Health Benefits of Sailing

June 18, 2017 by  
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Health Benefits of Sailing

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Health Benefits of Sailing

Sailing is not only a fun activity to do with your friends and family on holiday, but it is also a great way to get fit and toned up. Manning a sailing boat is probably more hard work than you think, but the good news is that you are exercising without even realizing it, which is what makes it so fun!

Muscle strength and Endurance: The activities that sailing consists of are pulling and hosting of sails to maneuver a boat or a yacht- all of which adds to your muscle strength, shoulders and back.

Cardiovascular Fitness: Sports like running, swimming, basketball, and soccer have been shown to reduce the risk of hypertension, obesity and other heart illness. Sailing, like these other intense sports can also improve your cardiovascular health. This is because of the large amounts of oxygen uptake that happens when you engage in strenuous physical activities.

Mental Wellness and Peace: Being out on the water puts you on a good mood not just because of the calmness of the water but because of the saltiness of the air. The varying moods of a person are largely affected by a body chemical called serotonin. The saltiness of the sea air is composed of charged ions that helps in the body’s oxygen absorption which in turn results to a more balanced levels of serotonin. The more balanced your body’s serotonin levels are, the happier you’re going to be.

Relaxation: The motion and sounds of the swooshing and splashing of water, the rhythmic movement of the yacht and the sound of the wind in the sails can all affect brainwave patterns. This in turn relaxes and soothes a busy and highly stressed out mind.

Agility: The various tasks associated with sailing also helps improve your flexibility and agility. Activities like pulling lines or hosting sails can significantly improve your hand and eye coordination skills as well as your motor skills.

Concentration: Because many people today are chronic multi-taskers, they should develop a deep sense of concentration. With the ultimate goal of staying safe while on board, sailing enhances a person’s ability to focus even with multiple tasks at hand.

Communication: To effectively control a boat, the captain and his crew must act as unified unit. To do this they need to learn how to communicate effectively especially through non-verbal means. You can also have a good sense of cooperation and teamwork when you go on a sailboat. Everyone on board has a crucial role to play in order to keep the ship afloat.

Visit Pacifica Sailing Charters to get a healthy dose of sailing in your life.

Sailing in San Diego is Less than Golf

June 11, 2017 by  
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Sailing in San Diego is less than Golfing or Skiing!

Reasons Why Sailing in San Diego is Less than Golf!

sailing san diego bayIf you happen to have the wealth of a monarch (but lack self-control), you could easily spend your net worth on the sport of sailing. But a valid counterpoint is how smart, eager and creative paupers also go sailing, and they spend almost nothing for the privilege.

In fact, there is a strong case to be made that sailing is among the least expensive ways to have the most fun, ever invented.

Consider, for starters, that in 2009 (the most recent data I could find) Golfer Magazine estimated that the average golfer spends about $3,000 a year on golf. Skiers spend closer to $3,500 a year, according to data published in the Atlantic in 2012. Hunters spend, on average, about $3,200 dollars a year, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Piecing together publicly available facts from sailing industry sources; by comparison, each sailor spends half as much as golfers, skiers or hunters. This is based on a rough estimate that sailing generates about $6 billion in economic impact in the United States, including boats, gear, services, transportation, soft goods, storage, slips and moorings, taxes, destination tourism, consumables and charters. If you divide economic impact by the number of sailors making it—there are about 3.6 million of us—you can estimate the amount spent by each: $1,667 a year. “Sixteen hundred dollars,” you say? “That barely buys a new Cal 20 mainsail, including speed stripes and shipping.”

If the numbers seem implausible, you may be among the sailors who spend the most (as a group and as a percent of income). Middle and upper-middle class sailboat owners (mostly baby boomers) represent 40% of all sailors, we do 35% of all of the sailing, but we spend 54% of the dollars.

We buy most of the newly built and late model boats in the U.S. We occupy most of the marina space. We make up about 95% of club memberships, we reinvest in sails, electronics and safety equipment, and we pay insurance, interest, fees and taxes; in total contributing more than $3.2 billion dollars to annual gross domestic product through our sailing.

For this opportunity, we spend between $17 and $100 an hour, every hour that we sail, depending on taste, technique and target.

And this is why Sailing in San Diego is Less than Golf!

