Old Plank is a boutique luxury sailing charter & aquatic expedition company with gourmet 5 star cuisine. Founded by Captain and Chef Matthew Mancini and supported by a crew of lifelong watermen, we live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.
We share a deep passion for quality food and the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to experience the profound peace that comes from an alignment with the rhythms of the ocean. We’ve been fortunate enough to have been immersed in the ocean and gourmet foods our entire lives and derive great joy from sharing these experiences.
We take our guests out into a safe sailing environment on the Santa Monica Bay or beyond, where they have the opportunity to experience first-hand the joy of sailing, the rhythm of the ocean and unique pairings of gourmet foods and wines in the sweet briny sea air.
We catch sunrises, bake in the mid-day sunshine and relax as the sunsets and the moon rises under starry skies. We play with seals, dolphins, and whales and when appropriate catch fresh seafood to enjoy al-fresco. We are living the Mediterranean dream in Southern California and sharing the experience with valued guests who leave the experience as family.
Our mission is to bring the Mediterranean lifestyle to Southern California’s ideal year round climate. We aspire to help our guest to truly relax and experience the self-healing that can occur when we slow down enough to catch up with our own selves.
Old Plank Sailing Adventures is dedicated to the pursuit of genuine happiness. Curating a safe, healing environment where guests feel comfortable, appreciated and connected with nature. The oceans can help to facilitate a deep state of relaxation for the healing of emotional wounds, so you can rejuvenate while enjoying creative foods in a soothing sailing environment.
Join us for an romantic sunset sail or a week-long island adventure complete with personal chef, massage therapist, island tour guide, and a variety of water toys including kayaks, paddle boards and high performance jetski’s.
We never consolidate groups. Book a truly private sail aboard one of our yachts especially for you and your loved ones. From romanic sunset sails for couples on classic sailing monohulls, to groups of 15 or more aboard a luxury sailing catamaran, we cater to discerning clientele who appreciate the exclusivity and intimacy afforded by a private, captained, sailing yacht.
Experience dinning alfresco with white table cloth in the helm of the yacht slipped in front of beautifully lit up Burton Chase Park or moored off the shoreline of Santa Catalina Island. Cuoco Mancini will take you through creative fusions from his Italian childhood, and professional career working in many fine dinning restaurants. Influenced by his grandmother who spent days hand-rolling pasta and homemade Italian pastries. You can opt to include a 5 star dinning experience prepared by Cuoco Mancini to any sail.
A genuine California Adventure awaits just off shore in the still undeveloped and pristine environment of the local Channel Islands including Santa Catalina, just 37 nautical miles from our port in Marina del Rey. Fishing, snorkeling, lobstering, kayaking, mountain biking and hiking await your adventurous spirit with memories to last a lifetime. Book a 3 or 4 day adventure to the crystal clear waters of Catalina with a professionally Captained private sailing yacht, private chef and island tour guide.
Fly across the open ocean with your friends on a brand new 2017 SEADOO personal water craft. With the fastest and most luxurious personal water craft on the market, you can fly across Santa Monica bay and back in under two hours. Join Captain Mancini as part of a guided tour in the Santa Monica Bay to Malibu, Palos Verdes, Catalina or beyond. Where ever we cruise our Seadoos will get you there fast! This excursion has unclose and personal encounters with the California Sea lions, dolphins and grey whales!
Cruise on the Captain’s Dinghy from Marina del Rey to his secret lobster spots in the Santa Monica Bay. Leave right after sunset and make our way under the stars and the moonlight as you learn how to bait, and drop traps to catch the noctural Â Pacific Lobsters, Dungeness and Soft Shell crabs. Whatever we catch is yours to take home!
Get comfortable on the bow or helm, as we swing the boom and hoist the main to project your favorite movie, or television show on the ship’s main sail.
Looking for that early morning or afternoon escape? Join us before the sun make its highest point in the sky as we make our way to the calm Santa Monica Bay. Play with dolphins, whales, and the California Sea Lions as they hunt for their morning fish. Enjoy the calmer rhythms of the Pacific Ocean and the light morning sea breeze, as you kick your feet up in the helm or on the bow of Prima Stella, while enjoying morning hors d'oeuvres, mimosas, or the Captain's coffee grown from his farmers in the coffee triangle of Pereira and Manizales, Colombia. All of our sails are completely private and include gourmet hors d'oeuvres prepared by Chef Mancini, paired with a bottle of wine, or coffee. To read description for sunset and moonlight sailing use the arrow pad or click on the photo in the works page.
