About Captain Heather 

Heather Richard is a US Coast Guard licensed (100 ton) captain for hire on San Francisco Bay. Interested in classic schooners or racing catamarans? Teak or carbon fiber? A gentle cruise or a rip-roaring ride? Learn to sail lessons or private coaching? America’s Cup spectating, sightseeing, whalewatching, crabbing or sipping wine on the Bay… Captain Heather can find you the right boat and the right experience. Almost every day is a fine day for sailing on San Francisco Bay, so call to discuss the possibilities!

Heather grew up on the East Coast and has been sailing since the age of 4. She raced competetively on the Boston University team while earning a BFA in sculpture, and worked on charter boats and in community boating programs in Boston. She also worked for the US Navy in Japan, Sail Carribean Voyages and the Saint Francis Yacht Club coaching young sailors.

She currently lives aboard with her three children in a maritime co-op. In the off season she can be found in her art studio and is active in her community volunteeering with youth programs and bringing waterfront access to underserved populations. She is working with a group of volunteers to start Sausalito’s first community boating program at Cass Gidley Marina. Www.cassgidley.org

For the 2013 sailing season Heather was captain of the Schooner “Gas Light”, in 2014 she added her own vessel “Carodon” to the charter fleet as well as sailing with the America’s Cup Yacht USA 76 and Prosail 40 catamaran “Tomcat”. In winter of 2018-2019 she took her children on a 5000 nautical mile round trip to The Sea of Cortez in Mexico and back and plans to do more long-distance cruising in future off-seasons. She is able to book your ideal sailing experience on a variety of sailing vessels up to 50 passengers and also offers private coaching.