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“"Absolutely Beautiful Family Experience"”

Monterey Bay Sailing
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Sail with confidence on world famous Monterey Bay. Monterey hosts the most bio-dense and bio-diverse ecosystem on the U.S. Pacific coast. Whether you are a complete novice trying sailing for the first time, or an experienced ocean veteran ready to take your seamanship to a higher level, we offer American Sailing Association (ASA) classes taught to your skill level. Monterey Sailing Monterey Bay Sailing is a professional sailing organization established in 1998 whose mission is to offer residents of the Monterey Peninsula communities and visitors an affordable opportunity to sail the central coast. Marine mammals seen frequently include grey, blue and humpback whales who blow, or breach as they migrate with their calves. Sea otters, dolphin and vocal sea lions enjoy one of the most pristine areas of the entire Pacific. On cruises, all sailors are offered a chance to take the helm and discover the grace and beauty of a boat under sail. Choose a captained cruise for a more relaxing voyage in the world's second largest marine sanctuary. Cruises are safe, affordable, family fun for all ages. For sailors who want to become active in the sport, a membership in Monterey Bay Sailing Club reduces the cost of certification courses and bareboat rentals by 50 - 70%. Bareboat rentals are available for non-members who are certified and qualified to bareboat. The Monterey Bay Sailing fleet offers a selection of boats suited to the local conditions. The local conditions are a sailors paradise. Typically, 345 plus days of good to excellent sailing conditions predominate annually. The prevailing west to northwest wind ranges predictably from 8-15 knots. The ASA sailing school is instructed by professional sailors with decades of experience. ASA certifications are valid for life and recognized internationally. We are dedicated to teaching safety and seamanship and give you the confidence to fulfill your sailing goals and dreams.
Reviewed April 6, 2013

We had an absolute wonderful time sailing with Sailor John and his intern. It was a great experience for my family. My 12 year old son had a blast when Sailor John taught him how to steer the sailboat. He thought he was the coolest kid on earth!!! Lol It was so quiet and relaxing on the water. My 4 year old was so relaxed with the rocking of the boat and had a great time. She asks everyday to go sailing. Lol Sailor John took us out to see the whales, dolphins, seals, and sea otters. It was a new and exciting experience for all of us. We have already told everyone we know about our experience with Monterey Bay Sailing and have recommended them to our friends and family. Hope to do it again real soon!!!

Thank Elizabeth C
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

From beginning to end, Sailor John gave my family a great experience. My kids were a little hesitant (afraid) of being out on the bay after a scary experience a few years ago in Oregon. Over the phone, Sailor John taught me how to read the NOAA data so I could show my kids the forecasted wave heights for the day and having that bit of knowledge helped them feel at ease. Once out there...we had THE PERFECT day. We had enough wind but also sunny skies and a relaxing cruise where John pointed out all of the local sea life and landmarks. He told some great stories but was also quiet enough to give us some good family bonding time as we enjoyed the bay together. Monterey Bay Sailing came recommended by a friend and we will recommend it to anyone wanting a fantastic experience on the bay.

Thank Cris R
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

My friend and I really wanted to try sailing while in the Monterey Bay area. We were nervous of being seasick, but the captain had plenty of experience handling a boat and made sure we were comfortable. Captain John was very friendly and told us stories the entire time. He pointed out wildlife and kept a comfortable conversation going. I will visit again.

Thank Morgan G
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

After a few days in Big Sur, we needed something to break up the long trip back to Roseville for our 9 and 12 year old daughters (and Mom and Dad). A wonderful sail with Capt John was just the ticket! Safety first but a beautiful day and a fun, informative 2 hours - Kitty Kathryn wants to be a sailor and Danielle did not look at her phone once! Finished the day swimming at a nice little beach a mile or two north of downtown. We'll be back - strongly recommend this deserving small business to any parents who want to share a great family experience.

Thank Bob S
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Captain John and Boss were both very thoughtful, helpful and kind. They made sure that we were comfortable and safe. Even though the evening was chilly we thoroughly enjoyed our time with them sailing the Monterey Bay. The sights, sunset and feel of the ocean under us is something we will never forget. Not only did Captain John provide a great sailing experience his professional photography gave us pictures we will cherish forever. He also is a wealth of information. This was our 10th wedding anniversary 2/1/13 and Captain John ordered the most beautiful sunset just for us. All together it was very very special evening. The next time we go we are taking our good friends. Gary and Patricia

Thank Pattypentecostal
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