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From A. G. (San Francisco, CA): I cannot recommend Mission Creek Sail Tours enough.

After hiring MCST for our engagement celebration, we were so impressed we decided to book with them one year later. And again, we were not disappointed!

The 'Imi Loa is a beautiful boat with everything you'd need for a fun, comfortable (safe) and exciting cruise. Captain Greg and Cathy are very professional and very fun to spend a day with. They know the bay extremely well and will work with you to create an amazing day on the water.

Again, highly recommended!

From Monica M. (San Francisco, CA): My daughter and her boyfriend were out from the east coast visiting and I wanted to make her last day memorable so we rented a day of sailing from Mission Creek Sail and it was the best time ever!  

We were so impressed with how Capt. Greg and his wife Cathy made everything so special for us.  We had the entire boat for the day and Capt. Greg sailed anywhere in the bay that we wanted.  We had multiple choices to dock the boat to get out and explore - we went to Treasure Island for wine tasting.  It was so much fun.

The sailing was spectacular and Capt. Greg and Cathy made the entire experience special.

We will be sailing again Capt. Greg and Cathy!  Thanks for a wonderful experience!

From Beth O. (San Francisco, CA): We had a fantastic weekend sailing the bay with Greg. He provided a very customized sailing trip for our group. Greg is an awesome captain and equally awesome teacher! He gave us tons of information, answered all our questions and made the experience really fun!

From Rick K. (Cupertino, CA): If you want a super fun sail on the heart of SF Bay..Captain Greg is your man!  From the moment you leave his slip right behind ATT Park, the sights are fantastic and with the winds from the "gate" you can get all the "rail in the water" excitement you can handle!

From Andrew K. (San Francisco, CA): Last weekend some friends and I went sailing with Captain Greg on his charming boat, where he taught us some sailing basics and terminology and treated us to a perfectly pleasant autumn afternoon on the water.

We took an introductory course, you might say -- we learned some essential knots, covered the different parts of the boat, to help hoist the sails and take them in, steer a little bit, taught us about tacking and jibing, etc. The Captain was incredibly nice and has a great sense of humor, and just loves taking people out on the water. We didn't have a lot of wind that day, but it didn't matter.

If you'd like to see for yourself, check out this video I made of our excursion:

From John A. (Danville, CA): Captain Greg is the best.  4 of us went out on July 31st and had a great time.  The food was great, lots of laughs and a great way to see the San Francisco Bay!

From Caroline H. (Burlington, VT): Greg was super nice and friendly and did all that he could to make the day happen, all while knowing I was only paying half price because I had purchased a Groupon [Capt. Greg: actually it was Livingsocial] deal. I can't thank him enough. You don't get that level of customer service these days.

Thank you, Greg!

From David K. (Palos Hills, IL):  A friend and I did the 4 hour sail across the Bay to Sausalito and back in late September. Being a Monday not many other boats were out. It was a breezy day making the sailing awesome. In fact, the sail back to the SF-side was done quicker than he had ever done it according to Greg. He did a great job in handling the boat by himself and we also found him personable and easy to talk to.

With the sailing so great in the Bay the motoring through Richardson Bay seemed to drag on too long as did the sailing along the San Francisco city front when we were out of the wind.

It was a very good way to spend an afternoon and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

[Capt. Greg: We had a pretty good run over to Sausalito but coming back was one of our fastest sails ever! We sailed from Yellow Bluff to Fort Mason (a bit over 2nm) in less than 20 minutes. I figure we averaged around 8.3 knots, which for my boat, is pretty darn quick. I had great crew that day!]

From Rosemary P. (San Francisco, CA):  My sister and niece were in town for a visit and we wanted to do something special so we booked a Mission Creek Sail Tour. Captain Greg met the three of us at the dock and took us for a three hour sail. It was like being on our own little private yacht. We went out on a Monday so we practically had the bay to ourselves. He even gave my niece, age 13, an opportunity to "steer the boat." Provisions - an antipasti plate, beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks - were set out for us once we got to calm water. Wonderful!

From Carson P.. (San Francisco, CA):  Greg and Cathy were great hosts for our day on the Bay. Besides taking us on a fact-filled tour of the bay, they prepared a great meal and had cold bevvies in the cooler for all of us.

At the end of the day, we relaxed on dry land with the captains and a couple of cold ones. By the end of the afternoon we had figured out a few more trips to take later this year. We will definitely be back.

