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Private Group Charters

Enjoy a private sailing adventure led by Captain Ben Soofer on our 27’ Catalina Sailboat.

 Kick back and relax, or take the helm and become part of the crew!

Day Sailing & Sunset Sails

Lake Tahoe | California

PRIVATE SAILING ADVENTUREs

Join Captain Ben for a private sailing charter around the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. Sit back and let the wind blow through your hair without lifting a finger, or take the helm and experience sailing up close and personal. Price includes boat, Captain, and room for 5 guests. A sixth guest can join for an additional $100 but space is limited on the 27' boat.

Full Day Sailing Session w/ Captain - 1:30PM to 6:00PM
Sunset Sail w/ Captain - 4:30PM to 7:00PM

MEET THE CAPTAIN

Captain Ben is a passionate and experienced ocean sailor, educator, and world adventurer. Ben has etched over 35,000 nautical miles around the globe on 12'-116' vessels. His 10+ years of sailing instruction experience ensure a safe, informative, and most importantly FUN session for you and your group. 

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Meet The Captain

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

 

why lake

tahoe?

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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. 

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Let's talk $$

Full Day Sailing Session 1:30pm-6:00pm
$900
Includes boat, Captain, and room for 5 guests. A sixth guest can join for an additional $100 but space is limited on the 27' boat. 

Sunset Sailing Session 4:30pm-7:00pm
$600
Includes boat, Captain, and room for 5 guests. A sixth guest can join for an additional $100 but space is limited on the 27' boat. 

100% of the cost is due upon booking.

*Price does not include airfare, hotel, transportation to/from the airport or lake, food, drinks or recommended items to bring.

cost

 
 

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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! 

TELL ME
ABOUT THE BOAT

 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

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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?

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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 all sessions take place during this time.

Based on conditions of the day, boarding will take place somewhere between Tahoe City and Homewood Ski Resort. Exact location will be shared within one week of your trip. Drop off will be the same location as pick-up.

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What's included?

Your day 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. 

We encourage you to bring whatever food or other beverages you'd like, a swim suit and towel, sunscreen, a warmer layer for the evening, and a charged phone for pics!

 

WHO IS
THIS FOR?

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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 sailing sessions. We encourage families, couples, groups, and singles to join us! 

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Experienced Sailor? Welcome aboard!

Whether you've sailed a few times and eager to learn more or 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 your most interested in practicing.

 

what

should i

bring?

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Recommended Items

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 lunch. 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 in case it cools off in the evening.

 

covid &

refunds

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What are CA's COVID protocols?

Due to the nature of sailing in a noisy environment and the importance of good communication, masks will not be mandatory. However, instructors will be getting tested 1-2 times a week.

 

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.

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Cancellation Policy

  1. If a participant cancels 30 or more days before first day of course they will receive 100% refund of payment (minus credit card processing fees and a $50 admin charge). 

  2. If a participant cancels within 14-29 days from first day of course they will receive a 50% refund of payment (minus credit card processing fees and a $50 admin charge). 

  3. If a participant cancels within 14 days of course there is no refund.