Festival of Sail is the largest Tall Ship festival on the west coast and is hosted at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, transforming the North Embarcadero over Labor Day weekend into a nautical theme park. Additionally the San Salvador is on schedule to make her appearance at this years Festival of Sail. San Salvador has been preparing for her grand entrance during this years Parade of Sail, Friday September 4, 2015. While she will not be under sail, she will be leading the parade of 16 vessels under her own power. -Courtesy of the San Diego Maritime Museum.
Grab a boat and spectate cannon battles, tall ship parades and much more.
Last month, 16 sailors of the Harbor Sailboats Sailing Club visited the British Virgin Islands. While it’s hard to put in words, this truly was a vacation of a lifetime! The flotilla consisted of 5 boats total that ranged from 37′ all the way up to 54′.
Our charter was set to begin Saturday morning so most of us opted to fly in Friday (and some even Thursday) to get settled in and rested from the long flight. The Moorings’ hotel, The Mariner Inn, and the surrounding restaurants/bars, were fully taken advantage of. The party didn’t last too long on night one- we knew we had 8 more days ahead of us.After our chart briefing, boat check-out, and last minute provisioning, it was time to go cruising!
Day 1 was a somewhat short sail across the Sir Francis Drake Channel to the ‘The Bight’ on Norman Island. There were plenty of Mooring balls available so we were lucky enough to all be in one row. Immediately after securing to the mooring, it was time to get in the 82 degree water and enjoy the view. Without really planning it, the crew elected Corky and Peter’s 37′ yacht as the designated Happy Hour spot. It was a great way for everyone got to know each other over cocktails and a spectacular sunset. Immediately, the entire group had a strong bond and right away I knew this was going to be a special trip!
Day 2’s plan was a somewhat quick snorkel via dinghy ride at ‘The Caves’ and then a relatively long up- wind sail to Marina Cay. The snorkeling at ‘The Caves’ was spectacular, which was great, but at the same time set the snorkel expectations a bit high for the rest of the trip. As we returned back to the boat, it was time depart for what turned out to be a fun, but tough 3 hour upwind sail in 25 knots. While looking behind us the last mile or two pulling into Marina Cay, we couldn’t help but notice the very dark clouds approaching. This could have meant a bit more wind and plenty of water. While we definitely got wet (only rain of the trip btw) the clouds luckily didn’t have much wind in them. The dark clouds in contrast with the white sand and reef bottom was a cool sight. After a quick happy hour at the Pusser’s Bar and Restaurant, all boats chose to eat aboard. Our boat had some nice slabs of tuna, very good on the grill!
Day 3 was an early start in order to get to ‘The Baths’ nice and early as it can become a zoo by noon. The swim to the beach (no dinghies aloud) is definitely exciting and refreshing. The rock formations look pretty cool from the outside, but the real beauty is the trail that goes through
the formations. Numerous pools and lookout spots ultimately end at a nice sandy beach with enough room for swimming. We spent well over our allotted 90 minutes on the Mooring ball but we were out of there by 12:30 and off to the North Sound Virgin Gorda- 20-25 knots with reefed mains and jibs. After picking up the somewhat narrow channel into North Sound, the fleet all grabbed Mooring ball at Leverick bay. After some paddle boarding and snorkeling, it was time to explore the small town and beachfront bar. We all ate dinner that night right on the sandy beach just steps from the dinghy dock. Before leaving Leverick Bay for the short (15 min.) motor up to the Bitter Island Yacht Club, most boats elected to fill up their freshwater tank which was included in the Mooring ball fee. The fee also included a bag of ice and not having to worry about fresh water the rest of the trip was a good feeling.
While approaching the new mooring ball, we all couldn’t help but notice the amazing water color and view. The rest of the day consisted of some sun and water soaking, paddle boarding, and lunch inshore. The inshore lunch was a good chance for everyone to grab the wifi network and make sure nothing too dramatic was happening in the “real world.” We did learn that Tom Brady had received a suspension for the “deflate-gate” incident.
Day 5 our new destination was Cane Garden Bay which consisted of a long and windy, very comfortable, downwind sail along the North shore of Tortola. The Bay is well protected this time of year and is one of the most scenic spots in the islands- long white Sandy beach, palm trees, tall hills in the background, and a straight-line sunset view. Due to the long sail, all boats were showed up at slightly different times and Mooring ball availability was spread out and pretty scarce. Happy Hour was on the 54′ and dinner was on lawn chairs right on the beach. Fun Night!
