Boat captains must master nautical lexicon before sailing the seas to ensure that they can distinguish port, which means left, from starboard, which means launch the vessel into deep space. Count down to a sea launch with today’s Groupon: for $149, you get a six-hour bay cruise for two at Imagine Sailing Tours in Belvedere Tiburon (a $300 value).
Buoyed by more than 30 years of sailing experience, Captain Dennis Garrison of Imagine Sailing Tours shuttles guests along the coastline during improvised trips on an Irwin Citation 34 sailboat. During the bay cruise for two, passengers determine their counterclockwise route around the bay, snapping photos of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz or marveling at full-grown sea lions and baby sailboats. Each trip begins with a safety briefing and then hits the open water with a cornucopia of soda, and snacks. The boat seats up to six passengers, so guests may share the ride with other passengers or hitchhiking dolphins.
This Groupon expires on July 2, 2012. After the expiration date, the purchase value may be applied to a regularly priced cruise.
Imagine Sailing Tours
Captain Dennis Garrison always felt more at home in the water than he did on land. He was born in the beach town of Playa del Rey, where he spent his days fishing, jet-skiing, and sailing along the coast of Southern California. His love of the open sea and knack for navigation eventually led to stints with the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard.
Unable to ignore the roaring of the surf and the call of gulls after retirement, Garrison founded his own sailing company—Imagine Sailing Tours. Drawing on 30 years of nautical experience, he shuttles passengers towards scenic coastlines and popular sites throughout the San Francisco Bay area. He helms a majestic Irwin Citation 34 yacht, pointing out passing dolphins and seals as he steers towards Angel Island, Half Moon Bay, or AT&T Park. Upon arriving at destinations, Garrison leads activities such as snorkeling trips in Monterrey Bay, wine tastings on Treasure Island, and pottery-spinning classes on top of the Golden Gate Bridge. The skilled seafarer also offers sailing lessons for passengers who’d like to try their hand at steering the ship themselves.
401 Trinidad Dr.
Belvedere Tiburon, California 94920