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Monterey Bay Sailing & Diving
Escape to fun and adventure in the majestic Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary!
Sail with confidence on world famous Monterey Bay. Monterey hosts the most bio-dense and bio-diverse ecosystem on the U.S. Pacific coast.
- Marine mammals seen frequently include grey, blue and humpback whales who blow, or breach as they migrate with their calves. Sea otters, dolphin and vocal sea lions enjoy one of the most pristine areas of the entire Pacific.
- On cruises, all sailors are offered a chance to take the helm and discover the grace and beauty of a boat under sail.
- Choose a captained cruise for a more relaxing voyage in the world’s second largest marine sanctuary. Cruises are safe, affordable, family fun for all ages!
Monterey Bay Sailing is a professional sailing organization established in 1998 whose mission is to offer residents of the Monterey Peninsula communities and visitors an affordable opportunity to sail the central coast.
Choose a captained cruise for a more relaxing voyage in the world’s second largest marine sanctuary. For sailors who want to become active in the sport, a membership in Monterey Bay Sailing Club reduces the cost of certification courses and bareboat rentals by 50 – 70%. Bareboat rentals are available for non-members who are certified and qualified to bareboat. The Monterey Bay Sailing fleet offers a selection of boats suited to the local conditions.
At Monterey Bay Sailing and Diving we are all about the life of the sea and your enjoyment and recreation experiencing it. The photos you see here are the kinds of life you may see when you sail (depending on the season and the mood of the dolphins and whales, of course). We believe the likelihood of such displays are enhanced by the quiet approach of a boat under sail.
Serious about sailing? Vacation and learn! See the Seamanship classes offered at our Sailing School!
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Whether you are a complete novice trying sailing for the first time, or an experienced ocean veteran ready to take your seamanship to a higher level, we offer American Sailing Association (ASA) classes taught to your skill level. The local conditions are a sailors paradise. Typically, 345 plus days of good to excellent sailing conditions predominate annually. The prevailing west to northwest wind ranges predictably from 8-15 knots. The ASA sailing school is instructed by professional sailors with decades of experience. ASA certifications are valid for life and recognized internationally. We are dedicated to teaching safety and seamanship and give you the confidence to fulfill your sailing goals and dreams.
Monterey Bay Sailing offers instruction to aspiring sailors. Our US Coast Guard licensed Captain and ASA (American Sailing Association) Certified Instructors will help you hone your skills and confidence at the helm and in crew positions.
On the water classes have a maximum of 3 students to ensure that every sailor has ample time at the helm and crew positions. Our driving passion is sailing oceans and we strive to share that with mariners of all ages and experience levels. Classes are custom tailored to suit your boat, your interests, your experience, and your crew. If you are not sailing at the level you want to be, let Monterey Bay Sailing get you there. We offer the following classes in sailing:
Intro to Sailing and Seamanship Course:
Four hours of on the water instruction to introduce you to the world of sailing.
Basic Keel Boat:
15 hours of instruction split on the water (11 hrs) and in the class (4hrs). Learn the fundamentals of crewing 20′-30′ tiller boats. This class prepares you to take the ASA Basic Keel Boat exam if desired.
Basic Coastal Cruising:
15 hours of instruction split on the water (11 hrs) and in the class (4hrs). Build on the skills from Basic Keel Boat Class and advance to 30′-34′ tiller boats. Prepares you for ASA Basic Coastal Cruising exam if desired.
Basic Sailing and Seamanship Package:
32 hours of instruction split on the water and in class. Includes Intro to Sailing, Basic Keel Boat and Basic Coastal Cruising materials. Prepares you for ASA Keel Boat and Coastal Cruising exams if desired.
Bare Boat Chartering:
15 hours of instruction split on the water (11 hours) and in class (4hours). Builds on previous skills and prepares you for private boat rentals both here in Monterey as well as in tropical locations. Prepares you for the ASA Bare Boat Chartering exam if desired.
Complete Sailing Package:
42 hours of instruction split on the water and in class. Includes instruction from Basic class through Bare Boat Chartering. Prepares you for Basic Keel boat, Coastal Cruising, and Bareboat ASA exams if desired.
Private Charters can be scheduled to enjoy an intimate voyage.
Sunset Sails are beyond breathtaking in beauty and lend themselves to capturing intense photographic memories of our colorful Bay.
Dinner Cruises Four courses replete with succulent surf & turf and French pastries are a sensory extravaganza. A lighter Appetizer Cruise is available as well.
