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 !”

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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 at only $200 per hour- plus a copy of A layer of Darkness, a crime novel set in San Francisco, written by your skipper. Or you may want the second installment of the series, China Basin.

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

Whale watching

The Half Way to Half Moon Bay trip,  out to where Grey and Humpback whales have been sighted. Call or email for details for this all – day ocean adventure.. May through November.

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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

Want to get away from crowds? Sailing is the answer. 




Sailing conditions today,  Mar 31: W winds 5-15 kt.


Your Sailing Charter

We offer  private San Francisco bay sailing charters, 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

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Take a look at Rick’s novels , A Layer of Darkness and China Basin, crime thrillers set in post World War II San Francisco.
Go to to see more or my author blog , 

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