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  • September 14, 2018 01:08:48 AM

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Blog Stories and News about San Diego's Top Rated Sailing Tours & Sailing Charters aboard famous Stars & Stripes America's Cup Sailboat. Team Building & Corporate Blogging stories will also be featured. We want to show people around San Diego how our sialing tour is more than just a tourist attraction.

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All Aboard: 8 Reasons to Go On a San Diego Boat Tour

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All Aboard: 8 Reasons to Go On a San Diego Boat Tour

If you’re coming to San Diego, there’s a lot to see and do. One thing you must be sure to do is go on a San Diego boat tour, and here are 8 reasons why.

San Diego Boat Tours, San Diego Sailing, San Diego Sailboat Charters & Corporate Sailing Races

If you’re looking for a little fun in the sun, visit San Diego! It’s a beautiful coastal Southern California city with lots of visitor attractions. 2018 saw more than 35 million people visit San Diego

People love the beaches, but if you’re going to San Diego, why not try a San Diego boat tour?

It’s fun to get out in the ocean. It’s an opportunity to see things up close you’ve never seen before. 

On your way to San Diego? Here are 8 reasons why you should book a San Diego boat tour!

1. See Whales and Other Wildlife

If you’re interested in seeing whales, you’ve come to the right place. San Diego is the perfect whale-watching destination. The migration pattern of the Gray Whale includes the coast of North America.

Watch the Gray Whales on their journey from Alaska all the way to Baja California and back, a 12,000-mile trip. Mid-December through April is the best time to see these gentle giants. 

The whales travel alone or in small pods of 2-3 whales. But during peak migration, you can see more.  

If you’re in San Diego from the middle of June to September, look for the Blue Whales. This magnificent whale is an endangered species. You’ll know these whales by the iconic spout that sends water shooting 30 feet into the air. 

The Blue Whale ventures far out to sea, so a boat is usually a must for a glimpse of these creatures. 

Some of the whale-watching tours include tickets to the Maritime Museum. Learn the details about the many U.S. Navy sites you’ll see while cruising out to the ocean. 

And while you’re spotting whales, look for playful dolphins and other marine life too. San Diego is home to lots of cute seals. Get some great photos as the seals lounge on nearby rock outcroppings. 

2. Learn About America’s Cup Firsthand

Are you a sailor at heart? Then you can’t go wrong in San Diego. Take a ride on the famous “Stars and Stripes” sailboat. This is an authentic sailboat used in competition in 1992 in America’s Cup events. 

The sleek racing yacht holds up to 22 people. If your kids are 5 and under, consider a different boat tour since kids under 5 aren’t allowed. This tour is action packed and great fun for older kids and adults.   

The view of the San Diego Bay is beautiful. You’ll learn America’s Cup history while hearing some great sailing stories. You’ll be offered the opportunity to work the winch and raise and lower the sails. And speaking of working the winch…

3. Learn How to Sail

Why not learn how to sail why you’re in San Diego?

After a boat tour on the “Stars and Stripes,” you’ll itch to get in the action. Take sailing lessons from San Diego Bay. Or check out Mission Bay for other sailing options. 

4. Great Team Building Exercise

Are you looking for the perfect team-building exercise? Rent two authentic sailing yachts, divide your group in half and race each other. 

Each team joins 6 seasoned crew members. You’ll learn the history of each boat before sailing. Team members make tactical decisions and get a chance at taking the helm. 

You’ll get three racing sessions in the San Diego Bay over the course of three hours on the water. Enjoy non-alcoholic beverages and snacks while soaking in the sun and fun.

When you’re done, enjoy photos and videos of the event. 

5. Screen Break and Stress Reduction

Leave your phone at home and experience a wonderful screen break.

Adults average over 3 hours per day looking at their phones. It’s time for a break! And that’s a great reason for taking a San Diego boat tour. Forget about your phone. Forget about work. 

Take a break from Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat and enjoy the moment. Stand in the bow and watch dolphins ride the boat wake. 

