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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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Team Building in San Diego

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Team Building Activities in San Diego

Is your office team not cooperating? Nothing can get done when your whole team isn’t working together. There’s a lot of team building in San Diego, with a lot of different objectives. These can help your team become a happy, functioning team again that gets work done.

Team Olympics

With both indoor and outdoor versions so the activity can run all year long, these fun and engaging group activities allow for effective and complete participation from all members. Starting with a group warm up, your team will be split into two groups and assigned a color to participate in multiple games. The themes of the games can either be beach, cowboy, or winter games. Offered by Best Corporate Events & Team Building, Team Olympics is available for groups ranging from 30 to 6,000 people. These activities will generate team spirit while competing for Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals as well as the ability to stand on the Winner’s podium. The activities will depend on your group’s size, time available, location, space, and season. This way, your team can bond, have fun, get a little exercise, and maybe generate a little more productivity at work.

Go-Kart Competition

Feel the need for speed? This competition based Group Activity allows you to design your own Go-Kart that runs on human generated power. Your group will assemble into “Pit Crews” and electing someone to be the boss that supervises everything. Your group will split into car designers and people to design and decorate the driver’s jumpsuit. During this exercise, your team will receive points for creativity, productivity, and other factors. Finally, the team will come up with a chant to shout out if they happen to win. This high-speed activity belongs to Best Corporate Events & Team Building, and will put you in the driver’s seat of your team’s attitude, work productivity, and team spirit. The program is designed for a group of 30 to over 1,000 people, and lasts about 2 and a half hours long. Your team will definitely feel refreshed and ready to roll when they go back to work.

A Minute 2 Win It!

After the popular game show, Best Corporate Events & Team Building has created a version intended for teams to play. The program lasts 2 hours, and allows for groups of 30-1,000 or more to participate. This group building activity incorporates a series of table top tasks using everyday office and home items in a small increment of time. After a warm up session, the rounds are played and the scores are tallied accordingly. After warm up, your team will be split into groups, and multiple rounds are played. Everyone is engaged and involved in continuously improving to improve their overall score. The program ends with awards, both team and individual. This is one of Best Corporate Events & Team Building’s more competitive programs to participate in, and is sure to make your team come closer together.

Build-a-raft competition

A high-energy competition, your team will be assigned to make their own rafts using only the materials provided by Best Corporate Events & Team Building. This team building exercise will create  strong collaboration skills amongst your team as they have to work together to build and race their rafts. Everyone gets involved as they earn points for being original and create a chant to sing in front of the whole group. This program tests problem-solving skills, creativity, and originality.  Each sub-team will assign a few people to paddle the raft in a raft relay race. This program allows for the challenge to be done in a swimming pool, lake or pond, or the ocean. You’re team will definitely become bonded together after this adrenaline pumping Building Activity.

Escape Rooms

An all time favorite, there are many escape rooms all over San Diego. One called the The Hour Room, which is one of San Diego’s largest escape rooms, offers an interactive experience, and it’s puzzles make your team think in creative ways and work together to solve their way out in 60 minutes.  It offers a unique atmosphere and a realistic storyline, with challenging puzzles and riddles. Your team will need strong cooperation and good team work to get out. A group with a minimum of two and a maximum amount of 12 will be allowed in the room.

Scavenger Hunt

In a more technological version of a scavenger hunt, teams will download an app to their phones and will race around San Diego in pursuit of hidden items around the city at locations such as Old town, Maritime Museum, USS Midway, Seaport Village, and Little Italy. The scavenger hunt is recommended to be completed in one day, and takes a few hours to complete, but you can pause the scavenger hunt and finish it later. This exercise will help create bonds between team members, a sense of communication, and other helpful skills to be used when you return to the office. You can hunt on any day during the week, and if you’d like to liven up your search, Go Team Adventures offers rental Electric Scooters, Gocars, Speed Boats, and more. Your team will return to work happy after this team building exercise.

Sailboat Racing

Everyone involved in your team will be involved in this special team building activity. They will have the chance to enhance and learn leadership skills. There is a certain amount of responsibilities that each member on board has in maintaining the perfect balance that results in a winning team. They must adapt to and overcome numerous challenges throughout the course of the activity. Your team will learn how to take orders from people in leadership positions and how to give them from a leadership position. Stars & Stripes USA-11 and IL Moro ITA-16 offers a variety of team building options and event options. They also offer services like food and beverages, team wear, photo and video productions of your experience and much more for you to enjoy and to make your exercise more enjoyable and relaxing. More info here.

Challenge Courses

Looking for something to challenge your group? UC San Diego Recreation offers a completely unique challenge course to test your group efficiently and effectively. With portable activities, and customizable schedules, you can bring the challenge to you. You can test your groups goal-setting, and leadership skills, making this activity great for groups. Allow your team to climb, crawl, and jump your way to success with a challenge course, as there are multiple in and around San Diego. Each one offers completely different courses and services. Your team can get the best team building experience with Challenge Courses.

