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Post-sunset magic

The moment the sun goes down and the city lights come up has it’s own magic.

Best time to see whales in San Diego?

    What whales will I see now in San Diego? Migration Period: Mid-December – April.More than 20,000 gray whales make a 10,000 mile round-trip journey from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California, where the females give birth to their calves. They typically spend several months in the warm Baja California waters, time for

Who sez it’s winter?

(Click on post title to see customer video clip.) The weather this year has been a bit cooler and wetter than most winters for the time I’ve been in San Diego (almost 10 years), but it’s not really too much to write home about. But then again, I’m from the east coast.  It’s funny – when

Sea Lion? or Seal?

(Click on post title to see customer video clip.) So, what is the difference between seals and sea lions anyway? From the web: Seals and sea lions are marine mammals called ‘pinnipeds’ that differ in physical characteristics and adaptations. Sea lions are brown, bark loudly, “walk” on land using their large flippers and have visible ear flaps. Seals have

Sailing Maneuvers

  When a vessel is sailing, regardless of the point of sail, it is on a tack. With the wind coming across the port side of the vessel and the boom out to the starboard side the vessel is on a PORT TACK If the wind is coming across the starboard side of the vessel


  When a line needs to be thrown from the vessel either to shore or someone in the water it is important that the line be able to extend to its full length without knots or tangles. The bitter end (the unattached end of the line should be secured to a cleat on deck. Take

Reducing Sail and Reefing

Sailboats are designed to sail in a wide range of wind speeds. In lighter winds more or larger sails can be flown. As the wind velocity increases sail area has to be reduced to decrease angle of heal, tilt, caused by the winds increased pressure on the sails and mast. Steering control is also affected

Striking Sail (lowering)

  Sails are taken down or furled in the reverse order of their set. Head sails, starting with furthest forward, and then the mainsail are struck or lowered. Headsails To furl the head sails, one crew member will ease the sheet, keeping slight tension on it, as another crew member will haul in on the

Raising Sails

Sails are raised or lowered by lines called halyards. A gaff sail is raised using a halyard for the throat and a halyard for the peak, and must be raised together. Halyards are named for the sails they raise, for example the main throat halyard raises the throat of the mainsail. The staysail halyard raises