San Francisco Bay Sailing Charters


 Sailing Charters on San Francisco Bay 


“Rick was the best captain! Such a nice guy full of information”

“Could not ask for a better experience than sailing with Rick”

“We had an AMAZING time with you. Thanks !”

It’s whale watching season!

We’ve been recently seeing humpback whales just a few miles outside the Golden Gate. On June 20, 2018 we easily saw fifteen of these 40- 60 foot giants.  Call to inquire about time and sea conditions for one of these special days.


Private charters

Your sailing charter on San Francisco Bay will just your group, We take up to six passengers on a fast and roomy Catalina 42 in new condition with food and beverages provided at only $150 per hour- plus a copy of A layer of Darkness, a crime novel set in San Francisco, written by your skipper.

We sail out of Sausalito, with free parking just steps from the boat.  Sausalito is quite simply the best and most scenic place to begin and end your sailing day.

Call for sailing charter

Experience Gentle Storm II, a Catalina 42 sailboat- your boat for the day, where air conditioning comes from ocean breezes, the clock is set by tides. A world away from the regular grind. The world of Pelicans, Seals and Harbor Porpoises. Sailing on San Francisco bay is ……

The Real World


Sailing conditions today, Sept 22: SW winds increasing to 15-25 kts in the afternoon.



 Your Sailing Charter

We offer  private San Francisco bay tours, ocean excursions, office team building exercises and sunset cruises along the Golden Gate.  more info  Your skipper and owner of Gentle Storm II, Rick Niles understands that your sailing charter is not just an adventure but moreover, an experience in knowledgable hospitality.


Think of Gentle Storm as your boat for the day.

You take part in sailing the boat as much or as little as you like. Your sailboat, your skipper. Depending on your preferences, trips with us can be everything from a full hands-on sailing lesson, to a sight seeing trip where you sit back, sip a glass of wine and enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife of San Francisco Bay.

Experiences stay with us forever

Not so much with things

We sail out of Sausalito, with plenty of free parking just steps away from the boat.

Call or email to arrange a charter on Gentle Storm II. If it is raining on your day, we reschedule or give a full refund on your deposit. more info. For that matter, you may reschedule for any reason.

Sailing San Francisco for more than 30 years

707 235-6295

sailing credentials

Available now! Rick’s new book,  A Layer of Darkness, a crime thriller  set in San Francisco in 1945.
Go to to see more or my author blog , 

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