Sunset Sailing Cruises

September 13, 2010 by  
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sunset sailing cruisesEnjoy a beautiful sunset cruise with sailing san diego bay.com. Climb aboard and capture the romance of the sun setting into the Bay with a cool breezes and breathtaking views. Enjoy the beauty of the San Diego skyline with your friends or that special someone as the sun dips into the sea  while on this private sunset sail.

Our captain will take you around the Bay where you will see many of San Diego’s finest attractions. Sit back and enjoy  a cool glass of champagne or your favorite wine and sail into the sunset. We guarantee your sailing trip will be a fun and memorable. Take this opportunity to look for dolphins and other sea wild life, pour a glass of champagne and  take in the sights, or snuggle up at the spacious settee down below in the cabin. The cabin also has bathroom and berth. Plenty of space for a relaxing sail.

The three hour private cruise sails San Diego Bay gives you a great view of the Downtown skyline, Navy ships, and wild life. If a romantic evening is your plan, add wine glasses and an ice bucket for that extra special touch.

Prices start at $120 per person, includes food and beverage

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Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties

September 13, 2010 by  
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bachelore / bachelorette sailing partiesThe Bachelor/Bachelorette parties we offer are 100% customizable. click the “Book Now” button and we’ll help you customize it.

We have Bachelor/Bachelorette party ideas that don’t ROCK. You get the coolest skippers that will keep smiles on your face and beer in your glass. Don’t try and do this yourself. Check out our list of bachelor parties and get ready for a night you won’t forget.

Bar hop by boat to dockside bars throughout the bay. Tear up the bar and then sail away before anyone’s figured out what happened. Maybe you just want to relax and reminisce with your closest friends about your past and future life.

The best thing about a Bachelor/Bachelorette party on a boat is the privacy. No one will overhear your conversations, see your actions, or interrupt your party. There is no place on earth as private or as classy as one of our sailboat on San Diego Bay. After the sail the party doesn’t have to end, it’s only a few blocks from our dock with endless restaurants, bars, and clubs for all your San Diego Bachelor/Bachelorette Party

We are the most flexible and accommodating sailing charter service in San Diego. If you’re not familiar with the Bay or San San Diego then simply give us a call and we’ll help you plan an unforgettable bachelor party today.

Contact Us To Set Up Your Bachelor / Bachelorette Party Today! (619) 887-5443

Sailing In San Diego

September 13, 2010 by  
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sailing san diego baySailing San Diego Bay is a fine way to spend an afternoon. Whether you want to go on an exciting adventure where you take the wheel, or if you just prefer to stretch out in the San Diego sunshine with a trusty skipper at the helm, Sailing San Diego Bay.com has the perfect sailing experience for you. There’s plenty of room to explore and everyone gets a chance at the wheel if they feel adventurous.

Sailing San Diego.com features a classic restored 1973 Ranger 37 named Masquerade. This 37′ yacht was known as “The Rocket” back in her day due to her lightening speed and innovative hull design. Much heavier than traditional boats today, Masquerade will provide a steady, smooth sail no matter what the conditions. While sailing on San Diego bay, enjoy breathtaking views of downtown, the naval base, the latest aircraft carriers, destroyers, and submarines.

If you want to leave the harbor, you can head past the tip of Point Loma toward the Coronado Islands . View the massive kelp beds, which lie due south of the Point Loma lighthouse. Enjoy sailing year-round here, although in the winter and spring months, you’ll want to bring a jacket or sweater.

For the most elegant sailing experience, whether it’s a yacht charter or corporate event or special occasion, visit Sailing San Diego Bay.com

Prices start at $80 per person and this includes a three hour tour of san diego bay, food and beverages.

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Sailing with Dolphins in San Diego

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sailing with dolphins in san diegoIf you love Dolphins, then sailing san diego bay.com has the dolphin adventure for you. Imagine weather in upper 70′s to low 80′s on any particular sunny San Diego afternoon. San Diego’s weather is hard to beat anytime  of year.

Leave the zoos and aquariums behind, and see dolphins in their natural habitat! On our daily dolphin adventure tour from San Diego Bay, you’ll have a chance to see whales, dolphins, sea lions and birds of all kinds in their natural environment. Cruise alongside them from the comfort of a stable sailboat, and even take the helm yourself for a dolphin experience you will never forget!