You can’t beat a boat tour for plain old-fashioned stress reduction. As you take in the beautiful coast, your stress melts away. Who can be stressed when they’re watching a Blue Whale spout or an adorable seal playing in the water?

6. A Romantic Evening

Are you in San Diego on your honeymoon? That’s all the reason you need for a romantic evening dinner cruise. 

Enjoy beautiful views, a gentle breeze, and a gourmet meal all while cruising the beautiful California coastline. Clink your champagne glasses with a toast to your new life together.

Or maybe it’s your anniversary or another special occasion. Most dinner cruises include live entertainment and an open-bar option. Grab your honey and have a blast!

7. Catch Some Rays

Do you get outside on a daily basis? Most San Diegans do! It’s hard not to when the climate is so temperate and sunny. Studies reveal vitamin-D deficiency is a problem across the globe. 

But if you’re in San Diego on a boat tour, you’ll get plenty of sunshine and fresh air. Unless you’re on a nighttime cruise, any boat tour you choose includes some sunshine. 

8. A Fun Way to Exercise

Not all boat tours include motors. If you’re up for some exercise, try a kayak tour in La Jolla and see the wildlife up close. You’ll paddle along with your guide through an ecological reserve.

You’ll explore sea caves and kelp forests. You’ll also get to see seals and sea lions. San Diego has one of the largest concentrations of Leopard Sharks in the summer. They’re small and harmless, but quite a sight. 

Keep your eye out for dolphins and sea turtles as well. 

Enjoy a San Diego Boat Tour

On your way to San Diego? Book a San Diego boat tour!

There are so many types of boat tours, you’re sure to find one you love. Delight in nature up close as you glimpse whales, sea lions, and other amazing marine life. 

Enjoy a laid-back romantic dinner cruise with live entertainment and skyline views. If exercise is your thing, take a kayak boat tour through the La Jolla Caves.  

Learn how to sail or do a team-building exercise aboard a real America’s Cup racing yacht. There are so many great San Diego boat tours! Book yours now!

I chartered the Stars & Stripes USA-11 for a surprise 70th birthday celebration for my husband. We were joined by 16 friends and a great time was had by all. Lynn was so professional and friendly in addressing all my questions and concerns during the planning process. Once on board, the crew was also very friendly and concerned about making sure that all who wanted to were able to participate in the sail by taking the wheel or grinding the winches. I highly recommend sailing the Stars & Stripes USA-11 for an afternoon of great fun and adventure.

→ Date of experience: January 2019

I’ve been on the Stars and Stripes a few times and it’s always so fun. Bee and Lynn are both very knowledgeable and it’s really fun how they get everyone involved with helping out (only if you want to!). I would definitely recommend this for anyone visiting San Diego, or even if you live here, to see San Diego from a different point of view 🙂

→ Date of experience: January 2019

 Walter N

In the middle of January sailing on the beautiful San Diego bay!! We were aboard the famous America’s cup Stars and Stripes USA 11. The wind was perfect and we were cruising along at about 10 knots. Plenty of sights to see and plenty of activity raising sails, trimming the sails on the grinders and driving as well. A wonderful and very profesional crew and captain. A perfect way to enjoy a stay in San Diego.

→ Date of experience: January 2019


Loads of fun on the 1992 Americas cup boat. Active participation with rigging and sailing this beautiful sail boat. The massive sail is impressive. The crew is great and goes the distance to make sure everyone has a good time.

→ Date of experience: June 2018


I am a long time sailor of small boats so when I get a chance to go out on a classic big boat I jump. This boat was involved in the ’92 America’s cup. It’s a racing machine and yet the ride on the water was smooth as glass.San Diego weather is perfect for sailing most days, 10 to 15knts of wind, sunshine. If you go in the summer, you can bring a wind breaker but you won’t need it. Definitely bring a hat with a chin strap as it’s easy to lose it if you aren’t paying attention.

They “let” you crank the winches, which most people get tired of after one or two times, but if you want you can winch all day long. As there are three stations each with two positions so 6 people could if they wanted to crank away for every tack, although in general 2 is enough people power to adjust the sails. Everyone gets a chance at driving, they watch the time carefully so everyone gets a nice long turn. The skipper is right there alongside you, so no experience driving is necessary.

