Have you ever dreamed of sailing in the Bay – current home of the America’s Cup? A few years ago, I gazed out into the Bay and was filled with wonder by the dozens of sailboats gliding across the water. Even though I had no sailing experience, I was determined to figure out how to get myself out there without spending a small fortune.
Fast forward to meetup.com. If you haven’t heard of it, check it out. I could talk forever about all of the offerings you can find there. Bottom line is that you can search for activities/topics/hobbies that you like, and in return you’ll be provided with a list of groups in the area that share the same interest.
In my quest to sail, I came across the “SailingSF” group, AKA, “Sailing SF: Sailing, Hiking, Potluck, Beach Fun.” The group was organized by a passionate sailor, Jake, who had shares in two different sailboats in Sausalito and Pier 39 San Francisco. For about $35, he would take a group of about 7 of us sailing for the day. We would sail in the morning, dock and stop by a pier-side bar in Tiburon for a drink, mosey on over to Angel Island for a picnic lunch and short hike, and then a nice sail home.
I have gone sailing on the Bay several times now, and it’s always a wonderful experience with fun people — like a week’s vacation crammed into a day. Jake is still offering sailing outings, but the price has increased (and rightfully so). He’s also expanded his group to include limo trip offerings to Napa and Sonoma for wine tasting.
To learn more about this meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/SailingSF/