San Diego, California Sailing Charters
Yesterday, Three Gray Whales were spotted cruising around in San Diego Bay, California
San Diego Bay is a natural harbor and deep-water port. The bay, which is 12 miles long and 1 to 3 miles wide, is the third largest of the three large, protected natural bays on California’s entire 840 miles long coastline after San Francisco Bay and Humboldt Bay. Overlooking San Diego Bay, on the waters edge, is the beautiful city of San Diego (eighth largest city in the United States). Numerous marinas, yacht clubs, and sixteen public parks are also along the bay waters perimeter. Unlike colder and drizzly San Francisco Bay and Humboldt Bay, San Diego Bay’s average high temperature ranges between 66 and 76 degrees.
Rainy days on San Diego Bay are a mere 24 days per year average! During summer months the breezes blow about 10 knots on a regular basis in the afternoons. San Diego Bay has perfect weather and conditions for sailing!
Speaking of sailing, San Diego Bay is the weekend getaway for many that live in nearby Los Angeles and Orange Counties. San Diego Bay is so big that you could go sailing all day and never get bored with its diverse and beautiful scenery. Obviously, sailing on San Diego Bay is one of the top things to do when you visit San Diego. One of my favorite things to do when sailing on the bay is zipping past the huge aircraft carrier, the Midway. The Midway is now a museum, and another must do while in San Diego.
San Diego hosted the 1988, 1992 and 1995 America’s Cup. Dennis Conner, a native of San Diego, had brought the coveted cup to San Diego. The America’s Cup racing dates back to 1851 when a yacht named America won a giveaway trophy in a race around the Isle of Wight, England. The trophy cup was later engraved, “The Yacht America” and thus became known as America’s Cup. The prestigious America’s Cup race draws top notch teams from all over the world.
If you would like to actually sail on an America’s Cup boat, two retired 1992 boats are available for charter. Public and private charters are offered aboard Stars & Stripes USA 11 and IL Moro Di Venezia ITA 16. Simply go to the website sailusa11.com, select “availability” to view a calendar.
Corporate team building and private sails can include the two boats racing against each other!
Other exciting sailing races have happened recently right on San Diego Bay. Stadium seating was set up on the bay In November 2011, when San Diego hosted the action packed America’s Cup World Series. Those races led up to the 2013 America’s Cup races. Eleven teams from all over the world competed aboard 45 foot foiling catamarans. More recently, San Diego hosted the Extreme Sailing Series. In 2017 and 2018, foiling GC 32’s represented with teams from around the globe competed in very exciting races on San Diego Bay while spectators ashore watched the action.
Don’t miss out on unique things to do while in San Diego. Try being like a local, and look for unusual things to do during your next visit to San Diego. My favorite activity to do in San Diego is sailing aboard the 78 foot long Stars & Stripes USA 11. sailusa11.com It’s a most unusual way to see the sights on San Diego Bay !
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