All in all, one of the best things to do in San Diego. I for sure will go out again!

And yes, get there early for the video and lecture on the history of the America’s cup.

→ Date of experience: September 2018

I had a sail boat many years ago. A San Juan 24’ named Sun Shine Express. How I loved to sail. I had to sell her and many years later I bought a smaller sail boat. Fun but not as exciting. To the point, we were in San Diego this week and I made a reservation via email. Booked it for my husband and myself. This is my just another boat. It competed in the America Cup. It was amazing. The wind, sun and the large scale of mast, winches, sheets, I could go on. Please take the time to look at on line. It is a dream for me hat came true. If you only do it once – take the time and live the experience. They also do private sails.

Date of experience: September 2018

Just stepping on the boat was amazing, being able to raise the mainsail, trim the headsail and drive the yacht was a bucket list leader for me. Awesome crew, great views and pretty good speed for a big boat. Daughter had a great time. Loved watching the Americas Cup with these boats, Stars & Stripes was my favorite and still is. Great job USA-11. Must do when in San Diego!

→Date of experience: July 2018


This is a great way to see San Diego’s Big Bay and have fun doing it. Don’t worry that you are going to get thrashed around and seasick unless it is a super, super, SUPER windy day and there are huge white caps all over the bay. Even then this boat is so well designed and smooth I doubt even then you would get sick. But then that could be fun too 😉 With that being said you do not want to go out on a dead calm day either because you will miss the whole fun of sailing with the sails up.

The regular large boat bay cruises I have been on are fun but I think this one is the BEST. 

They tack back and forth across the bay so you REALLY get to see much more of the bay then if you just past by something once which is what happens on the bay cruises.

In addition you will get a chance to steer the boat and take a turn at the cranks for bringing the sails up and tacking so you get to experience a bit of what is was like to race this boat.

The crew is super nice and the 3 hours seems to go by way too fast.

So if you are from out of town or even a local I highly recommend this trip. 

And as long as you are down on Shelter Island there are several restaurants that have great views after your sail like the Bali Hai or Coastterra or if it is a nice day reserve an outside table at the Kona Kai’s Vessel’s restaurant and get a nice view of your boat and the Kona Kai marina while you dine. And don’t forget to save time to walk beautiful Shelter Island.

Tip- Make sure to get there early to watch the video presentation that takes place 30 minutes BEFORE the sail. Even if you think you know everything about sailing and the America’s Cup it is very interesting and makes the sail that much more fun.

Also the crew is 90% volunteer so if you enjoyed your sail I am sure they would appreciate a tip which you can drop in the jar after the sail which is located in the office

And no need for a cell phone or camera that you could lose overboard because they will take all the pictures and send them to your email address for no extra charge!

→Date of experience: July 2018


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The Top 6 Outdoor Things to Do on Your Next San Diego Adventure

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The Top 6 Outdoor Things to Do on Your Next San Diego Adventure

San Diego, CA offers visitors tons of attractions for people who love being outside. Here are the top 6 things to do outdoors on your next San Diego adventure.

san diego adventure

San Diego is a city located on the coast of California right on the Pacific Ocean. It has long been known for its parks, beaches, and hiking trails. Because San Diego has so much to offer, 1.4 million people call it home. 

Thanks to its warm and mild climate year-round, San Diego is the perfect place to look for your next outdoor adventure. 

San Diego, CA offers visitors tons of attractions for people who love being outside. Here are the top six things to do outdoors on your next San Diego adventure.

1. Beaches

With over 70 miles of coastline, visiting a beach while vacationing in San Diego is a no-brainer. 

With famous piers, beautiful sunsets, and sandy beaches, you’ll want to be sure to remember your camera. 

