As Luis Niño programmed the printer for another press run, all he could hear was the ocean—the waves rolling against the boat's hull, the wind whipping across the sails. After navigating waters from the Florida Keys to the Bahamas for years as a recreational sailor, he dreamed of one day captaining his own ship, eventually taking the leap and launching Sailing on Biscayne Bay.
Today, Captain Niño and his wife, first mate, and professional photographer Mabel welcome passengers with English and Spanish salutations as they board the Quitasueño, a Beneteau Oceanis 40 Center Cockpit with a teak deck. They charter two- or three-hour, half-day, and full-day sails through Biscayne Bay along Miami, Brickell, and Key Biscayne. Luis and Mabel entertain guests with drinks and snacks and can also arrange a catering menu.
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Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Half-Day and Sunset Sailing
Pro Tip: Bring sunscreen, hats, and a smile
Q&A with Tony Ireland, Captain
What inspired you to start or run this business?
Before starting Classic Sail Charters, I volunteered with a community sailing organization that exposed people to sailing who had never sailed before. Most of the participants in the program realized the special calm joy that comes after casting off lines and raising sail. Gliding quietly through the water under sail seems to wash the stress away, and it was apparent in their eyes and faces. After 25 years working in corporate offices, I decided this was for me.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Helping people get away from it, and watching the faces light up.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Sailing yachts is a sporty activity that requires some mental concentration, as well as some physical strength. When the wind is up and the boat pitches and rolls a bit, it is not the best or safest activity for children under 7, nor is it much fun for the parents.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
"Thank you, that was wonderful."