About Us


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Spinnaker Sailing was founded in 1978 by three adventurers in Redwood City. The company quickly grew to several locations including 2 boat yards, several windsurfing shops, Shoreline Sailing Lake in Mountain View and of course, Spinnaker Sailing and Rendezvous Charters at South Beach Harbor since 1986. 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 private charters, bareboat charters, sailing club, team building, private events and corporate activities on its fleet of nineteen 22-50 foot yachts.

Spinnaker is one of the nations leading sailing schools offering certification through the ASA (American Sailing Association) graduating over 35,000 certified sailors since our founding. The ASA certification standard is accepted by charter companies throughout the World. Recently, Spinnaker Sailing revamped the curriculum, creating a sailing education program that is much more comprehensive than virtually any other school in the nation. We now offer the smallest student to instructor ratio for sailing classes in the USA, 2:1 for Basic Keelboat Sailing. This provides the highest level of individual instruction available in a class setting and this is now part of the regular school schedule. Additionally we have proactively made ASA 105, Coastal Navigation, prerequisite to the ASA 104 class. This makes complete sense given that SF Bay is certainly one of, if not THE, most challenging inland bodies of water to sail. 

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.

The Spinnaker Team has US Coast Guard certified Captains & Instructors all with many years experience bringing thousands of people into the sailing lifestyle. We set the bar high and our graduates consistently are some of the best sailors in 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

There is no 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

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.

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.

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.

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


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.'