Some of the most popular beaches include La Jolla Shores, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Del Mar, Cardiff, and the list could go on and on

Wondering what to do at the beach? We’ve got lots of suggestions! Including, but definitely not limited too:

  • Surfing
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Searching tide pools
  • Walking or biking the boardwalk
  • Catching the amazing views from the piers 

2. Hiking Trails 

The beach is great, but if you’re ready to leave the shore for the hills, there are so many great hiking trails to check out. 

Devil’s Punchbowl is a great hike with pools to jump in at the end. I mean, what better reward could you want after hiking. It’s the perfect swimming hole with waterfalls and cliffs to climb and jump off of. Just make sure to cool off as much as you can since the hike back out is mostly uphill.

Other hiking spots include Torrey Pine State Park — where you’ll see the infamous Torry pine trees — Potatoe Chip Rock, and Joshua Tree National Park.

3. Up in the Air

Want some really great views of San Diego? We’ve got a few suggestions for you if you dare.

Try paragliding over Black Beach. Located near La Jolla, there’s nothing quite like Black Beach. One of the best ways to enjoy Black Beach is to jump from Torry Pines Gliderport. 

Paragliding isn’t a big enough rush? Try skydiving. Think about jumping 12,000 feet out of a plane over the Pacific Ocean. If that doesn’t get your adrenaline pumping, nothing will. 

4. In the Sea

There are many ways to get out and enjoy the water. Options include harbor cruises, speedboats, or even wave runners.

But one of our favorite adventure at sea is sailing. Sailing offers great views of the San Diego skyline, Seaport Village, and Cabrillo National Monument. 

If you want something a little more up close and personal, off the coast of La Jolla Shores, there is a variety of kayaking tours you can take. These tours take you through some sea caves where you can see leopard sharks and fish.

5. Wildlife

When you think of California, your first thought may not be of wildlife. But, San Diego has much to offer when it comes to seeing our animal friends.

Try snorkeling with leopard sharks. In July and August, the largest group of leopard shards come to La Jolla to incubate in the warm waters. You can actually swim with them in knee-deep water.

Sea lions and seals can often be seen resting along piers and coastlines. This is a high light for both kids and adults alike. It can be tempting to get up close to snap a selfie with a seal, but be warned, these are wild animals and its best to keep a safe distance.

6. Parks

San Diego has many great parks. If you need a day away from the ocean, consider heading inland to check out the desert. 

Some parks offer off-roading in hummers and razors through Anza Borrego State Park. Here you will see California’s famous slot canyons and wind caves. Just be sure to pack enough water.

Another great park to explore is Balboa Park. This park is the largest urban cultural park in the nation. Enjoy museums, performing arts, and beautiful gardens. Balboa Park is also home to the infamous San Diego Zoo. 

Your San Diego Adventure Awaits

As you can tell, San Diego has something for everyone. But if you want a real San Diego adventure, be sure to check us out. We can offer you an experience, unlike anything you’ve ever done. 

So next time you’re in our neck of the woods, be sure to let us show you around. We promise it will be the adventure of a lifetime.  

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Stars & Stripes Sailing San Diego Bay Charters

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We value all the comments and sailing charter reviews we obtain and we encourage you to help us do a better job by leaving your opinions on our Google Page or Facebook Page. It sincerely helps others learn about how different our Sailing Charters in San Diego differ from all the rest. Our Sailboat is also one of the most well-known and fastest sailing-boats in San Diego Bay.   Thank you again and we trust you had an unbelievable experience aboard the Stars & Stripes USA 11.

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My husband and I went on the tour the day after our wedding with some of our family. The weather was perfect, not too hot and not too chilly. The crew was very friendly and informative. It didn’t seem like you were out there for 3 hours… because it was so fun. I think we could have spent all day our there it was so cool. You would think you would get sea sick but not all. Just be prepared for when the boat switches directions and you find yourself either on the high side or the low side of the boat. The crew made everyone feel a part of the experience by including them in the navigation of the boat. Even if you live in San Diego, you should make the trip. It is a very different view of downtown. I have lived here for several years and gone down to the uss midway, seaport village, etc… but it is so cool to be out on a sail boat and have everyone wave as you go by.

