Sailing in San Diego is a great activity that many locals and visitors take advantage of annually. Visitors and locals have the option of sailing in many different bodies of water and one of the most popular is San Diego Bay. Around San Diego Bay, there are many different sailing clubs, all offering different kinds of boats to satisfy and cater to all “wish lists” of Sailors in San Diego. With a friend of mine in town visiting, a few of us headed out to Harbor Sailboats to rent a sailboat and spend a few hours out in the bay and ocean. http://goo.gl/maps/S4jou
Sailing San Diego Bay – Harbor Sailboats
Harbor Sailboats is conveniently located next to the Boat House Restaurant on Harbor Island Drive and offers a wide variety of sailboats for rent. In order to rent a boat from Harbor Sailboats, a test may be required of the bareboat charterer demonstrating appropriate experience as Skipper of vessels in the same size and class. If you or no one in your group is certified to sail any of their vessels, they do offer a captain or ASA instructor for an additional fee.
Sailing San Diego Bay – Beneteau Sailboat
Because my friend Chad was a member of Harbor Sailboats and approved by their standards, no test was required as we selected our sailing vessel for the day. Chad had rented a 2011 Beneteau 34 for the day, which offers a capacity of up to 8 persons with all the bells and whistles on board. This boat was definitely one of the finer sailboats I have ever been on, showing the care and maintenance provided by Harbor Sailboats.
Sailing San Diego Bay
Sailing is a lot of work when you’re out in the water and requires at least 2 people to handle all the tasks to sail effectively and safely. But while out in the water, the views are incredible. We started our sail south towards downtown and sailed calmly by the Midway for an alternate perspective of this large aircraft carrier. I took the helm for part of this sail while a few of the others tended to the main and jib while tacking up wind.
There were quite a few boats out in the Bay but this trimaran sailboat looked like they were having a great time zipping back n’ forth from one end of the bay to the next. I felt our boat was pretty decent in size compared to most other boats on the water but this trimaran towered over all other boats including ours.
Sailing San Diego Bay – Our Helmsman
As we ventured out of the bay and into the ocean, Chad and Kris decided to take a dip overboard. Sam and I were perfectly content with staying dry on board as the air temperature started to drop out in the ocean. Chad (our captain) then took the helm and sailed us back into the Bay to complete our sailing adventure while spotting a few dolphins and seals.
Sailing is an admirable skill to possess and I was equally impressed with Chad and Kris’s control of our sailboat. Most people may think of cocktailing and sun bathing while sailing but there is so much more to this sport and work involved. Those items are certainly doable while out at sea but expect to help out in some way or another while on a sailboat. Be sure to also bring warm clothes as the temperature on the water combined with the wind can make for a chilly setting.
In addition to sailboat rentals, Harbor Sailboats offers the following: sailing classes, pleasure sails, regatta teambuilding exercises and more. I look forward to sailing again with this club (hopefully on a sunnier day) and would definitely recommend them for your next sailing adventure in San Diego Bay.
Thanks again Chad for the invite!