Boaters make a plan

For our annual halloween raftup it was warm and sunny but we only had one boat interested in coming to la Playa Bay, so instead, we had a barbeque at PJ’s Point at Southwestern Yacht Club. Even that had did not go as planned as a wedding party was using the point for a photo opp. So being adaptable boaters, we dragged the picnic table into the parking lot and using our portable grill by the dumpster. This is now our annual ‘dumpster’ party! Great burgers and dogs from the grill, german beer, and festive halloween desserts. It was great fun and I can’t wait until our next get together.

SDSPS Club members at BBQ
Impromtu BBQ


AMERICA is the world’s most famous racing yacht. Winning the ‘Royal Yacht Squadrons’ 100 Guinea Cup in 1852. This low black schooner from New York Yacht Club won the race around the Isle of Wight. They donated the trophy to the club, starting the America’s Cup Race.

The original America boat was destroyed during WW2 but this replica rebuilt in 1955 is now berthed in America Cup Harbor of Shelter Island in Point Loma San Diego doing daily pleasure cruises and charters. With a length of 139 feet and  mast height of 105 feet she can carry 77 passengers and crew.

Mega Yacht in San Diego Bay

Mega Yacht “Aviva”

This beautiful 210 ft yacht was seen leaving San Diego Bay on Thursday evening 10/10/2019. The registered owner is Aviva Global Ltd, managed by ship manager Hill Robinson Intl-USA. According to wikipedia: Aviva plc, founded in 2000, is a British multinational insurance company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It has about 33 million customers across 16 countries. In the United Kingdom, Aviva is the largest general insurer and a leading life and pensions provider. with annul revenue of Revenue: 17.8 billion GBP (Great Britain Pound 2018)

Aviva accommodates up to 16 guests in 7 cabins. She also houses room for up to 20 crew members. She flies the flag of the Cayman Islands.

Aviva has a top speed of 16.50 knots and a cruising speed of 14.00 knots. She is powered by a twin screw propulsion system. She also has a range of 6,000 nautical miles.

This from the Aviva Super yacht website: Aviva is a custom motor yacht launched in 2007 by Abeking & Rasmussen in Lemwerder, Germany and most recently refitted in 2012. Abeking & Rasmussen (A&R) is a famous German shipyard with a global reputation for highest quality custom made motor yachts from 45 to 125 metres. Aviva measures 68.00 metres in length and has a beam of 12.3 metres. She has a gross tonnage of 1,845 tonnes. and a deck material of teak. Aviva has a steel hull with an aluminium superstructure. Her exterior design is by Reymond Langton Design. Aviva also features naval architecture by Abeking & Rasmussen.


Learn to be SAFE​

Beached and Abandoned

Spotted Thursday afternoon  10/10/2019 on the north shores of North Island in front of the large white fuel tanks, in San Diego bay is this recently abandoned sailing vessel that has run aground.  Cause unknown. Google search did not reveal any news report, but it had not been there 4 days earlier.

The San Diego Sail and Power Squadron offer numerous courses for power boaters and sailor from beginning level introduction to advanced navigation and engine maintenance. Be prepared and keep your loved ones safe.

See top menu => Courses for more information.

Evening Seminars – Held at Sailing Supply/Downwind Marine

Evening Seminars – Held at Sailing Supply/Downwind Marine Our store hosts great speakers on a variety of cruising-related topics! Meeting 6-8 PM at the store, 2804 Canon Street, San Diego – Doors open 5:45 PM – Admission $3/person

Mon, October 21 – USCG Capt. Pat Rains, Author and Owner, Point Loma Publishing Sea of Cortez – Winter Itinerary & Summer Hide-Outs

Tues, October 22 – Bruce Brown, U.S. Safety at Sea and USCG Trainer Downwind Sailing Techniques & Safety Prep for Coastal Cruising

Wed, October 23 – Chef Melanie A. Cady, Certified French Chef – Gourmet Galley Wench Eat Well at Sea – Improvisational Galley Provisioning & Techniques

Thurs, October 24 – Cdr. Terry Sparks-USN Ret., Owner, Made-Simple-for-Cruisers Training Overview/Primer – Offshore Radio Communication for Cruising Fun and Safety

Fri, October 25 – USCG Capt. Ann Kinner, Owner, SeaBreeze Nautical Books and Charts Best Online Resources to Know for Cruising & Navigation

Mon, October 28 – Dick Markie, Harbor Master, Paradise Marina in Nuevo Vallarta Cruising Mexico – What you Need to Know

Tues, October 29 – USCG Dietmar Petutschnig, CEO, Good Anchorage Ltd. Meet the Panama Posse – Find out about their Next Passage

Wed, October 30 – Chuck Skewes, Sail Maker – Ullman Sails Unlocking Offshore Sailing: Storm Sails, Sail Wear & Repair & More

Thurs, October 31 – Halloween – No Seminar

Fri, November 1 – Tom Teevin, Marine & Auto Mechanic/Trainer &Veteran Cruiser Maintaining your Outboard Motor while Cruising Mexico

Communication Systems

This valuable training  course brought to you by the San Diego Sail and Power Squadron starts Thursday October 24th, 2019 at the Southwestern Yacht Club in Point Loma. Cost is only $65 and open to the public, you do not need to be a member.  The program will start at 7 pm and run through January. To register email for more information.

SDSPS Communications Course

Ongoing training courses

Advanced Marine Navigation (Formerly Advanced Piloting)
Do you want to navigate unfamiliar waters in limited visibility or take an extended cruise with confidence? Learn to use radar, chart plotters, AIS and other electronic tools to supplement basic GPS navigation. Obtain a thorough understanding of piloting techniques in a variety of coastal tide, current and wind conditions.
Already started Tue, September 17, 7pm – 9pm  at the Southwestern Yacht Club, 2702 Qualtrough St, San Diego, CA 92106, USA.
email Education Officer Lt/C Tanya to register at seo at, for our future courses
See (menu) ‘Courses’ for more info and cost