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One of the best things to do in San Diego! Sail the best, with the best! These guys know their stuff and it shows. I took an out of town friend who is not easily impressed or excited….he still talks about how cool this was.

thanks for a great day out!

*This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

After almost signing up for the “lessor” tour that was half the price and half the time….also would have been half the ship, I’m THRILLED that I chose SailUSA11. 

A beautiful day for sailing on July 2, 2011. There were only 3 other “tourists” on-board and we all got a nice long time in sailing the boat. We also could be as involved as we chose to be. All of us assisted in raising the main sail, which is just about 11 stories tall and man, hard work.

Great people, very knowledgable and willing to answer every question you might have.

Thanks for a great afternoon!

We have spent several memorable vacations in the San Diego area, but sailing on Stars & Stripes/USA 11 was the most unforgettable Independence Day experience we’ve had. Captain Lynn and his volunteer crew were welcoming and their cordial charm was unforced; they were clearly glad to be sailing on the beautiful bay on a beautiful vessel. I don’t remember ever feeling so relaxed and joyful at the same time, and the three hours absolutely flew by. Having seen and done so many wonderful things in San Diego, the Stars & Stripes is at the top of the not-to-be-missed list.



Sailing on USA-11 is a dream come true for anyone with any interest in sailing, even if you’ve never done it before. Sit back and relax or get in on the action. You’ll have a blast being the center of attention for the entire bay as you silently pass all the other sailboats.

*This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

I found this on Trip Advisor and it stuck out as something different. I love sailing and the water, but this was a truly unique experience sailing on an America’s Cup yacht. My wife and kids are not sailors nor fond of the water and this was the highlight of their trip. Can’t say enough about the friendly and informative crew. They were great. HIGHLY recommended.

This is what bucket list’s are made of. Sailing at it’s finest on a perfect sunny day with just the right amount of wind in San Diego Bay. Beautifully maintained sailboat by a professional and personal crew. They even let me sail It !


I decided to take the splurge after reading all the great reviews. I thought if the trip could be half as great as all the reviews it would be worth it, was I wrong. It was better than all the reviews. and more than we could have imagined. I am 51 and had never sailed before and neither had any of my children, ages 25,23,and 19.
We ALL and I mean ALL could not stop smiling and saying this will be a day that will always be remembered. The boat is super clean, the staff treat you like royalty. The views, the snacks, drinks, and the trivia history on everything we saw was beyond top notch. I also need to add that I sent the captain an email at 10:00pm asking if by chance he had an opening for the next day. I told him to call asap so we could make other plans. Much to my surprise he called me within 10 minutes and said he wasn’t planning on going out tom. I understood and he asked if we could go the following day. Unfortunately I told him we were leaving and could not. He told me to give him some time to see if he could round up a crew. 15 minutes later he called and said we were own for one the next day. A couple of minutes later I was reading a detail emailed with directions etc. This boat is huge and takes at least 7 to operate. The crew went out of their way to explain everything and we all had fun helping. The crew are all professionals that LOVE sailing. My youngest boy,19, told the captain anytime (early or not) he needed an extra gopher or scrubber to call him and he would do just about anything for a chance to ride again.He lives in Pacific Beach. Again this is a teenager willing to wake up early and work for free, scrubbing decks, just for a chance to sail again-this should say it all.
This is one thing you need to do. I am a public school teacher and have a tight budget and this was splurge, hence the 10 pm email .I had spent three hours reading every review I could find on the boat. It was worth 3x the price and the many memories are priceless. Just do it! We bounded together as a family. This is great for people of all ages. Don’t worry about getting seasick it is so smooth sailing. The only thing that would have made it better was being able to stay and do it again.

*This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

I had a great time on the Stars and Stripes USA-11. The sail was very relaxing, even when we were going 11knots. We saw the beautiful city of San Diego and sailed under the Coronado Bridge. We all had a chance at the helm and the skipper was very patient with us. After the three hour sail we watched pics and videos of the trip with a drink in hand and smiles on our faces. Thank you Lynn and crew!!!


