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Do ASA Certifications Expire?

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Blog, Featured, News | 0 comments

The simple answer is no, your American Sailing Association (ASA) certification does not expire. Certifications issued through the American Sailing Association come with lifetime designation, but this does not necessarily mean an individual is qualified to operate a desired sailboat. Alongside certification the most important thing one can have on their sailing resume is experience skippering sailboats at the certification level they desire.

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Opening Day 2017 – Sat, April 8

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Blog, News, Specials, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mark your calendar for the annual Harbor Sailboats Opening Day celebration on April 8th. Across the country yacht clubs and sailing clubs kick off the start of the sailing season with an opening day celebration. San Diego sailing is year-around but that doesn’t mean we cant have a party too!
Who: All members and their friends and family
What: Charter any boat in the fleet and put together a crew to compete in the fun and relaxed “race” (more like a parade) around the bay. Dock BBQ/drinks and awards to follow.
When: Saturday, April 8th from 10:30am to around 6pm. Skippers will join a quick “race” (again, parade) meeting at 10:30 am with the start of the race to begin shortly after. The BBQ and good times will get going around 3pm and will go until the last person leaves!
Where: Harbor Sailboat! Skippers will check in as early as 9:00 am, complete their routine ship’s report, and be ready by 10:30 for our meeting.
Why: To enjoy a fun and competitive (for some) day of sailing and socialization with the Harbor Sailboats members and crew. Plus, who doesn’t like discounted charter rates….
Some Early Details…
  • Charter any boat 32′-45′ for 20% off, boats 28′-31′ receive 50% off (Applies only to opening day participants)
  • Capri and Beneteau 22’s are full day, weekend rates
  • BBQ dock party and drinks included
  • Trophies for 1st, 2nd, Best Dressed, and Last!
  • First place boat gets 50% off that same boat in the month of April
  • HS can provide a race coach for $100

Youth Sailing Camp

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in News, Specials | 0 comments

Harbor Sailboats Youth Sailing Course

Harbor Sailboats | (619) 291-9568   iSail@HarborSailboats.com   www.HarborSailboats.com

2040 Harbor Island Drive, Suite 104 , San Diego CA 92117

 

June 19 – 23, 2017 | 9a – 2p

 

From June 19-23 youth ages 7-16 are invited to learn the basics of sailing at Harbor Sailboats, located in Harbor Island West Marina. U.S.C.G. Captain and American Sailing Association (ASA) Licensed Instructors take students through the curriculum of ASA 101 Basic Keelboat. Over the course of five days, students learn the fundamentals of sailing and boating safety aboard a Capri 22’. Daily activities include on-the-water instruction and educational games. The week-long course concludes with a friendly race around the bay.

Harbor Sailboats’ (HS) 50 years of teaching experience is being extended to San Diego’s youth for the first time. HS boasts a roster of over 40 captains and instructors, all of which have extensive sailing history and knowledge. Many, like Keith Ericson, longtime friend and instructor for HS, are former Navy officers passionate about educating current and future sailors. Others, like Matt Sandoval, grew up on sailboats and have skippered around the world in such places as the British Virgin Islands and up and down the coast of California.

Sailing is an iconic sport that the entire family can enjoy. Harbor Sailboats is family owned and operated by Tom Hirsh and two of his sons, Kyle and Keenan. Each of them is a U.S.C.G. licensed captain, licensed yacht salesman and advanced sailing instructor. “I remember going to sailing camp as a kid,” says Keenan. “We spent our summers on the water learning to work together as a team and being educated about the environment. Now we sail together as a family every chance we get.” Wind and tide patterns, ocean conservation, and marine life are a few of the topics that will be covered in Harbor Sailboats’ youth sailing course.

The week long course curriculum covers ASA 101 Basic Keelboat. The ASA is an association of sailing schools, charter companies, professional sailing instructors, and sailors, with over 300 affiliated sailing schools located throughout the U.S., as well as in Europe, Japan, Central America, Taiwan, China, and other far eastern countries. To date ASA schools have certified nearly half a million sailors. Harbor Sailboats has been honored seven times with the “ASA School of the Year” award.