Build your own Mini-Golf Course

Get the ball rolling and get your team to build their own mini-golf course within their own small teams and let them obtain creativity skills and leadership skills through this neat activity you can do with 24-300 people. With an indoor and outdoor version, you can make each hole as creative and challenging as you want with the given materials. Once all of the holes are finished, each group will select a representative to play through the course. This activity is offered by TeamBonding as a charity, so you can give back to the community while also expanding your team’s skills and boost motivation.

Food Truck Face off

In this deliciously wonderful competition, your team will compete as smaller teams to whip up a better food truck than its opponent. Teams participate in Ice breakers to decide where they’ll be, and they choose what the food truck will serve and a theme, such as Mexican, Asian, Vegetarian, ect. The team will choose a name, logo, and create a large sign for their food truck as well as a menu. Best Corporate Events & Team Building has once again created an amazing opportunity for your team to bond and create amazing leadership and creativity skills.

Game Show Feud

This extremely exciting and funny exercise is sure to liven things up at work. The employees split up into teams, and after icebreakers to get their blood pumping the “contestants” will begin to go through fast rounds comprised of survey questions. In a bracket score system, each team that wins a round will advance until a winner is crowned. Best Corporate Events & Team Building offers this unique activity that keeps everyone involved and in stitches throughout the duration. Your team will create a close relationship that will ease any tensions your office has. This activity is a great way to motivate and engage your employees, and give them a fresh start at work.


Watch out! This is sure to knock your socks right off when you see how well your team is getting along after this fun and competitive activity.  Catapult calls for the teams to use their brain power and creative side to construct a catapult that is able to launch objects a far distance. For the first ten minutes, the teams will take an inventory of all their materials, and once they’re told they will spring to action to create an accurate catapult. By Best Corporate Events & Team Building, you can have up to over 1,000 people involved in this activity that helps to expand your brain’s creativity.


Pipeline is an extremely hands-on experience that requires collaboration from all sub-teams. The activity begins with a kick-off that will inspire you for later in the challenge. Each sub-team has to work together to create a marble delivery system, the end product. Every participant is allowed to give their concept ideas, designs, and contribute to the production of the pipeline. Best Corporate Events & Team Building created this activity to increase collaboration and communication between the teams and your employees. This great activity is sure to make you proud of your group in the end.

Making sure your team gets along is important to the health and well being of your work environment, but your work environment is also important for your employees mental and physical health as well. Making the work environment a fun and exciting place is sure to make your employees feel as though they’re at home with your company, and will help with productivity as well. If your employees are thriving, then the company is thriving as well. That is why you should go for team building in San Diego.

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Sailing San Diego Reviews

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Sailing San Diego Reviews from America’s Cup Sailing Tours

We Love Reviews – we truly hope that you decide to visit our sailing tour and take an awesome boat ride around san diego bay on the famous Stars and Stripes; America’s Cup racing yacht.  Please find more of our reviews on TripAdvisor, Yelp, Google, and Facebook. Also, you can scroll to the bottom of the page for all of our review links, as well as our review page here.


We booked a team building event on the Stars & Stripes and it was fantastic! Lynn & Bee are such sweet awesome people and they and their crew gave us such a wonderful experience. First Bee gave a great presentation of the history of the America’s Cup, which was very interesting and informative. Then after we set sail, everyone in our group worked together sailing the boat, from grinding the gears, winching the sails and even actually steering the boat! A very hands on experience. The boat was very smooth and not rocky at all, so no need to worry about getting seasick or wet. Bee took great pictures and video the whole time, and watching them back in the office was a lot of fun for everyone. She sent the link so others at my company could see as well. People at my work are still talking about it. I highly recommend this trip to anyone looking to have a fun and unique experience in San Diego!”

See a few of our Top reviews from the past few years and see what people are saying about the Famous Stars & Stripes Sailing Tours of San Diego Bay.


We sail out from port with the Crew (all of them very gentle and warm) and we sail throw the bay with this amazing sailboat that is part of the sailing history…
They let us to take stearing and do a lot of things. After that we came back to see the pictures that they took (for free)…just AMAZING!!!

This was the best trip I have ever done anywhere, without a doubt, simple as that. It doesn’t come any better than getting to spend 3 hours and helm and help sail an Ameica’s Cup yacht if you are into sailing.The whole crew are really friendly, knowledgeable and helpful people. I’d come back to San Diego again just to go back out on Stars and Stripes. Snacks, drinks and photos are included as well which is a bonus. It was a great experience and I can’t recommend it highly enough.


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Highly competent and friendly crew. Beautiful sailboat and a fabulous sail. Cannot recommend more highly for family outings, a fun date, a solo adventure, or a corporate event.”

