Club Rules

Rules & Classification Levels

To be followed by all Members and Guests at all times.


  • Obey the Dockmaster's instructions at all times.
  • Life jackets will be worn by skipper and all crew members at all times.
  • All crew should wear proper clothing, including closed-toe shoes (no bare feet); No shirts, no shoes, no lifejackets - no service!
  • No smoking on or near boats or sails.
  • No alcohol allowed.
  • Backpacks subject to search.
  • No pets.
  • No children under 10, unless special permission is granted.
  • No fishing off the boats.
  • Individuals limited to one guest visit per month.

Conditions and Sailing Restrictions

  • Boats will be towed out on weekends.
  • Boats do not leave the harbor during a northerly(offshore) breeze.
  • Boats are to be brought in at the first sign of a northerly breeze or any time the conditions exceed your ability or skill level.
  • At no time should sailors attempt to sail under the bridge.
  • Boats will not sail during Wednesday night races.
  • Boats heel not to exceed 20 degrees; the boat must be de-powered. Do not abuse sails by excessive luffing.
  • Boats do not leave the harbor when waves are breaking at harbor mouth.
  • Boats do not go out when visibility is less than 1 mile (mile buoy must be visible from harbor, or sailors must return when visibility decreases).
  • No tying up to non-university docks.
  • 2 hour time limit for high use boats.
  • Club members may bring guests, but not the same person more than once a month.

Care and Use of Equipment

  • Boats are not to be left with sails up; don't rig until you're ready to go.
  • Boats are to be scrubbed with soap and water after every use.
  • All rubbish must be removed from boat.
  • All sails must be properly folded and stowed in bags.
  • Complete check-out form and check out with dockmaster for final equipment return approval
  • Skipper and/or crew are responsible for any missing equipment upon return of boat.

Boating Club Member Responsibilties

  • Know and follow the rules listed here.
  • Know and follow the rules of the road
  • Know when your membership expires.
  • Keep your dues current.
  • Return boats on time (within the 2-hour limit) and allow enough time to have the boats unrigged by closing. You will be charged $20/hour for any time over closing time that you are late (returning and/or unrigging the boat).
  • You are responsible for the actions and safety of your crew/guests.
  • You are responsible for reporing all accidents or needed repairs to the Dockmaster upon return.

Dinghy-Specific Rules and Procedures

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

  • No standing or sitting on boats while on dock.
  • When putting boats into the water, remember to lift stern up and over carpeted areas.
  • If you have a guest with you (who does not have sailing experience) only use the main sail.
  • Make sure you explain to your guest, what role they would play in the event of a capsize.
  • And if your guest is not feeling comfortable, don't go outside the harbor mouth.
  • Malke sure centerboard is all the way up and rudder in boat before bringing boat onto dock.
  • Lines should be neatly coiled and stowed.