General Membership Meeting and Potluck


 America’s Boating Club San Diego

Cordially invites you to

The General Membership Meeting and Potluck

Saturday, November 6, 2021, 6-8 pm

Debbie Lenart Residence, 9413 Calle Del Lago, Santee, CA                                     

Last GMM of the year!!  Join the other boating club members for an evening together.  Come and see what is happening!

Bring your favorite dish or dessert.

Wine, beer, soda and water will be provided.
Cost is $5 per person. 

$5 for One Ticket
$20 for Twenty Tickets
Items include: Sextant, Life Jacket, and more.
Must Be Present to Win  

Please RSVP your attendance and Potluck Item by November 4, 2021 to Carl Schwartz @

South Bay Family Sailing Series-September 18, 2021 Saturday – Results


South Bay Family Sailing Series-September 18, 2021 Saturday, (8.1 nm)

Saturday, September 18, 2021 was a terrific day for sailing.

On this day there were many boating activities throughout San Diego and one of the primary ones was the Beneteau Cup.  During this two day event sponsored by Beneteau San Diego they assign a professional sailor to help each owner sail their boat.  There are two races on Saturday, one race on Sunday with a final awards party at the San Diego Yacht Club.  Many of the boats from our South Bay Family Sailing Series were sure to attend.

For the start of our race the wind was from the NW with white caps just starting to appear for the noon start. No other events were scheduled for the South San Diego Bay, so we had the race course all to ourselves. Winds were predicted to be 7-8 knots, but the actual wind velocity was 12-14 knots.  There were 7 boats circling the starting line.  Off with the first group with the starting horn was Fast SundayEight minutes later the second group was off and consisting of Serendipity III, Atsa II , Simplicity and Bon Temps.  Finally, the third group consisting Astra and Consigliere were off 15 minutes after the first group.  The captains of the second and third group were all in a quandary regarding their late starting times, 8 minutes, and 15 minutes respectfully as these postponing times had never been used.  Tacking up to the first mark everyone was gaining on the leaders.  On the reach to the second mark everyone was even closer.  At the finish everyone was very close.  Finish times across the line were Consigliere 13:33:15, Bon Temps 13:33:44, Astra 13:36:56, Astra 13:37:15, Serendipity III 13:45:50, Fast Sunday 13:55:00.  Simplicity did not finish the race so there was no time (DNF).

Putting all these times into the Mike Collins Handicap System we get the following:

Congratulations- Atsa II, Fast Sunday, and Astra

Thank you all for the emails regarding the Race Results.  It is nice to know there are people actually reading our report.  Sorry for the late report.  I wanted to make sure I started my raceQs so I put it on my cabin top.  When I moved to push the button to start it was NOT there.

One of the things I lost on the phone was PHRF Scoring System.  When I looked for the app to add it back to my phone it was not there.  If anyone knows of an app, or a computer scoring system using the PHRF let me know.  The one I used in the past required; length of race course, individual PHRF of each boat, and corrected finish time.


Next race is October 16, 2021




South Bay Family Sailing Series – Sailing Instructions

Proud Sponsor of
South Bay Family Sailing Series
(Relaxing/No stress/Sail Racing)

Sailing Instructions: September 18, 2021
When:   September 18, 2021
Where:  San Diego South Bay
Time:   12:00pm Local GPS Time Race

Start race Q’s 11:45
First Warning 11:55-One second blast of the air horn coordinated with GPS time.
Group A. –Start 12:00, Group B.-Start 12:08, Group C.-Start 12:15 . One second blast of the air horn.