You will come across a pod of dolphins numbering in the hundreds. The babies will be leaping and jumping out of the water and just having a worry free afternoon of fun. Even the larger adult Dolphins will occasionally launch sky ward, landing with a huge splash on the horizon.

As we sail through the pods cruising area, several younger dolphins swim alongside the boat Cris-crossing the bow and staying just ahead of us as to not hit. You’ll be in shear amazement as they continued to play with us, diving and surfacing only inches out arms length as if they were saying “Can’t Catch Me”… It truly will be a day your family will not soon forget.

Tap on the hull of the boat, and within seconds, more young Dolphins will appear until we have around a dozen or so swimming on either side of the boat. As soon as they appear, they will swim in and out of our path, only to shoot along side us underwater looking up at us with those trusting, playful eyes.

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The video below is several minutes of the younger Dolphins
laying with us during a warm January afternoon… Enjoy!

Sailing with Sea Lions

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sailing with sea lions in san diegoSea lions are found in staggering numbers all over san diego. You can find them sunning on the buoys and along the docks all around san diego bay.

Leave the zoos and aquariums behind, and see Seals and Sea Lions in their natural habitat! On our daily Seal and Sea Lion adventure tour from San Diego Bay, you’ll have a chance to see whales, dolphins, sea lions and birds of all kinds in their natural environment. Cruise alongside them from the comfort of a stable sailboat, and even take the helm yourself for a Seal and Sea Lions experience you will never forget!

The sea lions are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, but we can get within 10′ feet or so as we sail past the crowded buoys were they all congregate. The sea lions are extremely social, and don’t seem to mind a bit as we sail past them. Better have your camera ready, cause we get really close..

California sea lions are just one of many several marine mammals we will see while sailing on san diego bay. Sea lions are characterized by the presence of external ear (pinnae or flaps) and long front flippers.  This is one easy way to distinguish between sea lions and seals, since seals do not have ear flaps. They tend to look quite similar to a doberman that has just taken a bath.

The sea lions also communicate on land, not in the water!  Sea lions can be heard barking on the bait docks and buoys as they play and jump around the boat.

Check out sea lions while sailing with sailing san diego bay.com!

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Burial at Sea

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BURIAL AT SEAA Burial at Sea is a way of having a memorial and scattering the ashes of a loved one at sea. This honored tradition has been a celebrated memorial practice since our earliest human history. The scattering of ashes at sea is often related to the celebration of the circle of life; whether it be as a ritual or commitment to ones life purpose, passion, or to grant a loved ones last wish to be remembered at sea.

A burial at sea memorial ceremony also celebrates the recognition that a loved ones energy may always be near those who have lost a loved one and those that will someday join in the final resting place of one’s wishes.

We offer attended or unattended year round memorial cruises for traditional ash scatterings eco-friendly sea burials per USCG regulations, presided over by the captain, your clergy or representatives of your choosing (We do NOT provide full body burials). Serving all faiths with personalized services.

Attended Burial at Sea by the Scattering of Ashes

Cremated remains will be scattered over the open sea.
Family members and friends may attend the Burial at Sea. (Up to 12 persons)
Flowers may be placed in the water at the site by family members. (Biodegradable only)
Fully staffed charter of yacht for up to 2 1/2 hours
Departures are at 10:00 a.m. – 4:00pm from the marina
Snacks & Bottled water included.
(Additional Ceremonial Services or special needs are available upon request)

1 – 6 Persons – $480

7 – 12 Persons – $680

13 – 20 Persons – $1,400

Unattended Ash Scattering Service- Non-specific date for scattering $180

All services will comply with Federal and State Laws and Regulations. Client must provide required forms and certificates (originals not copies) from a certified crematorium or funeral facility. These include an Official Death certificate and a Disposition of Human Remains form. Due to the nature of the ocean, all dates and times of services can be performed only as conditions permit. Sailing San Diego Bay.com reserves the right to cancel or postpone any scheduled departure or service.

