The C18 Fleet Captain manages three C18s that comprise the fleet. The C stands for Catalina Yachts, the boat manufacturer, and 18 stands for 18 feet, the length of the boat. To become a family member of the fleet there are initiation dues of $125 and annual dues of $100.
Anyone is welcome to join the fleet and sailing lessons are available to earn certification. To sail on your own as skipper one must learn not only to sail the boat proficiently but also how to handle all other aspects of the boat on their own, such as opening up the boat, docking, closing, stowing all sails and lines and preparing for inclement weather. The sailor must be certified by two existing members of the C18 fleet. The best way to accomplish this is participation in the summer Thursday evening sailings. You begin by crewing for an experienced skipper, advance to handling the boat yourself and then full certification. Further information can be found in the C-18 fleet sailing by-laws and Charter.
Once one joins the fleet and is certified, the member can use the boat at any time or enter as a skipper in a WYC regatta. To participate in the regatta, the member must email the fleet captain one week prior to the regatta to request use of a boat. If one is not yet a skipper they can volunteer to crew.
For more information, please contact the C18 Fleet Captain Ross Ellena via our Contact Form.