Thursday-Dolphin & Whale Watching aboard Seasters :)

We're cherry-picking the weather in advance for this and other sailings, so please stay tuned to the weather and updates from now until the sailing day.


Sailing, like many other sports, can be a physically demanding sport.  Unfortunately, because of the risk of injury or even in remote cases, death, as in many other sports, I must insist and carry out to the best of my knowledge and ability to welcome only people in good physical condition and free of injury aboard Seasters, and for very good reasons:

Voyaging aboard Seasters is unlike your typical public cruise.  You will be part of a cohesive (I'm taking license on that one, lol!) crew -AND YOU WILL BE ASKED TO TAKE THE HELM- on an INTERACTIVE sailing experience aboard perhaps the most famous of all (in the sailing world, at least) recreational brands of sailboats, the venerable Cal.  Although not produced in nearly the numbers of AMF's Alcort Sunfish (I used to have one), just the Cal's  continually winning races today, more than 40 years after being produced (mainly the Cal 40' and 25's I'm mentioning here) ensures the mystique of Cal's will just keep going.  EVERYONE in the sailing community (including Coast Guard people) I've met, save one (a friend), agrees that Cal's are great boats.  The famous Lapworth hulls really get up and go; think of a Cal being a Ferrari with the ever-popular Catalina being a touring car.  Catalina sailboats are more stable, but more lethargic at the helm (the "feel at the wheel" I like to call it), than Seasters, my beloved Cal 31', Seasters.  Catalina's are more stable and roomy and still being made with the best parts available in the industry while Cal is long-gone, choosing not to make affordable, lower quality sailboats. Seasters is more "tender" (leans over quicker) and responsive, feeling in some ways like a smaller sailboat.  Catalina 30's make great day sailers, and roomy campers while Cal's are great day sailers, regularly cross oceans and are fast; and, they're built with strength and performance in mind by one of, if not the most famous hull designer, naval architect, William Lapworth. For the luxury- minded sailors (at a reasonable price), The Hunter brand of sailboats, which are often called, "condos on the water", focus more on modern design and touches with everyone's comfort as a high priority.

Bring your secured hat, boat shoes (non marking shoes and non boat shoes forbidden), sunglasses, layer your clothing from warm to cold conditions, Seasters has a hanging locker to hang jackets and stuff.  Put sunblock on at least 20 minutes before boarding so excess won't get all over creating a safety hazard!  Take a good camera, secure your cell phone and remember to bring your good attitude and  smiles! :)  Eat sensibly BEFORE coming, you can bring stuff for the voyage, but nothing messy please.  Drink sensibly, as carbonated drinks and alcohol can cause sea sickness.  Seasters has a Costco cache of crackers aboard for the unfortunate souls feeling queasy.  We'll save the meal for later, or just heave to (meaning to pretty much stall/stop the sailboat on the water)on the water and eat.  Better to eat (crackers & such) on the water with something in the stomach, than feeling queasy with nothing in the stomach on the water.  And, for the  comfort & safety of everyone, smokers, please allow a minimum of 3-4 hours from dock to dock before smoking.


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  • Mike

    I’m glad you had a good time today, I certainly did! I hope to see you all aboard again. Thanks MIke

    1 · January 31, 2013

  • Mark

    Wowzer everybody! Did Cpt. Mike put on a sailing clinic today with a nice, strong breeze blowing or what??? You never would experience sailing to this upper level without the experience of a confident Captain at the helm for nothing less than a screaming, 7 knot broad reach back to Dana Point from about, I'd say 6-7 miles out. I rigged a boom preventer (stops accidental gybes) and Cpt. Mike sailed wing and wing for up to & slightly over 7 knots...and the very experienced racers were commenting on how strong the wind was during their racing today! And thanks for showing all of us some great sailing, which reminds us of how much you know, and we all have yet to learn....WOWZER! Thanks, Cpt. Mike!

    1 · January 31, 2013

  • Daniel O.

    Great boat, great captain, great weather great seas. Nothing to complain about today. Looking forward to more sails.

    1 · January 31, 2013

  • Lisa C.

    Awesome! The best sailing yet this year.

    1 · January 31, 2013

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