See a few of our Recent reviews from the past few years and see what people are saying about the Well-known Stars & Stripes Sailing Tours of San Diego Bay.

This is a great San Diego experience. The Stars & Stripes is the original sail boat that was raced in America’s Cup by Dennis Connors. The captain tells you the history and you get to actually try your skill at the helm and help hoist and lower the sails. It is a lot of fun.”

Had an awesome time sailing on Stars & Stripes. As an avid sailor it was everything I was hoping for. Totally hands on working the grinders, trimming the sails and driving the boat. The captain and crew were great, always taking time to teach us how the boat worked. Would highly recommend this adventure!”

I took my brothers, niece and her boyfriend on the Stars and Stripes just before Christmas. Everyone thought it was just the best adventure. The history discussion of the America’s Cup before the sail was very interesting. The sail was well organized and fun; everyone got to be at the helm. The photos, which are included in the price, were excellent. What a great day!”

We had the best time on this sailboat. The crew and weather was amazing. It was fun to steer and “grind” to control the sails. Free snacks and drinks. A must do if you visit San Diego.”

When I told my husband we could sail on Stars and Stripes he was so excited! It was my first time on any kind of sail boat and we both loved this trip. We had a beautiful afternoon for it, and there was a really nice balance between enjoying the bay and experiencing sailing. The crew were wonderful. Highly recommend.”


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We like to share our Sailing Tour Reviews from our Happy customers from time to time. We hope you enjoy reading our San Diego Sailing Tour Reviews from the Stars & Stripes USA-11.

“Such a great day out on the water throughout San Diego Bay. And they put you to work (if you want to!) – grinding, steering the racing boat. The crew was so knowledgeable about all the surroundings in particular the military boats. Highly recommend for a family activity. Do bring layers. In April it was breezy and quite cool.”


“The Stars & Stripes experience provided by skipper Rod and his side kick Bee is nothing short of FANTASTIC! Lots of opportunity to participate in many ways or just sit back and relax enjoying the San Diego views. My boy and I participated in the grinding for trimming the sails and in skippering! The 3 hour event allows a lot of time to participate. We highly encourage this sailing experience. We will be back.”

It is a thrill and privilege to be on this beautiful boat with its skilled crew, knowledgeable and gracious hosts and awe-inspiring view of San Diego. Everyone gets a chance to steer! Sailing Stars & Stripes deserves a spot at the top of the list of fun, interesting, unique experiences in San Diego.

Our trip was arranged by a friend as a precursor to a re-union of a Navy Submarine crew and it was fantastic. The crew was friendly, informative and super pleasant. They made sure everyone had an opportunity to share in the sailing experience and in the process Hanna took a lot of very good photos and then they were sent to us. The weather turned out beautiful and overall it was fabulous.

If you want a comfortable, interesting, exciting sailing trip in San Diego, this is the trip. You can participate in the operation of the sail as much or as little as you wish. It’s your choice, however, I found it exciting to participate in the “grinding” and the steering as it is easy and a fun experience. Also, Bee Hanna is extremely knowledgeable and points out interesting facts about things you will see on this trip almost to the Coronado Bridge. The crew is helpful and friendly. Snacks and hot/cold beverages are offered. Before and after the sail, you will gather in their office to learn about their sailing ship. Bee takes wonderful videos and photographs that you can download from the link she will email you. I highly recommend this experience for anyone looking for an outdoor, beautiful, fun trip on San Diego’ beautiful sailing waters.

Look at a few of our 5 star reviews from the past few years and see what people are saying about the Highly reviewed Stars & Stripes Sailing Tours of San Diego Bay.


There’s not much that can match taking the helm of an America’s Cup racer, and Sail Stars & Stripes USA-11 makes it fun and easy. Friendly and knowledgeable crew.

We have sailed extensively around various parts of the world. This was by far the best crew and experience ever. Lynn the captain made everyone feel absolutely at home and involved on this afternoon sail. We got some good wind and some serious sailing in and a warm and friendly crew.

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We value all the reviews and sailing tour feedback we get and we encourage you to help us do a better job by leaving your critiques on our Google Page or Facebook Page. It sincerely helps others find out about how unique our Sailing Tours in San Diego are unlike all the others. Our Sailing Yacht is also one of the most famous and fastest sailboats in San Diego Bay.

Take a look at what some of our other guests had to say about their san diego sailing tour:


I had a great time on the Stars and Stripes. The crew were friendly and professional and definitely knew what they were doing. I felt confident aboard and enjoyed the opportunity to help sail the boat when offered. The trip is a three hour sail in the harbor/bay area and includes some history and fun sight-seeing from aboard the ship. I would highly recommend this to anyone with or without sailing experience since the trip can be tailored to your comfort level. It is also totally kid friendly and the few on board for my trip had a great time. All in all- great deal and a great sail!

