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America's Cup Sailing in San Diego

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America's Cup Sailing in San Diego
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Cruise around San Diego bay aboard an authentic 1992 America’s Cup racing yacht and travel at twice the speed of the average sailboat. The Stars and Stripes USA-11 is one of the fastest and best known America’s Cup racing yachts. It was designed and built to be raced in San Diego, and has been restored to pristine condition. Take a turn at the helm and join in grinding the winches to raise and trim the sails.
  • Set sail aboard an authentic America’s Cup racing yacht
  • Zip around San Diego Bay at twice the speed of the average sailboat
  • Unobstructed views of San Diego's coastline from a boat on the bay
  • Photos and videos of the experience included in the price of your tour
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Complimentary valet parking at the Kona Kai Resort.
Optional America's Cup History presentation prior to the sail.
Soft drinks and bottled water
Complimentary photos & videos
Taking a turn at the helm and grinding the winches.
Viewing of photos and videos in our yacht club after the sail.
Crew gratuities are at your discretion.

Departure Point

1551 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, USA

Departure Point: Kona Kai Resort & Marina Address: 1551 Shelter Island Drive. San Diego, 92106 Directions: The Kona Kai Resort and Marina is located near the southern end of Shelter Island. The address is 1551 Shelter Island Drive and a map or GPS will get you to the correct location. However, street numbers are not visible, so be sure to look for the Kona Kai sign. Parking is free on the street or in the parking lot across the street.  Valet parking is also available at the entrance to the Kona Kai Resort. Our office is located in the single story building on the marina walkway. Stars & Stripes is docked immediately behind the resort, just look for the tallest mast in the marina. If interested, come 30 minutes early for the America's cup history presentation, but no later than 15 minutes prior to departure. Dates: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Return point: Same as departure.

Departure Time

1:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for child aged 5 and under
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sail Stars and Stripes USA-11

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during America's Cup Sailing in San Diego?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during America's Cup Sailing in San Diego?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during America's Cup Sailing in San Diego?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during America's Cup Sailing in San Diego?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Excellent experience!
, Sep 2021
The trip was awesome! I had a great time. The staff was friendly and encouraging. The ship was leaning from time to time because the wind was blowing twice as hard as it usually does (According to one of the staff. Which I thought was a little extra cool). The day was beautiful, the sun was shining, and there's nothing like being on the ship with the wind blowing through your hair. Nothing but positives!
Loved It
, Aug 2021
The staff was so welcoming, friendly and very knowledgeable about sailing and about the general San Diego Bay area. Would definitely look into doing this again.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Dana, Thank you for the nice review! We're now in our fifteenth year of business and still find sailing San Diego Bay exciting! With an eleven story high mast and nearly 4,000 square feet of sail area, we not only tower above average sailboats, but we're able to pass them at twice their speed. It's a great way to tour San Diego Bay. I'm glad you had fun.
Super Sailing Experience - Do it!
, Aug 2021
Starts with a great history lesson on the America’s Cup. Impressive teamwork needed to sail these boats. Being the fastest boat on the bay. Running the grinders for tacks and jibes.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Richard - Thank you so very much for the great review! I'm glad you had a wonderful time on our authentic America's Cup boat IL Moro. And I agree, the America's Cup history is foundational in realizing exactly what we offer. Our America’s Cup yacht was designed to be raced here in San Diego's light to moderate winds! And with San Diego's amazing weather, we are able to take guests out, like yourself, year round. Hope to see you again soon. Gratefully, Lynn
, Aug 2021
This was a very fun excursion! The crew engaged everyone from 9 to 70 and there were smiles on every face. A big bonus ... photos to remember the trip!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Jeanne - Thank you for writing the nice review. Life is about creating memories, no matter what age you are! Experiencing what it's like to crew onboard an America's Cup racing sailboat hopefully created indelible "keepsake" memories for all of you! Hope to see you again next time you're in San Diego. -Lynn
Amazing day at sea
, Aug 2021
The crew was fantastic, allowed participation from the entire party, including my 9yo daughter who was allowed to steer the boat and loved it! The experience was amazing and memorable. They offered snacks and quick summary of the sail races in the past which very neat! Overall we loved it!!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
I'm so glad all of you had a great time sailing aboard our America’s Cup racing yacht, IL Moro! And it's always fun to see a child the age of yours actually become part of our crew by grinding pedestals to turn the winches and take a turn at the helm! Thanks for the great review. - Lynn
Wonderful day
, Jul 2021
What a wonderful day! The crew was so friendly and we loved that we got to help with sailing. Our boys are still talking about how great it was! Also included is all the pictures they take. They send a link and you can download. No hidden fees. Highly recommend this trip
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for the positive review! We’re so glad your family had a great time sailing aboard our America’s Cup race boat, IL Moro! We love sharing this wonderful historical race boat by giving you the opportunity to grind the winches and taking the helm. Thank you for letting us be part of your memories here in San Diego. ~ Bee & Lynn
Amazing Sailing Day
, Jul 2021
Amazing. So much fun. Crew took great care of us. Will absolutely do again. Very fun for our 7 year old.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
We're so glad you found us, and thank you for the great review! As you discovered, you had the opportunity to grind winches and steer our 1992 America's Cup racing yacht. Or you could have just kicked back and relax while taking in our beautiful waterfront. Sailing aboard IL Moro, a 77’ long race boat, we are able to sail twice as fast as most sailboats. The crew sends their thanks too for your kind words. - Lynn
Family fun, hands on
, Jul 2021
We went as a family with a 15 and 18 year old. Everyone worked the winches and had a turn at the helm. The crew was knowledgeable and happy to answer questions. The history of yacht racing and the yacht we went on was interesting and gave you a better appreciation of the experience. A bonus on the day we went was an aircraft carrier leaving the harbor with a full load of planes on deck!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Happy to hear your family enjoyed our America's Cup sailing venue and hope you to see you back soon.
Would recommend this to everyone. Enjoy!
, Jun 2021
Was great to Take the helm for the first time in years and especially on a boat this size. The crew was outstanding, informative and interfaced with passengers encouraging all to participate with basic seamanship and boat handling. Would recommend this to anyone novice or experienced. Personally I would have loved to take her out into deeper water for some longer hauls but fully understand the constraints of licensing, insurance and fair weather passengers. Tis boat is solid an cuts through the water like a knife. You will not be nauseated ready about!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for the nice review and the advice about the smoothness of the sail. We have never had anyone get seasick. We look forward to having you back soon.
Hands on sailing experience
, May 2021
Definitely recommend this trip to anybody visiting San Diego! Hands on sailing experience! Captain and crew mates were super personable and knowledgeable of area and made the experience GREAT.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thanks for taking the time to recommend our America's Cup experience to other travelers. We hope to see you back again soon.

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