Gem of the West Coast

San Francisco Bay

A sail on San Francisco Bay can take as little as two hours or an entire day. If you get an early start, winds are lightest and the morning fog might still be hanging over San Francisco and Sausalito. You won’t want to miss sailing by or around famous Alcatraz Island and our beautiful state park, Angel Island, just off the picturesque towns of Tiburon and Belvedere. Raccoon Strait runs between Angel Island and these towns and offers some of the best sailing in the Bay.

Sailing off Sausalito, you’ll really appreciate the Mediterranean look of our little village perched on the edge of the Bay. From Sausalito, you can head towards the Golden Gate Bridge. When you round the corner at Yellow Bluff, you’ll have Horseshoe Cove on your right and the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge in full view ahead. If conditions are right, you can sail out under the Golden Gate Bridge, then turn the boat around and run with the wind back into the Bay and down the city front of San Francisco, getting a view that most tourists miss.

There are many places to drop anchor, grab a mooring, or just float comfortably for lunch or a snack.

Aerial view of the Golden Gate and the central portion of San Francisco Bay. The Golden Gate bridge is in the foreground and the Bay Bridge is in the distance. The city of San Francisco is to the right with Alcatraz Island in the middle of the Bay at left center. Sausalito and Angel Island are out of view to the left. Oakland lies across the Bay in the far distance. Credit: Robert Campbell –