Links & Resources

Class-Related Sites

Local Resources


  • Sequoia YC — Redwood City is home port to an active group of F18 sailors who go out every Wednesday, year-round.  Contact our webmaster at if you're interested in joining.
  • Richmond YC — long-time supporter of small boat racing in the Bay area
  • Lake Washington Sailing Club — in Sacramento, LWSC is home to a very active group of small boat sailors
  • Encinal YC — hosts several small boat racing series a year on the Oakland Estuary
  • St. Francis YC — hosts many high-profile regattas, as well as the annual Spring and Fall Dinghy regattas 
  • Gold Country YC — hosts the summer “Go for the Gold Regatta” at Scotts Flat Lake in California Gold Country
  • Fresno YC — hosts the annual summer High Sierra Regatta amid the alpine beauty of Huntington Lake, between Yosemite and King's Canyon National Parks

Other Associations

Weather & Conditions


Local Conditions in Real Time

Boats & Gear




  • Glaser Sails — high-quality sails well-known among high-performance dinghy and catamaran racers.  The local source for replacement battens for all sails as well.
  • Leading Edge Sails — for repairs local sailmaker Joe Rushka does very high-quality work at his San Mateo loft
  • Pineapple Sails — excellent service and a convenient local loft in Alameda for repair work

Cat-Specific Accessories

  • SLO Sail & Canvas — high-quality fabric work, with covers, trampolines, and other catamaran products
  • Murrays — carries wide range of products, many geared toward cat sailing
  • Barefoot Studio — SNUs and Tack Guides

Places to Buy Stuff

  • Annapolis Performance Sailing — a chandlery like no other, with very helpful staff.  If they don't stock what you're looking for, they can usually order it quickly.
  • Svendsen's Boat Works — local chandlery in Alameda with much better inventory than West Marine
  • Home Depot — If you lose a $40 pair of gloves, try a $4 pair of work gloves with latex or nitrile palms.
  • Rooster Sailing — U.K. makers of excellent technical clothing that's not available through retailers. Great service; they should get more attention in the U.S.


  • ISAF's Racing Rules of Sailing — straight from the source
  • UK-Halsey Sailing Rules Quizzes — very well-executed series of online quizzes that present you with a Flash-animated race situation where you pretend to be the jury. Access to answers requires you to subscribe to the loft's email newsletters, but is otherwise free. 
  • North U. — North Sails in conjunction with US Sailing hosts a circuit of all-day seminars, one of which focuses on rules. Not free, but taught by real experts.
  • You-Tack! — really well-developed iPhone app that goes beyond just the bare rules. Quizzes are based on the RYA Appeals Case Book and come with clear 3-D animations and intuitive hyperlinks to rules and definitions.

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