have taught many people how to sail on San Francisco Bay. I truly
enjoy teaching sailing and I bring a combination of skills that
allow sailing to be approachable to everyone.
I am a certified sailing instructor with American Sailing
Association (ASA) and I can provide private or group lessons.
My Approach to Teaching
My approach to teaching sailing is very "hands-on". I will hand
you the helm and let you feel the boat as we go through different
maneuvers. We start with the basic skills and work up as your skills
I have taught sailing to first-time sailors, intermediate sailors
and experienced sailors getting ready for chartering and coastal
Effective sailing instruction is actually surprisingly difficult,
because there are three things that are required at the same time.
- The instructor must have excellent teaching skills.
- The instructor must be a very good sailor.
- The instructor must be able to let go and allow the student
to experience the boat, wind and waves - Allowing the student to
push boundaries, while maintaining safety and comfort as skills
I have spent many years providing San Francisco sailing lessons
and refining my sailing and teaching skills. I truly enjoy teaching
others the joy of sailing San Francisco Bay. I will gladly teach any
or all passengers on any of the sailing charters.
Both of our charter yachts are ex-race boats and are excellent
for learning to sail. The boats are very responsive and there is
instant feedback to the student from changes in rudder or sails.
Because of this feedback, the student is able to learn faster on a
responsive boat. Some of the large sailing schools provide slow,
heavy boats that are difficult to steer and terrible for learning
"like driving a big cement truck with bad alignment" - not what you
want for learning. Our two boats are well-maintained, responsive and
a joy to sail.
Give us a call and we can discuss our approach to sailing lessons
and get you out sailing on the bay.
Sailing lessons can be included (at no extra cost) on any of our
sailing charters. See Prices
The cost for San Francisco sailing lessons is the same as for any
of the charters we provide - there is no extra charge for lessons.
The minimum charge for sailing lessons is the cost of the three-hour
cruise. Others can be brought along on the charter - so Susan can
get a sailing lesson, while five of her friends get a sailing trip
on the bay.
A sailing gift certificate for lessons makes the perfect gift
(anniversary, father's day, birthday, graduation, etc).
Because we are a small sailing charter company, we can be
flexible on the approach to the lessons. Please call me to discuss
any details or questions you may have.