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Next Level Sailing

1492 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
800-644-3454
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Ranked #18 of 219 activities in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Tours
Owner description: Formerly known as "Dennis Conner's America's Cup Experience" we are the Next Level Sailing team and operate 2 x 80 Ft International America's Cup... more » Owner description: Formerly known as "Dennis Conner's America's Cup Experience" we are the Next Level Sailing team and operate 2 x 80 Ft International America's Cup Class racing yachts for up to 20 guests each, plus the very famous and very beautiful 139 Ft schooner called 'America' for up to 85 guests. The America's Cup trophy is named after the yacht 'America'. We conduct regular public trips on the race yachts around San Diego bay where the guests get to participate if they wish as part of the crew. On a busy day we will have both yachts out racing against each other. San Diego is the only place in the USA where you can race on these style yachts. The larger America does amazing 4 hour whale watching and sunset sails to the ocean for both the Gray whale migration in the winter and the Blue Whale viewings in the summer. « less
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This was a fantastic day. In addition to the perfect weather, the crew was great. I loved that they were ok with bringing your own food/drinks (don't bring glass). The gf and I brought along a little picnic, though the ship had plenty of water and sodas, along with some snacks, and drinks available. SPOILER: they surprise you with some... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

It doesn't get any better than this.A beautiful/ sunny/warm winter day in San Diego aboard the sailboat"America" watching whales,seals,dolphins and thoroughly enjoying ourselves.The sailboat is beautiful,well staffed with friendly people and a fabulous owner captain.Highly recommended

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

The 2 and 1/2-hour sail took us down the bay into the Pacific just off Point Loma, Breezes were light but easily moved the boat. Skipper Troy and his two-man crew were very customer focused. They invited us to get involved, regardless if you were a never-ever or experienced sailor. You could pitch in sail trimming, winch grinding, steering, all... More

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St. George, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Looked at three highly rated San Diego sail whale watching tours and picked this one because of the America. We are so glad that we did. This is a magnificent replica of the original ship that first won the America’s Cup. Built in 1995 the America is a 139 foot schooner and the same beautiful quality and craftsmanship above the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

Spent the day with my family on the America doing the 1/2 day whale watching trip. From booking to the end of trip, everything was flawless and professional. We brought lunch aboard and the crew provided complimentary waters/soft drinks and light snacks (chips, cookies & crackers). Definitely dress in layers (we even had hats & gloves). It was 72 degrees... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

I booked the 139 foot America for a private team building event during our company's national sales meeting in January. We had 42 people, and the event could not have been better. From the great support we received in booking the event (thanks Warren!) to the service and hospitality provided on the boat from Captain Troy and his crew, everything... More

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Darien, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

There is an art to making guests feel they are experiencing a special day when you are hosting 7 days a week. The crew of America does this and more--and they find whales! Being a brisk day, the crew provided blankets and hot chocolate for all. Their buy one-get one child free (and the child can be up to 21)... More

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knokke
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

This was definitively the best Whale sailing trip ever !! Perfect boat as well as the crew . Very good explications and very professional sailing . We had a great time . Thanks to the captain and his crew . Much respect for the whales and their environment . The Belgium people of today's sail .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We absolutely loved our trip on the America! We are a family with kids ranging from 5-15 years old. My husband and our teenagers got to help raise the sails and our 5 year helped raise the American flag and fold it up at the end when they brought it back down. These were just little pluses to an already... More

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Marquette, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We were out today, December 30, and had a blast. We were blessed with great shipmates, beautiful weather, intelligent gracious crew and WHALES, WHALES, WHALES! The America is a fantastic boat and smooth sailing. I would recommend this tour to everyone.

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