October 2007

Harbor Sailboats Invites You To Sail San Diego

By Lois Hirsh

Escape the Arizona heat!  Learn to sail today and gear up for fabulous year-round sailing in San Diego's beautiful “sunny and 75” climate. 

Founded in 1969, Harbor Sailboats is located on San Diego Bay and is said to be Southern California's finest yacht charter and instructional facility. They have a large fleet of yachts, ranging from 22 feet to 47 feet and featuring the newest designs from Beneteau, Catalina, and Hunter.

Harbor Sailboats offers professional sailing instruction for the beginner through advanced sailor all year round. As boaters take to the water with Harbor Sailboats, instructors will set the course for a lifetime of great cruising. 

 So much to do and see on-the-water! See an aircraft carrier up close; enjoy views of the Coronado Bridge, the downtown skyline and fabulous sunsets. Stay in a marina or anchor.

Glorietta Bay is one of the big favorites in San Diego; it’s located at Coronado Island in view of the Hotel Del Coronado, an old and well-known hotel. Anchor here for the 4th of July and have the best seats in San Diego for the fireworks displays.

 Bonita Cove in Mission Bay is another great anchorage; plenty of fun to be enjoying Mission and Pacific beaches is just a dinghy ride away. Or, get a guest slip at the downtown Marriott and enjoy San Diego's Gaslamp District or watch a ball game at the new Petco Park.

Take a weekend cruise up the coast and visit the scenic harbors at Mission Bay, Oceanside, Dana Point, or Catalina Island. Head south to Ensenada and enjoy Baja California. Stay cool on the water!

While sailing San Diego's stunning bay, take the time to visit the city. Plenty of shopping and dining is available in the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego's liveliest neighborhood. Museums, parks, the San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, and beaches all offer many activities and plenty to see and do for all ages.

The gray whales begin their annual migration from Alaska to Baja California where their breeding grounds lie.  These whales may grow anywhere from 30 to 50 feet in length and live an average of 40 years.

Their migratory route ranges from 10,000 to 14,000 miles round trip, which is the longest route ever recorded for a mammal. California Gray Whales can be found just a few miles off of Point Loma. 

Observe dolphin, seal, and birds while sailing along the picturesque shoreline. Whale-watching season runs mid-December to late March — a perfect time to sail San Diego.