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$69 for a three-hour sailing tour and wine tasting (a $138 value)
During the tour, captains take groups of up to six passengers on a three-hour journey across the San Francisco Bay. The vessel floats by Angel Island and along the waterfront toward the Golden Gate Bridge. After this scenic voyage, groups head to The Winery SF on Treasure Island to sample various potables from the award-winning winery; alcohol cannot be consumed onboard the catamaran. Cruises depart at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday–Sunday.
$195 for a two-day introduction to sailing class (a $390 value)
The two-day introductory course teaches basic keelboat sailing over a total of 14 hours. Classes of four or fewer learn the mechanics of the ship and get hands-on practice guiding the vessel through the light and moderate winds of the bay. Instructors also cover US Coast Guard and American Sailing Association recommendations.
Afterguard Sailing Academy
Sailing out of Central Basin in Oakland or Treasure Island, Afterguard Sailing Academy's Intro to Sailing courses are a great way to get a taste of the passion held by so many people across the world. For more in-depth instruction, multi-day courses are available, giving participants the chance to learn some of the knots, lingo, and practices.
Thanks to the academy's team of seasoned captains, tours are only one way to experience sailing's thrills. Their instructors also teach comprehensive American Sailing Association certification courses, which aim to transition ordinary passengers to crew members and skippers for more independent sailing adventures of all types. As students progress, instructors teach more advanced lessons, such as bay basics and ocean sailing. Aside from these lessons, the captains also run a nonprofit sailing academy for youth.