FAQs

General Sail FAQs

Our sails depart at the time specified on your reservation, which is listed in your confirmation email. For example, if you purchase tickets for a 6:30 PM Sunset Sail, the sail will depart at 6:30 PM sharp. Please arrive at L Dock for check-in 30 minutes prior to departure. Guest will begin boarding 15 minutes prior to the sail.
The Team O’Neill’s maximum capacity is 49 passengers (including infants), plus captain and crew.
Yes, we do carry a sufficient number of jackets for all passengers. We only require that children 12 and younger wear one during the sail. When you book tickets for your children, please be sure to list their ages so we can have the appropriate sizes out and ready for them.
Keep in mind that it is often windy and cooler on the water and dressing in layers is recommended. We always suggest bringing an extra jacket, sweater or sweatshirt. Sunscreen and sunglasses are also important, as the sun can be intense as it is reflected off the water. No high-heels or boots are allowed, so please wear flat, non-scuffing shoes. You may wish to bring binoculars and a camera along.
You may bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages aboard any of our public sails. No BYOB. We also have a beverage bar aboard where we sell a variety of beer and wine, plus other hot and cold non-alcoholic drinks. All drinks range $1-5 and both cash and credit are accepted.
Yes, the “head” is fully functional, complete with running water, toilet paper and soap.
We suggest that you monitor the weather forecast a day or so prior to your sail and wear appropriate clothing. Keep in mind that a little fog or cool weather won’t keep us from sailing. Your safety is paramount to us and we will not sail in unsafe conditions. If the sail needs to be cancelled due to unsafe weather or sailing conditions, we will notify you immediately and up to 1 hour prior to our departure time.
The Team O’Neill catamaran is stationed at L Dock, on the southeast side of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. 
We suggest arriving 30 minutes prior to your sail’s scheduled start time to secure your parking. There are many metered Visitor parking spots available, which take quarters and are $1.25/hour.
If you cannot make the sail you have purchased tickets for, please give us a call or send us an email to let us know. Although ticket purchases will not be refunded, you can reschedule your tickets for another time in the same sailing season (May–October), depending on availability. Please contact us immediately if you need to cancel your reservation. No-shows will not be refunded under any circumstances.
Pregnant women should have no problem enjoying the sail. Our 65′ catamaran offers a smooth, stable and comfortable sailing experience. Guests are also welcome to relax in our covered cabin, which is a great way to take a break from the sun and wind.
Unfortunately the boat is not wheelchair accessible. If you have limited mobility but can leave your wheelchair behind and be helped onto the boat, you are more than welcome to attend. Remember that the restroom on board is not handicapped accessible so you may need assistance.
Although we love animals, the only ones we will see are the ones we spot out on the bay. No animals are allowed aboard.
Yes. Your crew works hard for you and appreciates any cash gratuities you leave them. Gratuities are never solicited, but you’ll spot the treasure chest by the captain’s wheel as you exit the boat.
Absolutely! We love working one-on-one with you to create a memorable experience for you and your guests. Private charters are wonderful for corporate off-sites, birthdays, weddings, reunions, parties and memorials-at-sea. Give us a call or send us an email to inquire about availability and pricing.
No, passengers are not permitted to scatter ashes during any of our public sailing tours. If you’d like to scatter ashes, we’d be happy to book a private memorial sail for you and your loved ones. Please contact us directly for more details.

Beer Sail FAQs

In addition to sailing on the Monterey Bay and enjoying the scenic beauty of the coastline views, all your craft beer samples are included, as well as food. We serve a variety gourmet pizza from Pleasure Pizza’s East Side Eatery. You’ll also get the opportunity to meet some of the team behind the brews!
For the 2016 summer season, we’re partnering with Discretion Brewing, Uncommon Brewers, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing and New Bohemia Brewing. Check our sail calendar for which sail each specific brewery will be out on.
Generally, all our Local Beer Sampling Sails take place on Friday nights before sunset. We return just after sunset, so you’ll get the added bonus of kicking off your weekend with some fun and beauty on the water.
Although the nature of these sails is geared towards adults, everyone is welcome aboard. We offer a discounted ticket price to minors. All adults age 21 and over will need to present a valid I.D. to participate in the beer sampling.

Wine Sail FAQs

In addition to sailing on the Monterey Bay and enjoying the scenic beauty of the coastline views, all your wine tastings are included, as well as food. Each winery brings aboard select food pairings to compliment their wines. You’ll also get the opportunity to meet some of the winemakers!
For the 2016 summer season, we’re partnering with Private Vine Wines, Bonny Doon Vineyards, MJA Vineyards, Storrs Winery & Vineyards and Pelican Ranch Winery. Check our sail calendar for which sail each specific winery will be out on.
Generally, all our Local Wine Tasting Sails take place on Wednesday evenings during the local regatta. It’s a great time to have some mid-week fun!
Although the nature of these sails is geared towards adults, everyone is welcome aboard. We offer a discounted ticket price to minors. All adults age 21 and over will need to present a valid I.D. to participate in the wine tasting.