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HERE ARE SOME TESTIMONIALS FROM OUR GUESTS

Dear Mick,

Dexter and I cannot thank you enough for the delightful afternoon on your boat. It was a somber occasion in some respect, but it also provided necessary closure. Thank you for caring and providing Michael s final wish. The spot you took us to off the point was just very special. The description you gave of the bottom and the surrounding kelp forest was  beautiful and I know he is resting in a very precious spot. Thank you again.

Michelle

On a glorious San Diego Saturday in late September, six adult members of my family and my son’s best friend gathered at the marina at San Diego Yacht Club. We had come together to sail a legal distance so that we could sprinkle my son’s ashes. His wife, parents, sister, brother, sister–in-law, and best friend had come together to honor his final wishes for disposal of his body. He wanted his ashes to be sprinkled on his beloved ocean. His brother’s friend, Mick, was our captain, first mate was Jaimie Anderson.

When everyone had arrived, Mick suggested that we buy sandwiches and drinks from the deli. In addition, Mick had told us that we could bring music but none of us could decide so we had no CD. Mick, having been told that Michael had been born in Hawaii, brought a CD of Hawaiian music, perfect for the occasion.

It took a while to arrive at the perfect spot off Point Loma. During the ride, our family could and did tell small stories about Michael, who had loved the ocean and, when he was healthy, was at the OB pier most weekends, and jumping from the rocks at Sunset Cliffs.

When we arrived at a beautiful spot suggested by Capt. Mick, each family member sprinkled ashes in the ocean, using rice paper cups as nothing can go into the ocean that is not bio-degradable. Some of us said a few words, but most were silent. We all knew Michael was where he wanted to be.
The trip back was relatively quiet and quite serene. It was a magical afternoon and we will always be grateful to Mick for this experience.
Mr. And Mrs. Dexter R. Haight,
Ramona, CA.

Sailing Tours of San Diego Bay

September 13, 2010 by  
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sailing san diego baySailing San Diego Bay.com welcomes you to sail with us and experience the beauty of San Diego right from the water (bring your camera, these views are too good to miss!). Our spacious 37′ racing yacht takes guests on a stable, safe ride combining the exhilaration of fresh air and waves on our deck with the protection and outstanding views from our covered cabin.

Your staff is friendly, your vessel comfortable and accommodating, and the sail is exhilarating!  The only way to do a tour of the Bay.  It was the highlight of our trip!Dan Kariv

Whether you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy or a romantic evening out for two, your sail on our sleek racing yacht is sure to be a memorable highlight. See some of the San Diego Bay’s most popular attractions up close and personal as we sail around Downtown, the Navy’s two super carriers or directly underneath the Coronado Bay Bridge. Watch the sunset against city’s famed skyline – it’s quite a sight! Catch a glimpse of marine wildlife including pelicans, sea lions, dolphins, and even the gray whale. Our sailing excursions are consistently rated among the top five things to do in San Diego, and our happy guests can testify!

Want to learn more? Click on the any of the tabs above where you can explore our sailing route, watch a video or view our photo gallery. If you’ve been sailing with us already, we welcome you back for an enjoyable sail on San Diego Bay.

Prices start at $80 per person – Snacks & Water Included / BYOB

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San Diego Dinner Cruises

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san diego dinner cruisesSailing San Diego Bay Dinner Cruises are the perfect way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or any special evening for parties of 2 to 10 guests. Aboard our dinner cruise you’ll enjoy delicious food, great music and breathtaking bay views. Tax and gratuity are included in the price of this cruise.

The journey begins the moment you come aboard. Start with cocktails on deck, then relax as our gracious crew transports you to a world of ease and luxury. Beach casual is recommended. We request no black soled shoes or flip-flops.