Day 6 was a quick sail with a short stop at Sandy Cay and then off to Jost Van Dyke for the night. Sandy Cay is one the coolest day spots with a great view of numerous islands. One place a lot of us wanted to check out was the Soggy Dollar Bar in White Bay. While pulling up into the bay, there was absolutely ZERO space as there were at least 100 boats in the small anchorage and 4 times that amount of people lining the beach. It turns out the Soggy Dollar Bar was hosting a Country. With the crowd much too large (although some of us did take a cab over to check out the festivities in White Bay), it was back to Great Harbor for a night at Foxy’s for a group dinner and dancing!
Our final day…After a morning walk on the beach we all packed up and headed to Peter Island through Sopper’s Hole. The sail was real fun and we have now completely circumnavigated Tortola. Peter Island was a very nice, quiet spot which was much needed for the last night, especially after a somewhat wild night at Foxy’s. The snorkeling was great and so was the swimming. The boats that stayed together for the last night all came together for one Happy Hour. In the morning it was a quick motor sail back across the channel to turn in the boats. Most of us stayed the night in Tortola at the hotel while others were able to get a flight home that actually returned that night. The rest of us had a nice last dinner at “The Pub” which was a 10 minute cab ride into town.
Overall, it was a very special and successful trip. Thanks to my crew Jeff, Mary, and Amy along with the captains and crew of the other 4 boats- Brad, Sarah, Corky, Peter, Paul, Anne, Kim, Patti, Greg, Helen, Larrry, and Vanessa. Stay posted for the announcement of our next trip to take advantage of these amazing vacations!
The boating industry is gearing up for the San Diego International Boat Show taking place June 18th-21st right here on Harbor Island. This has always been one of the best boat shows in the area with a huge display of Beneteau Sail and Powerboats. Academy Yacht Sales and Harbor Sailboats will be in attendance all four days with the latest offerings of new boats and sailing club memberships. Stop by the website for all the details and clear your schedule! www.sandiegointernationalboatshow.com
This June through September the Oceanis 45 will be moored in San Pedro for charters exclusively to Catalina Island and beyond. The flagship yacht will be only 20 miles away from the island meaning more time relaxing and less time spent getting there! With three cabins and two heads the boat can sleep a maximum of 8 guest with comfort. This special program is for member only and is the best way to enjoy a summer sailing vacation with family!
In addition to Bareboat Charters we will also be running several ASA 104 courses with an overnight stay on the Island. Get your certification and get yourself prepared for trips with family and friends. Give us a call or email to discuss the details of this very exciting program.
Harbor Island Sailing Academy (Harbor Sailboats as its better know today) was founded in 1969 by JimYoes and was truly a trailblazer in the yacht chartering and instruction industry. Prior to the advent of sailing clubs, learning to sail meant hanging around the docks hoping to hitch a ride from a friendly boat owner. Skippering your own boat meant owning one which of course came along with all associated cost and headache. Nowadays, sailing clubs are found in almost every harbor in every waterfront town. While we are proud of our longevity and distinction as one of the first, we are committed to remaining among the finest.
Come celebrate 46 years of Harbor Sailboats history during the annual “Opening Day” regatta Saturday, April 18th. Bring in the summer sailing season with festivities including a handicapped fleet racing (more like a boat parade), BBQ, drinks, awards, and fun for all! All skill levels are welcome and no race experience is necessary.
The Capri-22 beginners racing clinic is back for 2015 after a very successful clinic last year! There is no better opportunity to learn the skill of sailboat racing and get in shape for the Capri-22 racing series. The clinic will cover everything you need to know in order to hit the starting line with confidence this summer. Most of the time will be spent on the water performing drills with our race committee boat and conclude with a race!
Sign up with a partner or let HS put you together with another sailor.
