If you do not find a member
of this forum willing to take you out on a sail, there are some boats in the SF area that do "Sailboat Tours" (you could go as a single) of a "day sail" on the bay. The cost is not high, the boats are about 36 feet long.
As I recall
, there is a female skipper
who does this (paid tours) on her boat
And there are several others, including the following $45 for a 90 minute sail, starting from Pier 39 (a very convenient location if you are walking around downtown SF).
A good thing about starting at this location is that is a prime area for seeing the city and the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz (about 1.5 mile from Pier 39). There may be other sailors in other parts
of the SF Bay
(which is very long/large) and it may take a long time (hours) to get to the "city front" if they keep their boats on the far periphery of the bay.
If you are considering several possible paid "sailboat tours" then I would ask to see where they start from in the SF Bay
area. That will make a difference in what you will be able to see. I would prefer to start from either Pier 39 or from Sausalito if going on a sailboat tour (short tour).
San Francisco Sailing Co. San Francisco Bay Sailboat Charters & Tours
IF you have a choice:
If you only have one opportunity to go on a daysail and if you have multiple possible sources of the ride, ask if they will take you by the City Front AND if they will take you under the Golden Gate Bridge. Going UNDER the bridge is very memorable, but not all boats go there, due to wind
and tide or lack of time.
Here is more information that will tell you about sailing on SF Bay.
San Francisco Bay is one of the best places on the planet for sailing, so I have no doubt you will find any kind of challenge or fun you seek there. I sailed there for years and enjoyed it very much. Have fun!
Since you are new to sailing SF, and I assume you would like to learn good places to sail, I will give you a link to a guide that is concise but helpful. It shows and tells with some good insights. It even has an itinerary for a day sail around the bay with tips on direction to go and places to see and things to do. I hope it gives you a good start. It was published by "Latitude 38" the local sailing rag (magazine) that has long been a source for good stuff related to sailing in the SF Bay.
Dress Warmly and in Layers When Sailing ON San Francisco Bay
I encourage you to dress warmly (or take warm clothing
with you) when you go sailing on SF Bay. Even if the air temperature is "warm" in April and when you leave your hotel
it looks like a "perfect spring day," the water temperature can be "cold" if you get spray on you.
So, take a waterproof or raincoat with you along with a fleece/sweater/jumper of some kind.
In the summer, many sailors dress very warmly, including wearing "fleece" and even "watch caps" (woolen knit caps) AND many or most wear foul weather clothing
(even on a bright sunny day). A set of sailing gloves is also recommended if you intend to help manage the boat, as hands do get cold.
Of course you might not need it, but when you do, you will have it. Put simply, many tourists are NOT prepared for the "cool to cold" air and water
temperatures when ON the water in a boat.