Recent San Francisco Sailing Charters
Descriptions of some of our recent Sailing Charters Written
by Captain Kirk
Sailing with a 90-year old gal. May 29, 2012
Capt Doug got to sail with “Granny” who is 90 years old and a
sailor. She brought along her family, including a 20 month-old great
granddaughter. A wonderful time on Bay Wolf. Pictures will be posted
soon. Here is what the client had to say:
What a delight Doug, Dogen, and Jenny were. I couldn't have asked
for a more attentive, lively and engaging crew. You've got really
great people on your staff.
Thanks again for making this work out. Mom was just grinning and
having a great time. Her response and your crew made it a day that
we all will remember with great fondness and cherish in the days,
weeks, and months ahead.
My deepest appreciation,
Fundraising Charter for LLS - Sat, March 10, 2012
Caroline and 16 of her friends had a great sailing trip on the
Bay with our own Capt James. This was a fundraiser sail for Leukemia
Lymphoma Society (LLS). We have done several fundraising trips for
LLS. The day was a little cool and overcast, but everyone had a
great time and we donated 50% of the trip back to LLS. Here is that
Caroline had to say:
Hi Capt Kirk!
Indeed, we had a wonderful afternoon with James, Dogen and Brian.
Even though it was a bit overcast, the ride was perfect. I loved
seeing underneath the GG Bridge and taking the city in from the bay.
The crew was fantastic- they involved us and explained sailing terms
to us in just the right dose, were extremely patient and kind when
we were in their way, they kept the perfect amount of food and
drinks flowing and were just generally extremely friendly and
We really appreciate your generosity in hosting us and making your
donation to LLS. It is very kind of you to contribute to our cause.
You were very easy to work with and we were so happy with the trip.
I've passed along the social media and review information to the
guests and will post something myself.
Springtime sailing - March 11, 2010
A perfect day of sailing lessons, clear skies and good food.
Kevin and Ann (from Austin Texas) and their friends Flo and Kiwi
(from Los Angeles). We went out on Bay Wolf and it was perfect day
with 10-12 knots of breeze and San Francisco Bay all to ourselves.
We saw dolphins, harbor seal, pelicans and huge flock of cormorants.
The food included good wine, apples and strawberries, ham and turkey
sandwiches, fresh bread, chips, pickles and chocolates for dessert.
They were in town for a fun getaway from work and we had a great
trip out under the Golden Gate and back towards Alcatraz Island,
Angel Island and back to Sausalito. Kiwi promised to send some
pictures for the website...
Sailing with grandpa Jake - May 5, 2009
Nicole arranged this trip as a gift for her grandfather. Grandpa
Jake is 86 years old and has sailed on San Francisco Bay since he
was a kid. He had not sailed in over 15 years and was thrilled to be
back on the water. Jake took the helm as soon as we left Sausalito.
We sailed out past the Golden Gate Bridge and there were a couple of
dolphins chasing our wake when we passed by the south tower. The
winds picked up to 20 knots and we reefed the main. After we sailed
over to Pac Bell Pak, I offered to take the helm, but Grandpa Jake
said “I’m driving. You can drive tomorrow.”. We sailed a complete
loop around Alcatraz island (Jake remembered when it was an active
prison). We heard stories of sailing past Angel Island in the 1940’s
and 50’s – It was wonderful trip back in history and I learned much
about the history of San Francisco boating. When we finally returned
to the dock, Grandpa Jake finally gave up the tiller and let me dock
the boat. We made plans for another sail next year for his 87th
A perfect Day of Sailing - July 9, 2008
We had a great sail on Baywolf. We sailed out past the Golden
Gate Bridge and the conditions were perfect. We had moderate winds
and clear skies. We spent almost the entire trip outside the Golden
Gate Bridge. Everyone got a chance to drive and we did get to see
Lucy's comments were "Thank you for a wonderful charter. We
had so much fun. The boat was wonderful. The weather was perfect and
you and Sean were perfect hosts. San Francisco never looked so
beautiful. We will be back."
