For sailors: No sitting on your butt. Get up and grind! If you're a fan of sailing, this is an experience on par with (if not better than) sailing a 12 Meter. The 12 Meters may get all the play but the IACC boats are the next generation and are bigger and better (with some notable exceptions like the Australian boat). USA-11 has been beefed up to comply with coast guard regs for a charter vessel but it's definitely still a thoroughbred and getting your hands dirty by helping with the sailing really shows you why the AC teams had to employ some serious athletes. For the truly hard core sailors, know that the boat is prevented from sailing under spinnaker on charter because of Coast Guard Rules.
For non-sailors: Get ready for a fun ride. Sit back and watch for a while and then decide if you want to get in on the sailing action. If you choose not to, there's plenty to see from the wildlife in the Bay (ranges from sea lions and seals to the occasional whale), the other sailboats, and the impressive Navy ships all around. The boat heels (tilts a bit) with the wind but it's totally safe so find a seat and enjoy the ride!
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