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You'll Fall in Love with Fall Sailing on San Francisco Bay

As much as we enjoy the intense winds of summer, we always we look forward to the refreshing change of pace that the Autumn Equinox brings to the Bay. As the days shorten and the valley cools, our local waters become as close to a fair-weather sailor's paradise as they can be!

Here are 3 reasons we think you'll fall in love with fall sailing on San Francisco Bay. 

1) Get Vitamin D naturally!

Lighter, warmer breezes with sunny skies mean you'll have opportunities to sail comfortably in fewer layers of clothing. Soak up some sunshine while you can! (If you're sun-sensitive, we recommend sunscreen, of course.)

2) Smoother sailing soothes nervous novices. 

Want to get your friends and family bitten by the sailing bug? While there are never guarantees where weather is concerned, generally, fall conditions can provide a most pleasant introduction to the sport.

Never sailed, you say? If you're intrigued by the idea of sailing but leery of summer's strong winds, fall is a perfect time to begin your sailing education. If you're not sure if sailing is for you, start with a 1-day Introductory Sail. Within two weeks after your Introductory Sail, we'll email you a special discount code for $50 off ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing.

Fall is also a great time to try out sport boats like the J24 and J105 at Inspire Sailing in Berkeley. Learn more about Dual Site Membership with Inspire Sailing.

3) A sweet suite of seasonal sailing clinics.

These clinics were designed specifically to prepare you for enjoyable fall and winter sailing. Click on the name of the clinic to learn more.

Night Sailing Clinic - The days might be getting shorter, but your sails don't have to! This clinic will increase your confidence at the helm after dark.

Light Wind Sailing Techniques - Prepare to make the most of late fall and winter's notoriously light winds with advanced sail trim techniques. 

Heavy Weather Sailing Clinic - Learn about high wind line handling techniques, personal safety equipment, setting up storm sails and running rigging, types of drogues and sea anchors, and steering in large following seas.

Questions? Give our friendly office a call at (415) 331-8250 or email us. A customer service representative will be happy to answer any questions you may have about seasonal conditions on San Francisco Bay and the clinics that will help you make the most of them.


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  • Trudy Flores

    Captain Jeff Cathers is really cool. I had such a great time on the Farallones Day Trip. It was actually my very best day of 2020. Thank you so much for coordinating the trip.

  • Mike, Santa Rosa, California

    All of the courses and my instructors (JT and Stan) were extremely professional and full of knowledge and experience. I found I was able to learn from their experiences beyond the scope of the courses, and look forward to future opportunities to do so. I would highly recommend Modern Sailing to anyone.

  • Rolf Zingg

    Since many, many years, I had the dream to sail underneath the Golden Gate bridge. On October 14th last year, my dream became true. Thanks to our dear friend Aaron Fritz who made it possible and organized this cruise for us. With this adventure I was able to achieve one more milestone on my sailing career.

    Finally on the water, it was great! Full moon made the flows even stronger and it was like sailing in a washing machine.

    I did my sailing education in the English Channel, where the situation with the wind and flows is comparable to the San Francisco Bay. So I felt pretty much "at home" being on the helm in the Bay.

    I hope our skipper Stan Lander enjoyed this day cruise too. We, definitely did! It was an unforgettable experience for all of us.

    A very big thank you to all of you who made it possible, that my dream became reality! Also thank you for the MSC flag I got at the end of the day. It found it's place in my study, where I can see it daily.

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