San Francisco Bay Sailing F.A.Q.
What Do I Need
To Bring When We Go Sailing?
Bring your camera or video recorder,
sun glasses, a hat, sun screen, and a few extra clothes. Wear your
clothes in layers too. First, wear shorts and a short sleeve shirt
made of wicking material if you have it. Next, wear a long sleeve
shirt or a sweater. Finally, bring a jacket and pants along with you
just in case. If you forget something, donít worry about it, we can
probably find something to loan you for the day. If you require
medication or certain beverages, bring that as well. It is good to
- Do All Of The Sailing
Tours Provide Food And Drink?
All tours include water, soda and snack
food at no extra charge. You are welcome to bring any food or
beverages you would like. If you would like us to provide more of a
menu or meal, just let us know!
- Are The Prices
Listed Per Person Or For The Whole Family?
The prices quoted here are for the
whole boat. You can bring up to 5 guests and yourself. The USCG
regulates the number of passengers our vessel can carry (six
passengers + captain and crew).
Can I Bring
Along My Kids?
Yes! Children are allowed to come sailing!
#1: Will they have a good time?
#2 Will they allow the grown ups to have a good time?
#3 Will the safety of passengers, crew, or skipper be
diminished with children aboard?
Yes! Captain Dennis welcomes children aboard
"Imagine," some additional factors need to be considered by
parent/guardian and Captain!
Finally, parents and/or guardians are responsible for
bringing appropriate wearable flotation devices. As parents and
family members of the children, you are best to answer
I will give my input as to what the sea conditions
will be, how it will feel to be aboard, and finally what is
available that will entertain your children. Many children will
have a great time, they will come aboard as "Crew In Training," when
they leave they will be given the title of "Crew!"
Of course they will have to earn this honor! (they
will tug on sheets, steer a course, tie some knots, etc.) I have
been a hands on teacher since 1989, and have 2 grown up "children".
I have lots of experience working and having fun with kids!
- What can we
expect to do while underway?
There are tons of
fun things to do while underway. They include watching
Pelicans dive for fish, trimming sails, hauling hind end in the
"SLOT", spotting dolphins, talking with the Sea Lions at Pier 39,
fishing, trolling, racing other boats, seeing if its possible to
maintain a compass course, steering, watching/laughing at our
friends and relatives attempt to keep the sails full, smooching,
drinking wine, eating chocolate, laughing at the freezing people
swimming to Alcatraz, finding where we are on a chart, talking on
the radio to other sailors, guessing at the speed of the boat,
taking a nap, EATING cookies and drinking tea, video taping, taking
pictures, using binoculars to "spy," pretending to fly from the
bowrail, and my personal favorite, letting go of the HURRY UP
WORLD!" Plus many, many more ways of having a great time!
We want to
learn about the San Francisco Bay... can we?
You and your guests are in for a day of fact finding! Did you know
that the average depth of the Bay is less than 20 feet. That it is
true that people have escaped from Alcatraz. San Francisco Bay is
an incredible area, full of amazing facts. I will be more than
happy to share what I know of the Bay with all interested in finding
- Do you have a set itinerary or schedule for the sailing tours?
Every trip is a little different. The route we
take is completely flexible. There are many possible options
available. We generally follow a counter-clockwise route around the
Is there an enclosed cabin where people can sit inside?
What's it like down
If, I should say when, the winds start to pick up and
it get a bit chilly, there are options! The sailing vessel
"Imagine" has a couple of ways to get out of the wind and spray.
Camping out on the high side of the boat under the dodger is a
wonderful way of staying warm and dry while still experiencing all
of the sights, if you want to be even warmer, go below! There, you
will find comfy couches, pillows, coffee, tea and and assortment of
"goodies." You will still be able to have a look out from the
cabin through the ports. Enjoy a romantic hideaway down below with
scented candles, soft music, and the glow of the gimbaled brass
lantern. Bring along your favorite CD, sit back, relax and enjoy!
What if the weather is bad?
Sailing San Francisco Bay in the
spring, summer and fall provides many excellent sailing days. Rain
in the summer and fall is very rare. On windy days there are places
with plenty of wind or places with less wind Ė we get to choose. On
foggy days there are parts of the bay that are foggy and others with
- What do people tend to enjoy most about these cruises?
Different people enjoy different parts
of the trip. Sometimes it is the thrill of seeing dolphins jump
outside the Golden Gate Bridge, or seeing the sunset, or getting to
steer in high winds, or having a conversation with your family and
Sailing San Francisco Bay is also a chance to
unwind and recharge your internal batteries. There are no outside
distractions, just you, the wind, the water and the boat.
Sailing on Imagine is your own private yacht with a professional
Captain. Your choice of destinations, your choice of food and drink,
you can steer if you would like, or let the Captain handle
You will remember this experience for years!!!