Tall Ship Races on Twin Brigantines
Ever felt like shooting cannons at your friends at sea? Now you can! Your teams will feel like pirates aboard twin 110-foot traditionally rigged Brigantine tall ships. Sail on one ship or have an exciting race against each other on two. The canon battles at sea may be the best part of your day! Its Pirates of the Caribbean in Southern California on this unforgettable adventure. Each ship can hold up to 49 people, though 30-40 guests allows for a roomier sail.
Your teams will be challenged in their competition, cooperation, teamwork and responsibilities. Setting 13 sails with over 100 lines requires the best of working together in unison. Strategy, tacking and changing courses demand synchronicity and the engagement of the whole team. For braver mates, climbing aloft up the mast is a perfect challenge to overcome fears.
Sail for a day or sail to Catalina Island and anchor your teams overnight at quiet Two Harbors or picturesque Avalon. With bunks below deck for 30, your teams can sleep on the ships or go ashore to a lodge.
Races and sails depart from your choice of several locations, including Dana Point, Long Beach, San Pedro, Marina Del Rey, and Ventura.
Sail on AMERICA
Namesake of the First America’s Cup
Come aboard one of the most famous and beautiful racing yachts in the world. This gleaming black tall ship is a replica of the original AMERICA that won the 1851 race that started the America’s Cup race (the oldest continuous sporting competition in the world). AMERICA has sailed as an ambassador for the America’s Cup in Spain in 2007 and San Francisco in 2013. She is home ported in San Diego and is also available in Newport Beach for an additional transit fee.
With her spacious 139-foot gleaming teakwood deck and two masts ten stories high, the yacht is able to sail groups as large as 76. Three hour charters set sail for the Pacific Ocean and around San Diego Bay with its modern city skyline and aircraft carriers of the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet. Longer charters of five hours go farther out to sea by the Coronado Islands for whale watching. Whales sighted include Blue whales as they feed and surface, the biggest whales in the world, along with Finback (the second largest), Humpbacks and Grays.
Catering/Dining. Your day at sea includes a lunch served before or during the sail. Follow your sail with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres or evening dinner aboard AMERICA at anchor in San Diego Bay, with the city lights and sunset as the perfect backdrop to your day. AMERICA provides their own outstanding chef and delicious selections.
Lodging Overnight. For smaller groups and a truly rare opportunity, sleep overnight on AMERICA in her five private staterooms. She can sleep up to 15 people overnight on seven separate beds. Each stateroom has its own private bath and shower.
AMERICA’s crew members are Coast Guard licensed professionals and offer a wealth of knowledge about the ship and America’s Cup history. Raise your sails for an unforgettable day on one of the most beautiful boats in the world, in one of the most beautiful harbors in the world.
Ocean Sail on Historic 1926 Schooner
Sail aboard a classic 1926 Schooner along the Southern California coast. This 82′ schooner was built in Maine by the legendary American boat designer John Alden. She holds a winning history of sailboat races up and down the East Coast in the 1920’s and 30’s. Covered with gleaming teak decks above and down below, Curlew has been completely retrofitted and restored to the highest standards. A sail on such a beautiful schooner is a rare opportunity. Your team will learn sailing teamwork as they raise the sails and set a course off the coast of Dana Point. Working together, your team will help tack and steer toward various courses, trim the sails for maximum speed, and navigate the ocean wind and currents. Sails off Dana Point are known for sighting dolphins and grey, blue, and humpback whales. Maximum number of guests is 34.