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Sail Channel Islands Day Tours

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Address: 3150 S. Harbor Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93035
Phone Number: 805-750-7828
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Description: Capt. Dan is a Coast Guard licensed master and American Sailing...
Capt. Dan is a Coast Guard licensed master and American Sailing Association instrutor. Sail with him for a few hours or up to several days, exploring the Channel Islands ... or take private lessons. We have two yachts, one economy and one luxury boat built in France and we are the only company offering sailing eco-tours of California's Channel Islands.Our islands are often described as the Galapagos of North American and abound in sea life from whales, to dolphins to fish that ride here on either a southern current or the northern one. Ashore, you will find a landscape mostly clear of humans and protected by the National Park Service and the Nature Conservancy. Human civilization dates back some 10,000 years here, but only a handful of caretakers live here now. Come with us and step back in history 200 years, step away from civilization.
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The highlight of our trip to Southern California

I booked a two hour sail with Captain Dan for myself and two teenage girls (17, 13) because my 17 year old had spent some time sailing at summer camp on a lake in Vermont and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
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Essex, Vermont
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Essex, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I booked a two hour sail with Captain Dan for myself and two teenage girls (17, 13) because my 17 year old had spent some time sailing at summer camp on a lake in Vermont and wanted to experience sailing on the Pacific. We left Oxnard Marina and set out for a short sail. Captain Dan put her to work... More 

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Dan R, Owner at Sail Channel Islands Day Tours, responded to this review

It's always great fun to introduce a sailor to my patch of ocean. There's no place quite like the Santa Barbara Channel and the Channel Islands and it makes me very happy to see the smiles that awaken with the beauty of this place. Of course, having dolphins and sea lions swimming alongside is a treat and, fortunately, not rare.... More 

Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Sailing with Captain Dan on his boat, The Sancerre, was the perfect idea to get our family out for an entire day of fun on the water. It was a beautiful day and we saw 4 different types of dolphins on our way to Anacapa Island. We then took out the Kayaks to explore the island and found sea lions... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Dan is a wonderful person to spend an afternoon with. His passion for sailing is infectious! He let our 14 year old daughter sail the entire trip outside the harbor. We saw whales, sea lions, dolphins and seals. The Sancerre is an immaculately maintained sailboat perfectly suited for a channel islands adventure. Don't call anyone else, I guarantee you won't... More 

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Dan R, Owner at Sail Channel Islands Day Tours, responded to this review

Oh to be in the same sentence with the legendary Capt. Ron sets my professional sailor heart aflutter. Now there was a man who an eyepatch with elan. And park a boat? Well, isn't that the legendary part of his vitae? Would that I could do that ....with someone else's boat. Though less colorful than CR, I'm pretty sure you... More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We could have used more wind, but that's the way it goes sometimes. Whether you're an experience sailor or just out for the ride, Capt. Dan is great to sail with. Looking forward to our next day sail.

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Williams, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Besides running a first-rate charter service, Capt. Dan is an instructor with the American Sailing Association. He methodically wrote eight study guides to help his fellow instructor captains review an extremely difficult ASA course on coastal navigation. His level of knowledge and experience is awesome.

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Camarillo, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Our time spent aboard the Wiley with Capt. Dan was worth every penny. His knowledge, experience, and humble approach to teaching was very much appreciated. We took they day trip as a chance to learn the basics to sailing and find out if it is something that we would like to pursue as a hobby. Short answer-yes... Long-answer- Capt. Dan... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

4 of us spent the weekend out with Captain Dan and Dennis and when we left we parted as great friends. We had wonderful experiences and Captain Dan is a great guy. We encountered some difficult conditions with some fog and some inexperienced other boaters and Captain Dan handled it all with aplomb, while keeping a fun and safe environment.... More 

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Simi Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Words can't express enough how wonderful our experience was with Captain Dan. We decided to have a memorial service for my father in open sea. Captain Dan made everything so easy from my first phone call to him to our last steps off the boat. He was kind, knowledegable and understood that although the occassion was sad, we wanted the... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

My husband and I decided to take a (day) sailing trip much like I used to do as a kid on our 27 foot sailboat. It was very similar but all we had to do was sit back and enjoy the scenery. Captain Dan was so friendly, knowledgable and professional, and knows how to handle a boat in any condition.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Disclaimer: It seems expensive and at first glance it is. That said, an hour after you have left the dock you will have forgotten how much it cost and even that you paid for it at all. The air, the sea the boat and Captain Dan will make it seem that you have been invited to spend the weekend on... More 

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