Membership Information

The Torrey Pines Sailing Club is not a commercial business. We are a group of sailors who have joined together to enjoy sailing and camaraderie. The club is wholly owned by the members themselves and has no paid employees or officers. Most of the Club expenses are covered by annual dues paid by members. Boats are not made available to the general public.

All of the work of the Club is done on a volunteer basis by the members; including administration, maintenance and training.

The Torrey Pines Sailing Club offers its members unbeatable values in Day Sailing, Racing, and Cruising in and around beautiful San Diego Bay. The club owns multiple sailboats docked at the Shelter Island Marina on Shelter Island: four 21-foot Victories, one Newport 24-foot and two Catalinas, one 25 and one 30-foot. All of our boats are equipped with outboard engines, except the Catalina-30 which has an inboard diesel engine. The Newport and Catalinas are all equipped with heads. Both experienced and novice sailors are welcome. Beginner classes are offered as a member benefit.

Effective January 1, 2024, California law requires members age 60 and under to have a California Boaters card. Please provide copy of your California Boaters Card for 2024 club membership. Older members have until January 1, 2025 to get their California Boaters Card.

Day Sailing

The Victories are available for use by any Club member who has qualified as a skipper – they will carry up to four adults. The Catalinas and Newport are available to Club members with more sailing experience – they will comfortably accommodate up to seven or eight adults. All the boats can be used for day sailing in San Diego Bay. Sailing destinations in the Bay include the Coronado Ferry Landing and the Bali Hai Restaurant. Additional experience and training are required for off-shore sailing.


The Club’s racing activities are centered around its fleet of Victories. Club members compete in monthly one-design regattas with members of the Convair Sailing Club. An annual ocean race and an annual team race held jointly with that Club, and the annual Victory Nationals which brings together Victory skippers from several locations on the west coast. Competitors in the monthly regattas are divided into three fleets according to seeding averages, an arrangement which permits members of varying levels of experience to sail against others with similar experience in one-design racing.


Novice sailors with no previous certification are required to take classroom instruction offered by the Club or from other sources. Water lessons are held in San Diego Bay at the mutual convenience of students and Club instructors, usually on weekends. The objective is to provide beginners with the classroom and practical skills needed to qualify as TPSC Victory skippers. Newcomers who sign up for an initial three-months membership in the Club are welcome to participate in this course.

Membership Fees

2024 dues are $620 per year, all of which can be applied to sailing time. There is a $100 initiation fee for new members. Members can earn free sailing time and a limited dues reduction by assisting with maintenance and instruction. The three-month trial membership, with up to five water lessons, is $350, including the initiation fee. The 3-month period starts the day the member is checked out as a skipper, or the day the member receives the sixth water lesson, whichever comes first, and includes $185.00 of prepaid sailing time. Additional family members can be included in the course for $60 per person. The US Coast Guard classroom courses are provided for a nominal charge to cover the textbook and course materials.

Corporate Associates

TPSC is interested in working with San Diego companies who wish to encourage and subsidize employee membership directly or through an employees’ recreational association. Sailing is one more reason for employees to come to and stay in the San Diego area. Please contact us for more information.

US Sailing Association

TPSC is an Organizational Member of the US Sailing Association with membership paid through 2024.