Contact Harbor Sailboats today to reserve a space. Call (619) 291-9568 or email iSail@HarborSailboats.com to give the gift of sailing to the child in your life.

Introduction to Sailing Clinic

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in News, Specials | 0 comments

Smell the wind and take the helm during our introduction to sailing clinic. A maximum 4 of students will be placed with a licensed and professional sailing instructor for a fun and educational time on the water. This two hour clinic will cover the basics of small keelboat sailing and will be 100% hands on. Students will take the helm, control the sails, and learn the language of sailing in a relaxed and fun setting.

The clinic will be taught on the new Beneteau First 22, a boat that was specifically designed for new sailors. The boat is large, fast, and comfortable for all skill levels.

Contact our front office to confirm your spot today!

$50 per person plus 6% port fee ($53 total)

April 15

12pm-2pm and 2pm-4pm

San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show – January 26 – 29

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Join us Thursday – Sunday, January 26-29, 2017 for the San Diego Big Bay Sunroad Marina Boat Show! Visit the booths of brands and companies you’ve come to know and love. The show also features new marine services and products, free boating seminars, boat rides, libations and more. See you there!

 

Show Hours

Thursday, Jan 26, 12pm – 6pm

Friday, Jan 27, 12pm – 6pm

Saturday, Jan 28, 10am – 6pm

Sunday, Jan 29, 10am – 6pm

 

Admission

$13 for Adults. Children 12 & under, FREE.

Active Military, EMTs, Police and Fire personnel are FREE on Thursday, January 26 and Friday, January 27 with ID. Purchase your Boat Show Tickets online now!

 

For more information, visit: http://bigbayboatshow.com/

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Posted by on Nov 26, 2016 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Charter a Boat and Join the Parade!

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community. Continuing its long-standing San Diego tradition, the 45th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights promises to dazzle and entertain bayfront crowds during the evenings of December 11 and 18, 2016. Participants in this year’s highly anticipated holiday boat parade will decorate their boats to fit this year’s theme, “It Began with a Roar – San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100 Years.”

Presented by the Port of San Diego, the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights brings more than 100,000 San Diego residents and visitors to the shores and water of San Diego Bay each year. The procession of approximately 80 lavishly decorated boats has become one of the most iconic events in the region.

This year, for the first time, the parade will proceed to the pier at Cesar Chavez Park before making the turn to Coronado, giving spectators another area to view the parade.

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More Info Here

Beneteau Ownership – No Cost For 3 Years

Posted by on Nov 19, 2016 in News, Specials, Uncategorized | 0 comments

2017 Beneteau Oceanis 31 “Open”

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Harbor Sailboats is offering an extremely attractive ownership program that will pay 100% of the owners operating expenses for the first three years of ownership. The sailing club will pay the slip rent, insurance, maintenance, and pay the boats mortgage for the first three years. Owners simply make a down payment (or pay in full) and Harbor Sailboats will cover the rest!

The owner of this yacht will save thousands of dollars a month while still retaining 42 days of reserved usage per year and unlimited “stand-by” usage. The participating boat owner will have the luxury of stepping onto a fully prepared and maintained yacht and stepping off after enjoying a day on the water. Harbor Sailboats will manage all aspect of yacht ownership leaving more time for you to enjoy the boat and less time dealing with the logistics of ownership.

For some, the biggest advantage of fleet ownership is the tax benefits it may create. We strongly encourage you speak with a tax professional, but many of our boat owners have used Section 179 of the federal tax code to qualify for accelerated depreciation. This is the same tax benefits that farmers use to purchase tractors and construction companies use to purchase trucks. Your yacht will become the capital in your newly formed or existing charter business. Again, we strongly recommend you contact a tax professional for specifics on this program and how it may apply to you.