Our group of family and friends–10 of us (some first time sailors) all had a great time on Stars and Stripes USA 11. The entire experience could not have been better from making the arrangements to the great crew that were all friendly and professional. We all enjoyed sailing the boat under the watchful eyes of Lynn our skipper and the great crew. We can’t wait for the next time we are in San Diego to do another sail.

Mark T

We sailed with SAIL USA at the end of June, 2009, and it was absolutely amazing. Our family of 5 (including two 10 year olds and one teenager) were complete novices. The crew was exceptionally friendly and engaging from the moment we arrived. The cruise lasted for nearly three hours, and we were able to participate as much or as little as we wanted. Our teenager, who at age 16 can be hard to motivate, was instantly involved. One of the best parts was chatting with the crew throughout the sail. We learned and laughed alot! It is absolutely the best way to see San Diego from the water, and an experience we will never forget. We recommend sailing with SAIL USA without reservation!

If you like sailing, you really need to get on this boat and be around a crew that has Lynn and Steve on it. Very few people would have the oppportunity to sail as well as they do on a boat designed for racing for the America’s cup. Their professionalism provides the opportunity to sail not only really fast but safely as well. To sum it up, I bought a USA 11 t- shirt and sweatshirt. I look forward to sailing with them again. Thanks again Lynn and Steve.


Thank you again and we trust you had an amazing experience aboard the Stars & Stripes USA 11!

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Fun Things to Do in San Diego Summer 2019

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Fun Things to Do in San Diego during Summer 2019

San Diego is a beautiful coastal town in Southern California with a rich history dating back almost five hundred years. But above all, the crowning jewel in this bustling city’s crown is the world famous San Diego Bay. Covering almost fifty square kilometres this natural bay is one of the largest in America, and a highlight that must not be missed.

There are so many things do just in and around the Bay, that we are not able to list everything available, merely some of what we believe to be the most essential things to do. So without further ado, let’s dive in the San Diego Bay.

Tour the Bay with Sail USA

Rated the number one thing to do in San Diego on Trip Advisor, this company owns two world-class sailing boats: the Stars and Stripes USA-11 and the Il Moro De Venezia ITA-16. With a crew comprised of expert sailors, you will tour the Bay at twice the speed of a usual sailboat and get unique views of many of the city’s famous landmarks.

A professional photographer and videographer is part of the crew specifically to capture your adventure to treasure in the future. This company also offers special team building excursions where the crew will supervise the customers as they learn the ropes and work together against the challenging ocean currents and winds.

Marine Life Spotting

Between December and April the California Grey Whales migrate from California to ALask for the birthing season, and they often swim right past San Diego. During this balmy season, avail yourself of a marine life tour and see if you can find one of the many animals that make San Diego Bay a perfect marine habit. Amongst other animals you can see dolphins, whales, sea lions, seals and perhaps even an occasional shark. Wildlife is so bountiful in the Bay that some tours are willing to offer your money back if you don’t see a single whale or dolphin!

Tour the USS Midway

The world’s longest serving aircraft carrier has found a beautiful retirement home at San Diego’s bustling Embarcadero, This massive ship is almost seventy years old and has opened her gangways to become one of the largest, most comprehensive museums on naval aircraft and aircraft carriers in the world. 

This is the perfect activity for you if your sailboat tour is cancelled or delayed by bad weather or you enjoy history and interactive exhibits such as flight simulators or watching documentaries and movies about events the USS Midway was involved in. 

All of the docents are military veterans, a few of whom even served during WWII, and you will find that many of them are more than happy to talk about their experiences working with their comrades in high-stakes situations. Each one of the guides has been chosen for their expert knowledge and are guaranteed to have information to interest everyone who tours this piece of floating history.


With over seventy miles of coast, San Diego has dozens of places to partake in this thrilling activity. From Swami’s to the world famous Trestles (home of the WSL Competitions) to less crowded areas like Oceanside and Del Mar or the rocky reef breaks at La Jolla there is plenty of space and wave variety to suit everyone from the avid surfer to the beginner.

Surfing provides an excellent adrenaline rush, challenges you and helps encourage bonds between a group if you choose to have group lessons because of the intensity of the activity and how it encourages you to reply on others for advice.


Right next to the USS Midway, the Embarcadero is a shopping area full of shops, sights and eateries that offer stunning views of Coronado Island and dozens of heritage ships. There are two special events held annually: in November the area hosts the San Diego Bay Food and Wine Festival, and from late June to mid-September the San Diego Symphony Orchestra plays the Bayside Summer Nights. 

The majority of the tour boats in the area is leave from Embarcadero making it the perfect stop after a day’s sailing or touring because you will be able to spend an entire day here enjoying a mix of high energy activities followed by a relaxing evening or afternoon enjoying the company of your friends.