Learn Sailing in San Diego

June 11, 2017 by  
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Learn Sailing in San Diego

Reasons to Learn Sailing in San Diego!

sailingConsidering taking up sailing? Well, there are many reasons why you should learn how to sail. Sailing is an invigorating sport that offers many rewards, not the least of which is that it’s simply so much fun. Imagine white sails billowing against a clear sky, the brisk feel of the breeze on your face, and the gentle motions of the boat as it cleanly slices through the water. Sailing aficionados often say that sailing is more than a sport—it’s a lifestyle.

While sailing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, it also requires you to be an active participant more than almost any other type of boating. When you learn how to sail, you’ll not only become intimately familiar with all aspects of your boat, but also how your boat relates to its environment in terms of everything from the wind to the weather. This is why learning how to sail can be so fulfilling and can foster such a sense of accomplishment.

It practically goes without saying that the active nature of sailing means that it can be terrific exercise for both you and any passengers who are inclined to help out. While sailing is an active endeavor that can involve its share of physical work, it can also be an incredibly relaxing pastime as well. Sailboats can be a terrific space for onboard entertaining, whether it’s enjoying a light lunch or simply passing the time with family and friends.

Learning how to sail doesn’t have to be complicated, especially if you invest in a simple sailing course and start out learning on a small sailboat. One of the first things we’d recommend is for anyone looking to learn how to sail is that that they check out beginner sailing schools in their area.

Learn how to sail, and let’s go sailing today!

sail san diego bay with the annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

December 10, 2013 by  
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Come sail San Diego bay with us Sunday, December 15th in the annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights!

Enjoy awe-inspiring scenery while participating as one of 80 lavishly decorated boats in this magical and memorable holiday event! Share this unique experience with your partner, friends and family!

What: 42nd Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights ~ a time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community!

Date: Sunday, December 15th

Theme: Big Bay Toy Parade

Refreshments & Snacks: We provide complimentary beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, snacks and cookies

The 42nd Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community.

Join us this December for our annual Parade on San Diego Bay, with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated according to a new theme each year.

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is held two consecutive Sundays each year in  December. The Parade  proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport  Village, and Ferry Landing in Coronado.
Parade Dates – Sunday, December 8, and Sunday, December 15, 2013

The procession will start at 5:30 p.m. and will follow the predetermined parade route.
2013 Theme – “Big Bay Toy Parade”

Whether a participant or spectator, the Parade of Lights is a festive and delightful experience for all!

Enter  Your Boat in the Parade!

Decorate your boat and join in the  parade! Each participant will qualify for a chance to win a Grand Prize package  worth over $4,000, plus many other fantastic prizes!

This year’s grand prize is a cruise on Star Clippers! Winner is drawn at random from boats that participate in both weekends.

Boats are judged on originality and  the creative use of decorations depicting the parade theme. Boats are judged in four categories with scores ranging from 1 to 5 for each category.

Trivia:  The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is held two consecutive Sundays each year in December (the 8th & the 15th this year). The Parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and Ferry Landing in Coronado. Sail San Diego supports Toys For Tots every year and this year we’re sharing this experience with our guests! What a fun way to give back to others as we celebrate the Holidays and the generosity of others! The mission of Toys for Tots is to collect new, unwrapped toys each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted to deliver a message of “hope”.

Sailing San Diego Bay

October 16, 2013 by  
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Sailing San Diego Bay

sailing san diego bayThe promise of near-perfect weather and an abundance of attractions beckon visitors to Sail San Diego Bay. With an average temperature of 70 degrees and a laid-back Southern California vibe, it’s an easy place to kick back and relax. But from nightlife to beach-life, visitors can also find plenty that’s wild about San Diego.

Sailing San Diego Bay offers endless opportunities to soak in the sun, splash in the surf, or even do some sailing on San Diego Bay in a classic racing sailboat.if you feel adventurous.

A visit to (or stay at!) the iconic Hotel del Coronado blends beachside fun and Victorian splendor. The more than 90 golf courses provide plenty of challenges for golf enthusiasts. And miles of hiking trails and bike paths deliver even more ways to enjoy the beautiful weather.

