~~~~~~~~Circ de SoBa~~~~~~~ (Circumnavigation of South Bay)

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)

Click Here for a larger picture and Here for a Google Earth overlay

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). 

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  • Greg S.

    Very fun paddle. Count me in for next years paddle.

    1 · September 30

  • Greg S.

    Check out these two screwballs that tried to paddle from Catalina Island to the mainland with a tandem SOT. They ended up getting rescued by the Coast Guard. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­

    1 · September 30

  • Norman

    Here are some of the links I promised.

    http://www.meetup.com/ArizonaOu...­ Arizona Outdoor Activities group
    http://www.meetup.com/Desert-Mo...­ Desert mountain Paddlers
    http://www.meetup.com/Paddle-Ar...­ Paddle Arizona And Lake Havasu Paddlefest and please pass on to others in the group and beyond. http://lakehavasupaddlefest.com...­

    Hope to see you guys at an event soon. :-)

    1 · September 30

  • Jim Carter

    Thanks all you guys for coming out, Greg sorry you couldn't do the whole thing, but keep paddling you can work up to it...

    (insert evil grin)

    1 · September 28

    • Greg S.

      Ya, thanks :). Hey, how many miles did your route end up being? With my early departure my mileage ended up being 17.40 miles.

      2 · September 29

    • Jim Carter

      We did 20, missed a mile there somewhere.

      1 · September 29

  • Norman

    Great paddle and the weather was a positive factor on making this a great event.

    3 · September 28

    • Jim Carter

      Glad you make it out , nice to meet you.

      2 · September 28

  • Steve Shockley

    Thanks to Jim,Greg and Norman had a great time .

    3 · September 28

    • Norman

      Indeed. Nice to meet each of you. Hope to be able to do another trip soon.

      2 · September 28

  • Steve Shockley

    Great paddle in a great location with fun group of folks. Special thanks to Jim for setting this up.

    2 · September 28

  • William Newby

    Hey guys, gotta back out. I caught a cold a few days ago, was hoping to shake it by tomorrow, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. See you next time.

    September 27

  • Norman

    Can anyone recommend a breakfast place near the launch point?

    September 24

    • Jim Carter

      Yea eat a couple of pounds of pancakes then paddle 20 miles, good plan :;-)

      2 · September 24

    • Norman

      Thank you. :)

      1 · September 24

  • Greg S.

    Hey Jim, I just noticed that you have the meetup setup for 7:00 am, but in the trip description you mention being on the water by 8:00. Are we launching at 7:00 or 8:00? I'm good with either launch time.

    1 · September 23

    • Jim Carter

      Launching at 8 I over did it a bit probably should meet at 7:30 to launch at 8

      2 · September 23

    • Greg S.

      Sounds good, thx.

      September 23

  • Aradia Orcutt

    Oh I would LOVE to do this! But I'm working that day! :( I'm STIlL looking for someone to do Catalina and back with me.

    2 · September 22

    • Aradia Orcutt

      About a year ago I paddled across Chesapeake Bay in Virginia over open water. That was 21.6 miles. So I'm looking forward to this! I wanted to do the Islas de Las Coronados off the coast here, but was warned not to.

      1 · September 22

    • Jim Carter

      I was hoping you guys would meet, nice. See you Saturday Will.

      1 · September 22

  • Greg S.

    I got my new tow rope belt in the mail today, so just in case we run into some of those nasty south bay winds I can tow someone to the nearest shore or wind break. :-)

    September 5

  • Norman

    I am coming from Phoenix. Picking up my new kayak from Aqua Adventure.

    2 · September 1

    • Jim Carter

      Sounds like a nice way to break it in a little :)

      1 · September 1

  • Brenda

    What is the estimated time for this paddle? Might consider. Sounds like an adventure.

    2 · August 31

    • Greg S.

      If we do the whole 21 miles I'm guessing 6-7 hours which includes a few beach landing breaks.

      September 1

  • Jim Carter

    I haven't really figured a time out 3.5 mph and breaks it will take most of the day I'm thinking, Greg thinks not so long. It will be a pretty cool paddle though. Hope you can make it.

    August 31

  • Jim Carter

    Anything I'm missing on the cautions? Or anything else?

    2 · August 28

    • Jim Carter

      Well we could all eat at the "Boathouse" in Glorietta Bay if you're buying. I did invite the folks from OC too by the way :)

      1 · August 29

    • Steve Shockley

      I think I have said enought. Lol!

      2 · August 29

  • Steve Shockley

    That should take about an hour . LOL!!

    2 · August 28

    • Greg S.

      Hey Jim, remember the paddle we did back on April 19th around the southbay? It was just under 15 miles and I don't remember it lasting anymore than about 4 hours, but it was just me, you and Pat and we paddled at a pretty good clip that day. http://www.meetup.com...­

      1 · August 28

    • Jim Carter

      Yeah I do but we didn't go into Chula Vista Nature Center and we didn't go south of the Cays, nor into Glorietta Bay, and I think it got windy so Pat was probably doing about 20 mph. :)

      1 · August 28

  • Mauricio Orantes

    In order for me to attend this one, I will have to attach a trolling motor to the back of my yak. This is epic!!

    3 · August 28

    • Jim Carter

      You could choose to do the 7 mile if you paddle a lot in the next four weeks. :)

      1 · August 28

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