This document deals with using the Club’s policies. Members planning to use club gear must read this document. This is only an overview of the club’s policies, the officers hold ultimate authority.

Equipment Use

What is a “keyholder”?

A keyholder is a full, active member of the club in good standing and has a key to the container of club-owned equipment.

How do I get and keep a key?

  1. To be eligible to become a keyholder, you must help teach one full quarter of windsurfing classes for the club.
  2. To get a key, pay the $100 lifetime membership fee and get a key from a club officer
  3. To keep a key, members must maintain active status with the club. Members are required to teach a second quarter of windsurfing classes. After the second quarter, members are encouraged to continue teaching, but can maintain active status by attending club activities and helping with club workdays. The officers hold final authority on determining active status.

How do I get equipment to go sailing, and who can use it?

Anyone who is affiliated with the club and displays appropriate ability and experience may use club equipment, but only keyholders have access to the container. Club members are encouraged to arrange outings with keyholders so that they can enjoy the use of club equipment. Keyholders are encouraged to take other club members along to enjoy the use of club equipment. A keyholder is responsible for determining the qualifications of anyone that they let use club equipment.


This should be obvious but just for the record …
Since we don’t have an infinite supply of equipment, we often have to share equipment on busy days such as Saturdays. Losing track of time is easy when its blowing a steady 22knots and you’re a mile or two out in the Bay having the time of your life. Be aware that there could be someone sitting on the shore waiting for their turn. In addition, on busy days it is beneficial if we all sail the same location rather than having portions of our quiver at 3rd, Coyote, … and Crissy.


YOU are soley responsible for your personal safety. YOU should inspect the gear before each windsurfing session. Sail defensively: assume your gear WILL break and therefore you should never sail farther from shore than you are capable of swimming back. Never sail alone. Know the tide levels and time of switching, watch the weather, etc. We could go on forever. Read the safety resources on the web and use your brain.

What happens when something breaks??

In the event of any type of damage, the damaged item should be labeled and the damage reported to a club officer. Our number one concern with damaged equipment is that other people do not unknowingly try to use it. This can result in further damage or personal injury.

In most cases, after consulting with the officers, you will be responsible for the legwork involved in getting the item repaired or replaced. The officers will instruct you as to what needs to be done

Financial responsibility will be determined by the club officers based upon the following:

  • Negligence: If something happens due to negligence, you are financially responsible. Examples include (but aren’t limited to) : a board blows off the car on the highway, gear is stolen off your roof rack, a sail gets blown from the rigging area into a fin of another board, a fin gets broken cause you ran aground, you sail into shore, break out a finbox, you ding the board on the evil rocks downwind of the Coyote point launch, you run crash into another sailor, etc. You get the idea. This is a judgment call on the part of the club officers. Keep in mind that some of our boards are not strong enough to handle the abuses of jumping.
  • Accident: Anything that happens where you didn’t do something dumb. This usually pertains to things that happens on the water, other than running into others or running aground. For accidental damage, you are not financially responsible to the club. We just hope that you got in OK. In either case, the damaged item should be labeled and the damage reported to the equipment manager. In most cases, after consulting with the officers, you would be responsible for getting the item repaired if possible.(i.e. take the sail to the sail loft … etc.)

Returning Equipment?

Equipment MUST be returned to the container EVERY night except on rare occasions such as officer-approved road trips. Yes this is a big pain, especially for those of us who live off campus but it must be so, or else gear starts accumulating in garages.

Equipment Care

Be careful!

Please be very, VERY careful with all club property. We have fast, light, expensive equipment. Treat it as if it were your own, because it all in some part does belong to you. If somebody is mistreating equipment, tell them how they can improve. If you are unsure of the proper way to rig and handle equipment please ask someone who has been around for a while. New members should sail with an experienced member the first few times. If you are an extremely aggressive sailor who tends to break gear while learning some new radical maneuver (jumping,looping?), we’d prefer you destroy your own gear.

Right equipment for the situation and your ability?

Choose the equipment to suit your ability and the conditions. This goes a long way towards protecting the equipment. For example, if you are just getting comfortable with the harness choose a durable convertible sail over the delicate monofilm sail. Or if your shortboard skills are a bit rusty maybe one of the older monofilm sails is a better choice than the brand new ones. Or if its blowing gusting to 35knots maybe you should be sitting on shore rather than sailing miles off-shore with a 6.0 sail and a 9 foot board.

Wave Sailing?

Remember that our equipment is made for slalom sailing and is not durable enough for wave sailing on the coast.

Boards VENTS?

Several of our boards have vents which MUST be closed before entering water. In the nightmarish situation that one was left open and the board took on water let someone know ASAP.

Plastic is not indestructable!!!

Yes, our plastic boards are more durable but they still break! More importantly, the surface is much softer, so they scratch really easily.


Some of our sails are constructed of monofilm (clear material) and therefore require extra care to avoid scratched up panels. Grass, wood chips, and carpet are the best areas to rig, asphalt is not. Remember these sails have to last several years!!


They are much more delicate than you imagine. Scratches, dings and dents seriously impact the performance of a fin. If you are learning to waterstart PLEASE use one of the older fins. In the learning process it is inevitable that the fin will touch the bottom.

What personal equipment do you need?


You should usually not sail in the bay without a full length wetsuit (4/3 recommended). If you break down, you will die of hypothermia in a shorty. Booties are also a must, the bay is littered with fishing hooks, rocks, glass, etc.


The club provides a small number of harnesses, primarily for new members to use. This is a great way for people to try out several types of harnesses and decide what style they prefer before buying their own.


This REALLY helps when learning to waterstart and will save your life if you get separated from your board. The club only has a couple of life jackets and most members prefer to get their own for comfort reasons.

Safety Gear

At the minimum you should have a coil of extra rope to lash your gear together when it breaks. The net has many FAQs regarding good safety kits

Other equipment

Members often use their own gear for parts of their setup, especially for safety related items. For example, purchasing your own boom avoids having to readjust the harness lines prior to each session.