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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Wow! This was an awesome experience; an opportunity to sail, grind and take the helm of this amazing America’s Cup vessel in beautiful San Diego Bay. No sailing experience required, crewed by a team of professionals under the leadership of Lynn and Bee. Learn the history of the America’s Cup as part of this great adventure! The Stars and Stripes was in Dennis Connor’s, 4 time America’s Cup champion, fleet of racing yachts.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Captain_Lynn, Owner at Sail Stars & Stripes USA-11, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank You Nancy for taking the time to write such a concise and comprehensive review. It's fun to see guests like you enjoy participating as "crew" onboard our Stars & Stripes USA-11! Our large race boat had a crew of 16 when she raced, so if a guest wants to help out by trimming the sails we can put them to work! Or if you want to sit back and just enjoy the ride, that's fine too. Again, thanks for the review. Gratefully, Lynn

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Reviewed 4 days ago

It was a fantastic sail! Everyone on board had a chance to drive the boat, help the crew do various things or just sit back and enjoy. They took lots of pics and gave a link to everyone. The crew was very friendly and helpful. I really enjoyed sailing all around the harbor.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Captain_Lynn, Owner at Sail Stars & Stripes USA-11, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for the nice review! As you gathered, we feel so fortunate to be able to share the experience of Stars & Stripes USA-11 which includes raising and trimming sails and of course taking the helm. Sailing on San Diego's busy bay almost always offers plenty to see. We're glad you had fun, and hope next time you're in San Diego you'll be able to join us again! Fair Winds, Lynn

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Unfortunately, there was too much wind and the captain could not raise the mainsail or it would break.
So, we sailed back and forth in the bay. Not what I had expected from an Americas cup. The last time we did so was in Maui and since it keeled we the passengers were standing up for about an hour. Quite an adeliline surge.
The captain did explain the problem before we left and offered to let us come on another day. Unfortunately, that was after we left San Diego. He kindly gifted us with a cap or shirt. It would be nice if the crew, when they weren't working could be a bit friendlier like the captain's wife.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Captain_Lynn, Owner at Sail Stars & Stripes USA-11, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Joan - Thank you for pointing out in your review that we always try to put safety first. It was a disappointment for us that unforecasted winds gusting to 20 knots (23 MPH) happened on the day you sailed. We apologize that it was unsafe to raise our mainsail.

It’s a rare day here in San Diego that the winds would be too heavy. Our 78’ boat, Stars & Stripes USA-11, under full sail carries about 4,000 sq ft of sail. It was specifically designed for San Diego’s moderate winds, not heavy winds. The 65’ 12 Meter America’s Cup race boat you sailed on years ago in Maui carries about 2,000 sq ft of sail and was specifically designed for heavier wind, like what might be found in Hawaii.

We hope you will be able to join us next time you visit San Diego!
Again thank you for taking the time to write a review.
Lynn Hanna

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Unbelievable experience on such a classic boat. It is very rare that you can experience the extreme power that a sailboat can generate, but on the Star & Stripes, that power is everywhere. The crew made our trip a complete package of entertaining, exhilaration, and raw sailing experience. Can't wait until my next trip.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Captain_Lynn, Owner at Sail Stars & Stripes USA-11, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Stephen for taking the time to write such a nice review! Our Stars & Stripes USA-11 raced in 1992 right here in San Diego. The history of the America's Cup goes all the way back to 1851. The America's Cup is the oldest ongoing sporting event for a trophy in the world! It's older than the modern Olympics by 45 years! We love sharing our historical race boat, and we're glad you had a great time. Our crew are passionate about sailing Stars & Stripes and your positive review will put a smile on their faces! Gratefully, Lynn

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bring your soft shoes and hop aboard with the friendliest crew around! Arrive early to enjoy the video personally narrated by Bee - who tosses in lots of good stories about Dennis Connor and others along the way! (Also, arrive a little early to find the office - which is down the dock aways from Stars & Strips - just look for the tallest black mast.) Bee and the crew put safety first, but without taking away from any of the fun. We've been out twice, once on a very calm day (under 7kn wind) and good air (20+ wind) - and both were good experiences! Snacks and soft drinks are included on the boat, and there's plenty of opportunity to winch-grind and steer. It's easy sailing on the bay because the crew will help you find a spot on shore to dead reckon toward- and yes, there's a trusty windex on top 'o the mast! It's a thrill to sail such a historic, sweet 12 Meter... whether you're a sailor or landlubber!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Lisa S
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Captain_Lynn, Owner at Sail Stars & Stripes USA-11, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Lisa for writing a thorough and nice review! We appreciate your tips to others who are thinking of joining us. I see that you now have sailed with us a couple of times and like you, we never tire of sailing Stars & Stripes USA-11! We're glad you once again had a great time, and we look forward to your next time sailing with us. Thanks for taking the time to write a review, it is much appreciated! -Lynn

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My Team and I had a thrilling experience and a lot of fun sailing on Il Moro yesterday. Thank you Cpt Lynn and crew.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Captain_Lynn, Owner at Sail Stars & Stripes USA-11, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the nice review! It's always fun and exciting when we have both IL Moro and Stars & Stripes USA-11 out on San Diego Bay at the same time. We enjoy offering an unusual and exciting team building adventure with our two famous America’s Cup boats in a match race against each other! Glad you had a thrilling experience! -Lynn

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