Where do you go from San Diego for weekend sailing trips, or don't you do it? I've been spoiled by Puget Sound near Seattle where there's always a nearby anchorage or marina. I'm planning on being transferred by the military to San Diego and want to know where do you go from San Diego for weekend trips.
It's pretty limited.
Fairly close by from San Diego Bay (12+ miles ??), but the best anchorage is an open roadstead, so expect to roll while at anchor.
First decent anchorage along the Mexican coast. A number of marinas in Ensenada for the weekend. Todos Santos are small islands in Ensenada Bay with a small anchorage (2-3 boats). (80+ miles). A bit south of here is
where normal stateside insurance coverage ends.
San Clemente Island
Controlled by the Navy, due West of San Diego. Not legal to go on land but
there are few excellent anchorages. Pyramid cove on the south end and
NorthWest harbor. Pyramid is a large anchorage and fairly isolated.
NorthWest is tighter - you usually need to squeeze thru a kelp bed to get it.
Just to the south is landing strip frequently used by Navy Jets for touch and
gos and to the west is a Navy Seal training area. Permission to anchor is
controlled by the Navy but there is Web site access for the closure times.
Pyramid is about 70 miles due west of San Diego Harbor. Excellent diving around both ends of San Clemente Island.
Santa Catalina Islands
Popular destination for those with boat in LA and Orange County. Catalina anchorages are 24 - 30 miles from many LA County Harbors. Most of the anchorages are filled with moorings. The closest anchorage to San Diego is
Avalon which is 70+ miles.
Other Channel Islands
A number exist to the north and west of Catalina whose distance pretty much eliminates them for weekend trips from San Diego.
San Diego anchorages.
There is an anchorage in Mission Bay to north as you first enter the bay.
No bridges to go under so its available to sail boats. There is spot to
beach a dinghy.
Adjacent to the city of Coronado just past the Coronado Bridge. Typically
you anchor off the golf course.
Shelter Island Yacht Basin
Anchorage between San Diego Yacht Club and Southwestern Yacht Club
I believe its only available on the weekends and you need a permit from
the Harbor Police.
Anchorages/Harbors to the North
Oceanside (never been there)
Dana Point (I believe it is all slips but they do have overnight slips).
Newport Harbor (open anchorage and inexpensive moorings, probably
overnight slips available).
Long Beach harbor (open anchorage adjacent to at least one of the
oil islands - marinia with overnight slips).
Typically I will do an overnighter in Glorietta Bay, a weekend or two a year
in Mission Bay, an occasional 3 day weekend to Ensenada or Pyramid Cove.
Catalina and points further north are done with a week or more.
The good news is that marina occupancy is dropping, so it is possible to move your boat around and still return the boat to a San Diego marina.
I would like to put my boat into a marina in LA County or Ventura/Oxnard for the summer to have better weekend access to Catalina/Channel Islands.
Brian Fagen's Cruising Guide to Central and Southern California is excellent.
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