The Oasis Sailing Club provides fun, safe and rewarding sailing opportunities for sailors of all ages and of all levels of experience. Our two Catalina 34 sailboats are designed to accommodate crews of 4 to 10 sailors on ocean day-sails. Every sail has a trained skipper and mate who are members of the club. The experience levels of our members cover the spectrum from novice to expert, and the club works to accommodate all the interests and needs of our members.
The sailing levels of our club members include:
- Novice Sailors: New sailors can enjoy their sail days with minimum expectations for helping out. Although most members will serve time on the helm and assist with basic crew assignments during the cruise, it is not required. The Club also offers special Sailing 101 excursions to teach the basics to those members interested in improving their skills.
- Mate Candidates: Club members interested in improving their skills can become mate candidates. MCs learn a variety of skills for safely managing all aspects of the sail (see Mate Training Handbook).
- Mates: Once approved as a Mate, these Club members serve with Skippers as the two senior crew members responsible for each sail. Many Mates continue their training by becoming Skipper Candidates.
- Skippers: Qualified Mates can continue their training and become Skipper Candidates. Skippers are trained to both sail and manage our boats at the highest levels. Ultimately, all Skippers are appointed by the club and their qualifications are reviewed every two years. The invaluable training and experience provided to those members who choose to become skippers allow our members to achieve the highest levels of sailing competence.
- Race Training and Participation: Many of our members have an interest in learning the ins and outs of sailboat racing and advancing their skills with spinnaker and gennaker sail techniques. Oasis boats are entered in local regattas during the racing season, and monthly training is provided to interested members.