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Places to Sail on San Francisco Bay
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General Information

Places to Eat

  • South Beach Harbor, San Francisco
  • What to do? See a baseball game at AT&T Park next door, walk across the street to MoMa's for a meal, walk down the Embarcadero...

  • Oakland inner harbor

  • Schoonmaker Point Marina - Richardson Bay
    • A relatively new, full-service marina. Side-ties can handle yachts up to 220 feet long. Guest slips often available by prior arrangement. Café at marina. Sandy beach that can be used to land or launch kayaks and dinghies.

  • Sam's Anchor Cafe - Tiburon
    • Short term berthing for 6-8 boats available for customers only
    • Watch the tides. The deck area is shallow.

  • San Rafael (motor up the channel from San Pablo Bay, watch the tides )


  • Anchoring
    • Angel Island, Ayala Cove
      Ayala Cove on Angel Island is the most protected anchorage in the entire central bay area. There's no real anchorage here, because the small cove has been filled with docks and moorings. You can use the docks only during the day ($15 fee for all or any part of the day), but you can stay on a mooring overnight ($30 per night).
    • China Camp
    • Paradise Cove
      Paradise Cove is a long, pretty anchorage. It is the first cove along the east side of the Tiburon peninsula, as you head north around the corner from Tiburon. There's a beach you can visit by dinghy. It can be rolly, though it usually calms down after dark making it comfortable overnight -- except for the occasional large wakes from passing ships.
    • Clipper Cove
      A favorite anchorage of many bay sailors because of its central location and good protection. It is open to the east but gets relatively few wakes and is protected in most weather.
    • Belvedere Cove
      Located between Belvedere and Tiburon, Belvedere cove makes a fine lunch stop and is sometimes used overnight.

Historical sites in and around the bay

What is Winehaven? the Ford Plant? Southhampton Shoal? Our instructor Lance Batten has put together a very cool interactive webpage that shows you these locations on the Bay and more.


Last modified on: Wednesday, 19-Jan-2022 19:58:38 UTC