I just had the most extraordinary sailing experience among Stars & Stripes USA11 for Memorial Day Weekend ’11. Lynn Hanna, Captain, is such a kind, sweet gentleman who let everyone practice in helming the boat & a native of Bastrop, TX! If you’re wanting to learn sailing & actually help out the crew, than this is the experience for you! The crew that I met, Marnie & Mario were absolutely polite & courteous & happy to have you on board! As a beginner sailor, this experience has taught me simple sailing basics & techniques. If you’re used to driving w/the tiller like me, this would be great for you because Lynn will let you practice on steering the helm & preparing to tack when changing your course of direction! I have a passion for the water, and this experience exceeded all my expectations & more. Thank all of you guys among Stars & Stripes USA11 for the highlight of my first San Diego trip!! 

~Noelle A. Muñoz


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An Authentic America’s Cup Racing Yacht: A “Must-Sea” In Team Building San Diego

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Team Building In San Diego on the Famous & Authentic America’s Cup Racing Yacht is a “Must-Do”

The fun of competition, riding an antique racing yacht, and the natural waters of San Diego are enough to inspire any group. Read on to learn more about team building in San Diego!

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea-whether it is to sail or to watch-we are going back from whence we came.” 

John F. Kennedy spoke these words as part of a speech he gave in 1962 at a dinner in honor of The America’s Cup yacht crews.

Many of us are never given the opportunity to return to sea by sail, something that is an exhilarating and age-old tradition. There is a lot of history in the story of yacht racing, its evolution, and how people practice it today.

Is it possible to experience the excitement of sailing a yacht, even if you’ve never tried it before?

The answer to that question is yes.

In fact, Team Building in San Diego gives you and your friends, colleagues, and other associates the opportunity to take the helm of a historic yacht. You have the chance to actually race a vessel that once competed in America’s Cup.

Keep reading to hear about how you can shake things up at your next private party or corporate event by taking to the high seas.

Commandeer a Historic and Award-Winning Yacht

The IL Moro ITA-16 and the Stars & Stripes USA-11 are the two yachts that you and your crew will have the opportunity to sail if you decide to raise the stakes for your next team building activity.

The Stars & Stripes USA-11 is one of several yachts once operated by Team Dennis Conner and used to compete in a number of different America’s Cups. The Stars & Stripes US-55 was a 12-meter ship that helped Dennis Conner win back the cup in 1987.

The Stars & Stripes USA-11 is a much bigger yacht, measuring 78 feet in length, and having a mast that’s 115 feet tall. She’s a powerful vessel, with a 40,000-pound keel, and carbon fiber sails that keep her running smoothly.

Experienced sailors will train and supervise six members of your team who will act as the crew for each yacht. Everyone will have a chance to be at the helm of the ship, as well to try out all the other positions.

Your team will have the opportunity to practice timed trial runs, and then compete in three races against each other. There’s nothing like some friendly competition at sea to get people excited to collaborate!

Having the chance to make tactical decisions together as a team while on the open sea is an excellent way to build trust and better communication.

A professional photographer will capture the whole adventure. Your team will love getting to relax, watch the videos, and see the photos after a hard day of sailing. All the photos and videos will be available in Google albums so they are easy to share with family and friends after the voyage. Soft drinks and water are also provided.

The History of America’s Cup

For those that aren’t familiar with the history of competitive sailing, we should give you a little background to understand why these historic vessels are so special.

The title that people vie for in America’s Cup is the oldest international trophy still awarded today. 

The Royal Yacht Squadron started the race in 1851, and it took place in the United Kingdom. The first ever winner was The America, a schooner that completed the race around the Isle of Wight in only 18 minutes.

After the race, the yacht’s owner donated The America to the New York Yacht Club, which is how America’s Cup got its name. The New York Yacht Club currently holds the title for the most America’s Cup wins, though the most recent winner was the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

The next America’s Cup will take place in 2021, where New Zealand, the defenders, will fight to hold onto their trophy. The race always consists of the defenders going against the challenger, a team from another yacht club that has worked their way to the top. 

