Jose Francisco Ortega may not ring any bells of recognition, but history says he was the first to scout out and record his exploration of San Francisco Bay in 1769. Of course, those native to this land knew about this wonderful treasure way before that. For centuries, the bay has welcomed visitors from around the globe. And soon, we will host more international visitors on and off the water for the 34th America’s Cup sailing competition.The official host yacht club for the international race is the Golden Gate Yacht Club, founded in 1939. Next year, a series of America’s Cup events will take place in our bay from July through September 2013. However, for a taste of what is to come, from August 21-26, 2012, followed by October 4-7, 2012, you can preview the big races by watching a warm-up and practice competition called the America’s Cup World Series Regatta. And to really get up close and personal with some unique sailing yachts, Jay Gardner is offering you a special ride.
Gardner is an owner of Adventure Cat Sailing Charters based in San Francisco. “Pam (Gardner’s wife) and I learned to sail in Newport in Southern California in the late 1960s. There was a high school course that we took to learn to sail and sailing has been a thread through our lives since then,” said Gardner. Adventure Cat – www.adventurecat.com/ – is offering “Race Day Sails” on their two catamarans (two hulls, the FAQ says the ride is like a “Rolls Royce compared to a dune buggy”) that hold from 48 to 90 guests.
Here is a clip of an Adventure Cat sail:
And the Golden Gate Yacht Club has a youth sailing program teaching sailing to San Francisco high school students. Contact San Francisco native Dave Santori for more information – www.ggyc.com/youth-sailing/