Sailing on BayWolf - June 21, 2008
We had a great sail on Baywolf (our new Santa Cruz 50). Megan
(age 10) got to drive the boat all the way from Sausalito to Pier
39. We saw wind speeds of 28 knots and boat speeds of 8 knots with
just the main sail. This was Megan's first time driving and she did
BayWolf is such a perfectly balanced yacht that even a newbie can
sail her easily. She is very fast and total blast to sail. We sailed
from Sausalito to San Francisco passing Alcatraz Island, then
completely around Treasure Island, across the slot to the backside
of Angel island and then up Raccoon Straights to Sausalito. We cover
lots of ground with BayWolf! Megan's 12 year old brother Josh got to
sail across the bay from Treasure Island to Angel Island. We had a
Wintertime sailing on a perfect day - December 9, 2007
We had great ride with Liz and her five friends. The skies were
clear and the winds were moderate. The trip was a gift certificate
from her mom from last Christmas. Turkey and ham sandwiches, good
beer and wine and lots of chocolate. A perfect 3-hour sail on San
Cashing in a Father's Day Gift Certificate August 4, 2007
We had great ride with Rex and his family. We had wind, sun,
great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and excellent food. The
perfect day of sailing San Francisco Bay. Rex wrote me a nice
summary of the sail - A short excerpt " After we docked in Sausalito
we bid Captain Kirk farewell and rushed off to dinner in San
Francisco. All we could talk about at dinner was our fabulous day of
sailing on the bay. We are all anxious to do it again. Thanks
Captain Kirk for an exhilarating Day!! (click here to read the whole
summary written by Rex)
Just Married !! Thursday, June 21, 2007
Karim and Bonnie got married in San Francisco. Immediately after
the wedding they came sailing on Flying Tiger with their family and
friends. We enjoyed champagne and excellent food as we sailed
towards the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz island and along the
front of Angel Island. Bonnie and Karim got married and learned to
sail on the same day. Sailing San Francisco Bay - a great way to
begin your honeymoon. We wish them smooth sailing in their new life
50 year Wedding anniversary - Monday, June 25, 2007
Jim and Annette enjoyed a lovely evening sail to celebrate their
50th wedding anniversary. Annette and her daughter have sailed on
Flying Tiger before and we made plans for special sail for the 50th
anniversary. Excellent food (salads with grilled chicken) was
provided as we sailed past Belvedere Island, Tiburon and Angel
Island. San Francisco sailing was the highlight of a weekend of
romance. The sun was setting as we returned to the dock and said
good night - until next year's trip.
Thursday, april 12, 2007 - sailing with the Brefka Family
An amazing day of sailing. Rick Brefka and his family came out
for Spring Break from Wisconsin. Perfect San Francisco sailing as we
went out towards the Golden Gate Bridge. Howling under the bridge
and hearing the echoes. The waves in the ocean were big, so we
stayed inside the bay. The whole family got a chance to steer Flying
Tiger. We ate good food (turkey and ham sandwiches, potato chips,
chocolate, carrots, sodas and wine for the adults). We never run out
of good food on Tiger. We raced a few boats and got the boat heeled
over quite well sailing by Alcatraz. The comments in the log book
from each of the Brefka crew:
Nancy aka Ali (9) "This is paradise."
Benjamin (17) "A grand adventure."
Jacob (12) "Boat fly high, boat fly free - Either way it is
great for me"
Rick (dad) "You ain't seen nothin' till you've seen the
underside of the Golden Gate Bridge."
Susan (mom) "So much nicer than I ever thought possible. Our
whole family had a great time."
Friday, march 2, 2007 - sailing lessons outside the Gate
A great day of sailing lessons. Richard and Ursula had just
recently completed their Basic Keelboat (BKB) class in Mexico and
wanted to come out and experience San Francisco sailing. Ursula had
the helm from the moment we left the dock and all the way out under
the bridge. We sailed out past the Golden Gate Bridge to experience
some waves created by a strong ebb current and opposing westerly
winds. We call these waves the "Big, Green Square Ones", and it was
a great ride. Flying Tiger cut through the waves at 6+ knots with a
single reefed main. Ursula sailed out through the big waves and back
to the bridge. Richard took his turn and we did the same loop. They
both did very well. Fast learners. Sailing San Francisco Bay is a
great thrill and I enjoy teaching people how to sail on the Bay.