From Rick K. (Cupertino, CA):  Sailed with Greg and Cathy on April 11 for a family special outing...3 of us are turning 40 this year and i wanted to do something special for the "Birthday Boyz"...had a great time, even though the weather is a bit iffy this time o' year. These folks run a great ship and offer super service! All my "crew", were super pleased with the time they had!..Highly reccomended for anyone looking for a unique way to experience San Francisco..from the water...they even gave us a tour of McCovey Cove!

From Laura L. (Englewood, CO):  We were visiting SF relatives from out-of-state and I wanted to charter a sailboat for my husband's birthday. Unfortunately, this year his birthday fell on the day after Thanksgiving. I tried several different captains who either: 1). didn't want to spend their holiday weekend on a charter, 2). were worried about the Nov. weather, or 3). wanted a lot more money for the charter.

Captain Greg Sherwood came recommended from another captain and was enthusiastic and encouraging from the start. We stayed in touch via email and everything went smoothly. Their website also contains everything you would want to know beforehand.

A 34 foot sailboat is a fairly intimate setting and we had seven of us on the boat that day. I can honestly say that both Greg and Cathy Sherwood made the whole experience very comfortable. They have the right mix of knowledge and conversation to make the whole trip really fun. They also had nice drinks for us and made great snacks for the trip.

The weather that day was cool with limited wind, but we still had a grand time!

From Christopher C. (Bethlehem, PA):  My wife and I sailed with Greg and Cathy this past weekend. They are a fantastic duo who are highly hospitable and full of knowledge of the local area. We had never been on a sailboat before and they both made sure that it was a great experience that we will never forget. If you are thinking of doing a charter of the Bay Mission Creek is the real deal! You will not be disappointed.

From Andrew B. (San Francisco, CA):  I am now engaged....thanks to Greg and Cathy! On July 4th, I surprised my girlfriend with "brunch" on the Bay. We started the day on the Pier with an introduction to the "Imi Loa." Beautiful boat. We sailed under the Bay Bridge, across the skyline and toward the Golden Gate. The ride truly gives you a different perspective on the city. After a couple of hours of sun and the calm waters, we docked in Sausalito. Greg had arranged a spread of food from a caterer - coffee, fruit, bagels, lox, and, or course, some champagne. I got on one knee in the middle of brunch and asked her to marry me.

It was an excellent experience - prices are very reasonable, and Greg and Cathy are gracious hosts. This is a perfect event for a tourist, a local San Franciscan, or even a guy with plans to propose. Thank you Greg and Cathy! See you again soon.

From Angie K. (Richmond Hill, GA):  This was a second trip to San Francisco and my husband and I wanted to see it from a different perspective. We were also traveling w/friends so this was a first for all of us. I had never been on a sailboat before and found it to be a lot of fun. It was a very peaceful and beautiful on the bay. Even more relaxing after a couple of glasses of wine! The sailboat was in great shape and the captain, Greg was very knowledgeable (of sailing and the sites around the bay). I found him to have our safety in mind and also wanted us to sit back and relax while he and his first mate, Martin did all the work! Greg and Martin were very interesting and entertaining and if we ever make back to San Francisco, We will be going sailing with Mission Creek Again!

From Nancy L. (San Mateo, CA):  Highly recommended as a GREAT way to see the Bay...and spend a fabulous day with friends! What an awesome time -- Greg and Martin expertly sailed us around the bay and added commentary to the "tour" when we asked for it. They were a lot of fun...and I was never concerned about our safety. Although one of my friends had a problem with motion sickness (NOT the norm!!!), the crew did whatever they could to help manage the problem. Only being on shore solved it for her, but the point is...Greg and Martin did their best to minimize her discomfort. All in all...a great day...a great crew.

From Lisa N. (San Jose, CA):  I have never been on a sailboat before, or a boat in the SF bay at all.

It was by far the best way to see the bay area. I have lived here my whole life, yet have never seen it from this perspective. Beautiful views and great times. You get a lot of amazing pics from the boat as well!

Crew is amazing. Greg and Cathy were fun and friendly and made me and my friends feel safe and secure, even though it was all of our first time on a sailboat. They took us on a great route and we all had a blast!

Great day, great trip, highly recommended. Set Sail!!

From Stuart B. (San Francisco, CA/Scotland):  We first chartered with Mission Creek Sail Tours when we visited San Francisco on holiday in 2005. Since returning to live and work here in February 2008, we decided it'd be nice to repeat the experience since my sister-in-law was visiting us.

