Membership Special

Join this month and receive a FREE ASA 101 sailing course ($350 value). After completion of the course, members will be certified to skipper their own Capri-22 until they have enough sea time to enter into the next class (asa 103). Added  Bonus… Within two weeks of passing ASA 101, all new members will receive a free rental of the Capri 22.

Come out and sail!

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2016 Beneteau Oceanis 31 “Open”

Harbor Sailboats and Academy Yacht Sales are offering a very attractive charter placement program for the new Beneteau Oceanis 31 “Open”.

Upon purchase of their yacht, participants will enjoy usage while receiving a monthly lease payment from Harbor Sailboats for an amount slightly greater than the mortgage payment. Additionally, Harbor Sailboats will cover all operating costs such as slip fees, insurance and maintenance. In other words, Harbor Sailboats pays everything! The only cost of ownership during this program is a down payment to a lender and any taxes/fees. Participating yacht owners may also receive substantial tax benefits and the peace of mind that their new yacht is in the hands of a professional.

To learn more about the yacht and the program contact Beneteau Business Expert Keenan Hirsh. Cell- 619-417-3303 or email keenan@harborsailboats.com

Fully Equipped, Charter Ready- $167,246

Oceanis 35 Arrives at Harbor Sailboats

Welcome to the fleet “Silver Lining”, a 2015 Beneteau Oceanis 35. To the best of our knowledge this is the only Oceanis 35 available for charter in all of California. After being members for many years Tom and Linda decided they wanted to own a boat and knew fleet placement at Harbor Sailboats was the perfect fit, welcome aboard!

The Oceanis 35 comes on the heels of the ground breaking and extremely successful Oceanis 38 (Luna Sea). The 35′ has an open interior with the forward bulkhead being removed thus converting the fwd cabin into more of a loft, for 35 feet the interior in HUGE and easily accommodates a family for the weekend. A shower is separate from the head on the starboard side and a private locker on the port side makes it easy to store all your gear for the weekend.

Above deck the Oceanis 35 has a duel helm allowing easy sailing and an open cockpit seating 8-9 with ease. Enjoy top of the line electronics from B&G and a easy to handle sail plan. While anchored drop the transom down and go for a swim or enjoy the shade under the full bimini and arch connector. Silver Lining is sure to be a club favorite and a great addition to the already impressive fleet at Harbor Sailboats.

Visit the fleet and rates page for charter rate details. Interest in fleet placement? Contact Keenan to learn how owning a new Beneteau can become extremely affordable and worry free.

A look inside the Oceanis 35

 

 

May 2016- Caribbean Flotilla

Harbor Sailboats is now organizing its annual Club Flotilla which will again be hosted in the British Virgin Islands, May 2016. Boats will be available for individual charter and on a per cabin basis. Last year was a blast with great people and great sailing, this year will be even better! Deposits have already been taken on several boats, this is shaping up to be an amazing trip.

Charterers are able to set their own course or follow a “loose” itinerary set by Harbor Sailboats. The itinerary includes daily sails to new islands, happy hour gatherings and inshore dinners. Take some stress away knowing a Harbor Sailboats leader will be on the water and happy to assist with anchoring, mooring pick up and other daily tasks.

Pre-planning is now being coordinated by HS to make your reservation and planning process simple. We have quotes available for monohull and catamaran charters so if you have the slightest bit of interest please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

10% Early Booking Discount

The Moorings is offering a 10% charter discount if we receive your $500 deposit prior to

October 19th.

Informative Mixer

Join us October 7th at 6pm for an informative mixer on the ins and outs of the 2016 BVI Club Flotilla. This is also a great opportunity to meet other people who may want to share a boat. Please RSVP your with the front desk at isail@harborsailboats.com

 

 

2015 Beneteau Cup- 3rd Place!

Team Harbor Sailboats took third out of fourteen boats in cruising class 1 aboard the Oceanis 41, Sweet Denyse. Beneteau cup was created to take Beneteau owners out of their norm and put them on a race course outside Point Loma for two days of excited sailing. Each year the event has grown, sailors have gotten better, parties have gotten bigger and people cant wait until the next year.

The 2015 edition brought nearly 50 Beneteaus all sailing out of the San Diego Yacht Club mixed into 4 different fleets. First 36.7 (one design), First Class 2, Cruising  1, and Cruising 2. Harbor Sailboats was placed in Cruise 1 with 3 other Oceanis 41’s and all other cruisers under 45 feet, we we’re the only Oceanis 41 not to have a spinnaker, OUCH!!! Despite being very slow downwind and unable to hold certain lanes due to the lack of a spinnaker, we still sailed well enough to get on the podium. It was tough for everyone to hold back the smiles; especially when we backed the boat into the San Diego Yacht Club, dropped the swim platform and were greeted with well deserved refreshments!

Thanks to everyone who made the event possible and to the 5 club members who joined Kyle and Keenan on the water that weekend. Till next year!

More Photos Here

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Festival of Sail

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.

 

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BVI Flotilla Report

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!
-Kyle

San Diego International Boat Show

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

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Charters to Catalina Island

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.

 

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2015 Opening Day

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.

If you don’t wish to skipper your own boat, join one of the “club boats” accompanied by a licensed captain. Cost is $75 per person 11am-6pm.
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