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“Amazing Experience”

Sail Stars & Stripes USA-11
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$125.00*
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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 January 18, 2011

This past weekend I had the opportunity to sail aboard the USA11. It was an amazing experience. The boat was beautiful, weather was gorgeous, and the crew was fantastic. I actually had never been a sailboat and the crew went out of their way to make me feel comfortable. They also explained a lot about the logistics about sailing and allowed everyone on board to be a part of the crew if they wanted to participated. Major thumbs up!

Thank lorth23
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Reviewed December 15, 2010

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!

Thank beanmaster
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Reviewed December 13, 2010

Our sail on the America's Cup, "Stars and Stripes" exceeded our expectations. The weather was perfect with wind that got us up to 12.2 knots! The friendly and knowledgable crew allowed us to participate in the operation of jibes and tacks. The fun really began when we encountered the sister ship "Abracadaba" and challenged her to a race.
Like all good things, the three hour cruise ended too soon.
We'll definitely do it again.

Thank wagsduo
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Reviewed November 28, 2010

We had been in San Diego for the 1995 America's Cup and are avid racing sailors from Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario. When looking for things to do on Trip Advisor, we noticed this attraction and the many favourable comments.

We really enjoyed the opportunity to have a hands-on experience sailing one of these great boats. Ther crew were wonderful and we even met a fellow Canadian crew member!

The sail would be great for anyone who likes boats and the water.

Thank CMS_NOTL
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Reviewed November 3, 2010

A group of friends and I booked SAIL USA in August of this year. We sailed on the Stars and Stripes, Dennis Connor's America's Cup boat. It was truly a great experience. The crew was friendly, relaxed and made us feel welcome. We were so welcome, that we got to help hoist the sails, man the cranks for the jib and give S&S a steer. We had excellent weather during San Diego's chilly summer and the wind gave us a great ride. Our excursion took us around San Diego bay, allowing us to get a great tour of the place and watch all the US Navy ships buzzing about. The only regret we had was that we couldn't exit the bay and get the spinnaker going! The wind was perfect for that. Next time we'll arrange for a private outing. I can highly recommend the crew. The price was right, the weather was great, the experience unique and the crew very professional. I can highly recommend this to anyone who wants a unique San Diego outing. My only tip is that you give yourself enough time to arrive in time to make the boat. The Marina can be difficult to find if you don't know your way around the area. Failing that, call Marnie and have her give you the scoop.

Thank JMW1970
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