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About Convair Sailing Club

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Sailing Club - Our History

Convair Sailing Club has been sailing in San Diego for many decades. Originally, the club was part of the CRA (Convair Recreation Association), a facility of the General Dynamics Corp.

When that facility, along with GD, folded as far as San Diego was concerned, the members got together and re-established the Club as a non- profit corporation under California law.

Members need no longer be employees of Convair or of General Dynamics to join our Sailing Club. All of the work of the Club is done on a volunteer basis by the members; including administrative, maintenance and training. You, as a member, are expected to participate where you can and you will be called upon occasionally to do just that.


The Convair Sailing Club (CSC) fleet is located in slips rented at the Harbor Island West Marina near the west end of Harbor Island on San Diego bay. The Marina provides parking, restrooms with showers and a swimming pool for the use of members and guests.

The BoatHouse restaurant (recently closed) and a Deli are also located on site along with various other tenants including several yacht brokers and the Harbor Island Sailing Club, which also offers instruction, rental and charter services. Access to the Marina facilities is gained via key card access, issued to you upon checking out as a “Skipper”.

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Club Overview

The Convair Sailing Club is a unique organization in the world of sailing clubs. First: it is not a commercial business. It is a group of folks banded together to enjoy sailing and “messing about in boats”.

It is wholly owned by the members themselves and has no paid employees or officers. Costs of the Club are covered by an annual registration fee and a very small boat use fee, apportioned as the boats are used.

Day Charter with Harbor Sailboats
Harbor Island West marina


The Convair Sailing Club is a non-profit corporation under the California Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation Law. As such; it is a recreational club, owned by the members of the club and operated according to the By-laws registered with the State. The By-laws provide for the election of principal officers of the club and the appointment by those officers of additional officers to form a Board of Directors to manage the affairs of the club.

The eight principal officers elected to the board by the membership are:

These officers then appoint four additional members: the Port Captain, Fleet Captain, Chief of Racing and Chief of Instruction; to serve on the Board.

The Commodore from the previous year is called the Junior Staff Commodore and also serves on the Board. In addition to the members of the Board of Directors, several other members are given special responsibilities for specific areas of activity by appointment of the Board. Currently these are Chief Dockmaster, Chief of Communications, Chief of Checkout and Registrar.

The duties of the officers listed above, elected and appointed, are evident by their titles and are detailed in the By-Laws, a copy of which is given to each member upon joining the club.