Nothing beats experiencing the sunset from the ocean sailing quietly across the bay powered by the wind. Come Join us! It's unbelievably Therapeutic! Here's a few of the sunsets we've been fortunate to experience. Check out our "Therapy" package for hourly sailing pricing. All of our sails are completely private and include gourmet hors d'oeuvres prepared by Chef Mancini, paired with a bottle of wine. To read description for sunrise, day, and moonlight sailing use the arrow pad or click on the photo in the works page.
Your private sailing ship awaits you for that relaxing moonlight escape. Enjoy the lit up coastline of Los Angeles, as we leave the white lighted dinner cruise boats behind, and sail our way out of Marina del Rey into the Santa Monica Bay, under the glistening moonlight. After the sun sets the oceans nightlight makes its way to guide us under the constellations of the starry skylight. Listen to the rhythms of the wind, the crashing beach waves, and the barks of the California Sea lions; as we play with dolphins and cleans our palate with gourmet hors d'oeuvres paired with wines from around the world. All of our sails are completely private and include gourmet hors d'oeuvres prepared by Chef Mancini, paired with a bottle of wine. To read description for sunrise, day, and moonlight sailing use the arrow pad or click on the photo in the works page.
We are purest at heart. Classic monohull sailing aboard a vintage sailing yacht is an incomparable experience. Sail aboard a luxurious modified Islander 36 or Ericsson 35. We're also big fans of the adage, "use the right tool for the job", and when it come to speed at see, nothing beats our 2017 SEADOOs. So whatever your pleasure, we're got the toys to accommodate your interest. Our Primary Sailing yacht is PRIMA STELLA. A modernized vintage luxury sailing monohull, manufactured by Island Yachts in Costa Mesa in 1976. The Hull was designed by sailing legend Alan Gurney and Modified in 2017 by Captain Mancini with an updated galley, helm, and rigging design. Prima Stella is a classic Islander 36 cruising / racing vessel at heart, capable for Bluewater sailing and built and rigged to circumnavigate around the world. With the displacement at 1500 gross tonnage, Prima Stella delivers stability in the sea with its fin keel and skeg rudder, while traveling up to a respectable 8 knots for its heavy displacement. The Islander 36 was an award winning design for its class and continue to be a choice of many avid cruising sailors. When you sail aboard Prima Stella you will surely enjoy and understand the luxury and classy feeling while under sail.
The perfect combination of excitement and relaxation. This Adventure starts after sunset as we motor through the Marina to the Captain's secret lobster spots. There, Captain will teach you how to bait, drop, and set the lobster cages for Pacific Spiny Lobsters, Dungeness and Soft Shell Crabs! Hey, he may even share a few tricks up his sleeve. Enjoy the gentle movements of the moonlighted sea as we kick our feet up and relax in the captain's dinghy as we wait for our dinner!
Fly across the ocean on 2018 Seadoo's. We offer a variety of guided personal water craft (PWC) adventures onboard the most luxurious jetskis on the market. Weather your are a beginner, experienced, or expert rider we have the expedition that will calm your adventurous soul! For you beginner and intermediate riders whom are wildlife enthusiast, join us for two or three hour wildlife excursions, where you can get up close and personal with some of the most incredible animals of the Pacific Ocean. Including Pelicans, Sea Lions, Dolphins and Whales! For you intermediate and expert riders looking for an adventure to last a lifetime, join me for a half day adventure up to Paradise Cove in Malibu, or a full day to Avalon or Two Harbors on Santa Catalina Island! Fly across the sea at high speeds, get up and personal with incredible wild life, and get the ultimate thrill of anchoring and swimming into the beach with daypacks, to enjoy a relaxing lunch in the sands of Malibu or Catalina Island. Captain Mancini will be fully equipped with underwater GoPros and ariel drones to give you some epic footage for your own social media!
A 5 course farm to cockpit experience using some of the finest ingredients sourced from boutique wild-caught fisheries and farmers markets. Captain Mancini will preset you with a creative experience of fine foods created from his traveling, family, and fine dining hospitality experiences. He takes a lot of pride sharing sustainable foods he endures from our direct relationship with Omega Blue, whom have partnered with artisanal sources, both farmers and fishers, providing the purest, most nutritious seafood on the eastern pacific coast. Pairing you with fine wines, from around the world, and giving you an intimate white table cloth and up close viewing of the galley, while he cooks right in front of you table side! Captain Mancini will also share some gourmet deserts from his Italian childhood and his small batch roast from his coffee beans, grown in the coffee triangle of Pereira and Manizales, Columbia.