A sample menu is listed below for the San Diego Dinner Cruise:

Continental Breakfast ($10.00 per person- minimum 6 people)
* Muffins and Breakfast Breads Or Bagels and Cream Cheese
* Fresh Fruit
* Coffee, Orange and Cranberry Juices

Assorted Sandwich Lunch ($14.00 per person- minimum 6 people)
*Tuna Deluxe –  Albacore Tuna, Avocado, Sprouts, Lettuce,  Tomato, Cheese, Saracha Sauce, Artisan Bread
*Turkey Club – Roasted Turkey, Avocado, Bacon, Sprouts, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Cheese, Artisan Bread
*All Veggie- Purple Cabbage, Carrot, Cucumber, Red Bell Pepper, Lettuce, Tomato, Sprouts, Avocado, Cheese, served with a basil vinaigrette dressing
Plus:
*Assorted Chips & Cookies
*Assorted Beverages

Afternoon Hors D’oeuvres ($15.00 per person- minimum 6 people) Your Choice of one of the following
*Shrimp and Pork Spring Rolls
*Grilled Chicken Spring Rolls
*Vegetarian Spring Rolls

1 week advance notice required to reserve catering
Pre-payment is required: cash, check, Visa or MasterCard
Contact Mick Moore at info@SailingSanDiegoBay.com or call (619) 887-5443
Complimentary water and snacks provided with catering packages  – Beer and wine are available for an additional fee.
Prices subject to change without notice.

 

Please note this is a sample menu and subject to change.
Menus are changed seasonally.

Vegetarian options are available.
If you are interested in Vegetarian options please let it be known at the time of booking.

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Sail To The Coronado Islands

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coronado islands

The Coronados consist of four islands that are about 15 miles southwest of San Diego and about 8 miles northwest of Tijuana. While people make the short trek for fishing, diving and sailing, the Coronado Islands are actually a Mexican wildlife refuge and humans are not allowed on the land of these islands. However, there are a few interesting exceptions to that rule.

Once upon a time back in the 1920’s and 1930’s, there was an area called Smuggler’s Cove. America was struggling with Prohibition and this little place, just a stone’s throw from the United States, was a perfect haunt for boozers and smugglers. Where there’s booze, gambling follows and up from the cold Pacific waters rose a two-story casino in 1933. The area was later renamed Casino Cove. The casino action even attracted the Hollywood partiers such as Charlie Chaplin and Mae West. The heyday of this hell raising hamlet was silenced by the Great Depression. In 1935, Mexico put the kibosh on casino gambling. What remains of this beacon of bombastic activity is the concrete it stood upon and the old steps leading to the brothels that bemused suitors above the casino.

The islands offer many interesting visuals including the wildlife that are not typically seen on land surrounded by water. There are rabbits and mice. Go figure. Where there is an absence of humans on these island shores, there is an abundance of animal life on and around the islands. On any given day, you can spot whales, brown pelicans, cormorants, oyster catchers, brown and blue-footed boobies (go ahead and laugh), sea lions, otters, seals. and elephant seals (on the Middle Island.) Flipper and hundreds of his friends frolic in the waters close to the northern most island. Even burros can be seen out there. Yes, burros. Who knew?

Depending on the winds, the trip can feel longer than the three hours it takes to reach the northern most island. The ocean becomes bluer and the dolphins become more plentiful as we draw closer to them. The Coronado Islands sit just off the coast of Tijuana Mexico and San Diego. To get a good look at them though, plan on making this an all day trip. You don’t have to wait, simply book a trip today and you may even catch a glimpse of the mysterious blue-footed boobies that call the island home.

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Whale Watching

September 12, 2010 by  
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Whale watching charters in San Diego are available for several months of the year. The type of whale we will see depends on the time of year.

Leave the zoos and aquariums behind, and see whales in their natural habitat! On our daily whale adventure tour from San Diego Bay, you’ll have a chance to see whales, dolphins, sea lions and birds of all kinds in their natural environment. Cruise alongside them from the comfort of a stable sailboat, and even take the helm yourself for a whale experience you will never forget!

Gray Whale watching is from Dec through March when the Gray whales are migrating past San Diego.

Blue whale watching is available from mid June to mid September. We generally have to go closer to the Coronado Islands or the Nine Mile Bank area to have a chance to see them.

Each year thousands of California Gray Whales make the long trek from their feeding grounds in the nutrient rich arctic waters to caving grounds in Baja, Mexico.  The  migration of approximately 10,000 km is thought to be the longest migration of any mammal.

The whales can reach a length of 52ft, a weight of 36 tons and an age of 60 years.  The California Gray Whale for as large as they seem to us, is just a mid size whale. They get their name both from the gray slate color of their skin as well as from the gray-white patterns left by parasites. The California Gray Whale is classified as a baleen whale because it filters its food out from large quantities of sea water.

