SDSA Sailboat Racing

San Diego Sailing Academy Sailboat racing experience

Here is video of us at Cedros Island off Baja California, Mexico. An SDSA instructor is trimming the spinnaker, another is on the camera. You can hear our bowman, standing behind the helmsman, call out the boat speed of 23.5 knots; it was not the top speed that day.

Does the sound of cracking Dacron make your pulse race?
After 25 years of racing sailboats, it still makes our heart pound. Our professional sailing instructors are skilled at all levels of sailboat competition. We have run our own campaigns, crewed for others, and managed entire projects from the keel up.

At San Diego Sailing Academy we offer assistance with sailboat racing, boat selection, logistics, boat preparation, rating optimization, rule optimization, rig tuning, bottom preparation, measurement, starts, wind strategy and tactics, inshore and offshore navigation, crew selection and training, and crew gear by Patagonia.

We are often told that professional sailing instruction was the best money spent towards the goal of winning sailboat races.  
Please contact the sailing office at 800-441-8672 to arrange a consultation.

Blue Blazes sailboat on the left, Titan sailboat on the right
“Blue Blazes” “Titan”

Racing hard and lifting trophies

Here we are standing on the podium after the San Diego Yacht Club 1200 nautical mile San Diego, California to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico race. The boat above, #5055 in the middle is “Blue Blazes”, a custom 50 foot offshore race boat. We were First in class, First Overall and best performance by a San Diego Yacht Club boat. Two SDSA instructors sail on board as Helmsmen, one as a Mastman.

Sailboat racing team at a party after an event

Have you ever sailed 1200 miles and won a race with your friends? Have you ever been thrown in the pool by your crew in Victory? See the look on our faces? You could feel like that too, with the proper preparation, practice and investment. At San Diego Sailing Academy we can help you with priorities, budgets and objectives for Victory in ocean racing sailboat ownership.

Here is some video of Blue Blazes racing across the Sea of Cortez at about 17 knots.
It’s about sunrise and the course is 095 magnetic.
An SDSA instructor is steering and another is on the camera.

Sailboats racing on the water

At San Diego Sailing Academy our instructors are not all about offshore bluewater racing,
although our hearts lie in offshore trips, we love inshore one design racing as well.

J/OK SWYC Lipton Cup Winner

J/OK SWYC Lipton Cup Winner

Victory after the race!

Here we are drinking champagne aboard Southwestern Yacht Club’s entry in The Sir Thomas Lipton Cup after we overcame a deficit in the last race to win by what everyone who was there says, was less that 1 meter. This is perhaps the most difficult inshore one design trophy to win in Southern California. We have been involved in 5 campaigns.

Drinking champagne on the boat after the race.
A hat thrown off the dock in celebrationJumping in the water to celebrate victory!

Here we are getting thrown off the dock at San Diego Yacht Club in Victory. That’s our hat.

Receiving awards after winning the race.

So if you’ve read this far, you must be looking for some speed. Many of our clients tell us that professional sailing instruction was by far, the best money spent towards the goal of winning sailboat races.  Affordable onboard consultations available.