Are the prices listed per person or for the whole boat?
The prices listed are for the whole boat. You can bring from 1-6
passengers on Flying Tiger and up to 25 passengers on Bay Wolf.
All of our trips are private charters – no need to spend your time
with a bunch of strangers.
Do all of the trips provide food and drink? If so, what is the
All trips with less than 6 people include include food and drink
for free. For trips over 6 people the charge is $20 person (or you
may bring your own food).
We typically go to Trader Joes or Mollie Stones market and buy
lots of good food and drinks. A typical trip may include: ham,
turkey, salami, cheese, sourdough bread, sliced fruit, lots of good
chocolates, potato chips, wine, beer, juices, water and sodas. We
never run out of food! Vegetarian food can be provided. If you have
any special food requests, then please let me know.
What are the pickup locations?
We have three convenient locations.
- San Francisco – Both Osprey and Bay Wolf can do
pickups in San Francisco at Pier 40 (next to AT&T ballpark) or
Pier 39 (next to the Sea Lions).
- Oakland - Osprey is located at Jack London Square
(right next to Kincaid’s Restaurant and easy parking).
- Sausalito – Bay Wolf and Flying Tiger are based in
Sausalito and both have convenient, free parking
Are children allowed on all tours?
Yes, children are allowed on all trips. If you have children
under 4 years old, then call me and we can discuss. Sailing with
kids under 4 can be stressful for the parents. I have two children
of my own and lots of experience with kids on the boat – call me and
we can discuss.
Children 5 years old and older are fine if there is at least a
1-1 adult/kid ratio and if the kids listen well to instructions
(safety instructions are important). I enjoy teaching kids and
teenagers how to sail.
May food/drinks be brought onboard?
Yes, feel free to bring your own food if you wish. We have cups,
plates, cutlery and napkins. So no need to bring anything else. We
have NO corkage fees.
What do passengers do besides sightsee?
I encourage people to help steer the boat and work the sails.
People can do as much or as little as they like. I enjoy teaching
people how to sail and I will hand you the helm for as much time as
you like. Sailing San Francisco Bay is a fun adventure.
Is there any narration provided?
I have been sailing San Francisco Bay for over 20 years and know
lots of the nautical information, history and interesting sights. I
can talk as much or little as people like. We will often be
discussing the currents, the wind, the sights on the shore, the
different boats, the Golden Gate Bridge, the animals and birds we
see, etc. There are a great deal of interesting sights on a Bay Area
sailing trip. I enjoy talking about sailing on San Francisco Bay and
the history of the Bay. Each trip we see something different.
What should I wear?
Please dress in layers (T-shirt, sweatshirt, wind jacket is the
minimum of what we'd suggest, more if you get cold), long pants or
wind pants are recommended.
Try to wear shoes that are non-marking (white or light soles
Bring cameras & sunscreen. Hats that can be tied on are also
Do you have a set itinerary or schedule for the San Francisco
Every trip is different. The route that we take is totally
flexible. Sailing from San Francisco and Sausalito leaves open many
There is a general counter-clockwise route that is often
followed. This route often includes the following for a typical 4
- Leaving Sausalito and sailing along the Sausalito waterfront
for an up-close view.
- Sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge for an awesome view of
the Pacific Ocean and the Marin headlands.
- Spending time sailing out past the Golden Gate Bridge
(depends upon the weather and currents).
- Sail back under the Golden Gate Bridge, cruising along the
Presidio, Crissy Field, Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, Fisherman’s
Wharf and Pier 39. See the Liberty Ship Jeremiah O'Brian.
- Continue along the waterfront past the financial district
and under the Bay Bridge, approaching PacBell park by water
close enough to cheer with the crowd and hope for water-bound
- Then sail back up under the Bay Bridge to Alcatraz Island,
where we get a very close for your own Alcatraz tour.
- Sail past Angel Island, and then back to the docks in
Sailing San Francisco Bay can also include loops around Angel
Island and picnics at Angel Island. We have dropped people off at
Pac Bell Park before the Giants game, sailed up in the North Bay to
see the Brothers Lighthouse, sailed the South Bay to see the ships
in dry-dock, sailed out past the Bonita lighthouse or cruised the
Alameda estuary to view the Port of Oakland.
Every trip is different depending upon the winds, currents, time
of day, wildlife, location of other boats and the desires of the
clients. Your own private yacht with a captain. You get to choose
Is there an enclosed cabin where people can sit inside?
Yes, there is an enclosed cabin with a small sitting area and a
head (bathroom). There is also a custom canvas dodger outside that
keeps people dry and warm while in the cockpit. Most of the sailing
time is spent up on deck or in the cockpit. The cockpit or the deck
are the best places to see the views and experience the sailing
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 – we get to choose. On foggy days there are parts of
the bay that are fog-free. Sausalito is the perfect starting place
for a Bay Area sailing trip, because Sausalito has quick access to
the Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito is usually sunny and warm when
San Francisco is totally socked in with fog.
In the Winter, if it is raining, we will simply reschedule for
another time or cancel the trip and return all of your money. Some
charter operations force you to sail in the rain – Yuck!
If it is raining, you do NOT have to go sailing.
Everyone who has sailed with us has had a good time and I plan to
keep it that way. Sailing San Francisco Bay should be a fun
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 friends.
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 Flying Tiger is your own private San Francisco yacht
with a captain. Your choice of destinations, your choice of food and
drink, you can steer if you want or have the captain take care of
everything. Sailing Flying Tiger on San Francisco Bay is something
that you have always wanted to do and you will remember the
experience for years.