Wild animals rule at the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, SeaWorld San Diego, and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Watch animals in their natural habitats during the annual California gray whale migration from mid-December to mid-March. See more marine life while you sail around San Diego Bay. Or turn your sights to the sky and catch a glimpse of some of the 480 species that make San Diego a bird-watching paradise.

Views From Sailing San Diego Bay

Sailing San Diego bay is an amazing way to view downtown and the city skyline. Don’t foget the historic Gaslamp Quarter delivers more than 80 nightclubs, restaurants, theaters, and art galleries. Balboa Park, the nation’s largest urban cultural park, offers 15 major museums, plus gardens and the San Diego Bay, in one convenient stop. And with Mexico within driving distance, there’s a whole other country right next door.

Want to really have a great time? We suggest an amazing sailing charter on beautiful San Diego Bay. Sailing San Diego Bay with friends and family is probably one of the most enjoyable things to do in San Diego.

Contact Pacifica Sailing Charters for a first rate trip around the bay or out beyond the lighthouse for a dolphin adventure like no other.

It’s easy to find flights to San Diego from around the country. Choosing what to do once you arrive? That’s the hard part.

Enjoy Sailing San Diego Bay Today

San Diego Weather is GREAT For Sailing Year Round

October 12, 2013 by  
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San Diego Weather is GREAT For Sailing

San Diego Weather is GREAT For SailingSan Diego Weather is GREAT For Sailing and is home to the most consistent weather 365 days a year. San Diego’s sun-soaked climate makes it the ultimate year-round destination. Days are frequently warm, even in winter, and evenings are pleasantly cool, so bring a light jacket.

Our region boasts an average daily temperature of 71 degrees Fahrenheit and 300 sunny days. This allows us to enjoy San Diego Weather and be out on the water year round.

We want you to enjoy our beautiful and exciting city during your stay. San Diego weather is the perfect place for combining business and pleasure with its near perfect climate, world-class attractions, electrifying nightlife and more golf courses than you can swing a nine iron at.

San Diego Weather is GREAT For Sailing and Relaxing

San Diego Weather is second to none in creating a truly unforgettable experience. We offer Sailing Charters, Whale Watching Tours, San Diego Harbor Tours, Full Day bookings, Half Day bookings and adventures to the Coronado Islands.

Enjoy an exciting day filled with Sailing in San Diego Today. The San Diego Weather is perfect for Sailing San Diego Bay with Pacifica Sailing Charters as an All-Inclusive Sailing Adventure which allows you to relax as you take in the breathtaking scenery of Dolphins, Sea Lions and an amazing array of sea life.

San Diego Weather is GREAT For Sailing om Beautiful San Diego Bay

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Larry Ellison’s America’s Cup Racing Team Confesses To Breaking Rules

August 12, 2013 by  
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Three of Larry Ellison’s racing sailboats placed a five-pound weight in the wrong spot, a rule violation that has caused them to give back two previous seasons of championship trophies, reports the San Francisco’s Chronicle’s Tom Fitzgerald.

Oracle Team USA made the confession on Friday that it did break the rules. The company is voluntarily giving up its championships, it said.

The overall weight of each boat was correct, but the rules governing weights are fanatically detailed. Where teams place weights is as important as how much overall weight they add to a boat because the placement of the weights can affect how a boat handles, reports FitzGerald.

Just to give you an idea, we’re talking about the misplacement of 5 pounds on a boat that weighs about 12,500 pounds.

The boats involved were the previous racing sailboats, known as AC45s, a class of 45-foot yachts. The current boats are the AC72. AC45s are now only used for training, according to a statement by the Oracle team. But until this year, they were the boats being used in the America’s Cup World Series regattas.

The Oracle teams says that it’s not a bunch of cheaters and that it didn’t deliberately put the 5-pound weights in the wrong spot. Team employees moved the weight over a year ago “without the knowledge of management or the skippers,” the statement says.

Still, it’s another black eye to Ellison’s team in a racing season marred with setbacks. The Oracle team was also fined three practice days earlier this year over a spying violation in New Zealand. A sailor for the Artemis team, Andrew “Bart” Simpson, died in the San Francisco Bay this summer after a practice session with Oracle. Last fall, during a practice season, Ellison’s team wrecked one of the boats, too.

