We are thrilled to announce that a new bareboat base will open this summer in San Francisco, California.
Our partners at Sunsail will open a base on the United States West Coast for the very first time – in San Francisco, California in June 2012. A brand new matched fleet of Beneteau First 40s will be introduced in the hopes of securing competitive racing bareboat charters.
This is a new product portfolio for Sunsail and will place greater emphasis on racing, corporate hospitality / special events, and team-building programs. Traditional California bareboat sailing vacations and sailing school activities are also planned.
Euromonitor International ranks San Francisco as one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Beginning in June, both tourist and local residents can explore the region in a whole new way – on a luxury sailing charter.
The San Francisco Bay area is a beautiful, natural harbor bordered by steep rolling hills and famous manmade landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and the prison fortress on Alcatraz Island. Once ashore, sailors can visit the famous crooked Lombard Street, eat in Chinatown, and stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf.
An added attraction to the area is its close proximity to the Napa Valley region, with its many vineyards and redwood forests. An extended sailing itinerary could include stops in Benicia, Petaluma, and Napa Valley.
Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800-BAREBOAT and parent company 1-800 Yacht Charters notes the unique sailing conditions of the area. “You’ll find consistent wind patterns in the enclosed waters of San Francisco Bay. The spirited winds, along with constant cool temperatures and sunny afternoons make this an ideal location for both sailboat racing and corporate incentive yacht charters.”
The new base will be located the eclectic artist enclave community of Sausalito. The Sausalito waterfront is a quick 30-minute sail from the Golden Gate Bridge, offering spectacular views of the bridge and San Francisco.
The fleet will include 8 brand new First 40s. Built by Beneteau and designed by Farr Yacht Design, the First 40 bareboat is a thoroughbred sailing yacht, ideal for racing, cruising, and learning how to sail. In 2009 the First 40 was selected as Crossover Boat of the Year by Sailing World Magazine.
The 3 cabin/1 head layout offers both comfort and space without compromising performance. Amenities include asymmetric spinnaker, bowsprit, chart plotter, autopilot, electric head, and heating.
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