Checking things off the bucket list, and sailing in the Bay was definitely one of them! It’s said that if you can sail in the Bay, you can sail anywhere. The varying conditions allow for extreme practice for anyone looking to race or just refine their skills. On a good day, you’ll see hundreds of boats jutting around, hanging out and trying for that rare opportunity of getting through the gate. Have an awesome weekend by sailing in the San Francisco Bay.
What to See
You’ll see Alcatraz, Angel island and glimpses of Treasure Island, if you veer right towards the bay bridge. You might get close enough to the Golden Gate bridge, you’ll definitely see the city skyline with the famous triangle building. You’ll see some adorably tiny bay dolphins, seals and sea lions. Most importantly you’ll see drastic weather changes from deep cold fog, to hot sunshine.
Marinas to Rent out of
- Pier 39
- Treasure Island
- Berkeley Marina
How Much Does it Cost?
Depends on the company, however I saw that it’s usually about $45-$60 per person for a 90 min tour around the bay. For up to $130, you can have the tour stop on Alcatraz for some time. OR you can rent a private boat for upwards of $450 an hour.
When to Go
Mornings are calm and afternoons are exciting. Either way the wine and cheese will be making your wet clothes seem less annoying.
What to Wear
Quick dry anything and definitely bring a rain coat/windbreaker! Mine saved me immensely this weekend. I wore shorts and swimsuit bottoms, because it was easier to pee off the nets.
- Quick dry shirt/shorts
- Rain coat
- Rain pants
- swimsuit bottoms
- Bandana of sorts to keep your hair out of your face
- Non-black soled boat shoes
But what if you have to use the bathroom?
You pee off the nets or use a bucket. Most sailboats don’t have a restroom. I did it for the first time this weekend and it was quite liberating. There is no shyness in sailing.
We were able to go out with some family friends on their private boat. We docked out of Berkeley Marina, before finishing the evening at Skates Restaurant. Great menu and great views and more drinks!
The day was a little rough with varying weather, so to really enjoy ourselves, we docked up and chatted over some more beverages, while the sun set behind the many, many sail masts in the marina.
The day was a little wet and then a little warm, but incredibly fun. We can’t wait to go again soon!