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Spinnaker Sailing was founded in 1978 by three adventurers in Redwood City. The company quickly grew to several locations. The San Francisco division broke free from the parent company in 1991. San Francisco and Redwood City remain close business allies. Rich Ferrari and Drew Harper still play in a band together...been rocking 40 years now. If you're interested to see something about the band, here we are. Tuesday Night Ritual.

Spinnaker Sailing offers sailing certification through the ASA (American Sailing Association) as well as offering private charters on its fleet of 22-50 foot yachts.

The ASA certification standard is accepted by charter companies throughout the United States. Recently, Spinnaker Sailing added two new ASA classes to the curriculum, creating a sailing education program that is much more comprehensive than the competition. The new Coastal Navigation and Advanced Coastal Cruising standards are now part of the regular school schedule.

Spinnaker Sailing's subsidiary, Rendezvous Charters, offers corporate and private parties on U.S. Coast Guard Certified vessels of 50-90 feet in size. The two companies have been working together for over 30 years, offering the best in sailing entertainment and education to people from around the world.


Directions to Spinnaker Sailing at South Beach Harbor

Note: As we adjacent to AT&T Ballpark, baseball days can be a bit congested in and around the harbor. Check the Giants baseball schedule and "clear traffic" times. Generally, expect heavy traffic 1 hour prior and 1 hour post game and very light traffic during the game.

FROM THE EAST BAY
Take the Bay Bridge into San Francisco. These directions will change often with the Bay Bridge retrofit project under construction. As of 1/1/13 the directions are: Stay in the LEFT lane and take the first S.F. exit, "Harrison/Embarcadero", turn RIGHT at Harrison, Follow to Embarcadero, turn right. Head about 1/2 mile South to Pier 40. Turn left on Townsend onto the Pier.

FROM THE PENINSULA
Take US 101 North. About 1 mile north of Candlestick Park, take the "280 North - Port of San Francisco" exit. Follow 280 to the last off-ramp (King Street). King turns into Embarcadero. Go up about 1/2 mile to Pier 40, at the intersection of Townsend and Embarcadero. Park on the street or in the designated visitor stalls.

FROM SAN FRANCISCO
Take Embarcadero South along the Waterfront. South Beach Harbor is located at the intersection of Townsend and Embarcadero on Pier 40, 1/2 mile South of the Bay Bridge.

FROM MARIN COUNTY
Take US 101 South across the Golden Gate Bridge. Take the Marina exit. Follow the waterfront to Bay Rd., turn left. Head East on Bay to the end, turn right on Embarcadero. Head South on Embarcadero past the Bay Bridge to Pier 40. Park on the street or in the designated visitor stalls.

PARKING
There is no free parking at South Beach Harbor. There are dozens of pay lots nearby (3 minutes walk) and there is considerable street parking, both free and metered. Most of the Smartmeters (they take credit cards) in the area have 'special rates' during games but on non game days they are good for 12 hours and are only $1 hour


Public Transit Information

FROM THE EAST BAY
Take BART to the first San Francisco station: Embarcadero. Transfer to the MUNI line, taking any train going to MISSION BAY or CALTRAIN. Take the train two stops to Brannan St., in front of Pier 36.

FROM THE PENINSULA
Take Caltrain to the last station : Fourth & King. Walk up King or Townsend streets to Pier 40, South Beach Harbor, or take a MUNI train two stops, to Brannan.

FROM SAN FRANCISCO
Any underground MUNI train going to Mission Bay (exit at Brannan) / The 30, 15, or 45 lines to Caltrain, a short walk from our location or two stops on the MUNI train to Brannan St. (Pier 36) / The 10-Townsend stops at 2nd & Townsend, a block away.

FROM MARIN COUNTY
Take Golden Gate Transit (either boat or bus) to San Francisco and use the above From San Francisco info.


Employment

Spinnaker Sailing is always looking for bright, talented people. We are ALWAYS looking for USCG captains and masters, Certified Sailing Instructors (Either ASA or USSailing). Do not hesitate to contact us about working in the sailing business.

Our corporate motto is 'we are in the fun business...if we're not having it, they're not buying it.' 


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