The Gray Whales were the first to be protected – beginning in 1937. There were historically 4 different populations, but only two have survived and only 1 population is healthy. Unlike most nature stories you may hear, the story of the California Gray Whale is considered a success story. Having been  hunted almost to extinction, they have rebounded and now have an estimated population of 30,000 individuals.

Not only do we have the Gray Whales around San Diego, but it is also possible to see Orca (Killer) Whales, Blue Whales and others as well. Sighting of these are much rarer however.

Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to experience the grandeur of these magnificent creatures of the deep up close on your own private whale watching charter.

Gray Whales can reach a length of 52ft, a weight of 36 tons and an age of 60 years.  The California Gray Whale for as large as they seem to us, is really just a mid size whale. They get their name both from the gray slate color of their skin as well as from the gray-white patterns left by parasites.

The California Gray Whale is classified as a baleen whale because it filters its food out from large quantities of sea water. It feeds on small crustaceans from the ocean bottom that it dislodges by rolling on it side. It them swallows the surrounding water and filters the nutrients out.

The gray whale has no dorsal (top) fin, but does have a dorsal hump about 2/3 of the way back on its body followed by a series of 6-12 knuckles along the dorsal ridge that extend to the flukes.

Gray whales reach sexual maturity sometime after 5 years of age. Their gestation period is around 12 months and after birth calves nurse 7-8 months on milk that is 53% fat (human milk is 2% fat). One calf is born per mother every couple years.

Breathing patterns are generally blowing 3-5 times in 15-30 second intervals before raising its fluke and submerging for 3-5 minutes. A gray whale can stay submerged up to 15 minutes.

Blue Whales

The Blue Whales are probably the largest animal to have ever lived on the planet – they are 70 to 100 feet in length, can weigh over 100 tons and have a distinctly blue color. They are also very fast swimmers and can swim at 30 knots if they choose.

It is strange that the largest animal on the planet eat almost exclusively small, shrimp-like creatures called krill – about 4 tons of them each day when feeding. Since these whale are baleen whales they filter the krill out from massive amounts of water.

They reach sexual maturity at a similar age to the gray whales and have a slightly shorter gestation period. During nursing (a period of about 7 months) the calf consumes 100 gallons of milk a day and gains about 200lbs/day in weight.

Today there are about 15,000 blue whales which is less than 5% of their pre-whaling population. They are found in all oceans of the world.

Orca (Killer Whales – Shamoo)

Most people are familiar with Orca Killer Whales becausee of Sea Worlds’s Shamou. They are about 30 feet in lenght and have a very distinctive dorsel fin which is several feet tall. They have teeth and feed on a variety of animals such as fish, porpoises and seals.

Orcas do migrate, but not on fixed routes and tend instead to follow food supplies. They have no natural enemies but are having health issues because of chemicals in the other animals which they consume. Their populations are worldwide.

Orcas seem to have no fixed breeding season as calfs are observed throughout the year. They reach maturity much later than other whale species, not until 10 to 18 years of age.

Interestingly the sounds of each Orca pod are unique.

There are Orca whales off Catalina, but we have not heard of them close

Finback Whale

They are second to the gray whale in size measuring in at around 80 feet with Fin Whalea weight of aroudn 60 tons. They are long and sleek and like the gray whale are fast swimmers. Being also a baleen whale they coral fish in tight circles before engulfing them.

The reproductive data is about the same as the other whales but they only breed each 3 – 4 years. They are found in all oceans of the world and migrate. Their populations is about 40,000 – a small percentage of their origional population.

Humpback Whale

Humpbacks whales measure around 45ft in length and weigh about 40 tons. They are more rotund and not as sleek as some of the other whales mentioned. The upper part of their body is black with the underside being white or mottled.

They are know best for 2 traits. First they are very acrobatic and exhibit behaviors like breaching or swimming on their back. The second trait is that of their song. The males sing songs that last for approximately 15 minutes that may repeat for hours at a time.

They feed on krill or small fish and filter it using baleen – eating up to 1.5 tons of food each year. These whales are found in all the worlds oceans. Their populations is around 35,000 – about 1/3 of their original population.

Whale Watching Cruises Run Dec Through March

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