BARBARY GHOST   
Nautical adventures and private escapes
on a unique charter boat in San Rafael, CA

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BOAT-ASSISTED PADDLEBOARD ADVENTURES!


The Bay Area's original paddle tour specialist, Barbary Ghost offers regularly scheduled paddleboard tours in partnership with 101 Surf Sports.  Tours posted on our Events Calendar allow individual sign up.  Private group tours are also available on request for up to 6 people.  Select a tour below or email to inquire about a private tour.
 
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WINDY WEDNESDAYS
Wednesdays 5:30pm - 8:00pm at 101 Surf Sports
OPEN FOR INDIVIDUAL ENROLLMENT



Through a partnership with 101 Surf Sports, Barbary Ghost is pleased to host guided, boat supported downwinders every Wednesday through September.  This trip is a great way for paddlers who have never experienced downwinding to "get a taste."  Paddlers depart the dock at 101 Surf Sports with a guide for a 1.5 mile flat water paddle down the canal.  At the entrance to San Rafael Bay they rendezvous with the boat to assess the wind conditions.  Under west winds, the group continues on for a 1.5 mile downwind run to the Marin Islands.  Under south winds, the group boards the boat for a shuttle upwind that positions them for a downwind run.   In either case, the boat picks up paddlers on the wind-sheltered side of the Marin Islands for a victory cruise back to 101 Surf Sports.  Complimentary snacks and drinks on the upper deck.  This is one of only a few tours open to individual sign-up, so book early!  Check the calendar for tour dates.

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ANGEL ISLAND PADDLE & BOAT PICNIC
  3 mile flatwater paddle, 4 hour tour
available all year on request, departing Loch Lomond Marina
AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE GROUP BOOKINGS - SCHEDULE YOUR OWN TIME & DATE
OR SIGN-UP INDIVIDUALLY FOR A SCHEDULED TRIP


Explore the rugged beauty and hidden beaches of Angel Island's wind-sheltered eastern shore.  A 50 minute boat cruise along Marin's Inner coast
will deliver you to a protected cove on Angel Island.  From here, you'll paddle at your own pace along the 3 miles of shore and back, making landfall as you please to explore sandy beaches that are accessible only by boat.  Even on windy days, this stretch of water is usually calm and flat.  Pack your own boat picnic and refreshments for this trip, and bring something for the grill if you'd like.  This is a half-day (4 hour) tour departing and returning Loch Lomond Marina in San Rafael.

  • $55/person (advance registration required (NOT a walk-up event)
  • or book a private trip for $225/group and schedule your own date and time!
  • $40/premium SUP rental
  • all participants must sign Waiver and Release of Liability
  • requires basic paddle experience
  • life vest and leash required (vest must be worn)
  • limit 6 passengers



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    DOWNWIND SUP SAFARI
    selected Saturdays through October 12:00pm - 5:00pm  at Loch Lomond Marina
    OPEN FOR INDIVIDUAL ENROLLMENT



    This is a half-day, boat-enabled downwind session for advanced paddlers looking for some serious "glide time."  The group meets at Loch Lomond Marina, loads boards onto the boat, and cruises out onto the Bay in search of the optimum downwind route, which varies by the hour.  Once the route is defined, boards are splashed and the group is off racing downwind and riding bumps with Barbary Ghost shadowing for support.  At the end of the run paddlers climb aboard for a shuttle back upwind.  This allows time to rehydrate, refuel, warm up, hit the restroom, and change out gear.  Depending on conditions, paddlers can expect 2-3 downwind runs of about 3-4 miles each.
    • $75/person + additional $40/premium downwind SUP rental
    • advance registration required (NOT a walk-up event); limit 6 people
    • requires advanced paddle skills and excellent physical condition
    • instruction in downwind technique is recommended prior to tour
    • must bring own life vest and leash 
    • rigid stand up paddleboards only on this tour (no prone boards or kayaks)
    • all participants must sign Waiver and Release of Liability
    • departs from and returns to Loch Lomond Marina

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    BELOW ARE TOURS AVAILABLE ONLY FOR PRIVATE GROUP BOOKING 
     
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    PRIVATE DOWNWIND SUP SESSION
    available all year on request, departing Loch Lomond Marina
    PRIVATE GROUP BOOKINGS ONLY - SCHEDULE YOUR OWN TIME & DATE



    Open a world of possibilities with a boat-assisted downwind SUP session aboard Barbary Ghost.  Using a support boat allows quick reaction to the Bay's ever-changing wind directions and access to the areas of the bay that are hard to reach by paddle alone.  Between paddle sessions your group can climb aboard to refuel, rehydrate, warm-up, change gear, and hit the restroom
    before splashing boards again.  With your support boat monitoring vessel traffic and other hazards, you can relax and focus on catching glides.  Order ahead to rent 12'6" or 14" SIC Bullets, the world's leading downwind SUP, and the boards will be preloaded and waiting for you on the boat - no hauling or strapping on cars!  Complimentary bottled water and energy bars on the boat.

  • $99/1st hour + $50/each additional hour (minimum 2 hours / maximum 6 hours)
  • pricing is for a group of 1-6 people
  • non-paddling passengers are welcome but count toward the 6 person limit
  • $45/premium SUP rental
  • all participants must sign Waiver and Release of Liability
  • requires downwind SUP experience and excellent physical condition
  • BYO board, but rigid paddleboards only (no kayaks or inflatables for this tour)
  • life vest and leash required (vest must be worn)

  • Simplified Pricing Explanation for Private Downwind SUP Sessions:
    2 hrs - $149/group * 3 hrs - $199/group * 4 hrs - $249/group * 5 hrs - $299/group * 6 hrs - $349/group



     



    drew@barbaryghost.com
    (415)754-0205









     

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