San Francisco Boating Events in 2020
Guests on carbon fiber America's Cup Yacht
Our favorite summer activity in San Francisco – sailing!

A world-renowned venue, San Francisco Bay is home to hundreds of sailing events every year. While the winter months are known for light winds and mild sailing, the summer heats up with consistent sailing conditions and winds reaching 25-35 knots daily. The best seats on the Bay for any of these boating events are, of course, on the water. You can count on USA 76 and her crew on being out there.

Manuel Fagundes Seaweed Soup Regatta

1st Saturday, November – March

This regatta kicks off the “mid-winter” sailboat racing season on San Francisco Bay. For the 49th year running, the Golden Gate Yacht Club hosts one race of the series on the first Saturday of every month from November through March. These races range from low to high winds and call for a hot chocolate at Ghirardelli Square after an often, cool-weather race. Get Your tickets for the last three races of the 2020 Seaweed Soup Regatta on our book now page.

Three Bridge Fiasco

January 26th

Sailboats competing in the Three Bridge Fiasco
Racers approach the Bay Bridge during the Three Bridge Fiasco

This annual race is organized by the Single Handed Sailing Society and hosted at St. Francic Yacht Club. Racers can navigate this 21 nautical mile race in any direction. Still, they must round markers close to each of the Bay Area’s significant bridges – The Golden Gate Bridge, The Bay Bridge, and the Richmond-San Rafel Bridge. In 2019, 230 yachts were registered. Best viewing of the start (usually a fiasco) is from the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marina Green, and of course, on the water.

Opening Day on the Bay

April 26th

This annual celebration marks the start of the boating season in the Bay Area. 2020 marks the 103rd year of the event. Get out on the water to see the boat parade as well as some of the classic and wooden boats that frequent the Bay’s waters.  

SailGP

May 2nd & 3rd

SailGP China in front of San Francisco Skyline
SailGP China speeds by the USA 76

SailGP returns to San Francisco for the second season. These fast and furious yachts will be screaming across San Francisco Bay, above the water, foiling for first place. USA 76 will be sailing on both of the race days, and the practice days leading up to the event to give guests an up-close view. Visit SailGP to learn more. 

The Master Mariners Annual Regatta.

May 23rd

This exquisite event is hosted by the Master Mariners Benevolent Association, a San Francisco yacht club that dates back to 1867. You won’t want to miss these classic, wooden yachts of all shapes and sizes as they sail gracefully across the Bay.

South Beach Yacht Club Summer Beer Can Series

Fridays, April – August

This series takes place on Friday Nights and is hosted by the yacht club located next to Oracle Park (a.k.a. the baseball stadium). While the “beer can” title implies a festive atmosphere, these races are fast and thrilling – and no one is drinking beer. USA 76 joins other Bay Area racing yachts at the start line and competes for line honors every Friday during the summer. With a dramatic San Francisco skyline as a backdrop and cheering from the stadium, guests get a feeling of what it was like to race USA 76 during her America’s Cup days. Join the other competitors at the yacht club after the race for a BBQ and awards ceremony.

Fourth of July

July 4th

Fireworks over San Francisco
Fourth of July Boating in San Francisco. Photo from the National Parks Service.

Celebrate the Nation’s founding aboard USA76. From our vantage point in the central part of the Bay, you’ll see the annual fireworks show from San Francisco, Sausalito, Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda – that is, if Karl the Fog doesn’t decide to crash the party. 

Rolex Big Boat Series

September 17th – 20th

Sailboats racing under Golden Gate Bridge
Sailboats racing under the Golden Gate Bridge

Hosted by the prestigious St. Francis Yacht Club and dating back to 1964, the Rolex Big Boat Series draws sailing talent from all over the world. Dubbed the West Coast’s premier big boat race, you’ll see over 150 yachts from all over the country take to the Bay vying for bragging rights and the Rolex that accompanies 1st place.

San Francisco Fleet Week

October 4-13, 2020

Zumwalt Warship in at Pier 39
The U.S. Navy Stealth Warship “Zumwalt” at Pier 39 for SF Fleet Week

A week-long celebration of military appreciation, SF Fleet Week is one of the most significant maritime events in the country. Born in 1935 the event allows civilians to tour US warcraft and buy sailors a burger in thanks for their service. The highlight of the event is an Air Show over the Bay that showcases the talents of veteran and civilian performance pilots. Watch as they soar and swoop over the Golden Gate Bridge, along the City Front, and all across the Bay.  

Great Pumpkin Regatta

October 31st & November 1st

Hosted by the Richmond Yacht Club, the Great Pumpkin is one of our favorite races of the year. Sailors from all over the Bay Area dress up to compete for first place and bragging rights. Before the start of the race, organizers pitch pumpkins into the Bay. Any competitor who picks one up along the racecourse is entitled to a few minutes off their overall time. This means the difference between first and last place could be a few waterlogged pumpkins!

Check out our 2020 sailing calendar to book the event you want to attend this year!