June sailing '14

Ahoy there!

What a wonderfully diverse month of sailing trips aboard the good ship Ventura.  We've had some upscale and casual corporate evening sails during the week, an elegant and fun wedding aboard (officiated by yours truly in formal US Merchant Marine captain uniform) and several Sunday afternoon and sunset sails sponsored by a some very hip bars.  

This month we are also hosting a special fireworks sail on June 29th for the culmination of Gay Pride week.  Be sure to sign up early for this annual tradition as we are always sold out.  (www.smarttix.com sells our tickets.  Type sailing in the search box.)


NEW NEW NEW this year will be our Fire Island fleet!!!!!!!  Two neat little sailboats, each capable of sleeping 2 couples in cozy (as in New York studio apt style) quarters, at anchor off Fire Island or the south shore of Long Island.  Very cool with weekend rentals at $500 per boat.  Check in with me for the details.


OK time to get off this keyboard and start riding Ventura's oh so solid teak decks and go sailing!  Hope to see you aboard!

Capt Pat

April 3, 2014

Ahoy shipmates!

This season is shaping up for one of our most fun, busiest and diverse!

CORPORATE AND PRIVATE DAY AND EVENING SAILS started booking as early as this last February, which meant my "Bahamas Brain Mode" was jolted from time to time... One minute I am climbing out of the dingy and tossing some freshly-speared dinner on deck, then later that evening, a glass of Cuban rum in hand, logging on to email a corporate event planner. Thankfully, all those early bookings were from previous clients, so they were cool with my responses being coming back at not quite the "in a New York minute" speed. Island time, you know! Great to have such long term relationships with clients in such a pleasant way. Truly the way I had dreamed and hoped it would be when starting up this wonderful gig way back in 1987. So thanks to all you early birds not just for the biz but for the fun and your understanding my winter Caribbean sailing dude mode.

FRIDAY SUNSET SAILS CONTINUE this season and are our longest running, unbroken tradition! Running May through September, boarding most times at 6:15 and sailing 6:30 to 9:00 (ish). Ish meaning since we are under sailpower returning to dock on the dot of 9:00 is more of a moving target. There is an expression in this watery world that applies: "Any sailor who gives you an exact timetable is either a rookie or a damn fool." As always, Friday sunset sails are open to the general public, which means you can buy one ticket at a time, or several. Not unusual for us to see couples on dates or a few folks from the office - even a wedding of 6 last summer! -- booking on Fridays. And always always always, your picnic snacks and byo wines and beers (no hard liquor please) are welcome aboard. Tickets via www.smarttix.com

EVERY SUNDAY SAILING TRIPS! Our favorite East Village watering holes have expanded their trips and opened them up to the general public. Way cool. Sailing from 2:30 to 5:30 with a convivial group of shipmates we cruise through NY Harbor and enjoy those really wonderful late afternoon breezes and those delightful craft ales and beers that distinguish d.b.a. The prevailing winds in the summer afternoons sweep in from the southwest, crossing the harbor on a diagonal, and create ideal conditions for Ventura. Check our calendar to find a Sunday trip that works for you.

Our salty crew -- you will see the same faces -- continue to shed their winter gigs and will help you across the gangplank with smiling faces and a very sincere welcome aboard! See you aboard! RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! Capt Pat