Photo Expeditions will delight the hobbyist and professional alike whether your interests are Avian, Mammalian, or Cetacean. The silence of sails allows closer framing opportunities than noisier diesel boats.
Nature Excursions exhibit Monterey’s unique ecosystem and incredible bio-diversity that exists nowhere else on the plane
The Extreme Sail is for the adventure seekers looking for a thrilling ride while manning the helm in 25 knots of wind and breaking seas.
Tailored Events – of course we look forward to accommodating your requests.
Scattering of Ashes Memorial Services allow friends and relatives to part from their loved ones in the peace and tranquility that only the ocean can provide. Our yacht gently flies across the water, creating a profound serenity, which adds a very spiritual dimension of closure to the funeral rite.
Boat Overnights are romantic and the sleep that falls over you as our vessel gently rocks in her berth is the most restful you will ever have and less expensive than most hotels. Arise to Mother and pup otters cracking abalone for their breakfast.
Wedding Ceremonies aboard the Monterey Bay Sailing Yacht are a serenely spiritual experience for guests and the couple. Reverend Captain Dutch presides over the nuptials while we silently glide across the bay. The ocean and bountiful sea life imbue the occasion with a power greater than ourselves, which is incomparably eternal.
Corporate Team Building Yacht Races meld an office staff into a cohesive unit and are a huge bonus for a deserving workforce. Private Company Parties on the ocean form close bonds.
Delivery on dives for certified scuba divers.
Open Bay Cruises
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
1 hour Bay Cruise – $39 Adult/$25 Children*
2 hour Bay Cruise – $69 Adult/$45 Children*
3 hour Bay Cruise – $99 Adult/$75 Children*
*Under the age of 12
World Famous Sunset Appetizer Cruise
3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Our most-popular and romantic cruise offering refreshments, a Cheese platter with stone ground crackers, and a fresh Fruit appetizer. Sail alongside sea otters, sea lions, porpoise, and dolphins while watching a gorgeous Monterey Bay sunset with your sweetheart. 3:00pm to 5:30pm / (24 hour notice required)
$89 Adults/$69 Children
Private Sunset Bay Cruise
2 hour private Sunset Bay Cruise
Enjoy a private sunset cruise with up to five additional friends or family members. Sunset sails are beyond breathtaking in beauty and lend themselves to capturing these intense photographic memories of our colorful bay.
2 hour private Sunset Bay Cruise – $369
Private Sunset Dinner Cruise for Two
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Four Courses: Start off with refreshments, a Cheese platter & a fresh Fruit appetizer as you tack up the beautiful coastline of Cannery Row to Point Pinos. As we turn downwind, you’ll dive into a Fresh Spinach Salad topped with Cranberries and glazed Walnuts followed by a fresh Monterey Bay Fish entree. Lastly, you’ll enjoy Creme Brulee for Dessert! 3:30pm to 5:30pm / (24 hour notice required)
2 hour private Sunset Dinner Cruise for Two – $399
Private Bay Cruises
(Up to 6 Passengers)
“Enjoy a bay cruise with up to five additional friends or family members. Have the boat and captain to yourself to share the wonders of sailing with your best company. Bay Cruises sail from 11:00am to 5:30pm.
1 hour Private Bay Cruise – $249
2 hour Private Bay Cruise – $349
3 hour Private Bay Cruise – $449
4 hour Half Day Private Bay Cruise – $499
8 hour Full Day Private Bay Cruise – $700
Overnight Boat Lodging
Experience the ultimate romantic atmosphere! The sleep that falls over you as our vessel gently rocks in her berth is the most restful you will ever have and less expensive than most hotels. Arise to mother and pup otters cracking abalone for their breakfast.
1-2 People (8pm-10am) – $125 per night
3-4 People (8pm-10am) – $170 per night
24 hour 1-2 People (11am-11am) – $195 per night
24 hour 3-4 People (11am-11am) – $245 per night
Team Building/Corporate Sailing
2 hour Team Regatta – $75 per person ($350 minimum per boat)
3 hour Team Regatta – $99 per person ($449 minimum per boat)
GENERAL INFORMATION FOR SAILING CHARTERS
• Monterey Bay Sailing’s 30′ yacht is boarded at Old Fisherman’s Wharf.
• Departure times are customized and may vary pending on weather conditions.
• Advance reservations are appreciated and a 48-hour cancellation policy applies.
• Please wear light colored flat-soled shoes and dress warmly with layers.
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- Monterey, CA, USA
- 831-372-SAIL (7245)
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