We won’t know the challenger for the next America’s Cup until early 2021. In January and February, yacht clubs will compete in a series of qualifying regattas to see who the fastest team is.   

Competing for the Auld Mug

Nicknamed the “Auld Mug,” the America’s Cup trophy stands three and a half feet tall and weighs over 30 pounds.

Believe it or not, the prized silver trophy always travels first class with two security guards protecting it at all times. Anyone who touches it must wear white gloves because bare hands can’t touch the silver. The trophy travels in its own specially made Louis Vuitton trunk.

There is a lot at stake for these races, not only in the physical trophy itself but in what it represents. People spend years training in hopes of being able to take part in this historic competition.

There are sailors and yacht enthusiasts who have dedicated their entire lives to fighting for the opportunity to prove their seaworthy worthiness and have the chance to display the Auld Mug with pride. 

So being able to actually sail a ship that has competed in the cup is a pretty unique experience.

Why is Team Building Important?

You hear a lot about team building these days in corporate America, but what is the story behind it? Is it only an excuse to have fun?

In some ways, yes-but it also goes a lot deeper than that.

To work as an effective and efficient team, people need to trust each other. They need to feel comfortable around one another. They need to be able to communicate effectively. These are skills that take time to develop. You can’t will them into being.

Team building exercises give people the opportunity to get to know one another better. You can establish a rapport outside of the office that will follow you back into your day to day work. 

In an effort to save money, a lot of companies choose to do in-house team building training. Collaborative activities, games, trust falls, and all manner of other DIY experiences are implemented in hopes of fostering better trust and communication.

Those that have participated in these activities often find them unhelpful and awkward. They can actually have the opposite effect that management wants them to. 

How to Do Team Building the Right Way

To create team building experiences that achieve what you want them to, your employees should actually be having fun.

They need to step outside of their everyday lives, maybe even outside of their comfort zone. They need the opportunity to work together in a way that changes people’s perception of one another.

Collaborating in this way encourages creative thinking and can lead to more innovative work.

Effective communication takes practice. Experts recommend providing employees with problem-solving opportunities. They need exposure to situations where they need to work together to come up with a solution. 

It’s important to provide your team with activities that they want to participate in and are exciting to be a part of. Who wouldn’t want the opportunity to sail a historic yacht off the beautiful shores of San Diego?

San Diego is a sailor’s paradise. The winds create the perfect, breezy conditions, and all the inlets up and down the coast provide nooks and crannies to explore. You might even have the opportunity to check out some sea life between races. 

Team Building in San Diego-Do Something Distinctive

Our crew of expert sailors are waiting to meet you and your employees, friends, or family. 

Our team consists of a diverse group of experienced professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds. With one co-owner who’s a former Marine Corps officer and another who’s a retired anesthesiologist, we have a wide range of skills to draw from.

Our crew will be there to assist you every step of the way, to help your team be the best that they can be.

Earlier in his 1962 speech, John F. Kennedy said “It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears.” 

There’s no better way to appreciate what it means to put your blood, sweat, and tears into your work than by sailing in a historic sailing vessel. 

If you’re ready to get your team grinding some winches to help raise and lower the sails, contact us today to learn about our rates and availability for Team Building in San Diego. 

We look forward to hearing from you! 

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Should You Charter a Racing Sailboat or Charter a Cruising Sailboat?

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Sailing is about being on the water, the freedom, fresh air, and being with friends or family.  Sailing is also about finding the type of sailboat that will best suit you.


Boats that are larger than 26 feet usually have standing headroom down below and are typically equipped with sleeping accomodations, a head (bathroom) and galley are Cruising Sailboats. Cruising Sailboats should have sufficient internal volume for comfortable living aboard.


Racing Sailboats: When you put the words sailing and racing together so many images come to mind as it can mean something different to every person on the water. Why do we sail? Is it the love of the sport or the competitive side of the sport? Do you enjoy the physical or mental side of competing? Any yacht can ultimately be raced, but there are many that are designed, rigged and built specifically for competitive racing.


