Classification Levels

Classification Levels

Please review the tables below to find out whether you meet the Boating Club's requirements for using dinghies or keelboats.

KEELBOAT REQUIREMENTS AND LIMITS
Level Experience Required Tests Wind Limits Sailing Limits Equipment Use/ Crew Limits
1 Successfully completed Beginning Keelboat Sailing course or 30 hours keelboat helming Passed oral, practical, and written keelboat test Under 14 knots 1 mile from harbor jetty
  • No spinnakers
  • Experienced crew necessary for jib use
  • 70% jib only
2 Successfully completed Intermediate Keelboat Sailing or equivalent or 50 hours of keelboat helming Passed oral, practical, and written keelboat test Under 18 knots 1 mile from harbor jetty
  • Experienced crew necessary for 70% jib use
  • Level 1 crew for 90% jib
  • Three Level 2 crew (two crew, plus skipper) required for spinnaker use
3 Three years sailing in keelboats or 80 hours of keelboat helming Passed oral, practical, and written keelboat test Under 18 knots 1 mile from harbor jetty
  • Racing approved with qualified club members as crew
4

Three years sailing in keelboats or 80 hours of keelboat helming

Good working knowledge of all boat systems (including engine, electrical, and plumbing), and solid navigational skills

Passed oral, practical, and written bareboat test Under 20 knots Ability to sail to Capitola or Monterey
  • Access to all boats

Note: Crew may be required to pass a written test to assess their boating skills.

Keelboat-Specific Rules and Procedures

All rules under General Rules/Procedures (above), plus:

  • Minimum of three (3) people per boat; maximum five (5) on boats under 30 feet.
  • Rinse spinnaker pole and sheets after use.
  • Check with Dockmaster to make sure boat is properly secured.
CORONADO 15 and RS Quests (DINGHY) REQUIREMENTS AND LIMITS
Level Experience Required Tests Wind Limits Sailing Limits Equipment Use/ Crew Limits
1 Successfully completed Basic Sailing course or 20 hours dinghy sailing Passed rigging test and capsize drill Under 10 knots (light winds) Inside harbor (not to go out into the Bay)
  • May be limited to mainsail, depending on skipper and/or crew experience
2 Successfully completed Intermediate Sailing course and/or equivalent Passed oral, practical, and written tests Under 14 knots 1/2 mile from harbor jetty
  • No single-handing dinghy outside of harbor
  • Jib use only with experienced crew

Laser Standards

Must have at least 25 hrs skippering a C-15 or previous experience on a Laser

Laser Level 1 - In the harbor only, knows how to rig, has practiced a few times, and has adequate boat control. Radial only.

Laser Level 2 - Allowed out in the bay, with another laser, in winds not exceeding 12 knots, while observing the UCSC dinghy boundaries. Radial only. Wetsuit required.

Laser Level 3 - Allowed out in the bay, with another laser, in winds not exceeding 18 knots, while observing the UCSC keelboat boundaries. Radial used mostly, full/standard rig use with permission only. Wetsuits required.

RS Vision Standards

Level 1 – Knows rigging, can sail in harbor, not allowed out in bay.

Level 2 – Can sail in bay observing the C-15 boundaries (1/2 mile to the south, blacks to the east, and the wharf to the west) in winds not exceeding 12 knots. Wetsuit required.

Level 3 – Can sail in bay observing the keelboat boundaries (mile buoy to the south, blacks to the east, and the wharf to the west) in winds not exceeding 18 knots. Wetsuit required.

Level 4 – Can use spinnaker, out in bay, observing the keelboat boundaries. Must have at least one other crewmember on board that is check out for spinnaker use as well, but no more than 3 people on the boat at a time. Wetsuit required.

*The RS Visions and Lasers are more expensive high performance dinghies that requires more attention to detail while rigging and derigging. If there is loss or damage to equipment while sailing one of these boats the participant/s will be held financially accountable.