 It will be a “Pursuit Race
Group A: Blew-By-U, Kiss, Makai, Fast Sunday, Tom Kat, Mike, Pie in the Sky, Miller Time III
Group B: Simplicity, Atsa II, Sanctuary, Bon Temps, Estate Sail, Serendipity III
Group C:  Tiny Bubbles, Elusive, Ran, Astra, Consigliere

If you are not listed above, or are a first-time racer please start at 12 O’clock

  • Racecourse #13 Course Distance approx. 8.05 Nm
    • Buoy “R34” to port / Buoy “WR-32A” to starboard (starting line)
    • Buoy “A” to starboard
    • Buoy “R26” to starboard
    • Buoy “B to port
    • Buoy “R32” to starboard
    • Buoy “C” to starboard
    • Buoy “B” to starboard
    • Buoy “R34” to starboard / Buoy “WR-32A to port (finish line)

Please Monitor VHF Channel 68 for information, to report problems on the course. Report finish times to Ted Bowler, SV via text or Email or  Email – or Text – 619 884-6157 before end of day Sunday 9-22-21

Yellow “Q” flag should be flown aft, where it can be best seen while racing.

These are the GPS coordinates of the Alpha, Bravo and Charlie course Buoys (4-11-21)

  • “A” (N32 40.003 / W117 08.909) 24inch XL Yellow fender marked “A” in Black Letters.
  • “B” (N32 39.177 / W117 08.575) 30inch White Ball marked with Letter “B” in Black Letters
  • “C” (N32 38.542 / W117 08.195) 22inch Ball marked with the Letter “C” in black letters

 Reference Navigation Charts for Location of the channel marks used for this race.

The General Membership Meeting

America’s Boating Club of San Diego
Cordially invites you to

The General Membership Meeting

Saturday, September 11, 2021
6-8 pm

2702 Qualtrough St, San Diego, CA 92106

Summer Time is Fun Time!!!  Join the other boating members for an evening together.  Come and see what is happening with the San Diego Club! Meal orders will be placed from their menu below.  Separate checks for each party.  Alcoholic beverages available for purchase as well.  You can also just join us for an evening!  Come early to socialize.  Please let us know you are coming so we have enough seats available.

Invite a friend or someone that is interested in our mission and what we do.

Please RSVP your attendance and MENU CHOICE PER PERSON (no sharing) by September 3, 2021 to Carl Schwartz at or call 619 528-9111.      No walk-ins please.

Menu includes an entrée, salad and vegetable, rolls and butter, coffee, tea and cake for dessert.  Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

  • Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Caesar Salad and Fingerling Potatoes $31
  • Blackened Sea Bass with Caesar Salad and Fingerling Potatoes $48
  • Chicken Cobb Salad $21


South Bay Family Sailing Series-August 21, 2021 Saturday – Results

Saturday, August 21, 2021 was a wonderful day for sailing.

Saturday morning in El Cajon the streets were wet and the rain was falling from ominous dark grey clouds.  This was not quite the day we anticipated for our August race of the South Bay Family Sailing Series.  There was much discussion as to whether we should skip the monthly race.  Finally, we decided we would give it a try and see what the weather was like on the water.  As our car moved further west the rain stopped, and the sun started peeking out from behind the clouds.  The day finally became warm and dry.

Forecasters predicted 70 degree weather with scattered clouds and light breezes from the SW.  High tide was at 0940 and a low tide at 1510.  The tide would be going out for the whole race.  At 1100 the winds were calm however by noon start the wind had picked up to 8-10 knots from the typical NW direction.  During the race the winds were shifty and slowly increased to a constant 10-12 knots.  IDEAL for South San Diego Bay.

Ten boats were circling the starting line for the noon start.  This is a pursuit race and the first group consisting of KISS and Makai were off.  Four minutes later the second group were off  that included Miller Time III, Bon Temps and Estate Sail.  Finally, the last group crossed the starting line at 12:08 Marilee, Astra, Consigliere, and Elusive.  There was a new boat in the race as well, Serendipity III a Hunter 420.  As instructed they started with the first group.

WELCOME Serendipity III.  We are glad to have you and you will improve all our sailing abilities trying to keep up with you.

During the race two boats tried to raise their spinnaker to improve their speed, Elusive and Miller Time III.  The spinnakers looked great, but the captains finally doused them as they evidently did not increase their speed to the mark.  It was a great thought and we should all try out different sails to become proficient in their use.  Bon Temps was “chicken” to sail his spinnaker.

