Let's meet early to be on the water at 8:00 am to paddle up to 21 miles around south San Diego Bay. (please read this whole post)
South Bay (SoBa) is a very diverse area that will take us through Wildlife Refuges and past the largest Navy Base on the west coast. From industrial to beach, osprey to Seahawk helicopters.
We'll start paddling at the J Street Marina in Chula Vista and head north and through the Chula Vista nature preserve to Pepper Park in National City 3.5 miles for a break. People who only want to do 7 miles can head back to J street from here.
The rest of us will continue north past 32nd Street Naval Station to the Coronado Bridge where we'll cross over to the west side of the bay for a little lunch break, at about 8.5 miles.
After lunch we'll start head into Glorietta Bay with views of the historic Hotel Del Coronado, then back out past the Navy Seals base and south to the beach at the Coronado cays, for another break and swim time for Greg.
After the Cays people who want to cut it short can cross back over to J Street to end up with a 17 mile paddle, the rest of us will slog out the final 3 or four miles going past another wildlife refuge with scary signs and then north back to J street for about a 21 mile trip. (see below picture for cautions)
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Caution This is a fun paddle but people can not breath water so please be up for whatever length of paddle you choose to do. SD Bay can get pretty windy and choppy in the afternoon whitecaps are not uncommon.
• Bring food for lunch and snacks, 20 miles can make you hungry.
• Bring PLENTY of water and juice.
• Wear a hat.
• Bring and use sun screen.
• Have a change of clothes.
• Have a GOOD PFD (life jacket).