If you want to discover the pristine California that hardly anyone gets to see it should be done from the water looking back at the coast. That is the view that original European explorers and native American Channel Island dwellers had. Much of the coast and most of the Channel Islands remain unspoiled. However, relatively few California visitors or residents venture out by boat whether power or sail, charter or private because of perceived or actual discomfort. Such discomfort is minor compared to the experience of seeing large schools of dolphins playing, pelicans diving, whales breaching and seals sunning themselves on large buoys at harbor entrances greeting you with a yawn or a bark. In sheltered coves of the Channel Islands some moorings and safe anchorages exist where, after arrival one can swim and snorkel an enjoy world class under water wild life with family and friends before preparing the evening meal. Cruisers are...Read more
Category Archives: San Diego
More than 50 sperm whales spotted off Southern California coast in rare sighting
- Article by: Associated Press
- Updated: October 7, 2014
- LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — More than 50 sperm whales emerged off the Southern California coast in an extremely rare, hours-long sighting that had whale watchers and scientists giddy with excitement.Pods of mothers and juveniles rolled and played with dolphins Monday a few miles off Laguna Beach, the Orange County Register reported (http://bit.ly/1s6vG5P ). They later were spotted off San Diego and were heading south, said Jay Barlow, a sperm whale expert with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Free Snapshot Contest Educates Public About California’s Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtles
Olema, Calif. (July 18, 2014) – Turtle Island Restoration Network and the California Coastal Conservancy are sponsoring the bi-lingual Be a California Sea Turtle Hero: Sea Turtle Sand Castle Snapshot Contest to raise awareness about endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtles and encourage exploration of the California Coast. The contest is free and open to everyone, and the winner will receive a three-night stay at San Diego’s oceanfront family resort, La Jolla Coves Suites. “Giant endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtles visit our beautiful California coast each year, yet so few people know they are out there,” said Joanna Nasar, communications manager for Turtle Island Restoration Network. “This contest gives everyone an opportunity to be a California sea turtle hero and get involved in efforts to protect these sea turtles.” The contest focuses on bringing attention to Pacific Leatherback sea turtles, which have been protected under the Endangered Species Act since 1970. In 2012, the National Marine Fisheries Service declared more than...Read more
Travel and Adventure: Charm and adventure abound on Catalina Island
By Doug Hansen Creators Syndicate - Wickedlocal.com This trip to Southern California's Catalina Island doesn't even compare with the last one I did 25 years ago. That time I made the mistake that many do of just walking around Avalon, shopping and eating, spending the night and then leaving. But while Avalon is a delightful place and time spent here is worthwhile, it's not sufficient to fully savor all that Catalina Island offers. Continue Reading... ...Read more
20th annual Baja Ha-Ha boating rally sets sail for Mexico
CBS8.com SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Gray skies didn't dampen the excitement of boaters participating in a sailing rally on San Diego Bay. The 20th annual Baja Ha-Ha kicked off Monday with a parade of boats. The recreational boaters will sail together for two weeks on a 750-mile course to Cabo San Lucas. Multiple stops along the way offer time to socialize. Continue Reading......Read more
West Coast states and BC to link climate policies
By JASON DEAREN Associated Press - San Jose Mercury News SAN FRANCISCO—The governors of Pacific coastal U.S. states and a Canadian province official are joining forces in a new effort to fight climate change. In an agreement announced Monday, the governors of California, Oregon, Washington and the environment minister of British Columbia, Mary Polak, will place a price on greenhouse gas pollution and mandate the use of cleaner-burning fuels. Continue Reading......Read more
From the Boathouse: Helping the blind to sea
By Mike Whitehead - The Daily Pilot Ahoy! Saturday sees an inspiring happening at the American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291, when eager sailors will take part in the Sail for the Blind and Visually Impaired event. Participants will be able to help steer the boats and adjust sheet and halyard lines while feeling the sensations of wind and motion. The event is sponsored by the Women's Ocean Racing Sailing Assn. (WORSA) and hosted by the American Legion Post and Yacht Club. Continue Reading......Read more
A Fight Over Vineyards Pits Redwoods Against Red Wine
ideastream.com Environmental groups in Northern California are suing to stop a winery from leveling 154 acres of coast redwoods and Douglas firs to make way for grapevines. As climate change heats up California's interior valley, the wine industry is creeping toward the coast, where majestic redwoods grow.
Environmental groups are fighting to stop the leveling of 154 acres of coast redwoods and Douglas firs to make way for grapevines.
New boat show debuts at Harbor Island’s Sunroad Marina Jan. 28-31
by Nicole Sours Larson - SDNews.com When the San Diego Sunroad Boat Show opens at Sunroad Marina at the east end of Harbor Island on Jan. 28 for a four-day run, it will have more than a new venue name. Replacing the annual San Diego Convention Center boat show formerly held in early January, the new show will have a different look and approach. On-land exhibitors will display their wares under canopies and all but small trailerable boats will be at docks in the water. Continue Reading... ...Read more
Tropical Storm Octave strengthens off Mexico’s Baja Calif. coast
Reuters - Reporting by Elinor Comlay; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Leslie Gevirtz The storm, about 315 miles south of the peninsula's tip, was traveling north-northwest at about 13 miles per hour (20 kmph), Miami's National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Octave had maximum sustained wind speeds of up to 65 miles per hour (100 kmph) and its strength was expected to fluctuate overnight before gradually weakening on Monday, the NHC said. Continue Reading... ...Read more