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Questions about sailing in San Diego

April 27, 2013 by  
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Questions about sailing in San Diego

1. What is the boat like? Masquerade is a beautiful, cruise equipped Ranger 37 with plenty of room in the cockpit for entertaining and conversation. She has a large head (bathroom), and a comfy salon below.

2. Do all trips provide snacks? All trips include snacks, bottled water, and soft drinks. However, if you have special dietary needs let me know.

3. Can you provide sandwiches? I can provide any menu items off Subway with advance notice. Let me know what sandwiches you want. Charge is 10 dollars a sandwich for this service. For the snacks, there is no additional charge for food.

4. Where do we meet you? I will meet you at 1880 Harbor Island Dr. There is plenty of free parking there. Call me when you arrive.

5. Are children allowed? Children must be 6 years and older. Sailing with younger children can be stressful for all concerned. All children 13 years old and younger must have an attendant adult and must wear a life jacket at all times. You MUST supply a Coast Guard Approved Life Jacket for your child, as we do not supply this.

6. May we bring our own cooler with food and drinks? Absolutely, yes! Please feel free to bring your own food if you wish. However, Masquerade has plenty of cups, plates, cutlery and napkins.

7. What do your clients do other than sight see? In open waters, I encourage people to take the helm and work the sails. People can do as much or as little as they like. I enjoy teaching people how to sail and I will hand you the helm for as much time as you like. Sailing on Masquerade is truly a fun adventure!

8. Will you teach us about San Diego Bay? I have been sailing San Diego Bay for over 30 years and know lots of the nautical information, history and interesting sights. I will point out maritime rules and laws as we encounter other boats — teaching you about right of way and the safety issues behind these rules. I will point our San Diego Bay’s navigation system of buoys, the tides, currents, animals, and Naval traffic we might encounter. I can be as informative or as quiet as you would like. I love talking about sailing in San Diego Bay!

9. Is there a cabin where we can sit if we do not want to be outside? Yes, Masquerade is a roomy Ranger 37 and there is ample room to sit below and take a break.

10. What if me or someone in my party gets sea sick? This is a very good question! People who charter yachts usually know their own tolerance for the sea. If the waves are a bit more than what you are used to, we can stay inside the protected bay. You should consult your doctor before taking any medications and we have found that Bonine or Dramamine taken about a half hour before a sail can ease any symptoms of sea sickness.

However, by the time you feel ill, it is too late to take a sea sick pill, so talk to your doctor and take any precautions prior to boarding. Still, even with taking precautions, sometimes someone will still feel under the weather. It can — and does — happen to all of us who sail at some time or another. Then, the best thing to do is to sit high up on the cockpit and look at the coastline. Get plenty of fresh air and do NOT go below — not seeing the horizon and shoreline will only make your symptoms worse!

11. What if the weather is bad? The weather in Southern California is generally excellent; we know well in advance of foul weather. Nonetheless, sometimes reservations made in advance fall on bad days. If it is raining, we will simply reschedule for another time or cancel the trip and return all of your money. Sailing San Diego Bay charter operations will not force you to sail in the rain or in bad weather.

12. What do people enjoy the most from sailing on Masquerade? Sometimes it is seeing nature in action: Leaping dolphins, or fat, sun lazy sea lions entwined on navigation buoys, or even whales. Sometimes it is seeing the sun setting on an open ocean. Sometimes it is moving out of the way when a US Navy Destroyer or Carrier enters the bay. More often than not it is simply being under your own direction with your friends and family, unwinding from the stress of daily life. Sailing San Diego Bay is the place to soothe your self and simply feel the wind and the sea.

Sailing Links

March 18, 2013 by  
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Kelp Sticks
Genuine carbon fiber kelp stick
Made with hand layered, 2×2 twill pattern, carbon fiber with a pre molded core.

Burial At Sea San Diego
A local San Diego sea burial provider
Provides small intimate ash scattering services in San Diego, CA

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San Diego Sailing Charters

Provides personal sailboat cruises and tour services in San Diego, CA

Cool Azul Sailboat Project
Schock 35 Restoration Project

CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING Original 1974 French Movie Poster

December 18, 2012 by  
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Original theatrical poster for CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING (Celine et Julie vont en bateau) from 1974 in Fine condition. Wacky Panignett design for Rivette classic. Size: 47×63. Directed by Jacques Rivette.

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