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San Diego Whale Watching: January 2, 2019

Happy New Year! San Diego’s best whale watching started the new year strong with whales, dolphins, sea lions, and gorgeous weather. Captain Troy was thrilled this morning to report that the conditions would be perfect today, and indeed they were. The sun was out, the ocean was calm, and the sky was as clear as could be. We had a smaller group today, with lots of young sailors under the age of 10 years old. Al prepared his best jokes for the day.

We love having young sailors aboard the Yacht America. Sometimes, it is the first time they have ever been on a sailboat. Sometimes, it is the first time they have ever been on a boat in general. Sometimes, it is the first time they have ever been out in the ocean. This is true for many of our adult guests as well.

We pride ourselves in providing the safest and most fun whale watching experience in San Diego. With 5,900 sq ft of sails, the boat ride is extremely stable. In addition, we only carry 77 guests at full capacity. This means that every person receives full attention from the crew. If you are nervous, scared, concerned, or feeling sick, we can help you. There are fun interactive activities including raising the sails, raising the American flag, and folding the American flag. Do you want to learn a cool sailing knot? We can teach you. We offer blankets that you can use, free snacks, and free soft beverages for your enjoyment. If you want your picture taken, we are happy to do that too.

Captain Troy and the crew want everyone to experience sailing and whale watching. Captain Troy himself has been sailing since he was 9 years old. It is his passion and he wants to share his boat and the San Diego sea with everyone. It is really an incredible experience to be out in the open ocean, watching such incredible animals on a magnificent vessel. If you have never been on a boat, or you have never seen the ocean, we encourage you to join us for your big moment. If you have any questions or concerns beforehand, don’t be afraid to call us. If there is anything we can do to make your trip better, let us know. We are more than happy to accommodate. Don’t let fear get in the way of sailing and whale watching. It is just SO MUCH FUN! So here’s to New Year’s resolutions.

So, back to our first trip of the day:

As soon as we exited the bay, we turned south. We saw some a lot of splashing and found a pod of at least 100 dolphins. They were playing, feeding, and jumping for joy. It was a perfect day to be out on the water.



We saw the Coronado Islands in the distance. Captain Troy scanned with his binoculars to see if he could see anything else.

We headed to the west and found another pod of dolphins. This group was even larger, spanning about 500. Some friendly sea lions were also close by, getting some delicious food to eat.

Two big pods of dolphins, but no whales yet. We were determined to find whales. We headed north and suddenly saw one whale, close to the kelp bed off Point Loma in only 80 feet of water. Hip hip hooray! We followed this whale south. It made a distinct turn and headed towards the Coronado Islands.

After sailing with this whale for a few sets, we had to head home.

What a successful day. We can’t wait to see you tomorrow!

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