The Maritime Museum of San Diego and the Star of India

The Star of India is the oldest active sailing ship in the world and it is docked not too far away from the USS Midway. The Star of India is the star attraction at the Maritime Museum alongside numerous other permanent and special exhibits to demonstrate the power of maritime teamwork through the history of America.

Mission Trails Regional Park

The sixth-largest municipal park is five thousand eight hundred metres of natural preserve can be found in the north-east of San Diego, right inside the city limits. Inside this rugged wilderness you can take part in hiking, cycling, horseback riding and even more trail activities. 

Of particular note is a trail that leads you to the summit of the highest point in San Diego: Cowles Mountain. At four hundred and eighty-six metres, the view of San Diego County is unparalleled from this point, and will give you a true sensation of accomplishment at having conquered the mountain.

La Jolla Cove

When the Spanish named La Jolla, they were absolutely correct. La Jolla cove is the centrepiece of San Diego’s plentiful beaches and coasts. Now a protected ecological area, the area is rich with shallow water wildlife such as stingrays, eels and dozens of species of fish. A little further down the coast is Children’s Pool, home to a host of sea lions and seals. All together, this makes La Jolla Cove a  perfect place for wildlife spotting via snorkelling, diving and hiking.

However, we would be remiss if we did not mention the other sporting activities available in the area. Kayaking, surfing, stand up paddle boarding and cycling are very popular in the area, and there are plenty of shops that rent out equipment to visitors. After a day of activities, the village of La Jolla has some of the warmest restaurants in the area for you to enjoy.

Coronado Island

Repeatedly voted one of America’s best beaches, Coronado Island has gentle surf, impeccable beaches and gorgeous weather all year around. Not only has the historical village and the hotel housed celebrities, but also royalty and some even say that ghosts haunt the area.

The Island can be accessed by bay, ferry or even by hiring a private sailboat to take you there. On the island itself you can relax on the spotless beaches, rent bikes to tour the island or partake in even more sporting activities before heading to a sublime restaurant for a delicious dinner.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is twelve hundred acres of cultural and botanical attractions ranging from San Diego’s world famous zoo to plenty of art and natural history museums as well as gardens, theatres and restaurants galore. To truly take in the area would take several days, so it is best to do some research and plan a full day of exploring the area. The zoo itself would take a full day to explore, as would the San Diego Air and Space Museum and the Natural History Museum, meaning that a visitor is almost spoilt for choice.

Similarly, Balboa Park has dozens of miles of hiking trails, though none as challenging as those in Missions Trails Regional Park, making this a wonderful place for first time hikers. Of special note is a cactus garden so well designed that it truly makes you feel as if you are in the middle of a desert and not one of the largest cities in America.

Cabrillo National Monument

Found near Point Loma, this national monument is another spectacular piece of San Diego’s natural beauty. This is an excellent spot for hikers or for people who want to go tide pooling in the many caves and hidden nooks and corners. 

It should be noted that there is no cellphone service at the tidepools, so it is important to arrange drop off and pick up times and follow them as there will be no way to contact others at this location. It is also vital to research tide times as the best time to see the tidepools is two hours before and after the low tide has begun. The best time to visit is in late autumn and winter.

Building A Dream Sand Castle

The famous sand artist JT Estrella offers three-hour lessons for groups of up to seven people (though more can be accommodated if contacted in advance) to learn how to build high quality sand castles involving trips and tricks for carving, forming bridges and towers and other delicate finishing touches. 

This unique activity offers a special chance to work with others in creating a piece of art with your own bare hands. Requiring lots of attention to detail and cooperation, this one-of-a-kind challenge is a fantastic way of encouraging team building and problem solving.

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All in all, San Diego is a fantastic place to go for those who enjoy physical activity or enjoy seeing wildlife in their natural habitats. It is an even better place to build bonds of trust and cooperation between team members due to the variety of diverse and off-the-wall activities offered by this quirky seaside city. 

If you only have time for one special activity, we absolutely suggest taking advantage of San Diego’s natural harbour and exploring the marine area and life found in this place by taking in a cruise on the bay.

We appreciate all the comments and sailing tour reviews we receive and we encourage you to assist us do a better job by leaving your opinions on our Google Page or Facebook Page. It genuinely helps other folks find out about how special our Sailing Excursions in San Diego are unlike from all the rest. Our Sailing Yacht is also one of the most notorious and fastest sailboats in San Diego Bay.

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San Diego & Sailing Charters What You Need to Know

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We wanted to compile a list of some of the most popular and highly rated Sailing Destinations from all over the world; from Millionaire Yachting, to Learning how to sail, we hope our list we compiled with give you some useful information regarding some amazing destinations from all over the world!  Including our hometown here in San Diego.


