Sail Away

A New Fleet of Yachts on the Bay

This Sunday, 2,000 people will don wetsuits, jump into the bay and swim in the brisk, 55.9-degree water from the Rock to the shore.

Good for them. You, however, have other plans.

Plans that include sailing the bay with a slick French number. Also: with a boat...

Allow us to present Sunsail, a new fleet of French-made performance yachts sailing San Francisco Bay, taking charters now.

So yes: these custom vessels hail from France, a country that knows a thing or three about proper yachting. (Also: about beret styling and cooking with butter... but let’s focus on the yachting.)

You’ll begin at the Golden Gate Yacht Club, home to Larry Ellison and his BMW Oracle Racing crew, not to mention the host club of the America’s Cup. (Feel free to stare Larry down in the lobby.)

The boats themselves: equipped with a handsome blend of the essentials (cushy cabins, a bathroom) and some... less-essentials (fast hulls, asymmetric spinnakers... for spinnaker-y things).

If you’re already trained, you can just charter a yacht from their fleet. Or you could enroll in sailing school to finesse your jibing and tacking so you can go for a bareboat. (They’ll explain what all that means, we hope.)

Which reminds us, you can also join the crew of a Sunsail skipper and enter the upcoming local regatta in September.

You’ve been meaning to enter more regattas.

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