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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

1.

Do you have sailboats that we can rent?  

Unfortunately we do NOT have sailboats for rent.  We really wish we did, but the insurance costs and lack of a location for making them available for on-the-water use eliminates our ability to offer this service.  Additionally, we are not aware of any local organizations in the Houston-Galveston area that offer small sailboat rentals to the general public.   

2.

Where is your facility located?  

The Clear Lake Sailing Club is a “virtual club” which has no physical facilities that we must maintain.  This allows us to keep our costs down.  Additionally, this means that we don’t need to lean on our membership to spend their free time overseeing a facility.  

We generally meet for our social sailing and racing activities at the public boat ramp on Clear Lake just off of NASA parkway.   See the “Map of Clear Lake” on our homepage. Clear Lake is located adjacent to the Johnson Space Center.  From the Gulf Freeway (Interstate 45), exit NASA Parkway.  Then simply drive past NASA on the NASA parkway and just beyond the Hilton on the right side, you will see Clear Lake. The boat ramp is approximately 0.2 miles from the Hilton, just across the low bridge, on your right.

3.

How big is your club and what is it’s purpose?

Our club has been around for 40+ years and the size has varied from dozens to over a hundred people. Our current membership roster has about 30 people.  Our purpose is to introduce new people to the sport of sailing and “show them the ropes” so to speak.  We also sometimes have small sailboats donated to us which we in turn make available to club members.

4.

How can I learn how to sail?

Our club offers sailing lessons every Spring.  We are in the Clear Lake area and people come to our classes from all over the Houston / Galveston area. Generally we keep the class sizes to less than a dozen students.  The cost is essentially free: we require you to join our club for a year (annual dues are $75) and then you get the class for free. The class occurs over 3 consecutive Saturdays and finishes with an on-the-water demonstration in one of our sailboats.  

5.

Where do I buy a cheap sailboat for a beginner?

Sometimes we have boats that have been donated to us and we turn around and sell them to people like you who are interested in learning how to sail.  Check our website for any current opportunities.  Also, we’ve found www.craigslist.org to be helpful.  Also you might check into http://www.sailingtexas.com/cboats.html   Of course, there are local newspapers, publications, and retail dealers in the Houston/Galveston area.

6.

I have a boat. Can you help me learn how to sail?

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