Enjoy 139' AMERICA - Luxury Charter Schooner in San Diego
Enjoy San Diego by boat. Charter a 139-foot yacht America for up to 77 people. Rates: $7000 This magnificent sailing vessel is a replica of the 139-foot yacht (AMERICA) that won the historic, Royal Yacht Squadron’s “100 Guinea Cup” race around the Isle of Wight in 1851. The History Without exaggerating, AMERICA is the world’s most famous racing yacht. It is also one of the most beautiful yachts in the world. The reason is simple. The original AMERICA put yachting on the map. It is why the most famous trophy in sailing is called The America’s Cup. In 1851, a boat named ‘AMERICA’ won the ‘Royal Yacht Squadrons’ 100 Guinea Cup given to the winner of a race around the Isle of Wight. It is said…that the margin was so great that watching AMERICA sail past the royal yacht, Queen Victoria famously asked “Who came second? Your majesty…there is no second” was the reply. The winners, members of the New York Yacht Club, donated the trophy to the Club, to be held as a ‘challenge’ trophy. Thus was born the America’s Cup, named after the boat, not the country. Today There aren’t many yachting stories as exciting as the 95-year history of ‘AMERICA’…The Low Black Schooner from New York that won the most famous race of them all. Designed by a young genius who combined the best of Old World theory and New World practicality, and owned by a syndicate of powerful men out to prove American maritime prowess, she did what almost everybody thought was impossible. Her later career was equally as colorful – conveyor of secret agents, Confederate blockade runner, Union warship, Naval Academy training vessel, and pride and joy of a famous Civil War general and politician. By her end in 1945, she was one of the most honored vessels in the United States. The original was destroyed during World War II….ours is a near perfect replica built in 1995 at a cost of more than $6 million. Replica or not…in 2007 the “America’s Cup Management” offered $500,000 for the ‘America’ to be brought to Spain where the race was being held. ACM, the city of Valencia and the government of Spain were reported to have spent over $2.65 BILLION on the build-up, marketing and conduct of the 2007 America’s Cup event. The ‘AMERICA’ was invited to San Francisco in the summer of 2013 to represent the history of this great race for Oracle Team USA’s defense of the 34th America Cup. The ‘AMERICA’ has been selected as the ambassador for the America’s Cup Tour, visiting sites along the west coast in July-August 2015, and Mexico, U.S. gulf and east coast, and the Caribbean in 2016. Currently the America's home dock is located in San Diego where she is famous for whale watching and San Diego bay sails. We offer: Corporate Entertaining: If you are planning a corporate event in San Diego then consider THE AMERICA for the most memorable leisure activity for your very special guests. If you are exhibiting at a trade show and wish to entertain valuable clients, THE AMERICA will certainly impress them. If you are a local company and it is time to reward your team, an afternoon on THE AMERICA will show your gratitude in a very unique way. ‘Team Building’…..you’ve got a captive audience on THE AMERICA….your team will spend quality time and bond together! Groups up to 77: Steady as a rock with towering masts and massive canvas sails, a shining Black hull, polished timbers and gleaming Gold and Brass emblems the ‘America’ and your guests are certainly the center of attention in San Diego. Being a sailor is not a pre-requisite. You may join the yacht at our easy downtown location, or we can bring the yacht to a number of bayside hotel marinas for your convenience. She is available in Newport Beach and points north to San Francisco when called for. Corporate Whale watching: The America will be the most luxurious whale watching experience your guests will ever experience. Typical whale watching excursions are 4 hours; but private trips can be tailored to your scheduling needs. Plan your day to include lunch on the way to the whale watching grounds, or start after lunch and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a beautiful sunset as you return from the ocean closer to evening. Either way you may have catering as casual or as elegant as you wish. Experience whale watching in San Diego from the yacht America. Next Level Sailing has never made it so easy for you to go whale watching in San Diego off our beautiful coastline. So do it right on board our beautiful 138 foot sailing yacht America. Come enjoy San Diego whale watching tours with us! We are the greenest operator in San Diego. We go sails up on every trip. We typically motor-sail as we leave the San Diego Bay and then just sail on our return. As such, we consumed less than 1,000 gallon of fuel all of last season. By comparison, one vessel in San Diego’s whale watching fleet consumes over 100 gallon an hour! Our auxiliary engines are the latest generation EPA Tier-3 John Deere 6068AFM85 with the highest tier rating available. We want you to get out there which is why we offer the world’s only no sickness guarantee. If you lose your lunch we’ll replace it with a $25 gift certificate. Last year only 1 out of every 400 guests felt motion sickness. We can make this offer because America is a very stable yacht. So get out there! Catering / Dining It is difficult to beat the atmosphere of a dining experience on the AMERICA. Whether enjoying the privilege of ‘silver service’ VIP dining for just 16 in the elegant salon, a casual buffet luncheon, simple box lunches or refined tray-passed dining……you’ll not soon forget this very memorable experience. AMERICA is equipped with a fine commercial galley, more than adequate for experienced caterers and chefs to present a first class meal on any occasion. Weddings: If you want a unique, beautiful and elegant atmosphere for your special day then “AMERICA” is a spectacular wedding venue. Picture yourself in the middle of beautiful, picturesque San Diego Bay surrounded by colorful sailboats, blue skies, sunshine and your closest friends. The soothing rush of the water is the background symphony to your special vows as this gorgeous black yacht glides you effortlessly into your new life. The AMERICA accommodates up to 76 guests and wedding professionals. Fantastic photography, live music, elegant ceremonies, lovely sunsets, wonderful food and delightful parties are ingredients of every AMERICA wedding.
- Captain is included.
- A captain is provided by the listing owner to host and operate the trip.
- 77 guests
Our company prides itself in having a long-standing crew of young and talented sailors. Even our ‘back-up’ crew members have been sailing on the ‘America’ for an average of 8 years with the core crew members with us an average 4 years. Qualified in First Aid and other Coast Guard required credentials, each of our crew members have some key roles in addition to their all-round charm and local knowledge. Our narrator Al Sorkin is a Jack of all trades, when not educating our guests about the local sea life or telling a myriad of entertaining jokes, he is a Pirate at our Museum home dock for fun and children’s educational programs. Our captain…..well he’s just a walking encyclopedia of all things America’s Cup and a wealth of knowledge about San Diego’s Navy presence and local history. He was 2nd in charge of the 1995 America’s Cup in San Diego and at the forefront of all the current America’s Cup activities.
5.0 out of 5!
Departure & ReturnAwesome
Vessel & EquipmentAwesome
Itinerary & ExperienceAwesome
Features & Details
- Life jackets/required safety gear
- Galley Stove & Oven
- Wheel steering
- CD Player
You’ll get directions for the exact departure location when you make a booking inquiry.
0% refund up to 7 days prior.
Additional Terms & Information
Adress: 2050 Shelter Island Drive San Diego, CA 92127 - Our fire extinguisher is mightier than any cigar, and our crew members are not afraid to use it to enforce our no smoking policy. - The restroom facility on board is very basic. We recommend that all passengers use the dockside restrooms prior to boarding. - The Coast Guard requires us to keep life jackets on board. If you have an opportunity to wear one, you’ll probably be in water up to your neck and nobody will notice if it matches your shoes.