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Sail Stars & Stripes USA-11
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Sail Stars and Stripes America's Cup Racing Yacht
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Public and private 3 hour sails aboard Stars & Stripes USA-11, the authentic 1992 America's Cup racing yacht sailed by Dennis Conner. Take the helm, grind the winches, or just hang on as this amazing high performance racer zips around San Diego Bay at twice the speed of the average sailboat. A truly unique and memorable experience. Soft drinks, water, peanuts, & pretzels are provided at no cost. You are welcome to bring your own camera, but a crew member will be taking complimentary photos & videos of all the action on board as well as the sights of San Diego Bay. After the sail, complimentary refreshments are served while viewing the days activities on our flat screen TV. The photos & videos will then be posted on Google Web Albums for free access and use. The total cost (no additional taxes or fees) of $125 for adults & $75 for children (5-18) is the best value and most exciting venue on San Diego Bay.
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Reviewed August 9, 2009

I have been on the SailUSA11 America's Cup Yacht four times. I took out-of-town visitors three of those times and every visitor loved the experience. The yacht is beautiful and comfortable. The crew makes a big effort to include everyone on board in the sailing experience--they offer everyone the chance to "grind" or take a turn at the wheel and make sure there are lots of photo opportunities. I've always met interesting people each time I've sailed. The views of the city, the Navy ships and bases, the bridge, Pt. Loma and other boats are spectacular--even for a San Diego native! The sailing is exciting--the yacht travels extremely fast when the wind is up. I would highly recommend the SailUSA11 excursion for anyone who finds themselves in San Diego.

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Reviewed August 7, 2009

Went on the trip TWICE in one visit, and had a thrilling and enjoyable time on both trips. Any apprehension immediately melted away after experiencing the steady handling by the crew. The sail was smooth and lacked any kind of choppiness to it. The views of the bay and the skyline were unrivaled; we even got to see the USS Nemitz up close as we sailed by. The crew was very warm and inviting, making sure that everyone who had wanted a chance to steer the vessel or work the sails had the chance. They even helped making sure everyone got memorable photographs of the trip. I think that the experience is definitely unique and worth every moment.

Thank drsyedna
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Reviewed August 5, 2009

We are San Diego residents who were looking for a special treat for our visiting relatives from Cincinnati. We lucked out. A friend recommended the SAIL USA-11 - sailing adventure. Without a doubt, this turned out to be the highlight of their two week San Diego visit. The group of us, seven adults and teenagers 11-60, had a blast. The trip was not only exciting, it was very informative due to their knowledgeable and extremely pleasant crew. The crew did more than their part to share facts and information on Sail USA-11 with us all. Captian Lynn, did a terrific job of seeing that all of the passangers had the once in a lifetime opportunity to actually sail USA-11. Very cool !

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Reviewed August 2, 2009

In this city whose heart is so near to the water, boarding USA-11 was a perfect way to experience another side of San Diego. The staff were knowledgeable, kind, and courteous, permitting every level of sailor (from newbie to expert) to enjoy this waterborne experience. Whether we wanted to sit and watch the action or get up and steer the boat ourselves, we were in good hands with this team. This beautiful afternoon provided a special perspective on San Diego and could be enjoyed for all occassions, I think, from pleasure to business groups. This one is a YES for any visitor or local San Diegan!

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Reviewed August 2, 2009

We had a fantastic time sailing on the famous Stars and Stripes boat!! The boat is beautiful and it can go sooo fast!!! The boat made the other sailboats in the bay look like toys. It was quite a sight watching the other boats veer out of our path as they attempted to take a photo of our boat with their cell phones.

The USA-11 team were amazing. The captain and crew were terrific - informative, funny, and just great to be around. My husband gets sea sick very easily, but we were told that it's a very smooth sail and he should not have a problem. They were right! Snacks and drinks were passed around. Those that participated in helping the crew with the "grinding" seemed to have a great time (I was recovering from surgery so I didn't help). All in all it was a superb way to spend the afternoon!

Thank lorigilder
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