Add to any Sunset Sail for $125 per plate
Captain Mancini offers private gourmet sailing charters and epic aquatic expeditions to Santa Catalina Island. Just 37 nautical miles from Marina del Rey, lies the southern most channel Island. Captain Mancini will take you on an adventure of a life time, sharing gourmet foods, stories, and epic wildlife encounters, while sailing you or guiding you by Jetski to and from the island. Weather anchored, moored, or slipped Captain Mancini will be there to prepare gourmet meals, guide you on hiking trails for you to engulf some of the most beautiful and breathtaking views of the island, and share his 2017 Personal Water Crafts, for you to zoom around the island on . Whether you have hotel accommodations, want to return by sunset, or simply want to camp on the reserve beaches, he will communicate directly with you to customize an epic experience of a life time.
Producing a project? We have the perfect location for you! Weather you are in need of a dock to shoot on or a vessel to capture the ultimate sailing shot we have the toys and locations to help bring your project to fruition! We regularly work with local and international production companies seeking sailboats and seadoos for film, television and photoshoots. OUR CREDITS INCLUDE FYI NETWORKS "ARRANGED", and many commercials and music videos including BORN READY FILMS, AND AAM AMERICAN AIRCRAFT PRODUCTIONS. NOT TO MENTION OUR OWN FILM AND MOBILE GAMING PRODUCTIONS, INCLUDING MERCY-LESS & RIVERBRATS THE MOBILE GAME. Captain Mancini attended Columbia Film school, where he studied screenwriting and producing. Â He has also appeared on NCIS, and the films, He's just not that in to you, and Yes Man. Captain Mancini continues his acting training of "The Method" at, Friends and Artists Studios, in Toluca Lake, CA.
A mid-westerner at heart, Matthew grew up on the lakes of Ohio, but always dreamed of the Open Sea. At the age of 20 he moved to Los Angeles to study film before making his first professional short film and appearing in a few Television series. The dream to sail the Pacific Ocean is still very much a driving motivation for Matthew who intend to venture around the world via sail power. Recently, Matthew has sailed from Napoli, Italy down the Amalfi Coast to Salerno, enjoying the incredible rustic and Mediterranean towns of Praiano, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Amalfi, and the Island of Capri! Matthew is a licensed USCG Captain carrying a USCG Merchant 50 ton masters credential and is endorsed for coastwise charter. He also spent 10 years working in some of Los Angeles's finest and most exquisite fine dinning restaurants, and loves to share the cuisines of his experiences from his Italian heritage, and from notable chefs he has learned from along the way.
Andi is a devoted Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier that loves the open seas, sneaking a few hors d'oeuvres and offering an occasional complementary on the ship pedicure. No matter how quiet she is, she can be found in the first mate chambers of the quarter-birth. Andi has lived aboard for 9 years and has logged hundreds of hours sailing, jet skiing, paddle boarding and a float in the captains life boat. She is a certified service animal with the United States Service Dog Registry and loves to spend her off duty hours at the Hollywood Reservoir Park and the City of Hope Hospital. She is also Go-Pro Equipped.
James Arthur has been sharing his love of the sea and sailing for nearly two decades. Also a proficient surfer, free diver, and renown photographer, James leads adventure-travel expeditions often noted as the experience of a lifetime. James is creator and co-founder of Omega Blue and supplies Chef Mancini, among many other celebrity and renown Chefs around Los angeles, and Las Vegas with mercy-free sustainable seafood from his fishery in La Pas, Mexico. He often attends sailing excursions as a photographer, crew member, and sushi sou chef.
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Producer: Matthew Mancini
Director of Photography, Editor: Captain Mancini
Executive Producer: Captain Mancini
Still Photography: GO PRO INC.
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Looking for a Creative Date night or Family night with the kids? I have a private, intimate, Â and creative night for you. NEW CAPTAIN’S MOVIE NIGHT!!
Enjoy your favorite old or new release movie or tv show on the ship, Â and the Captain will hoist and project it on the sails for you to enjoy on the water in the helm of his vessel. Click below to converse with the captain!
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