Greg and Cathy made us feel very welcome and after a short safety briefing we were off around the bay. We had a really great time and there'd obviously been a lot of thought into what makes the guests feel comfortable. There were toys for our son to play with (he's 16 months, so wasn't really able to focus on things) as well as sodas and bottled waters. The views were incredible. For me the bit I liked was that you could do as much or as little of the work of sailing as you wanted. I have to confess to hogging the helm a bit.

I'd definitely go back.

Cathy made sure there was a nice secure berth in the cabin for our son's nap.

From Ben S. (San Carlos, CA):  You took me on your boat around the Bay Area on my birthday in the beginning of July, my girlfriend had set it up for me. We had a blast and I really enjoyed it, so much that I told my boss about it and then she ended up taking her husband and family on the boat for her husbands birthday! I wish you all the best, and I will continue to send you referrals for your tours because it was such a magnificent time.

From Dr. Rocky D. (Rochester, MN):  Jan and I had a great time and we enjoyed meeting you and Cathy.  Thanks for a real treat.  (I am sorry you were so busy at the tiller with all the boats out in the bay that day.)

[Capt. Greg: Fleet Week wasn't all that bad this year. There were only around 20 bazillion boats on the Bay, not the typical 50 bazillion.]

From Kristin & John (Newport, RI):   We just wanted to thank you both for a great cruise.   It was the highlight of our vacation.  Everything about our sunset cruise was perfect, right down to  the delicious  wine and appetizers  !!!

Click for more photos on FlickerFrom Beth L. (San Francisco, CA):  Thanks to both you and Cathy for a lovely sail on the Bay for John's birthday. We enjoyed ourselves, both on the water, and afterwards with you, at the Club.

[Capt. Greg: See more of Beth & Johns photos from their sail on Flicker]

From Erin & Daniel H. (Toronto, ON):  Thank you again; it was truly an awesome afternoon. You guys were a blast!

Greg and Cathy of Mission Creek Sail Tours were an integral part of making our trip of a lifetime a huge and memorable success. After a week of touring wine country we were wisked away on an unbelievable afternoon of sailing, fabulous gourmet lunch and of course wine! Captain Greg's expertise and knowledge made the excursion very relaxing and informative. The boat 'Imi Loa' was beautifully maintained and very comfortable. I HIGHLY recommend Mission Creek Sailing Tours and will definitely use them again next time I am in San Francisco!

[Capt. Greg: See more of Erin & Daniel's photos in our Photo Gallery and be sure to check out Daniel's video on our SF Bay page]

From Sarah A. (Riverside, CA):  I just wanted to thank you both again for our amazing sail on Saturday. We all had a great time and it was the perfect way to spend Ben's birthday. You were both very nice and hospitable. I could not have asked for a better experience. I will definitely recommend you to anyone that is looking to charter a boat in the bay.

From Andrew L. (Phoenix, AZ): I have been intending to write to you for some time to thank you for the perfect sailing day last August 12 when I proposed to my fiance, Susan.

[Capt. Greg: She said "Yes"!]

Student Comments
17-Sep-2012 Capt.Greg is gregarious and an excellent instructor. I enjoyed earning how to make different nods with the line and striving to sail the boat. I am encouraging my friends to take the class. Is a good deal.
14-Sep-2012 I just got back home after the Into to Sailing lesson and I couldn't have had a better time! What a fantastic trip and Captain Greg is one of the most amazing people I have met. A very knowledgeable and personable guy. I recommend that anyone wanting to learn how to sail start here. You wont be disappointed!! And look for deals on LivingSocial
15-Jul-2012 We had a great experience. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and i would recommend it for anyone who has ever wanted to try sailing. We had a blast. I would definitely do it again
14-Jul-2012 Great time was had by all.
14-Jul-2012 Loved the class but would've loved it more if we would've gotten to do more hands on. Even if it was small tasks.
7-Nov-2011 It was great! Even in the short time we had, we were able to learn a lot of sailing history, terms and expressions, knots, and sailing basics. I would definitely like to get into sailing and this was a great way to start!
2-Oct-2011 Great experience. Learned a lot, had fun, and really can't find any complaints!
25-Sep-2011 Greg is a great instructor! Was very informative and a lot of fun!
20-Jul-2011 It was a great introductory class! i would recommend it to anyone.
19-Jul-2011 Greg was awesome!!! Highly recommend spending the day on his boat.
16-May-2011 Thought Capt Greg was a great instructor who was always happy to answer all your questions. Also enjoyed the fact that we were a group of 5 for instruction.
24-Apr-2011 It was supposed to be a sailing lesson, but it felt more like a tour. Not enough hand on learning experience.
19-Apr-2011 Very instructional. Would appreciated more time actually sailing.

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