SunSwept Sailing

Marina 2 Santa Barbara Harbor
Santa Barbara, CA

SunSwept Sailing is Santa Barbara’s most exclusive sailing yacht charter, private instruction and yacht sales. Sailing in Santa Barbara has never looked so good.

Private Charters Aboard Sailing Yacht Kelpie

Your party of up to six passengers will enjoy an exhilarating private sailboat charter along the Santa Barbara coastline with magnificent ocean and mountain views. You’ll have the time of your life aboard the classic yacht, Kelpie, with her exquisite wooden features and smooth sailing style. Sit back, relax and delight in occasional wildlife sightings such as harbor seals, sea lions, bottlenose dolphins and much more. Choose from one of their specially curated cruises or customize your own private sailing adventure.

Whale Watching

Each year over 25,000 Gray whales migrate over 14,000 miles from Alaska to Mexico and back. This migration is the longest of any mammal on the planet and passes through the coastal waters of Santa Barbara from mid-February through mid-May. Join SunSwept Sailing for a thrilling up close and personal whale watching experience! 3 hours, departs daily February – May.

Sunset Cruise

This 2-hour sunset cruise is the perfect way to spend a Santa Barbara evening. Departing year-round, they follow the sun as it sets over the beautiful Pacific Ocean during winter; and behind the majestic Santa Ynez Mountains in spring and summer. Keep an eye out for dolphins or an occasional whale as the sun sinks slowly below the horizon.

Coastal Adventure

Departing daily May-February, this 3-hour cruise sails along the American Riviera exploring the Santa Barbara and Montecito coastlines. Experience the pure joy of sailing on the classic yacht, Kelpie, with occasional views of wildlife like sea lions, dolphins and more.

Santa Barbara Harbor & Waterfront Cruise

Departing daily May-February, on our 1-hour cruise you will explore the Santa Barbara Harbor, Waterfront, and Stearns Wharf with a narrated tour and magnificent views of the American Riviera coastline with occasional views of wildlife like sea lions, dolphins, and more.

Best of the West

Sailing west from Santa Barbara you will discover the beautiful coastlines of Hope Ranch, More Mesa, and Goleta for 4 wonderful hours at sea with occasional views of wildlife like sea lions, dolphins, and more. This cruise can be customized to depart 8 am through 4 pm.

Engagements & Special Occasions

When you ask your partner to marry you, you’ll want to create a romantic day to reflect back on for the rest of your life. The sailing yacht, Kelpie, provides the perfect venue for marriage proposals, anniversary celebrations, and other momentous occasions. From sunset cruises to daytime sailboat charters, SunSwept Sailing will help you create just the right moment to express your feelings, complete with champagne and flowers.

Memorials at Sea

The Santa Barbara Harbor and surrounding Channel Islands are often locations with special meaning. SunSwept Sailing offers a dignified ash scattering service and memorial at sea aboard the classic sailing yacht, Kelpie, with tranquil vistas of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains. Let them take care of all the details so you’re free to spend cherished time with family and friends in remembrance of your loved one.

Private Yacht Instruction

SunSwept Sailing offers private instruction aboard your own vessel. Get to know your own boat, how it handles, and how to maximize your skill. Captain Spencer’s enthusiasm and knowledge will help you gain the confidence necessary to fully engage in the spirit of sailing in Santa Barbara. He is an accomplished offshore passage-maker and ocean adventurer ready to help you up your sailing game. Lessons start at 4 hours, with packages available for 12+ hours at a discounted rate.

Yacht Sales

Looking for the yacht of your dreams? Captain Spencer is a DBW-licensed yacht salesperson and member of the California Yacht Brokers Association. He will assist you in evaluating your needs, finding and purchasing the perfect boat for your lifestyle.

Looking to sell? List your yacht with Captain Spencer through Seacoast Yachts, Santa Barbara.

Hours of Operation

Monday 8am-8pm
Tuesday 8am-8pm
Wednesday 8am-8pm
Thursday 8am-8pm
Friday 8am-8pm
Saturday 8am-8pm
Sunday 8am-8pm
SunSwept Sailing

Marina 2 Santa Barbara Harbor
Santa Barbara, CA 93109

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Whale Watching
Location: SunSwept Sailing

Each year over 25,000 Gray whales migrate around 14,000 miles from Alaska to Mexico and back. This migration is the longest of any mammal…