Where to Find them?

1851 schooner America’s sad demise

In 1851, the schooner America, sailing for the New York Yacht Club, beat the Royal Yacht Squadron and laid claim to its 100 Guinea Cup. Thus the America’s Cup was born – what is now the oldest trophy in international sport – earning its name from that first winning yacht rather than the country, though the US did go on to hold the trophy for 100 years.

Where is America’s Cup yacht America now? Click here to find out

1930 Shamrock V is still sailing

J Class yachts are synonymous with the America’s Cup as these slim, graceful beauties once represented the fleet racing for the Cup. The 36.42 metre Shamrock V, commissioned by Sir Thomas Lipton for his fifth and final bid, she was the first J Class yacht to compete for the Cup. The fact that she is the only J Class yacht to be built in wood makes it all the more remarkable that Shamrock V is still floating today.

Where is America’s Cup yacht Shamrock V now?  Click here to find out

1987 movie star Stars & Stripes – still racing

While the film Wind, one of the best boat movies, was inspired by Dennis Conner’s experience competing for the America’s Cup in 1983 on board Liberty, the yacht that was actually used in filming was the 12 Metre type sailing yacht Stars & Stripes 87. She was called Geronimo in the film, but Stars & Stripes 87 was more than a screen legend. When Conner launched his own campaign, he wanted a culmination of all the Stars & Stripes yachts that came before her, and she was designed to be fast in heavy air. Stars & Stripes 87 wound up being the final 12 metre yacht to win the America’s Cup.

Where is the America’s Cup yacht Stars & Stripes 87 now?

Stars & Stripes 87 can be found in the Caribbean now, able to be sailed with the St Maarten 12 Metre Challenge, giving you a chance to take the helm (if you’re lucky) of a real Cup winner.

1988 Stars & Stripes multihulls

Paving the way for the high-performance multihull America’s Cup yachts that are redefining the competition is Stars & Stripes – the catamaran. The first America’s Cup multihull yacht, the US team’s Stars & Stripes came to be by a cunning interpretation of the Deed of Gift, which only stipulated the challenging yachts be single masted and no more than 90 feet LWL. The result was anything but a true match race, with the much faster, wing-masted multihull Stars & Stripes winning the Cup in 1988.

*Where are the America’s Cup multihull yachts Stars & Stripes now?  Answer and Source

1994 Stars & Stripes once used as a training yacht by Oracle Team USA

America’s Cup yacht Stars & Stripes (sail number 34) is probably most famous for not winning a Cup. It wasn’t because she didn’t perform under pressure, but because she never got the chance. While the 24 metre yacht, designed by David Peddic and built in 1994 by Goetz Boat Works, won the right to defend the Cup, Dennis Conner chose Young America(US 36) over Stars & Stripes. The new choice was no match for Team New Zealand’s Black Magic, which beat out Team Dennis Conner four times in a row.

Where is America’s Cup yachts Stars & Stripes (US 34) now?

Famed America’s Cup Stars & Stripes (US 34) is earning a chance to prove herself on the racecourse yet again. She sails out of Chicago, racing against Abracadabra (US 54). After failing to win the Cup in 2000, this iteration of Abracadabra was bought by Larry Ellison, who used her as a training boat for his Oracle Team USA.

2003 USA 76 still sailing in San Francisco Bay

Sailed by the US challenging team in preparations for the 2003 America’s Cup in Auckland, New Zealand, USA 76 never made it to the Cup, but she came quite close. Making it to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup final, USA 76 faced the Swiss Team Alinghi but didn’t come out on top. So the US team arranged for a “rematch” against Alinghi, with two races set in San Francisco Bay. While it didn’t change the results of the Cup, this time USA 76 bested the Swiss competitors twice over.

Where is America’s Cup yacht USA 76 now? Source for article and trivia

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San Diego’s Prime Rated Crusing Excursions & Crusing Charters aboard well-known Stars & Stripes America’s Cup Sailboat. Crew Constructing & Company Occasions Welcome. Take the helm, grind the winches, or just hang on as this amazing high performance racer zips around San Diego Bay at twice the speed of the average sailboat.

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Picking The Best Sailing Charter in San Diego, CA

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San Diego Sailing has published its latest article covering Picking The Best Sailing Charter in San Diego, CA, which is aimed primarily at San Diego Visitors.

Picking The Best Sailing Charter in San Diego, CA 2019

San Diego Sailing has published a new article entitled Sailing Charters and more San Diego 2019, which sheds light on the most important aspects of Picking The Best Sailing Charter in San Diego, CA for San Diego Visitors. folks enjoying san diego, planning to visit san diego, all of the above, and looking for something out of the ordinary to do. We accommodate groups or single ticket purchases. and other interested individuals can view the full article at

The article includes several interesting pieces of information, one in particular is San Diego”s fastest sailboat. This should be of particular interest to San Diego Visitors because Because our sailing charter will be twice as fast as any other sailing charter or sailing tour in san diego..

