The Cal Sailing Team was started in 1922 and is the second oldest club sport at Cal. Our fleet of twelve FJs is located at Treasure Island Sailing Center where we practice three days a week. Only fifteen minutes from campus by car, Treasure Island provides some of the best sailing on the west coast as well as beautiful views of both the San Francisco and Oakland skylines.
We are continually looking to expand our team's skills and continue the Corinthian spirit at Cal.
Central Coast Challenge
Santa Barbara, UCSB. November 1-2, 2014
Three Cal teams attended the 2nd annual Central Coast Challenge in Santa Barbara on the weekend of November 1st and 2nd. A late start delayed the event, however the whistles of the first races began at 11:30. The water was clear and flat at the beginning of the day with a swell building, creating chop later in the day. The race course was initially set up off of the breakwater with rotations occurring off of the sandbank at the mouth of the harbor.
TISC, UC Berkeley. October 18-19, 2014
Stoney Burke Results
Clear skies and warm weather brought challenging conditions for the 26th Annual Stoney Burke Intersectional. After the competitor's meeting, sailors stayed ashore until a light breeze filled around 1115. The race committee completed one race in A and was forced to abandon race 2A when the breeze shut off and backed mid-race. After a short on-shore postponement, the race committee restarted racing, eventually completing through race 4B in a steady 7-8 knot westerly (gusting 12-15 knots in races 1B and 2B). On Sunday, races were postponed onshore for 3 hours starting at 0930 as we had 0 knots due to a thick overhead fog bank. The fog bank receded at 1230 followed by blue skies and a steady 10-15 knot westerly. A and B divisions were able to sail (2) W/L2 races each before reaching the 1500 Sunday time limit. 26th Stoney Burke had a 46 boat turnout (28 coed/womens varsity and 18 JV from 18 universities). Light air sailing was a challenge on Saturday that lead to midfleet finishes; however, a steady 10 knots on Sunday allowed our varsity team to score finishes in the top 10% of the fleet. Thanks to our Cal sailing coaches, alumni, and undergraduates for hosting a successful and well-executed event.
Practices are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons at the Treasure Island Sailing Center and go from 2:30 until dark. An average day produces 12-18 knots of sea breeze with flat water due to the sheltering effect of the island.
We send sailors to regattas almost every weekend of the academic year. The fall season culminates in the North/South Pacific Coast Championship Intersectional where more than 20 teams are represented by over 60 boats in both Varsity and JV divisions. The spring is characterized by intense competition to qualify for the PCCSC's berths for the Women’s, Team Racing, and Dinghy National Championships held in early June.
Team Captain: Stephen Bordes
2015, Molecular and Cell Biology (Neurobiology)
Stephen Bordes started sailing at the age of 6 on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, LA after moving from his hometown of Greenwich, CT. Bordes grew up competing internationally for Southern Yacht Club before moving to Portland, OR and eventually San Francisco, CA. He is currently Varsity Sailing and Head Windsurfing Coach at St. Francis Yacht Club, holding US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat, Level 1 Windsurf, Level 2 Advanced Instructor, and Level 3 Race Coach certifications. Additionally, Bordes is pursuing an Olympic RS:X Windsurf campaign focusing primarily on the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games all while maintaining academic honors in Molecular Cell Biology (Pre-Med Neuroscience curriculum) and Real Estate.
Team President: Janice Wondolleck
2015, Environmental Science
Janice learned to sail at an early age crewing for her family in the San Francisco Bay. When she grew out of her Snoopy lifejacket, Janice picked up Lasers and 420s in Marin County. Apart from the Cal Sailing Team, Janice sailed for San Francisco Yacht Club for the U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship taking bronze in both Chicago and New York national events. Off the water, sailing influenced Janice's senior research thesis project studying SF Bay's water quality.
This is a competitive racing team, and members are expected to start competing almost immediately. That said, people without prior experience may still be welcome to join provided that they can come to at least two practices a week and are dedicated to learning the racing aspects of sailing. For absolute beginners, Cal Adventures and the Cal Sailing Club both offer introductory sailing lessons.
Competitions are open only to undergraduates, and while we prefer that team members be eligible for competition, it is possible to practice with the team if you are a graduate student.
Dues are $265 a semester. The money goes towards travel expenses and towards maintaining our fleet of boats. If you have financial concerns that may prevent you from paying dues but are still interested in joining the team, please don’t hesitate to talk to the team because we are flexible and will try to work something out.
High school students wishing to sail for the University of California, Berkeley team should contact the team during the fall semester of their senior year. We highly recommend that prospective students come up to see the beautiful Berkeley campus and practice with the team during September or October. Students should apply to Berkeley at the normal deadline and let us know that they have applied soon thereafter. The team can choose a few students each year to write letters of recommendation for.
Prospective team members should fill out our recruitment and interest form here.
Maintaining and transporting a fleet of boats is expensive. Each year we have to pay $4,000 to Treasure Island Sailing Center to store our boats, $3,000 towards team transportation, and $500 in fees to the PCIYRA. In addition, we have heavy costs relating to fleet maintenance. We receive only $1,000 per year from the university, and we charge each student-athlete just $265 per semester in dues in order to keep sailing open to anyone who is enthusiastic and dedicated. To make up the difference we rely on fundraising and generous donations.
We raised almost $4,000 thanks to your support at our Gala last spring; however, we are still left with an enormous shortfall.
We are always working to make the Cal Sailing Team stronger and more competitive. We successfully raised the funds needed to purchase a new set of practice sails last year; however, we continue to need your support to keep up with necessary maintenance and day-to-day costs. At the moment, we are working to raise $1,500 for new line, blocks, and for other essential parts. This new equipment will provide a much-needed upgrade to our current fleet of boats. Any donations are greatly appreciated.
Donations can be made through the school's website quickly and easily.
The Cal Sailing Team would like to thank our generous sponsors, Sports Basement and Pineapple Sails, as well as anyone else who has contributed to the team. Your contributions allow us to keep our dues low and send sailors to as many events as possible.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information about sponsoring our team.