboat online coursework.
  • Complete a practical check out with Santana Sailing, demonstrating skipper level competency in these skills:  View the Skipper Rubrics.
  • Multi-day Catalina trips require Bareboat Charter Master certification (and you can get that with us).

Or, give us your sailing resume with equivalent experience, and we will conduct any training you need along with practical competency check out by Santana Sailing at an additional charge.

Next Steps

Fill out the contact form below to ask any questions.  We’ll talk and if you’re ready to proceed, we’ll send you the detailed documentation for your review.  We look forward to welcoming you on board!

Best regards,

Marc Hughston
Santana Sailing, Chief Instructor

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