Sailing Scene: San Diego

As the sailing world gears up for the America’s Cup, it seems that all eyes are on the City by the Bay. But 500 miles south, just grazing the Mexican border, lies a city where you can sail year-round, the weather is nearly perfect and sailors are friendly as can be.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

As the sailing world gears up for the America’s Cup, it seems that all eyes are on the City by the Bay. But 500 miles south, just grazing the Mexican border, lies a city where you can sail year-round, the weather is nearly perfect and sailors are friendly as can be. In San Diego, California, here’s where to…

RENT A BOAT: With locations in both San Diego and Long Beach, Harbor Yacht Club offers daysailers and cruisers four-hour rentals. To get started, simply submit your sailing resume and take a quiz. If your skills aren’t up to par, you can enroll in an inexpensive US Sailing Basic Keelboat class. If you’re looking for a berth on another boat, check out their online crew forum.

TAKE LESSONS:The Seaforth Sailing Club charges low monthly dues and rents boats from its fleet on an hourly, daily or weekly basis. Choose from any one of five locations in the city. You’ll find an expansive course list, and you can enroll in a free ASA Basic Keelboat class when you pay your one-time sign up fee. 

RACE: At the San Diego Yacht Club on Point Loma, members race everything from Snipes and J/22s to Beneteaus. Every Thursday night, you’ll find adult members racing tiny Sabots, and nearly every weekend there is some kind of one-design regatta on the calendar. 

GIVE BACK:The Southwestern Yacht Club, located behind Shoreline Park, has great racing, an outstanding junior program and a unique Wednesday night program called SALTY. SALTY, which stands for Special Athletes Learn Through Yachting, teaches learning-challenged individuals how to sail and compete on small boats. Volunteering with SALTY is a great way to support an on-the-water cause. To learn more, visit the club’s website and click on the “Special Athletes” tab.

HANG OUT:Fiddler’s Green on Shelter Island Drive is not only the top sailor’s hangout in San Diego, it also made Coastal Living magazine’s worldwide list of Top 10 Sailors Hangouts in 2006. The wall of half-hulls and a menu filled with seafood makes this place feel like home. Happy Hour, from 1700 to 1900, features locally brewed Fiddler’s Ale pints and wine. There are a number of guest slips available, but make sure to call ahead, as racers from SDYC and SYC like to come here after racing.

Related

02-'17-Trans-Atlantic_Downwind-Schralpin

At The Helm: Man Overboard!

Imagine this simple scenario: the boat’s powered up, sailing close-hauled in a building breeze under full sail. I come on deck as the skipper during the watch change to make sure the new crew is comfortable and the boat is properly set up for both the current conditions and ...read more

Promo-01-LEAD-MGR00321

Contrasting X-Yachts & Moody Cruisers

One of the most fascinating things about sailboats is the different ways that sailors, naval architects and builders will approach a single design problem. The result has been a bewildering array of rigs and hull forms over the years, and in the case of the two boats we’ll be ...read more

04-Yacht-anchored-in-front-of-one-of-Lastovo's-gunboat-tunnels-(3)

Cruising Charter to Croatia

As is the case with so much of the Mediterranean, to sail in Croatia is to take a journey through time. Centuries before the birth of Christ, Greeks traded amphoras of oil, wine and grain across these waters. During the first millennium, the Romans built lavish palaces and ...read more

m123728_13_01_171012_PMA_02901_9999

Alicante Announced as an Ocean Race Europe Stop

The Ocean Race Europe, a new event in offshore sailing, will include Alicante as one of four stopover cities. This European offshoot of the former Volvo Ocean Race will include the biggest change to the racing rules under the new title—fully crewed IMOCA 60s will join the ...read more

01-LEAD-doublehanded2

Preparing for a Doublehanded Race

A few months ago we took a look at the development and attraction of doublehanded racing (Two to Tango, June/July 2020). Hopefully, that served to whet your appetite. If so, the question becomes: “How do I get started? The good news, as we explained in Part 1, is that if you are ...read more

01-LEAD-Day-three---dolphins.-300-dpi

A Key Approach to Passagemaking

How you approach offshore sailing is key to the success of each passage. In addition, some of the most valuable, even crucial attitudes and skills may not be either learned or valued in everyday life on shore and may even fly in the face of talents that are greatly admired and ...read more

OceanVoyagesInstitute-2048

Point of SAIL: Mary Crowley of the Ocean Voyages Institute

In this episode of Point of SAIL, Principal Editor Adam Cort talks with Mary Crowley, founder and executive director of the Ocean Voyages Institute, a not-for-profit based in California that has been both educating sailors and working to preserve the health of the world’s ocean ...read more

01-Ocean-Voyages-Institute_PHOTO-READY_1_pg

Tracking and Catching Plastic Waste

Plastic waste—in the form of everything from plastic soda bottles to abandoned fishing nets—constitutes a major threat to the health of the world’s oceans. Giving the immense size of an ocean, though, actually finding all the plastic floating around out there in a time-efficient ...read more