Spinnaker Sailing
Redwood City, Northern California
| 650-363-1390 | spinnakersailing.com

Established in 1980 Spinnaker Sailing and has been providing sailing instruction on San Francisco Bay for over 34 years. As the oldest operating American Sailing Association school in the country Spinnaker Sailing has certified thousands of sailors and in the processes established itself as a leader in Sailing Instruction.

Our location in Redwood City, California is an ideal place to learn with great weather, smooth seas and consistent winds. In addition to locally run classes Spinnaker also runs Bareboat Chartering and Catamaran certification classes on our overseas sailing vacations in South Pacific, Caribbean and Mediterranean.

Our instructors are ASA certified and U.S. Coast Guard Licensed providing students the most experienced and knowledgeable instructors. The instructional staff at Spinnaker Sailing have years of teaching experience making learning, safe and enjoyable. Spinnaker Sailing prides itself on our instructional staff. Many of our instructors have been teaching with us for over 10 to as some as many as 30 years. Their commitment and genuine interest in the success of each student make Spinnaker Sailing a special place to learn to sail.

Students who graduate from Spinnaker Sailing School not only received the internationally recognized certification from ASA but the confidence to sail anywhere in the world. Our Learn to Sail guarantee is our way of assuring students that they will be able to confidently sail on their own once they complete classes. Our current fleet consist 20 boats ranging in size from 25 feet to 40 feet and have been picked for their suitability for San Francisco Bay.

Spinnaker Sailing in Redwood City is the perfect sailing club providing, sailing instruction and sailing activities for those living on the San Francisco Peninsula, South Bay and East Bay locations. Spinnaker does host a Wednesday Night Race series where members race in a one design fleet. Spinnaker Sailing also offers a club membership program giving members an opportunity to sail on club sponsored sails up to 4 days a week for as little as $49.00 month.

American Sailing Certifications Offered

ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
Learn to skipper a 20' - 27' sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25'-35' keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30'-45' sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.
ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
Learn to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any conditions.
ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran
ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran
Learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30-45' feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions.
ASA 117, Basic Celestial Endorsement
ASA 117, Basic Celestial Endorsement
Learn to apply basic celestial navigation theory and practice to determine latitude and longitude at sea using a sextant and Nautical Almanac.
ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
Learn basic docking skills for boats with single inboard or outboard engines. Discover the basic theory and hands-on techniques needed to dock and undock boats in an efficient manner and without damage or injury.

Other Services Available

  • Private Courses
  • Weekday Courses
  • Weekend Courses
  • Corporate Team Building Courses
  • ASA 'Challenges'
  • Summer Camps for Kids
  • Day Sail Charters (public)
  • Day Sail Charters (member-only)
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Racing Courses


ASA Veterans Sailing Education Program - Sign Up Now >>

At ASA we recognize the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have served or are serving in our country's armed forces. As a token of our appreciation, and our way of saying thank you, we are inviting veterans and active military personnel to share our passion for sailing by offering a discount on our ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course. Spinnaker Sailing is offering a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.

Sailing School Reviews / Testimonials

  • Just finished basic keelboat sailing classes for a sailing trip we're taking in the BVI in July. Steve was our instructor. I was with my daughter and her friend who will be coming and we all had a great time and had fun learning from Steve. He "..."

    Peggy B - ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing

  • Excellent experience! I just did a two-day basic keelboat sailing course and loved it. I had Dave as my in-classroom instructor and Rudy as my on the sea instructor. Both guys were awesome. I was super nervous about navigating the boat (never "..."

    Nushie N - ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing

  • Excellent Class! I felt fortunate to have David as an instructor

    Bryan O - ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising

Sailing School Flotillas

December 1st - 9th 2023 Starting from $4,600
ASA Flotilla
Sailing in Paradise is a dream of most sailors, yet most never get around to it. Spinnaker not only makes it possible but makes it easy. We have been making the dream come true in B.V.I. for almost 30 years. We make it safe, easy, affordable and memorable. Join us as an individual, couple, or cobble together a group of friends or family to fill a boat of your own.

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Spinnaker Sailing

Address 451 Seaport CtRedwood CityCA94063United States
Phone 650-363-1390
Website spinnakersailing.com
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