Thursday FEBRUARY 14, 2007 - valentines day sail
Catie and Zack enjoyed a wonderful Valentines Day sailing
charter. The weather was good, and we sailed out past the Golden
Gate Bridge. Catie's father and brothers work on the Golden Gate
Bridge seismic retrofit and as we sailed out, her father came out to
wave hello. San Francisco sailing is best with good good and drink
and we ate lots of good food as we sailed past Angel Island back to
Sausalito. Catie wrote the following in the the Flying Tiger log
book "The weather gods were on our side today for our Valentines Day
sail. We even saw family working on the bridge! Thanks so much for
the great sail." Catie & Zack, Sebastopol, CA
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2007 - Dodging the Rain Clouds
Ed and Cams came out for a San Francisco sunset cruise. We got
rained on for part of the trip, as we sailed between Angel Island
and the Golden Gate Bridge. Just as were about to give up, the rain
stopped and we got a wonderful double rainbow over the Bay. Cams
took lots of pictures. Then we got to see the sun set out beyond the
Golden Gate Bridge. One of the perfect San Francisco sunsets. We
drank hot tea as we sailed back to Sausalito. Cams wrote the
following in the the Flying Tiger log book "The rain was cold, but
the beautiful rainbow over San Francisco and the sunset behind the
Golden Gate Bridge was spectacular. I always like original shots in
great places and I certainly got that here." Cams & Ed - London UK
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2007 - visiting sailors from London
Neil and Rob enjoyed a great day of San Francisco sailing. Both
Neil and Rob are intermediate sailors working on getting their UK
certification. Once we left the slip I handed them the helm and they
got to sail most of the time during our trip. We sailed out under
the Golden Gate Bridge. Two boats were well ahead of us. By paying
attention to wind shifts, sail trim and currents, we were able to
beat both boats to the Golden Gate Bridge. One boat we beat by a few
yards, and the other boat was left almost a mile behind. Outside the
gate the sailing was perfect with no waves, a moderate 10 knot
breeze and even a dolphin sighting. Sailing back inside along the
San Francisco waterfront, we sailed inside Aquatic Park and did a
perfect gybe past the boats of the Maritime Museum, including the
tall ship Balclutha, the ferry boat Eureka and the tugboat Hercules.
We then sailed past Alcatraz, Angel Island and then back to
Sausalito. Neil and Rob got lots of sailing practice and are now
ready for their sailing course back in the UK. Neil wrote the
following in the the Flying Tiger log book: "What an excellent trip
out, perfect weather, sun, wind, great sailing. Excellent view of
the San Francisco skyline and the underside of the Golden Gate
Bridge - Wow. With our sincerest thanks - Neil & Rob"
Sunday, February 4, 2007 - Queen Mary 2 visits San Francisco
We sailed out to see the Queen Mary 2 arrive under the Golden
Gate Bridge. Her maiden voyage to San Francisco. The scene was
amazing - lots of boats, helicopters, San Francisco fireboats
spraying water and the Queen Mary 2 was both beautiful and enormous.
With less than 20 feet to spare between the top of the ship and
the Golden Gate Bridge, seeing the QM2 enter San Francisco Bay was
truly one of the best experiences ever. We were able to sail under
the Golden Gate Bridge at the same time as this wonderful ship.
We also had Amy and Mark (from Montara) and Paula and her 9 yr
old son Eli (from Sacrament) were passengers for this
Saturday, January 27, 2007 - 30th Birthday Sail
A surprise birthday sail for Al's 30th birthday. Four teachers
from San Leandro (Megan & Al, Amber and Ben) took a five hour San
Francisco charter. Al was kept in the dark until they got to the
dock - surprise! This was Al's first time sailing and he was a fast
learner. We sailed out under the Golden Gate Bridge and then back
along the San Francisco waterfront. We sailed along with the 200+
boats participating in the 3-Bridge Fiasco sailboat race. It looked
like it might rain, but we had clear skies and light to moderate
winds. We hit speeds of 6.7 knots coming back from Alcatraz Island
to Sausalito. Lots of cormorants seen flying in formation, and lots
of seals and even a big sea lion jumping near the boat. Ben wrote
the following poem for the Flying Tiger log book: "On a foggy, cool
day in Sausalito, Four young adventurers sailed with Captain Kirk-ito.
The oldest boy Al was turning thirty, we floated on the Bay and the
sights were purty."