The Oceanis 31 “Open” is a fantastic family cruiser that blends easy sailing with luxury accommodations. At 31 feet, she is the entry level cruiser but can easily support the family for a weekend in Mission Bay or that week long trip to Catalina. A boat that is easy to control and a blast to sail, the Beneteau Oceanis 31 is a standout in this range.

Sail Away Charter Ready- 175,085

Contact Keenan for complete details- Keenan@harborsailboats.com or 619-417-3303 (cell)

BVI Flotilla Group Boat

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

We are now holding a brand new Beneteau Oceanis 48 and are making it available on a per-cabin basis with a Harbor Sailboats skipper aboard. Enjoy some of the best cruising in the world without the major cost or responsibility!

Each group will have a private double cabin with A/C and separate head/shower. The yacht will be skippered by a Harbor Sailboats captain who will be sleeping in the main salon and will be responsible for the safe keeping of the yacht. All members can participate in sailing as much or as little as they wish and house-hold responsibilities will be divided up by the crew. Your charter fee will include the yacht, an early board start, “Split-Provisions”, all anchoring/moorings fees, taxes, captain, misc. water toys, linens, and an unforgettable vacation! Not included is any activities/meals ashore, hotel accommodations on the final night of our trip, and flights.

Flotilla dates are May 5th (arrive) – May 14th (Depart). We will be sailing to a different island every day where you can enjoy some of the world’s most famous sailing destinations. Social events will be planned almost every day with things like Hobie Cat racing, a beach BBQ, group dinners/happy hours, and much more!

The all-inclusive cost per cabin (2 people) is $3,332.13 for the brand new Beneteau Oceanis 48. A 50% deposit is required to secure your cabin with the remaining 50% becoming due on February 1st.

Helpful Links

The Boat- http://www.moorings.com/charter-fleet/moorings-484-4-cabin-monohull

The Charter Base- http://www.moorings.com/base-guide/tortola

SOLD OUT- PLEASE CONTACT US FOR BAREBOAT CHARTER INFORMATION

Space is limited to only 4 couples so please don’t hesitate to ask any questions or secure your cabin today!

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Introduction To Sailing Clinic

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Member Specials, News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Smell the wind and take the helm during our introduction to sailing clinic. A maximum 4 of students will be placed with a licensed and professional sailing instructor for a fun and educational time on the water. This two hour clinic will cover the basics of small keelboat sailing and will be 100% hands on. Students will take the helm, control the sails, and learn the language of sailing in a relaxed and fun setting.

The clinic will be taught on the new Beneteau First 22, a boat that was specifically designed for new sailors. The boat is large, fast, and comfortable for all skill levels.

Contact our front office to confirm your spot today!

Class Dates and Times

$50 per person plus 6% port fee ($53 total)

October 15

 12pm-2pm, and 2pm-4pm

October 22

12pm-2pm, and 2pm-4pm

October 29

12pm-2pm, and 2pm-4pm

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2017 Flotilla Dates Announced

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in News | 0 comments

May 6th-13th, 2017

The dates are set for the 2017 Harbor Sailboats Flotilla in the British Virgin Islands!

Last year the club put together 10 boats with over 50 people in total. 15 knot tropical winds, 75-80 degree crystal blue water, a different island every day, and line of sight navigation make the BVI’s a must do!

Harbor Sailboats will coordinate the entire trip including flight suggestions, booking of the yacht, provisions, and provide a daily itinerary while in the islands. With group activities like Hobie Cat racing and dinners, this will be a vacation you and the family will never forget.

Please join us on October 14th at 6pm for a mixer and informative presentation at Harbor Sailboats. Flotilla leaders will speak on the logistics of the trip and provide example pricing for various boat sizes.

Please send RSVP to isail@harborsailboats.com

Quotes are now available!

 

…Can’t make the May 6-13th trip? Join club member/seasoned BVI skipper Tony Lipka aboard his reserved 39’catamaran June 27th-July 2nd, 2017. Contact Tony directly at 619.890.8113 or tonylipka@twc.com for more information.