Racing Sailboats are similar to cruising boats but have more equipment and are built lighter, with spartan to no accommodations. Such boats are usually 20 – 70+ feet in length.


America’s Cup yachts are Racing Sailboats that run into the millions of dollars to build and many thousands to operate and maintain annually. Skippered by the best, crewed by professionals, these yachts are the top dogs of the sailing world. Very few locations throughout the world offer opportunities to actually sail on a retired America’s Cup Sailboat.  Of those, very few venues actually allow guests to grind winches and drive the America’s Cup Racing Sailboat. One such yacht is Stars & Stripes USA 11.


Located in beautiful San Diego California, Stars & Stripes USA 11 is available for Private Charter, Corporate Charter, Team Building Charter, or one can join others onboard a Public Charter. Stars & Stripes USA 11 is 78’ long, 17’ wide, 13’ deep and eleven stories high! Towering 115’ off the water, Stars & Stripes USA 11 is the grand lady of San Diego Bay that makes a statement something like: “I’m bold and beautiful, and I’m likely to beat the competition while providing a comfortable ride for my guests”.


Like all sailboats, Stars & Stripes USA 11 can carry you through the water and across space and time using nothing but the power of the wind. Unlike most other sailboats, though, Stars & Stripes USA 11 has a length on waterline of 65’ making comfortable motion underway —thereby making your ride supremely quiet and smooth. In twelve years of guests sailing aboard the Racing Sailboat Stars & Stripes USA 11, no one has ever gotten seasick.

Once underway, you will have an opportunity to grind the winches (to bring in the sails), drive the boat and feel its power, or relax and enjoy the ride. Stars & Stripes USA 11 will zip around San Diego Bay at twice the speed of other sailboats.  If the wind is up, the ride can be quit thrilling.


If you choose to charter Stars & Stripes USA 11 for Team Building, your group can be broken down in small groups that would rotate through different stations and actively work together in racing mode. Or your Team Building adventure could be one that is down time for your team members to relax and spend time together. Detailed Team Building info here.


Corporate Charters on Stars & Stripes USA 11 is a great way to entertain clients or incorporate the racing sailboat experience for a board of directors retreat. Click for more info…


Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide, cruising style sailboat or Racing Sailboat. I choose Racing Sailboat because if I don’t feel like grinding winches, I can always relax and enjoy the freedom, fresh air and being with friends or family while zipping along enjoying the power and performance of the yacht.

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2018’s Best Team-Building Activity in San Diego, California

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Beyond just Public Sailing Tours, Stars & Stripes USA 11 has now introduced a one of a kind Team Building Activity. With the addition of the ILL Morro ITA-16, an Italian Racing Yacht that was recently purchased. With two world class racing yachts available for company’ or private groups charters; team building seemed like a wonderful idea. Under the supervision of our crew, your team members/group will take the helm, make tactical decisions, and grind the winches & trim the sails. You will be able to have a series of 3 races up and down San Diego Bay to see which team/group can make the claim of America’s Cup winners.

Team Building Organizers have given us feedback that our Sailing Activity has been able to really impact Corporate Groups with a one of a kind outdoor, positive and fun experience.

From what we have learned that our Team Building Sailing Charter Activity has been known to; improve creative skills, leadership abilities and keep the team motivated. Team building can sometimes seem like an excuse to get out of the office, but it can also help employees feel more engaged within the organization. Thus, team building can be an effective way to increase employee retention and job satisfaction.

Team building can also improve communication between employees and improve employees ability to work together. A Successful Team-Building Activity can improve morale, strengthen work relationships, and motivate everyone to reach important goals.

Stars & Stripes USA Corporate Sailing Charters are the perfect solution for your next team building, networking or social event. Our Corporate Sailing Charters are the perfect option for a fun, unique experience on one of the most iconic Bays in the world; San Diego Bay and Stars & Stripes USA 11 is only a 10 minute drive from downtown San Diego.

Make sure to contact us here for further information; we look forward to speaking with you and helping to plan and design the perfect corporate sailing charter for your next group activity.

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