Saturday, January 20, 2007 - Anniversary Sail
Romantic Sausalito -- Paul arranged a romantic Sausalito sailing
weekend as an anniversary surprise for his wife, Karen. The weekend
included dinner at Angelino's Italian restaurant on Friday night,
sailing on Saturday and dinner on Saturday night. A room at the
lovely Hotel Sausalito was the perfect touch. We sailed along the
Sausalito waterfront and out under the Golden Gate Bridge. We
watched the racing sailboats hoist spinnakers near the San Francisco
shoreline and then slowly sailed back to Sausalito. Lots of pelicans
flying in formation and harbor seals sleeping near the marina. The
food included peppered turkey and cheeses, sourdough bread, sliced
fruits, a nice bottle of Cabernet and french truffles for dessert.
At the end of the trip Karen wrote the following in the Ship's log
"12th year anniversary completely planned by Paul - surprising.
Fabulous. 10 points !!"
Saturday, January 13, 2007 - Sailing Lesson prior to Olympic
Sailing with Suzanne prior to her competing in the US Sailing
Rolex Miami OCR (Olympic Class Regatta) event in Florida on January
21 to 27, 2007. We sailed out towards Yellow Bluff and worked on
light air sail trim, crew positioning, gybing and tacking
procedures, currents, wind shifts, tactics and communication among
crew members. The Rolex Miami OCR event includes 550 of the world's
top Olympic and Paralympic class sailors representing 43 countries.
Suzanne will be sailing to qualify for the 3-person Sonar class for
the 2008 Paralympics in Bejing - Good luck to Suzanne! Results
(February 28): Suzanne team finished 10th in the highly competitive
Sonar class. While not on the winner's podium, Suzanne's team did
very well including beating the eventual gold medal winner in four
of the 13 races. The competition included the top sailors from the
USA, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland and Greece. Way to go Suzanne!
Tuesday, January 9, 2007 - Visiting Sailors
What a wonderful 3 hour trip. Dan and Rob were in town from New
York City for business and called me to go sailing for the day. We
had the perfect winter day - 60 degrees, clear skies and 10 knots of
breeze. We sailed out under the Golden Gate Bridge, out to near
Point Bonita Lighthouse. We saw two pods of dolphins halfway out to
the lighthouse. We sailed back into the bay and watched the sun set
perfectly under the middle of the Golden Gate Bridge. During the
trip, they both got cell phone calls from colleagues and they got to
tell them about the wonderful San Francisco sailing. Lots of picture
were taken, and we ate some good food.
Saturday, January 6, 2007
Sailing with Carlos (my little brother from the Big Brother
program) for the first time on Flying Tiger. Sachi, Miya (9) and
Romi (6) came along as well. A nice day with light winds. Carlos
took the helm as soon as we left Sausalito and he sailed us out
under the Golden Gate Bridge. We all got to yell underneath the
bridge and hear our echoes. People on top of the bridge waved to us.
We sailed past Pier 39, Angel Island and we got a close-up Alcatraz
tour as we circled the island. Carlos had a great time and was a
fast learner, with a good sense for making small adjustments to keep
the boat well trimmed. A great first exposure to sailing San
Thursday, December 28, 2006 - Celebrating the End of the Year
The last sail of 2006. Travis, Ryan and Katie (3 students from UC
Davis) came out to celebrate the Christmas break. We were very lucky
with the weather (the previous day had been very nasty with big
waves and wind). We had light winds and there were lots of seals and
sea lions in the water. We saw a few dolphins out past the Golden
Gate Bridge. After the trip Travis wrote the following in the log
book " Thank you for the incredible adventure!. It was an
unforgettable day and we could not have asked for a better captain.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge of San Francisco Bay and the
sailing lessons. Good luck with the sailing charters."
Sunday, November 5, 2006 - Fundraising sail for C.A.R.
Sailing with the winner of the C.A.R. (Community Association for
Rehabilitation) swimathon fundraising challenge. Kieran, her sister,
mother-in-law and her best friend. We had a great sail with good
winds and clear skies. We even had to wait till after dark for low
tide to allow us to pass back into Sausalito. The sunset cruise
included the full moon and the San Francisco skyline was lit up as
well. Kieran's comments in the log book: "Beautiful sail around
Angel Island. Perfect weather and full moon! We had a wonderful
experience. Many thanks to Captain Kirk for his years of support for
C.A.R. As an avid swimmer and sailor at heart, I loved every second
at sea." Kieran Alumbrac, San Jose, CA.