For me, there's nothing better than sailing along San Francisco Bay as the sun sets below the Golden Gate.

— Captain Memo Gidley, Basic Instinct


About basic instinct

The sailboat “Basic Instinct” is a Greg Elliott, semi-custom 35 foot New Zealand-built racer/cruiser. She sails fast, and yet stable and comfortable, with a full galley (kitchen), refrigerator, freezer, hot and cold running water, leather couches and seating area, dining table, head (bathroom), and sparkling clean interior finished-off in a beautiful white oak.

Basic Instinct was purchased in New Zealand in 1996, and has lived on the San Francisco Bay ever since. She is a well known sailboat with numerous race wins and top finishes, including finishing third, overall, and second, in class, in the 2006 Pacific Cup Race from San Francisco to Hawaii, and most recently winning the 2013 Great Vallejo race.

Basic Instinct is the only Elliott 1050 in the United States and will impress guests with her speed, comfort, amenities and clean and nicely laid out interior. She will provide a truly memorable sailing experience, whether it be a leisurely cruise or an exhilarating full-sail across the Bay. Basic Instinct will deliver.

About captain memo

Captain Memo Gidley was born to be a sailor! Hours after his birth in La Paz, Mexico, Memo was taken out to his family’s 54’ Alden cutter, the "YoHoHo", which the family sailed a number of times up and down the Pacific Coast.

Growing up in Sausalito, CA, Memo spent most of his early years around, or on, the waters of the San Francisco Bay. He started sailing small El Toros at the age of five, and continued sailing throughout his life on everything from small and fast sailboats and catamarans, to larger racer/cruisers, to some of the nicest old wooden boats on the San Francisco Bay.

Memo’s family was also very involved with the local Sausalito boating community and founded Cass’ Marina, the first sailboat rental school in Sausalito, in the 1960’s.

Memo is also an accomplished professional race car driver, having gained success in various car racing series' including CART/Champ Car, Indy, Grand-Am and IMSA. 

Captain Memo holds a US Coast Guard 100 ton commercial captains license.