Across the finish line winning times were Consigliere 13:32:32, Elusive 13:35:23, Marilee 13:35:37, Bon Temps 13:36:10, Estate Sail 13:39:23, Serendipity 13:39:30, KISS 13:42:20, Astra 13:42:32, Makai 13:45:27, Miller Time III 13:49:34.

Putting all these finish times into the Mike Collins Handicap System we get the following:


Putting all these results into the PHRF Rating System we get the following:

  1. Consigliere 2. Elusive 3. KISS 4. Bon Temps 5. Makai 6. Marilee 7. Estate Sail 8. Miller Time III 9. Serendipity 10. Astra

Congratulations to all racers!  10 boats of different sizes and different sailing abilities all finishing within 17 minutes of each other over an eight mile course.  This is exactly what we are looking for in the South Bay Family Sailing Series.

Keep watching for changes in your starting group as we try to jockey positions to get every boat to cross the finish line at the same time.

Our next race is

Saturday, September 18, 2021



Virtual Trainer coming soon … May 14th

Virtual On-the-Water Training

Our Boating Skills Virtual Trainer allows participants to boost their boating skills and confidence in a safe environment. Using the virtual trainer, students maneuver a Boston Whaler on a 3.5-by-4-mile lake. The best part is there are no other boats, no water and no risks.

Instructors can increase the difficulty of exercises by adjusting the strength and direction of wind and current, allowing students to practice maneuvers in varying conditions. Exercises include leaving the dock, pivot turns, mooring, docking, emergency stop, crew overboard, trailering, navigating the boat ramp and more. Our Boating Skills Virtual Trainer makes learning to boat a year-round activity.


Virtual Trainer

Our squadron has an excellent opportunity during Safe Boating week to reach out and engage with San Diego boaters. On May 14-16 the Power Squadron Virtual Trainer will be in our local West Marine in Point Loma, and we’re looking for volunteers to staff the trainer and demonstrate it to West Marine customers. Please go to this link to sign up for a two hours slot to staff the trainer.
West Marine will be launching an advertising campaign that will include a sign-up for this event for their customers. Half hour sessions will be available by sign-up only, and this is our opportunity to show them the trainer, and discuss what America’s Boating Club is about.
Again, the sign up link is HERE.

Doug Bass, SN, IN-CN
Administrative Officer District 28

May ZOOM webinars

Our ongoing popular online webinar ZOOM classes have four more exciting relevant topics for May.

Come and learn more! Do a refresher! Tell a friend!

It’s free -every Wednesday evening at 6pm online.

Copy and paste the link into your browser to register and then you will receive the ZOOM link.

Zoom Webinars are back

Our popular series of online ZOOM webinars have been very successful and we are glad to offer four more live webinars in April. These webinars are not recorded so make sure to attend. Starting Wednesday April 7, 2021   from 18:00 – 19:00. For more information see the flyer on our “Courses” page.


To register, go to or follow the link below

April 7, 2021 Radar

Don’t get lost in the fog. Learn how RADAR works, how to use it effectively, and its limitations as a piloting aid.







April 14, 2021 Tides and Currents

Discover what causes the tides to rise and fall and what causes the currents to flow. Learn where to find sources of information about tides and tidal currents, simple ways to predict them. 



April 21, 2021 Docking and Maneuvers

Prepare yourself for practicing docking and slow speed maneuvers in order to increase your confidence in close quarters.



April 28, 2021 Man Overboard

Discover how to equip and maneuver your boat to retrieve someone in the water. Essential for all boaters, this seminar teaches you what to do if you fall overboard, as well as how to retrieve someone else. 



Sail Course

This course on sailing is appropriate for novices to experts, as it covers boat design and sail theory, as well as the basics of using the wind to move a vessel across the water.

 Date :     Thursdays, starting April 22,  6 pm – 8 pm, duration 8 weeks

Place :    ZOOM

Cost :      $50 members/ $75 non members

Please click here to Register and Pay online