About Us

Welcome to Next Level Sailing — located in San Diego, California.




Founded 2003

In 2003, long-time San Diego Yacht Club member, Troy Sears and his business partners purchased two International America’s Cup Class (IACC) racing yachts from legendary America’s Cup Skipper, Dennis Conner.

The two competition-tested yachts, Stars & Stripes / USA 34, and Abracadabra / USA 54, were moved from America’s Cup Harbor to the Broadway Pier, under the flag of a new sailing venture, Next Level Sailing.

Next Level Sailing gained prominence as the only venue in the Western Hemisphere where the general public could experience the thrill of hands-on sailing aboard real IACC racing yachts.

And every guest can enjoy the San Diego Maritime Museum. So come early or stay after the trip and enjoy the exhibits and ships, including the Star of India.

Racing yachts
The yacht America

2006: The America

In 2006, Next Level Sailing acquired the historic 139-foot yacht America, and added her to the fleet. San Diego is one of the best places on the planet to see whales, so join us on the America to witness this firsthand! If you are a local corporate group or visiting for conventions and meetings we can provide the ultimate group experiences for up to 76 guests.

The Next Level Sailing experience is located at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, which means that entry to the museum is now included FREE for all public guests sailing with us.

Our Crew Is Awesome

Get to Know Us

Next Level Sailing prides itself in having a long-standing crew of young and talented sailors. Even our ‘back-up’ crew members have been sailing on the America for an average of eight years with the core crew members with us an average four years. Qualified in First Aid and other Coast Guard required credentials, each of our crew members have some key roles in addition to their all-round charm and local knowledge.  Fathom is our 1st Mate and relief Captain.

Our narrator, Al Sorkin, is a Jack of all trades, when not educating our guests about the local sea life or telling a myriad of entertaining jokes, he is a pirate at our Museum home dock for fun children’s educational programs. Captain Troy… well, he’s just a walking encyclopedia of all things America’s Cup and a wealth of knowledge about San Diego’s Navy presence and local history. He was second in charge of the 1995 America’s Cup in San Diego and at the forefront of all the current America’s Cup activities.

Warren hails from Australia with a nautical background of deep sea fishing and sailing. Handling all of the client relationships and contracts for America, Warren spent 12 years at a local sailing school facility conducting over 900 corporate team building and leisure sailing events prior to joining Next Level Sailing seven years ago.

Children being taught a lesson about whales
The Crew
Troy Sears

Troy Sears


Fathom neft

Fathom Neft

1st Mate/Relief Captain

Bob Mcann

Bob McCann


Whit Sears

Whit Sears