San Francisco Bay Yoga SUP - Sailing - Brooks Island


Baysic Instinct

We all love the Bay, but more often than not we admire it from land. Here are a few ways to get out on the largest Pacific estuary in the Americas. Make it a Bay day!

SUP Yoga Marin

H2 Om

You won’t need to roll out your mat for this yoga class. Instead, hit the cool and calm waters of Richardson Bay to strike some poses on a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP). OnBoardFitness offers a fresh dose of morning Om with SUP Yoga classes based out of Sea Trek in Sausalito. From Schoonmaker Beach, paddle into the tiny protected cove on Richardson Bay for a 75-minute session. Warm up and get your sea legs by balancing your feet on the board and using your arms for locomotion. Then gather around a pro instructor and follow their lead into plank position. Try not to be distracted by playful seals circling and moon jellies pulsating as you do a downward-facing dog. The boards are large and stable (the only people who have fallen off their boards are those who forgot they were on the water), but balance is key, and SUP Yoga works your core double-duty. Savasana, the final position of lying flat on your back, is a memorable moment as the salty sea breeze sweeps over you.

BONUS: Afterward, head to nearby Le Garage Bistro and grab an outdoor table overlooking the sailboats. The P.E.I. Mussels with Herbes de Provence sausage are a post-yoga yummy on the weekend brunch menu.

SUP Yoga with OnBoardFitness is based out of SeaTrek at Schoonmaker Point Marina in Sausalito: Sunday, 8:30 a.m.–9:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m. Cost is $25 per session (board rental included). For more information, email or call 415-497-5479. Classes fill quickly; reserve a spot online. If space fills, additional classes are sometimes added.

Sailing San Francisco Bay with OCSC

America's Cup Appetizer

With San Francisco set to host the America’s Cup, a lot of people are hankering to set sail on the Bay. Be warned: Zipping across San Francisco Bay in a 35-foot J/105 racing sloop sailboat can be highly addictive. If you've never sailed but want to try, take a two-hour Intro to Sailing course with the good folks at OCSC Sailing in Berkeley. They've been giving people the chance to "learn the ropes"—or simply kick back and enjoy the ride—for nearly 30 years. Powering out of the Berkeley Marina, the boat soon emerges into the gusty bay, famous for having the strongest average wind of any waterway in America. When the sails are raised—boom!—the wind hits and the good times roll, literally. Sailing rookies can sit pretty on the high side and take in the scenery—or frighten friends by getting behind the wheel and shouting, "Tacking on the starboard side!" or "The main sail is luffing in the no-go zone" or the always reliable "I'm sailing!" At only $40 a person, this is one of the most inexpensive (and intimate) ways to sail the Bay like a seasoned yachtie. Sink in.

OCSC Sailing, 1 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley; 510-843-4200. The Intro to Sailing course runs three times a day on Saturday from May through October.

Brooks Island Kayak East Bay Regional Parks

Eastern Island

Just a half-mile offshore from the Richmond Marina, Brooks Island has long been a beguiling presence on the Bay. Reached only by water, your ticket to exploring it comes via a kayak and hiking adventure led by the East Bay Regional Park District. Take a seat on a sturdy two-person sea kayak and launch into the protected waters of the marina. Paddling close to shore, you’ll pass the SS Red Oak Victory and other remnants of the booming World War II shipping industry before pointing the kayak toward Brooks Island's leeward side. On shore, the park district naturalist takes the group up to the island's 159-foot peak. That may not sound impressive, but the 360-degree views are a pure Bayorama. The trail descends through coyote brush patches and continues along the western (windward) side of the island. Bits of trivia are peppered in along the leisurely walk. Brooks served time as an industrial rock quarry, hunting club (favored by Bing Crosby and "Trader Vic"), and some scholars believe it was once a sacred Native American burial ground. Today its true calling is protecting the habitat of Caspian terns—identified by their large red bill—camping out in the manmade breakwater strip protruding from the island's northwestern corner. After a 1.5-mile loop of the island, it’s time to paddle back to the mainland.

East Bay Regional Park hosts the "Brooks Island Adventure" kayak trip several times a year. The next available date is July 30. We recommend booking as early as possible as the trips routinely reach maximum capacity. You can book online (select "Programs & Activities" > "All Ages" > "Boating/Kayaking"). All trips are $85 per person and leave from the Richmond Marina, located off of Marina Way South via the I-580 Marina Bay Pkwy. exit.

Find Your Northstar

Tahoe’s record-breaking winter has finally given way to warm weather. And Northstar-at-Tahoe is your base camp for all things summer. Package deals start at just $80 per person, per night, and huge adventure beckons outside your door. Home to Northern California’s largest mountain bike park, Northstar-at-Tahoe offers extensive trails for fat-tire first-timers and downhill demons. Hikers get a smorgasbord of scenery on miles of trails that leave right from the Village—or start at the top! The Big Springs Express Gondola gives explorers just the lift they need. Whether you prefer rolling through the high country on two wheels, hiking to some of the best vantages in the Sierra, or teeing it up on the resort’s 18-hole golf course, Northstar-at-Tahoe is the place to shine this summer.

UPCOMING EVENTS: The Village at Northstar Wine Walk series is the toast of summer. On select Saturdays, enjoy a variety of wine and food samplings throughout the Village (the next one happens June 25.) And don’t miss the Tahoe Star Gazing Tours: guide Tony Berendsen gives a laser tour of the stars and constellations. And get your groove on at the Lake Tahoe Music Festival happening exclusively in the Village at Northstar. The season kicks off July 21 with Blues Traveler.

BONUS NIGHT: Book two nights and get a third night free. Yep, it’s that easy. Extend your weekend to three days!

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