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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. 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. 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.

Our Fleet

The Convair Sailing Club Fleet consists of ten 21 ft. Catalina Victory sloops and six 23 ft. Pearson Ensigns.


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 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".


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: the Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, three Directors, the Secretary, and the Treasurer. 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.

Current Officers and Duties

Commodore Traci Kush
It shall be the duty of the Commodore to oversee the operation of the Club, to preside at meetings, and to enforce the rules and regulations of the Club. He shall enforce all provisions respecting the conduct of the Club members, the conduct of the officers of the Club, and the general welfare of the Club. He shall appoint committees as may be required with approval of the Board of Directors.

Vice Commodore Louis Swanepoel
It shall be the duty of the Vice Commodore to assist the Commodore in the discharge of his duties, to officiate in his absence, and to serve as the Clubs Programs Director - providing appropriate educational and entertaining programs for the General meetings. He will succeed to the office of Commodore in the event of a vacancy in that office.

Rear Commodore  Doug Bass
It shall be the duty of the Rear Commodore to assist the Commodore and Vice Commodore in the discharge of Club duties, to officiate in the absence of the Commodore and Vice Commodore, and to serve as the Chairman of the Accident Review Board (ARB). As ARB Chairman, the Rear Commodore is responsible for enforcing Article X, Section 3, of the CSC Bylaws and safeguarding Club sailing privileges and equipment. He shall succeed to the position of Vice Commodore should the Vice Commodore be unable to fulfill his term of office.

Secretary Craig Blackwood
It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep minutes of general and special business meetings and meetings of the Board of Directors, and to have custody of all notices of meetings.

Treasurer Rich Gadek
It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to supervise the collection and disbursement of funds relating to the activities of the Club, to maintain records of the financial condition of the Club, and to issue reports as may be directed by the Board of Directors.

Jr. Staff Commodore Michael Norden
The Junior Staff Commodore shall be the most recent former Commodore holding office.

Directors James Walker, John Beard, Alex Leondis
Directors, from time to time, shall be given special assignments by the Commodore with approval of the Board of Directors. As members of the Board of Directors, they shall be a party to all Board meetings and all business and decisions therein.

Chief Dockmaster Robert Skillings
The Chief Dockmaster coordinates all dockmaster related duties including scheduling.

Port Captain Dennis Astroth
The Port Captain coordinates maintenance of all shore facilities, including the docks, and is responsible for all repairs and replacement of facilities.

Fleet Captain Paul Feldon
The Fleet Captain coordinates maintenance of the boats and all their equipment and is responsible for procurement and installation of all maintenance items.

Chief of Racing Terry Edlund
The Chief of Racing is responsible for all racing activity, coordinates the racing schedule with the Chief of Instruction, appoints a Protest Committee and its Chairman to organize the hearing of protests and appeals, and is responsible to the Commodore for all contact with other racing organizations.

Chief of Instruction Robert Skillings
The Chief of Instruction coordinates classroom and water instruction and orientation, formulates instruction policies for the Board, and reviews and acts on requests for deviation from such policies.

Chief of Checkout John Beard 
The Chief of Checkout schedules and provides the "final test" of your on-the-water sailing ability, issues you a key for access to the dock box and signs off on your membership card that confirms your status as a checked out skipper for the club.

Registrar Traci Kush
The Registrar prepares and maintains a listing of all Club members. The Registrar shall report to the Board of Directors.

CSC is a California Corporation – A Non Profit Recreational Club, Member Owned and Volunteer Maintained
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