Sailing Crew needed for Maritime Museum!

Opportunity: Sail and Maintenance Crew - learn to sail and maintain historic ships!

The ships at the Maritime Museum are sailed and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers. Have you ever wanted to learn to sail and maintain tall ships? The Maritime Museum will teach you. Learn about ships from four different centuries which include the 19th century Californian, a tops’l schooner; the 18th century HMS Surprise a full rigged British Frigate, the 19th century three masted Bark the Star of India, 16th century Spanish Galleon San Salvador and the 20th century steam yacht Medea.

Sail and maintenance crew members can expect to learn skills such as rope making, knot tying, climbing the rigging, maintenance of the ships, and much more. Don’t think you are a climber? No problem, we have needs for people of all abilities.

Crew meets on Sunday aboard the Star of India, plus we have ongoing opportunities during the week for sailing and maintenance. Fill out the online application form, and we can email you crew information about joining. Or show up at the Star of India, Sundays 7:45am. Ask for Mr Davis.
Click here for the application form and for a video about volunteers: https://sdmaritime.org/get-involved/

Maritime Museum's annual cannon battle

Maritime Museum's annual cannon battle

Latest Yelp Review

Here's our latest Yelp review: 5.0 star rating 4/18/2017
'An absolutely amazing experience! While visiting my friend in San Diego, I told her I wanted to be on a boat and she delivered with Sail Liberty. The entire experience was beautiful yet intimate at the same time. We enjoyed a 3 hour sunset sail in the San Diego Bay. Caption Phil was awesome, giving us some history as well as letting us take the wheel a couple of times. There was beer, white wine and snacks on board. I would highly recommend this relaxing evening adventure if your in the area!'
So happy to make people so happy.
Looking forward to the next one!

Nature Cruise

Whales are the the main attraction for sailing trips during the winter months here in San Diego, but there are many creatures that are highly visible all-year long. In our harbor, we have sea lions, pelicans, cormorants, and, if we're lucky, we'll see a dolphin or two.  

My personal favorites are the sea lions. We can often find them on the buoys around the bay and on the bait docks towards the entrance of the harbor. Fun fact: Sea lions will use their hind flippers to steer and their front flippers to swim. Here's our latest photo:

 

 

Daylight Savings and Sailing

Love it or hate it, 'Spring Forward' is a boon for charter companies. It allows the daylight to stretch out as the days get warmer; now catching a sunset sail doesn't seem so difficult. This is especially great for those special  anniversary and birthday sailing tours - you don't have to wait until the weekend to celebrate!

Speaking of awesome gifts, we are currently offering gift cards.

No one needs more stuff, but everyone can use more experiences. 

 

Sailing for Two

We are excited to launch a new sailing tour! Sailing for Two (or Couples Sail, if that applies;)

You can reserve the whole boat for you and one other guest at a price that makes for a remarkably affordable romantic adventure; the changing colors of the sunset, an open bottle of white wine, seagulls flying overhead, the activity of the harbor all around you, the gentle lull of the sea. All on the most beautiful, vintage-looking sailboat in the harbor.  With her teak accents and décor, wooden mast, and dramatically-roped gaff rigging, you and your guest will be transported to another time; the journey is the destination.

The tour is 2 hours long and since we are near 3 popular waterfront restaurants, feel free to walk to dinner.  (This is what we like to call 'Dock and Dine') All tours include unlimited white wine, beer, soft drinks, and snacks: no hidden fees: the cost is $289 out the door (or off the dock;)

Dock and Dine on San Diego Bay

Did you know there are over 60 harbor-side restaurants in San Diego? Many of these locations have docks nearby that allow 'visitor parking' for boats. Perfect for those who have their own boat!  If not, you can hop aboard our Liberty and after your cruise, we'll drop you at a location of your choice (then it's just a short Uber-ride back to your car or hotel).

Actually, our Harbor Island dock is already one of these locations - Sunroad Resort Marina is within a 5-minute walk to three waterside Cohn restaurants; C-Level (bistro), Island Prime (steaks and seafood), and Coasterra (modern Mexican). Tom Ham's Lighthouse seafood restaurant is at the other end of Harbor Island, perfect for those who enjoy long walks by the water (1 mile, 20 mins on foot).  Boathouse Restaurant (surf n turf) is a bit closer and has marina-side views.

Learn more here about Dock and Dine locations in San Diego. Bon appetit! 

Another Award?!

We have been honored once again with another award of excellence! We scored a win with Luxury Travels Awards over the summer for San Diego sailing companies, and now we are being recognized for our diligent small business practices.  It feels amazing to have our hard work acknowledged- many thanks to Best Businesses for this honor! 

We even have a press release (now we're really blushing): 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sail Liberty selected for 2016 San Diego Small Business Excellence Award San Diego,CA - November 21, 2016 — Sail Liberty has been selected for the 2016 San Diego Small Business Excellence Award in the Tours classification by the San Diego Small Business Excellence Award Program. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category.

The 2016 San Diego Small Business Excellence Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the San Diego Small Business Excellence Award Program and data provided by third parties. About the San Diego Small Business Excellence Awards Program The San Diego Small Business Excellence Awards recognizes outstanding small businesses that serve the San Diego area. Each year, our selection committee identifies businesses that we believe have achieved outstanding marketing success in their local community and business classification. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. These are small businesses that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community.

These exceptional companies help make the San Diego area a vibrant and vital place to live. The San Diego Small Business Excellence Awards was established to reward the best of small businesses in San Diego. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to award the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: San Diego Small Business Excellence Award Program

Mayflower and...Speedwell?

Thanksgiving is almost here and it seems timely to remember the harrowing voyage of the Pilgrims and yes, non-Pilgrims, that came to start anew in an unforeseen wilderness across an ocean.  Did you know there were to be 2 ships, the other named Speedwell, which began to sink? All passengers that didn't turn back then were transferred to the Mayflower. In addition to overcrowded conditions, they also traveled during the stormiest part of the year. 

Read more here: http://mayflowerhistory.com/voyage/

 

Space Is an Ocean

"When ships to sail the void between the stars have been invented there will also be men who come forward to sail those ships." — Johannes Kepler

"When ships to sail the void between the stars have been invented there will also be men who come forward to sail those ships."

— Johannes Kepler

For better or worse, JJ, the Captain's wife and crew member extraordinaire,  is a sci-fi fan. She saw this article from a site called TV Tropes and thought other sci-fi fans might get a 'Big Bang Theory' out of it...

Maybe it's the romance, maybe it's the adventure, maybe it's the obvious parallels to the Age of Exploration, but for some reason, when people write about space, they tend to make parallels to the sea, as President Kennedy (himself a former naval officer) did in his "Space is the new ocean" speech. Often, it goes far beyond metaphor. Science Fiction writers frequently use nautical analogies for pretty much everything in space, and fill in the gaps in their own knowledge about spaceflight with details specific to sea travel.

For example...

Intrigued and you would like to read more?http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SpaceIsAnOcean