$75 per person
March 28, 2015
The San Diego Sunroad Boat Show is this weekend! While the rest of the country is under snow, the Sunroad Marin on Harbor Island will transform into one of the best shows of the year. With nearly 100 boats in the water and dozens of vendors on land there is fun to be had by all! Harbor Sailboats and Academy Yacht Sales will be in attendance represent new Beneteau Yachts, both power and sail, and Harbor Sailboats sailing club memberships. Along with our parent dealership we will have 9 brand new boats on display for people to come aboard, shop and learn about some of the newest features of the Beneteau line.
The all new Beneteau Oceanis 35 will be making her San Diego debut. This is another new design from Beneteau that has fit the very successful design of the 38′ into a smaller 35′ package. The display will also have sailboats 31′ to 55′ and powerboat 38′ to 40′.
Come see us under the huge American Flag!
Harbor Sailboats is very proud to offer you FOUR new Beneteaus available for charter in San Diego and coming to Newport Beach this summer!
“Luna Sea” is a 2014 Beneteau Oceanis 38 and is the only one available for rental in all of Southern California! The Oceanis 38 is a ground breaking design from Beneteau that has removed the forward bulkhead converting the forward cabin into a “loft”. This designs opens the interior space up and makes the boat much larger than she appears. Aft is two very large cabins with a shower/head to starboard. Above deck the Oceanis 38 has a beam of over 13 feet wide! Twin wheels, fold down swim platform, mainsail arch and more make the Oceanis 38 a dream to sail.
“Sweet Denyse” is a 2015 Beneteau Oceanis 41 and is the newest Beneteau 41′ available in San Diego. The Oceanis 41 is one of the most popular designs ever offered by Beneteau and you will see why. Her interior is huge with two full cabins and a leather covered U-shaped salon. Upgraded counter tops, electric quite flush head, separate stall shower and a walk in storage cabin will make you never wanting to leave. 12 guest can sail comfortably in her nearly 14 foot wide cockpit! Boat handling is made easy with the use of the bow thruster, electric winch and full B&G electronics. The newest boat currently available for bareboat charters in all of San Diego!
“Empty Nest” is a 2015 Platinum Edition Beneteau Oceanis 31. This boat is possibly the most visually pleasing hull sailing in San Diego with a light grey color and black boot stripping. With the platinum edition we have upgraded the interior colors, cushion, counters, electronics and rigging. Unlike her sister-ship “Jessica”, this boat has an furling mainsail to make for easy handling and quick rigging. Empty Nest is sure to be a hit in the coastal cruising range and will be a great compliment to the other Oceanis 31 in the fleet.
“Zia” is a model year 2013 Beneteau Oceanis 45 that is as good as new. The Oceanis 45 is the flagship yacht of the Harbor Sailboats fleet and will be a very popular choice for longer trips and larger crew. Her interior has three very spacious cabins, two separate heads/showers and a U-shaped salon cover in white leather. Above deck everything is electric from all three winches to an automatic anchor drop from the cockpit. Bring up to 12 people aboard and enjoy one of the best sailing Beneteaus ever produced.
Harbor Sailboats is very proud to offer our members the very best boat quality in all of Southern California and we couldn’t do it without the help of members and owners. Stop by anytime to take a tour of these new boats and make your reservations today!
Harbor Sailboats and lead Captain Kyle Hirsh will be heading to the British Virgin Islands this spring! A club flotilla is a great way to cruise the island for those first timers and even returning captains. Our lead boat will offer a loose itinerary, pre-vacation logistics planning and will be on call to offer assistance while in the Islands. Water temperatures are as warm as a bath and visibility is nearly 30 feet deep! If you have been dreaming of a vacation of a lifetime give us a call!
Both private charter and per cabin charters are available. Contact Kyle at Harbor Sailboats
Club Member JC Schuble offers us this teaser from his BVI vacation in December. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJzrC38SelA&feature=youtu.be
Harbor Sailboats Group Boat
Harbor Sailboats has entered Raven, the Beneteau 393 into this years Southern California Beneteau Cup and we have a few spots still available. The Beneteau Cup is a fun and casual two day “Race” in San Diego with over 40 Beneteaus, most of them cruising boats. This is a fun event hosted by the San Diego Yacht Club with after parties and an award ceremony at the end of each day.
Join a Harbor Sailboats team member aboard Raven for a weekend you wont forget. Team shirts and lunches will be provided for all crew. Call the office today to reserve your spot and remember no racing experience is required!
Member Rate: $375
Non Members: $425