OVERNIGHT SAILING ADVENTURES
A day spent sailing on the Lake, a night spent afloat under the stars.
Overnight Boat Camping Adventures led by Captain Ben Soofer
Customizable Route and Times
Lake Tahoe | California
OVERNIGHT SAILING EXPERIENCE
Join Captain Ben for a private overnight boat camping adventure! Begin with a full afternoon of sailing and exploring Lake Tahoe. Next, find the perfect place to anchor the boat and settle in for a spectacular sunset and immaculate display of stars. We take Lakefront to a whole new level!
Our 27' sailboat has 4 cozy sea-berths within the main cabin, and two full-length berths outside in the cockpit. A simple kitchen, toilet, and basic amenities such as a heater and stove will make your overnight experience rugged yet comfortable.
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Meet Captain Ben
Ben’s life has been shaped by a passion for sailing, people, and adventure travel! Since learning to sail at the age of eight, Ben has smashed 35,000+ ocean miles while crisscrossing the globe as a sailing-based outdoor educator.
Outside of the summer sailing season, Ben teaches college-level environmental study and leadership courses in the wilderness as a NOLS field instructor.
Ben’s patience, communication skills, and growth-oriented mindset make him a fun, approachable, and caring instructor out on the water.
Ben holds his 100-Ton USCG Captains License, 200-Ton IYT Yachtmaster Ticket, PADI Divemaster, and is an active NOLS Instructor.
MEET THE CAPTAIN
Lake Tahoe famous Zephyr wind!
Famous for its crystal clear water, Tahoe is the largest Alpine lake in North America sitting at an elevation of 6,225 feet. Its water is 99.994% pure and reaches a depth of 1,644 feet. Lake Tahoe is completely surrounded by the captivating Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, alpine forests, turquoise anchorages, and a mountain town vibe. In the summer, it truly is a tropical mountain paradise.
But the best part is its sailing conditions! Known for its afternoon zephyr, a steady 12-18 knot wind from the Southwest, which creates a perfect sailing playground.
Let's talk $$
Overnight adventure pricing is itinerary-dependent.
Send us an inquiry for a custom quote!
*Price does not include airfare, hotel, transportation to/from the airport or lake, food, drinks, or recommended items to bring.
The Famous Catalina 27'
The Catalina 27’ was designed in 1971 by Frank Butler in the US. It is the most produced sailboat of its size, and over 6,000 of these boats have been built! This trusty sailboat has been tested by the open ocean, with multiple circumnavigations completed aboard the 27-footer.
Our Catalina 27 'Kelly Kapowski' has a sloop rig (one mast & one forestay), a wheel helm, an inboard diesel motor, and a practical cabin. The Catalina 27' is a flexible, reliable, and fun boat for learning, exploring, and having fun on the lake!
ABOUT THE BOAT
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Tailored to your Expectations
Whether you want this experience to be relaxing or informative, we have you covered! Feel free to relax and enjoy the view, or take the helm and work the lines. Captain Ben is a seasoned instructor whose patience and love of teaching ensures your day will exceed your expectations.
Where will we meet and sail to?
The West Shore of Lake Tahoe has so much to offer a sailor! Depending on the weather, we're flexible to keep the sails hoisted or find a pristine anchorage for a refreshing swim. Wind on the Lake picks up in the early afternoon, hence your journey begins in the afternoon.
Based on conditions for the day, boarding will take place somewhere between Tahoe City and Homewood Ski Resort. The exact location will be shared within one week of your trip. Drop off will be at the same location as pick-up.
Your day, night, and morning aboard our 27' Catalina sailboat includes Captain Ben keeping you safe and happy, all safety equipment, water and non-alcoholic beverages, a cooler for your use, a speaker for music, and a guaranteed good time. The boat is equipped with a two-burner for preparing meals and snacks aboard.
We encourage you to bring whatever food or other beverages you'd like, a swimsuit and towel, sunscreen, a warmer layer for the evening, and a charged phone for pics!
Basic Linens and blankets will be provided, but we may recommend a sleeping bag depending on the time of year and weather forecast!
WHO IS THIS FOR?
Never sailed? All good!
No sailing experience is necessary to join! Anyone in your group can interact as much or as little as they'd like on board.
There is no minimum age for our overnight expeditions. We encourage families, couples, and groups of all kinds to join us!
Experienced Sailor? Welcome aboard!
Whether you've sailed a few times and are eager to learn more or have already crossed an Ocean, Captain Ben is open to all levels and keen on sharing the ins and out of sailing on Lake Tahoe. We place a huge emphasis on experiential learning and invite you to share what you're most interested in learning.
Being out on the water means we are subject to LOTS of sun at a HIGH ELEVATION which can be intense! Typical summer weather is 60-80°F. The following items will make your time spent with us the most enjoyable.
1. Sunscreen! Please avoid spray-on sunscreen as these make the boat slippery/dangerous. We ask you use a "reef friendly" sunscreen to help keep Tahoe Blue.
2. A hat that will stay on in wind.
3. A swimsuit, towel, and long sleeve rash guard/UV shirt.
4. Water bottle and foodstuff for Lunch, Dinner, and Breakfast. There are plenty of places nearby to grab food to-go the day of. We will have a cooler with ice to utilize on the boats.
5. Shoes that are easy to slip on and off, as we put shoes away while on the boat.
6. Sunglasses to protect your eyes and help you see incoming wind lines. Polarized lenses work best.
7. Light rain jacket in case rain arrives, and a warm jacket as it tends to cool off in the evening.
8. One full change of clothes in case anything gets wet or you feel like another layer is necessary at night!
What are CA's COVID protocols?
If a student is feeling ill, showing symptoms, has been in contact with anyone who has tested positive, or tests positive themselves, we ask that you NOT take the course for the safety of others. We will be happy to reschedule the course.
ALL cancellations will incur a 3% charge to cover processing fees plus a $50 admin charge for all instances below.
If a participant cancels 30 or more days before first day of event they will receive 100% refund of payment.
If a participant cancels within 14-29 days from first day of event they will receive a 50% refund of payment if they are paid in full, and no refund will be issued if only deposit has been paid.
If a participant cancels within 14 days of event, no refund will be issued.