San Francisco Bay sailing charters!

What we’ll do:

Experience fast, action-packed exciting sailing, or we can slow things down for a leisurely cruise on the Bay. We offer private sailing charters so you get to choose! Bring beers/wine and snacks if you wish. To see our rates and book your sailing trip, please click on: San Francisco Bay Sailing Awesomeness .

We depart from Sausalito, with free parking available. San Francisco pick-up and drop off may be possible upon special request.

Get a taste for what an awesome experience living, working and voyaging on a classic sailboat can be. Get a little salty while we sail and chat about what it’s like going far from land and crossing oceans, from endless waves and wind, to calm nights under starry skies. Get a feel for what it’s like to live and thrive in a constantly moving small space, in a beautiful but unforgiving environment.

Hear what it’s like to battle land Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Sailfish while under a full spread of sail and have the freshest sushi minutes later, to anchor in tropical anchorages, bathe in the sea, and surf endless, uncrowded waves right from the boat.

Ask as little or as much as you like about surviving storms, living in foreign countries, meeting great cruising friends, and unplugging from normal living to find another path.

Spend time aboard a unique, rugged, beautiful boat with numerous Atlantic Ocean crossings and a Panama Canal transit under her belt, that has provided a safe and peaceful haven for her crew over the span of five decades.

 

About the Captain:

I’m passionate about voyaging and the sailing lifestyle, and living and working on boats around the world. I grew up sailing and racing small boats, and I have just returned from a year long cruise in Alsager to Mexico’s Gold Coast and the Sea of Cortez with my wife, young son, and dog Noah on board. In the last year and half I have sailed over 10,000 miles, including a passage from Hawaii to Seattle. Prior to departing, I spent many years working around the world for America’s Cup Race Management, setting courses for the race yachts. I am licensed by the Coast Guard.

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EMAIL: GOLDENGATESAILING@GMAIL.COM

 

Did he really? 4yr old boy! – Catalina Island-MOVIE

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The Sail from Wilmington to Catalina Island was a comfortable one, first a little bit of motoring and soon able to pull up the sails and sailed right into Emerald Bay. Took us about 5hours. This was our first time at Catalina Island and it’s sure pretty! There was a mooring available close to beach which we were assigned too. What a great spot, we decided to stay a while.

Here a little clip from the fun.

The first set of pictures are from Emerald Bay. It was remote, even though there were quite some boats coming on the weekends. But during the week we mostly had beaches to ourselves or boy scouts were out kayaking and doing there thing. The water was nice and clear. We had a good time just swimming around, snorkeling, SUPing. Hanging at the beach. We walked over to the Boys scout camp to explore or took the dinghy. At one point they were so nice to sell us some ice for our fridge. That meant we were able to stay a bit longer. It was a relaxing time. When we needed to stock up again and were ready to see something else, we headed to another anchorage/mooring which is called Two Harbor.

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Alsager our sailboat is the black one closest to beach. This was a weekend, when we had neighbors.

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Heading to the boy scout camp:

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The Captain cleaning the hull

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Is there something underneath our little man??? :-O

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Frisbee Fun at the beach.

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And here we are enjoying Two Harbor. They have a supermarket (block of ice $9,50) and some restaurants on shore. It was a nice change after the remoteness of Emerald Bay and we met up with our friends Chim Chim one day. They invited us over for dinner and we enjoyed spending time with them on there beautiful Catamaran!

Here some pics pulling the Kite-Surfboard behind the dinghy. That was fun!

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Sailboat Alsager and Mats!

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We headed over to Avalon as well, got the last mooring far away from shore and stocked up at a very affordable Supermarket. We only stayed one day, as it was super crowded (kinda felt like Cabo San Lucas) and too cool as it was foggy. We decided to head to warmer weather and went back to Two Harbor.

We stayed at Catalina Island a total of 10 days. Getting a mooring is a bit costly, but we do not recommend anchoring, the ground is full with kelp and the anchor does not hold well, if at all. As they harvest the top of the kelp, you cannot see where it actually grows. The moorings reach all along the beaches, so the only anchor possibilities are in deep water. We once had a power boat almost on top of us. The Owner slept on board while his boat started dragging. Our Captain was able to wake him up in time, before he dragged on top of our anchor.

Wilmington- on the Sailboat again

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After our return from Germany, it was time to get back on the Sailboat. We wanted to explore southern California and slowly move the boat back to the San Francisco Bay.

But first, we had to pick up our dog Noah, who had stayed with friends and was very well taken care off. After we checked upon a few things back home, we made our way to Wilmington, Los Angeles. The Sailboat had to be cleaned up and provisioned. But we were soon ready to head towards our first stop – Catalina Island, one of the Channel Islands. We were excited to see them.

Wilmington is very industrial and motoring out, we passed endless numbers of cranes and container ships. It was super interesting to see how the Containers were being loaded. We were hoping to not get in the way of a Container ship entering or leaving the channel and we got lucky.

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After a little bit of motoring we were able to sail straight into Emerald Bay, which was highly recommended to what we were looking for. We were assigned a mooring close to the beach and had a nice first sunset. The adventure continued!

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Baking Bread without stove!

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Knowing that the bread supply, especially in Mexico would be limited and since we don’t have an oven on board, I did some research before we left. I found these useful information from The Boat Galley and decided to invest into the Omnia Oven.

We were very happy to have it on board, as you can only eat that many Tortilla’s. Especially coming from Germany, it’s hard to get by without bread or beer, well, both. 🙂 Whenever we got the chance to run into a larger supermarket, we would check on flour and we sometimes also had a hard time finding yeast. When we did find either or the other, we would try to stock up, or mixed bread flour with tortilla flour. It turned out quite nice, see for yourself.

WE ARE BACK HOME!

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Before I continue with our travel to Europe, let me just give you a shout:” WE MADE IT BACK TO SAUSALITO!”

It’s been challenging, but the Captain tried to make it as comfortable as possible for us, we really waited for perfect weather windows, stayed in Marina’s when it started being too cold for showers in the ocean waters.

Especially the last part from Half Moon Bay to Sausalito will stay in our memories on the sailing agenda, as we were able to sail with south winds all the way through the Golden Gate Bridge. This is rather rare.

We now enjoy being back home and have lots of tasks to work on and have to start making some $$$ soon.

It’s been a big adventure!

Thank you for following us throughout the year, there is more to write and show you, when I get the chance. 🙂

To Sail or Not To Be – For the Captain a sentence, a question for me. This journey gave me an answer.