One of the most important piece of information the article tries to convey and communicate is when choosing this sailing charter, make sure you have done your homework and that this will be the best choice for you and/or your group. The above info should give you the necessary tools to make an informed decision.. The best example of this is perhaps found in the following extract:

‘ Our Sailing excusrions are interactive and exciting sailing adventures aboard a true racing yacht. Grind the winches to help raise and trim the sails, take your turn at the helm, or just hang on as you zip around San Diego Bay at twice the speed of the average sailboat. ‘

In discussing the article’s creation, NancyN107, Sailor at San Diego Sailing said:

“Wow! This was an awesome experience; an opportunity to sail, grind and take the helm of this amazing America’s Cup vessel in beautiful San Diego Bay. No sailing experience required, crewed by a team of professionals under the leadership of Lynn and Bee. Learn the history of the America’s Cup as part of this great adventure! The Stars and Stripes was in Dennis Connor’s, 4 time America’s Cup champion, fleet of racing yachts..”

Regular readers of San Diego Sailing will notice the article takes a familiar tone, which has been described as ‘Once in a lifetime experience!’.

San Diego Sailing now welcomes comments and questions from readers, in relation to the article, as they are intent on Sail Stars & Stripes USA-11 TripAdvisor Page or Google My Business Review Page. The reason is simply because Fun for Everyone – Non Sailors Too!.


Sailing Charter in San Diego, CA – Reviews Below

Wow! This was an awesome experience; an opportunity to sail, grind and take the helm of this amazing America’s Cup vessel in beautiful San Diego Bay. No sailing experience required, crewed by a team of professionals under the leadership of Lynn and Bee. Learn the…More

Date of experience: April 2019


It was a fantastic sail! Everyone on board had a chance to drive the boat, help the crew do various things or just sit back and enjoy. They took lots of pics and gave a link to everyone. The crew was very friendly and helpful. I really enjoyed sailing all around the harbor.

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Unfortunately, there was too much wind and the captain could not raise the mainsail or it would break.
So, we sailed back and forth in the bay. Not what I had expected from an Americas cup. The last time we did so was in Maui and since it keeled we the passengers were standing up for about an hour. Quite an adeliline surge.
The captain did explain the problem before we left and offered to let us come on another day. Unfortunately, that was after we left San Diego. He kindly gifted us with a cap or shirt. It would be nice if the crew, when they weren’t working could be a bit friendlier like the captain’s wife.

Date of experience: April 2019

Unbelievable experience on such a classic boat. It is very rare that you can experience the extreme power that a sailboat can generate, but on the Star & Stripes, that power is everywhere. The crew made our trip a complete package of entertaining, exhilaration, and raw sailing experience. Can’t wait until my next trip.

Date of experience: April 2019

Beautiful boat and wonderful crew! Wanted to find something to do with my 3 teenage boys, and this was a great choice. We had a fun adventure with incredible sights!

Bring your soft shoes and hop aboard with the friendliest crew around! Arrive early to enjoy the video personally narrated by Bee – who tosses in lots of good stories about Dennis Connor and others along the way! (Also, arrive a little early to find the office – which is down the dock aways from Stars & Strips – just look for the tallest black mast.) Bee and the crew put safety first, but without taking away from any of the fun. We’ve been out twice, once on a very calm day (under 7kn wind) and good air (20+ wind) – and both were good experiences! Snacks and soft drinks are included on the boat, and there’s plenty of opportunity to winch-grind and steer. It’s easy sailing on the bay because the crew will help you find a spot on shore to dead reckon toward- and yes, there’s a trusty windex on top ‘o the mast! It’s a thrill to sail such a historic, sweet 12 Meter… whether you’re a sailor or landlubber!

Date of experience: March 2019

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Sailing Charters and more San Diego 2019

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Looking for Sailing Charters?

Are you looking for a Sailing Tour around San Diego Bay? If you are or may be looking to do something completely different on your trip to San Diego; look no further. Sailing Charters and Sailing Tours have been in high demand as of late, and to meet that demand a lot of not-so established tour operators have also popped up. Make sure you do some research before booking your next charter on San Diego Bay.  We get a lot of questions regarding how the Stars & Stripes is different from the other sailing charters; so this is a list and some feedback from our past guests and from the owners of the Stars & Stripes USA-11.

Here are a few things to consider for your next san diego sail:

Choosing the right boat for your sailing charter can be simple; you really only need to think about four basic questions :

  • How many people?

  • How big of a boat?

  • What type of boat?

  • How much do you want to spend?

