It’s always a little cooler on the water in San Diego Bay, so dress in layers and there is plenty of dry storage for bags or back packs. If needed we have caps and jackets for sale in our office. We prefer soft non-black soled shoes, but have shoe covers if necessary. We provide complimentary water, soft drinks, and light snacks (peanuts and/or pretzels). You’re welcome to bring your own camera, but we take photos and videos of your San Diego Bay sailing tour for viewing after the tour in our office while enjoying complimentary refreshments in our gift shop. The pictures will then be posted on Picasa Web Albums with the link emailed to you for later viewing.
Sailing San Diego in Winter , Spring and Fall:
Sailing San Diego In July and August:
Once we leave the dock, we go into high gear because there is a lot to do! Stars & Stripes USA-11 raced to be the defender in the 1992 America’s Cup with a crew of 16. We will only have 7 or crew members, so your help is greatly appreciated. It takes 6 able bodies grinding the winches to raise the mainsail plus a few more to trim the sails each time we tack or gybe. Everyone also gets a turn at the helm to steer the boat. However, if you are inclined to just sit back and enjoy the ride, that’s fine too.
Do not be concerned about seasickness as we primarily sail in thesmooth waters of San Diego Bay. We have done several hundred sailing charters and sailing tours with thousands of passengers and have never had anyone get seasick. But if you would like to take something before the trip for peace of mind, do so a couple hours before the sail.
The cup was originally known as the Royal Yacht Squadron cup and it, along with a sum of 100 Sovereigns was the prize for the 1851 Annual Regatta around the Isle of Wight. Though she started last, the schooner America won the race against 15 British yachts by 20 minutes. When America emerged alone from a fog near the finish, Queen Victoria asked who was second; the famous answer: “There is no second, your Majesty.”
In 1857 the American syndicate donated the cup to the New York Yacht Club to be held in trust as a challenge trophy to “promote friendly competition among nations.” Despite a succession of British (and other) attempts to win back the cup, the New York Yacht Club prevailed in 25 challenges over 113 years, the longest winning streak in the history of sport. Finally, in 1983, Australian businessman Alan Bond beat Dennis Conner and the cup left the United States for the first time in 132 years. But Dennis Conner refused to quit and in 1987 he challenged Australia for the San Diego Yacht club and became the first and only skipper to win, lose and win back the America’s Cup.
USA-11 was used by Dennis Conner in his 1995 campaign as a trial horse and then sold to the US Virgin Islands America’s Cup Challenge to be used in the 2000 America’s Cup races. After surviving several hurricanes, including one that sunk her, USA-11 was purchased in 2002, shipped to Miami to be completely refurbished and then sent across the country to be part of the San Francisco Challenge Series fleet. In 2006, Steve Pattison and Mark Niblack bought her and brought her home to San Diego.
If teambuilding is your priority, we can create a custom program for your group. This can include:
Celebrate your event afterwards with refreshments and viewing of the photography.