Oakland International (OAK) is about 6 miles from our office, and San Francisco International (SFO) is about 24 miles.
San Francisco Bay has been called the ultimate sailing coliseum by many of the worlds greatest voyagers and sailors. Surrounded by picturesque landscapes and a striking city skyline, the Bay boasts some of the best sailing conditions in the world. The summertime breezes which visit the Central Basin almost daily from April to October are world-renowned for their consistency, and the winters are filled with crystal clear days and some spectacular sailing opportunities.
The city of San Francisco is one of the truly great cities of the world. With culinary delights at every turn, world class shopping, international entertainment, and unique neighborhoods gracing the rolling hills, there is something here for everyone. San Francisco is also the center of numerous outdoors activities, including hiking, cycling, skiing, kayaking, surfing, windsurfing, and – of course – sailing!
Whether you want to cruise casually in flat water to a lunchtime destination, or pursue some serious surfing on the afternoon ebb-chop, San Francisco provides it all.
Blue Element Sailing Club operates out of Marina Village Yacht Harbor in Alameda, California. The protected waters between Alameda and Oakland (often referred to simply as “the Estuary,” but technically known as the Oakland Inner Harbor) are ringed with numerous marinas, boatyards, and marine related businesses. Beyond the current status as the Bay Area’s boating center, it is also an area truly steeped in maritime history.
Our prime location gives us access to a truly wide range of sailing conditions on a typical San Francisco sailing day. The calm inner harbor opens up on the South Bay of San Francisco, which regularly sees 12-14 knots with small chop. The wide-open waters provide a perfect venue for mild sailing adventures and skill development, and the scenic San Francisco city front provide a fabulous backdrop.
For introductory level sailors who have raised their ability levels, or for our more advanced sailors, we have immediate access to the central bay, the venue world-renowned for the consistent breezes. Where better to pursue your sailing adventures, whatever they might be?
Blue Element Sailing Club enjoys a preferred corporate partnership with the Waterfront Plaza Hotel at Jack London Square on Oakland. Participants in our charters, sailing classes, and programs are entitled to special room rates at a substantial discount. For more information on the hotel, rates or to make a reservation, call the hotel directly (contact info below).
10 Washington Street, Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
There are various accommodation options within walking distance of BESC. Please contact us for the latest information.