Once you have a good idea of they type of boat, you will be able to choose from the many different types of boating charters/ boating tours.  From whale watching, to booze cruising, to sunset sails and even overnight adventures; San Diego has it all.  As we stated before make sure to due your homework and especially looking at past reviews online. Maybe start with TripAdvisor or Google Review Page.  After all that, make sure to check out Stars & Stripes and below you will see why…

So, what makes Stars & Stripes USA-11  Sailboat Charter – The Best?

Here are the lists of reasons and a complete list of reviews regarding Sailboat Tours in San Diego, Ca 2019. These Reviews can be sourced by clicking the review link.

Let’s just get what the Stars & Stripes Usa-11 sailing charter  is NOT; meaning I would like to explain what we are NOT; so we can save you time, while looking for things to do in san diego.

  1. We are NOT a booze-cruies
  2. We are NOT a sunset sail (unless specifically requested)
  3. We DO NOT do Whale Watching Tours

So Who Are You?

  1. We are San Diego’s Top Sailing Charter Company
  2. We do San Diego Sailing Tours
  3. WE do Team-Building Activities
  4. We do Private Sailing Charters
  5. WE are perfect for Company Outings
  6. Public and Private Sailing Charters
  7. Sailing San Diego Bay

Stars & Stripes USA-11 – does not have over one thousand 5-star reviews for nothing. This is one sailing charter that you do not want to miss.  Whether you are visiting San Diego, or a local resident,; the Stars & Stripes Sailing Tour is special in so many ways. Let’s discuss how this sailing charter separates itself from the other sailing tour companies within San Diego.

Below are links to third party websites that have featured our boating tour on their websites on thru their blogs. We also listed our TripAdvisor page for further details and many more reviews from around the globe.  We hope you find this information useful.


More info for Sailing Tours

The majority of sailing tours and sailing charters in san diego are run on older sialboats and geared towards partying or booze cruises.  This is NOT our type of sailing charter. The Stars & Stripes USA-11 is an authentic racing yacht that was designed by David Pedrick and Bruce Nelson and built by Eric Goetz in Rhode Island, Stars & Stripes, USA-11 was Dennis Conner’s first IACC boat.

The main factor separating Stars & Stripes USA-11 from the rest of the sailing charters around san diego bay; this is the only interactive sailing charter on a world famous racing yacht.  Stars & Stripes is also the fastest sailing charter in San Diego, and as we know; all of California. Being an interactive sailing tour; the guest will be able to take the helm (drive the sailboat), grind the winches, and help raise and lower the sails. It also fine, to just hangout and enjoy the luxurious ride thru beautiful San Diego Bay. The skipper’s wife Bee, will also help out with taking pictures, recording videos, and narrating San Diego’s most iconic ships and sites along the way. This will all be included with the price of your tickets.

If you our your group is looking for a more private charter, the Stars & Stripes also offers private sailing charters, private group charters, along with its infamous team-building activity where your team or group will be able to take part in 3 different races; zig zagging thru San Diego Bay.

The Stars and Stripes Team Building Adventure

  • Sail San Diego Bay on the Authentic 1992 America’s Cup Racing Yacht Top Trip Advisor ranking for Boat Tours in San Diego.
  • Completely restored, pristine condition, and FAST!!!
  • Three full hours of interactive and exciting FUN sailing San Diego Bay!!!
  • Public and private sailboat sails in San Diego as well as corporate TEAM BUILDING events
  • Complimentary water, soft drinks & snacks during and after the sail
  • Complimentary photos & videos for viewing after the sail on the bay and future downloads
  • Located at the beautiful Kona Kai Resort & Spa on Shelter Island with plenty of FREE parking.
  • America’s Cup Sailing souvenir gift shop.
  • No sailing experience necessary, but not suitable for children under the age of 5.

SAIL USA-11 is designed for individuals or groups of up to 25 passengers that would like to join us for an exciting sail on the San Diego bay aboard Stars & Stripes USA-11.  We welcome you and can often accept reservations on short notice.

Stars and Stripes USA-11 is no pleasure craft. Unless, of course, you find pleasure—and probably some exhilaration, too—from winding winches and steering the yacht that took a stab at the 1992 America’s Cup. Groups up to 24 can take turns helming the ship (or just hanging out) on three-hour tours of San Diego Bay, her home since 2006, with free pictures of you looking like a total pro provided by the Stars and Stripes team.” source:

Please be sure to go through our Sailing Charter Reviews below as well, ,we have provided some more informative links to better help you find the best sailing charter in san diego!

Locals Things to Do in San Diego

(what to pay attention to)


  • Sailing San Diego Bay

  • Stars & Stripes USA-11

  • Balboa Park

  • Torrey Pines Glider Port

  • Walk thru Downtown

  • Del Mar Racetrack

  • Kona Kai Resort

  • Visit Shelter Island

  • USS Midway

  • La Jolla Shores

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