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 or email 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". She is able to book your ideal sailing experience on a variety of sailing vessels up to 50 passengers and also offers private coaching.
After a journey of just over 5000 nautical miles and six months away, we sailed under the Golden Gate on Friday and will be chartering again starting tomorrow! We have lots of new sea stories to tell and ideas try this season for enhancing your sailing experiences so be sure to book a sailing trip soon! Looking for an extended sailing vacation or overnight adventure sailing package? We have options for those as well, from Alaska to Mexico!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you are all celebrating with friends and family and a good meal, thinking of all the things to be thankful for, as we are. For us the sailing season went very well this year and it seems that the worst of the forest fires in northern California are finally over with the arrival of the first rain. Our thoughts are with those who are still dealing with the fires, and will be for sometime to come.
When the end of the sailing season came in San Francisco this year we decided to do something different for the winter. We are taking the kids out of school and heading south to Mexico! We’re not sure how long we will be gone or how far will sail, but the goal is to give the kids a totally different kind of education than what they’ve had so far, learning from the world around them first hand and experiencing new cultures.
We will be setting up our voyage tracker soon and will let you know how to check and see where exactly we are in the world. If you find that you are nearby and you’d like to come out for sail, please still get in touch, as we would be very happy to host you! Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a charter on the San Francisco Bay, check out a good friend of ours in Sausalito sailingmemo.com. Just say hello from Captain Heather!
As we travel we will be posting videos and YouTube anywhere that we can fine fast Wi-Fi To upload them. First two episodes just went up, so if you’re sitting around oh turkey and with nothing to do, please check out our YouTube channel finedayforsailing and give us a like… while I’m still learning to edit and it’s taken a little while to get the hang of filming while sailing, we’re having fun making these videos. It’s very exciting for us to be sharing our voyage with YOU! Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a comment so we can stay in touch!
Some photos of departure day and catching our first meal from the Pacific…
Most exciting email I’ve received this week reads:
On behalf of Circle 8 Productions, we are excited to showcase your business Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 @ 3:00 PM PSTon CBS-KPIX SF for our next episode of This is SF! Additionally, your episode of This Is SF will re-air on Sunday, April 29th, 2018 @ 11:30 AM on KBCW-Cable 12!
Be sure to catch us on tv, unless of course it’s a fine day for sailing and you’re on the water instead!